HMT supported JLT Condor are gearing up for an exciting few weeks of racing at the 2017 Tour Series.
The pro team are preparing to defend their title after taking home the victory at last year’s event.
The Tour Series is an annual series of cycling criterium which is televised in the UK and one of the most exciting cycling events with some of the best and most established teams coming together to battle it out.
Criterium racing is a type of circuit race around a closed course, which typically last for about an hour. The courses in the Tour Series feature hairpins, steep climbs and tight turns to test the cyclists and make such the team selection is well thought-out.
The Tour Series is a little different from any other race as the team’s collective effort is just as important as the individuals win. For the Pearl Izumi Tour Series, this means that although riders will be fighting it out to be first across the line, they need to consider overall points which is impacted by the cumulative time between the five riders.
Furthermore, if a rider is lapped by the field or cannot continue in the race, they will face a time penalty, which could have a huge impact on the points for that round.
The team who accumulate the most points at the end of the series will be crowned Overall Series Winners. This title is something JLT have managed to take home three times now and are heading into the 2017 series with the same determination.
Taking place at a variety of different venues in England, the 2017 Tour Series will be visiting 10 different locations. Kicking off in Redditch on the 9th May, the tour will then head to these locations;
- Stoke-on-Trent – May 11
- Northwich – May 12
- Wembley Park – May 16
- Croydon – May 18
- Bath – May 20
- Motherwell – May 23
- Aberdeen – May 25
- Durham – May 27
- Stevenage – May 29
The ninth edition of the series is expected to be most exciting yet with new venues and an extended women’s series. Storey Racing, another HMT supported team will also be partaking in the tour for the first time since forming early 2017.
JLT Condor manager, John Herety has selected the five riders for Round One; Ed Clancy, Brenton Jones, Alex Frame, Ian Bibby and Jon Mould.
Speaking about his selection for the first round, John said: “”Redditch is a fairly flat course. I’ve selected the riders who have shown their strength in short prologues this season. Ed [Clancy] and Alex are Olympic and World Team Pursuit Champions.
“The Tour Series team time trial is only a handful of minutes, the same length as a team pursuit. Selecting two of the world’s fastest riders in that discipline was an easy choice.”
These riders will change each round depending on their strengths and the course in hand.
Rider Alex Frame said; “A one-hour event is a high intensity from the gun.”
What really wears you down is the continual late nights and riding at your max literally every other day. It is a circus, it is thrilling, the lights, the crowds, cameras and we’re a strong team. I can’t wait to get the 2017 series started.”
— The Tour Series (@TourSeries) May 9, 2017
Televised highlights will be shown on ITV4 at 7 pm on Wednesday 10th May and available on the ITV Hub. Other rounds will either be shown in a highlight show on the day of that particular round or the following evening.
We wish JLT Condor & Storey Racing the best of luck at the 2017 Tour Series!