Iconic Edinburgh Course for Tour Series


Edinburgh’s city centre streets welcomes round six of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series on 29 May and Matrix Fitness Grand Prix women’s race series

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Iconic Edinburgh Course for Tour Series

The fast-paced races – brought to Edinburgh by Sweetspot, EventScotland and the City of Edinburgh Council – will see some of Britain’s top professional teams competing on a challenging course, which includes cobbles, hairpin bends and a tough sharp climb.


Starting in the iconic Grassmarket in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, the peloton will race up the cobbled Victoria Street climb onto George IV Bridge before heading south past the National Library of Scotland and over the famous Cowgate.

Riders will pass the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street and turn at the statue of Greyfriars Bobby at the top of Candlemaker Row before speeding back down to the Grassmarket to complete the lap.

Earlier in the day, Edinburgh will also host round three of the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix, which will see some of Britain’s best domestic women’s teams. There will also be a number of lower category races, which will give aspiring local club riders the chance to race on the same course as the pro-teams.


Riders James McCallum (NFTO); David Lines, Jen Taylor, Eileen Roe and Jane Barr (all Starley Primal) were joined by the City of Edinburgh Council’s Festivals and Events Champion Steve Cardownie to announce the route in the Grassmarket.

James McCallum, NFTO Pro Cycling: “It’s brilliant to have city centre racing back in the capital once again and The Pearl Izumi Tour Series back in Scotland. The Edinburgh public have been wanting cycling back on their doorstep and now they have it”.

“Being a local boy, it’s a massive motivation to put on a great show for the Scottish crowd, of which I’m sure will turn out in their thousands.”

Eileen Roe, Starley Primal Pro Cycling: “I’ve been hooked on the Series ever since my first win in Colchester in 2012 & look forward to racing in front of massive noisy crowds or catching it on ITV4. Criterium racing is a brilliant night of action, noise & having one in the capital of Scotland is very special, especially as it’s on a circuit that’s one of the hardest in the Series & defiantly not for the faint hearted! A night to remember is on the cards! One that I cannot wait for already!”


Russell Downing will be bringing this jersey to Edinburgh which is where he is pictured at another event on the same cobbles… 

Councillor Steve Cardownie, Festivals and Events Champion for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “I’m delighted that the Pearl Izumi is visiting Edinburgh this year. It will be a fantastic opportunity for people to see Britain’s top cyclists go head to head against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh’s Grassmarket, and will provide families with a fun day out in the Capital. As a Council, we pledge to devote 5% of our transport budget on provision for cyclists so this event will complement this commitment enormously. I’m sure our residents will join in their thousands to make the Edinburgh leg of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series a huge success.”

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said: “Scotland is the perfect stage for events and with the Tour Series, we will bring quality bike racing to the city centre streets of our capital city. This is a technical, challenging route, which will excite the riders and create an incredible spectacle for fans lining the streets.”

The Pearl Izumi Tour Series 2014:
Round One Tuesday 13 May Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire (includes Team Time Trial)
Round Two Thursday 15 May Barrow, Cumbria
Round Three Tuesday 20 May Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Round Four Friday 23 May Aberystwyth, Ceredigion
Round Five Tuesday 27 May Durham, County Durham
Round Six Thursday 29 May Edinburgh, Lothian
Round Seven Tuesday 3 June Redditch, Worcestershire
Round Eight Thursday 5 June Canary Wharf, London
Round Nine Tuesday 10 June Woking, Surrey
Round Ten Friday 13 June Gorey, Jersey (includes Hill Climb event)

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