TEAMS ANNOUNCED FOR 2019 OVO ENERGY TOUR SERIES
The 15 teams who will race in the OVO Energy Tour Series this May have been announced today at Hamilton Square in Birkenhead, along with further details of the Wirral round of the unique team-based series.
Birkenhead will welcome Britain’s top men’s and women’s cycling teams on Tuesday 21 May, with representatives of many of the teams in Wirral today to announce their participation with a photocall in front of Birkenhead Town Hall.
Headlining the entry lists, which feature seven men’s and eight women’s teams competing in all seven rounds, are respective defending champions Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes and Team Breeze.
The latter, a squad of female British Cycling academy riders, helping to inspire one million more women on bikes by 2020, will be joined by last year’s runners up Storey Racing, the team of Britain’s most successful Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey.
The final six teams in the women’s series are Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm, Datalynx – Parenesis Cycling, Liv AWOL SPOK’D, Jadan Weldtite, Team Boompods and VeloPerformance.
As it stands, the men’s series will feature five of the six British UCI Continental teams, with 2015 champions Madison Genesis joining Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes and Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK, plus series newcomers Ribble Pro Cycling and SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling.
Two other debutants will be Bikestrong-KTM and Saint Piran, the latter a de facto Cornish national team who make the step up to the full OVO Energy Tour Series just weeks after their home county was announced as the Grand Depart for the 2020 Tour of Britain.
North West cycling fans will be able to witness all of these teams in action at Round Five in Birkenhead, Wirral on Tuesday 21 May. The 1.3-kilometre circuit will race around three sides of Hamilton Square, also taking in Sandford Street, George Street, Taylor Street, Cleveland Street and Lord Street, with the finish on Price Street on the south side of the square, which has the most Grade I listed buildings outside of London.
Further guest teams who will compete in the men’s and women’s series will be announced in the coming weeks.
As well as being an unticketed, free-to-attend event, the OVO Energy Tour Series is unique in the world of cycling, as 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. The OVO Energy Tour Series celebrated its 10-year anniversary and 100th event in Salisbury in May 2018.
Highlights of the OVO Energy Tour Series are screened on ITV4 and broadcast around the world, while events day will provide the opportunity for a range of community and cycling activities to take place on and around the closed road circuits
The OVO Energy Tour Series gets underway in Redditch on Thursday 9 May and finishes at the historic Brooklands circuit in Surrey on Saturday 25 May.