17th Sep, 2019

On yer bike as the Tour Series races into Redditch - podcast and preview

EVERYONE is invited to jump on their bikes and have a go at the Tour Series circuit when the event comes to Redditch next Thursday, May 9.

The public access session will run between the inter Services Championship race at 3.25pm – where members of the Navy, Army and Royal Air Force will battle it our for the honours – and the Elite Women’s Race which starts at 5.30pm.

The session is being run by Redditch Road and Path Cycle Club from 4.15pm and all people need to do is turn up with a pushbike and a helmet to have a go.

Children aged 12 and under to be accompanied by an adult.

Redditch has hosted the Tour Series annually since 2012 with pictures of the borough being beamed across the world thanks to TV coverage from ITV4.

As such its the highest profile event in all of Worcestershire and the 1.4km circuit attracts some of the biggest names in cycling with winners including four times Olympic champion Laura Kenny (nee Trott) and Commonwealth Games medallist Jon Mould who’s won it twice.

Unusually, the Tour Series is a team event, so that even when the race winner has crossed the line there’s still action in the pack as team riders battle to get past their rivals.

It’s also hoped the event will inspire more people to get on their bikes.

“Redditch is a great place for cycling with all its traffic free paths,” said Paul Berry of Redditch Road and Path CC.

The club, one of the oldest in the country, meets on Wednesday evenings at the Abbey Stadium and has a thriving junior section. For details visit www.rrpcc.co.uk/.

A series of Redditch bike rides for people new to the pastime is also being launched – see our Letters Page for more details or email rcbartlett11@gmail.com or call 07816 129067.

The Tour Series and all things cycling also features on this week’s Redditch Standard podcast at https://redditchstandard.co.uk/podcasts/.

Tour Series Time Table

2pm – Opening ceremony

3.25pm – Inter-Services Championship race

4.20pm – Redditch Road & Path Cycling Club public access activity

5.30pm – Elite women’s race

6.15pm – Elite women’s podium ceremony

7pm – Elite men’s race

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