Sweetspot, organisers of The Tour Series, have revealed the schedule for the postponed 2021 edition of the long-running criterium series.
Originally due to take place in its traditional slot in May, this year’s edition was postponed to August because of Covid restrictions. The rearranged Series is a compact affair, involving three rounds set in the north of England and south Scotland.
The opening round will take place in Guisborough, home of the East Cleveland Klondike GP. Sunderland will host the second round, with a final round across the border in Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway, as we’d trailed last October.
|1||Sun 8 Aug||Guisborough (Redcar & Cleveland)|
|2||Tue 10 Aug||Sunderland (Tyne & Wear)|
|3||Thu 12 Aug||Castle Douglas (Dumfries and Galloway)|
The series will continue its unique team-based format, one that saw Canyon dhb SunGod and CAMS-Basso Bikes crowned the most recent champions back in 2019.
Highlights of the series will once again be shown on ITV4 (and available on the ITV Hub catch-up service) in the UK. Videos of the series will also be available on the Tour Series website, YouTube and social media channels.
And in a new innovation, Sweetspot announced in February that a partnership with USA CRITS will see the winning teams from the men’s and women’s Series invited to compete in the American criterium series’ finals weekend at the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic in North Carolina in September (24th-26th). This now clashes with the rearranged Beaumont Trophy and Curlew Cup, so it remains to be seen whether this affects teams’ ability to participate.
We are working on a full explainer for The Tour Series, which we will publish nearer the time.
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