Tour Series – the dates/venues so far

With five venues confirmed so far, two more rumoured to be part of the series and surprises yet to be revealed, the 2018 Tour Series is getting ever closer

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Tour Series – the dates/venues so far

With the 2018 Tour Series – the 10th year – just over a month away, the whereabouts of the venues and the dates are slowly coming to light.

Redditch has been ever-present in the series since 2012 and returns in 2018 as the opening round for men and women in what promises to be a thrilling evening of racing with the climb of Unicorn Hill making it one of the toughest circuits on the calendar.

Win for Chris Opie of Canyon Eisberg at Redditch in 2017 and Alice Barnes in the womens

After Redditch, the men and women in the series will head for a monument in British cycling, the Lincoln Grand Prix (May 13) before heading north, a long way north, to Scotland and two rounds of the Tour Series, in first Motherwell (Tuesday 15 May) and then Aberdeen (Thursday 17 May).

Whilst Motherwell has had both men’s and women’s racing in previous years (this will be the fourth running of the Motherwell event), in 2018, Aberdeen – which made its debut in the series in 2017, will also host an elite women’s round for the first time.

Whilst there has been no confirmation of a round in Durham from the organisation, perhaps the series longest serving venue, it’s name has cropped up in interviews with riders so we are guessing that they know something the media don’t and it will be held after Aberdeen as the riders make their way back down south. Certainly that has is how it has been in the past. That said, with Aberdeen on the Thursday, most riders will head home for the weekend and have to go north again for that round which I was told on social media today is May 22nd.

According to one of the riders interviewed, the Royal Wedding on Saturday, 19th May, means the cycling event will be midweek (Tuesday) after rumours Durham may have been on the Saturday as it was last year.
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Another venue that has been rumoured (blame google) is Aberyswyth, a favourite for many on the Welsh West Coast and sponsored by Cambrian Tyres (Continental). Where it will fit into the series was explained by a reader in the know who says the event will be on “Saturday 26th May with the Welsh Crit champs at 4pm before the women’s event at 5:30 and men at 7:30”.

On the May Bank Holiday (Monday 28), for the third year in a row, the series heads for the Hertfordshire town of Stevenage before on Tuesday 29th May, the riders in the Tour Series will head for what looks like being the final venue for both men and women, a fitting one if so, Wembley. It is the only round of the series in the country’s capital and the finish line of the round on a lengthy 1.9km course at Wembley, will be adjacent to the iconic Arena Square to the imposing backdrop of Wembley Stadium.

Of the rounds mentioned so far, Wembley, Redditch, Stevenage, Motherwell and Aberdeen have all been confirmed leaving only Durham and Aberyswyth to be confirmed either way and any other surprises they may have in store which there is rumoured to be at least one.

More on the series when it’s confirmed.






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