DURHAM TO HOST RECORD-BREAKING 10TH OVO ENERGY TOUR SERIES ROUND IN MAY
Britain’s best riders will tackle the country’s toughest criterium circuit once again in May, as the OVO Energy Tour Series returns to the historic city of Durham for a record-breaking 10th year.
A day of fun, fast and free cycling activities will be held in Durham on Saturday 18 May, culminating in elite women’s and men’s races around the series’ grueling and iconic 1.4-kilometre (0.9-mile) circuit. Taking place in the shadow of the city’s cathedral, the challenging cobbled climb of South Street has become synonymous with thrilling racing and a party atmosphere.
The series celebrated its 10-year anniversary and 100th event in Salisbury in May 2018; Durham has featured annually in the event since 2010.
“Fans love it, locals love it and the riders do, too, so I’m thrilled to announce the OVO Energy Tour Series’ return to Durham in May,” said race director Mick Bennett. “The technical and physical challenges that the circuit offers, combined with the town’s stunning, historic backdrop, makes this a round we all look forward to.
“No other town or city has hosted the OVO Energy Tour Series more times than Durham; we are ever grateful for the support we have received from Durham County Council since 2010.”
Cllr Simon Henig, Leader of Durham County Council, added: “We are delighted to welcome the Tour Series back to Durham. It not only offers fantastic entertainment for all of the family but contributes hundreds of thousands of pounds to the county’s economy and promotes Durham to an international audience.”
Cllr Ossie Johnson, Cabinet member for culture, leisure and rural issues, said: “Events like the Tour Series are what #Durham19 is all about; creating unforgettable experiences for our communities and showcasing County Durham as the place to be in 2019 and beyond.”
Reigning under-23 world cyclo-cross champion Tom Pidcock (2017) and British cycling great Malcolm Elliott (2010) are among the previous individual winners in Durham. Last year the city hosted its first-ever round of the women’s series; NJC-Biemme-Echelon claimed the team victory on the night.
As well as being an unticketed, free-to-attend event, the OVO Energy Tour Series is unique in the world of cycling: the focus in both the men’s and women’s competition is on the teams, who battle for the overall title based on the performance of all five of their riders in each round.
Already announced for the 2019 series is a return to Redditch, Worcestershire on Thursday 9 May. The Scottish doubleheader of Motherwell and Aberdeen returns for the third year, with Britain’s best riders competing for glory there on Tuesday 14 and Thursday 16 May respectively.
Birkenhead welcomes the event for the first time on Tuesday 21 May as part of the area’s celebrations as the Liverpool City Region’s Borough of Culture for 2019.
Highlights of the OVO Energy Tour Series are screened on ITV4 and broadcast around the world, while event day will provide the opportunity for a range of community and cycling activities to take place on the closed road circuit in Durham.
Further details of the OVO Energy Tour Series, including the participating teams and riders, will be announced in the coming weeks.