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Guisborough to host opening round of 2022 Tour Series

Guisborough will host the opening round of the Tour Series for the second year running when it welcomes to the UK’s leading televised cycle race series on Bank Holiday Monday (2 May).

The market town hosted the first-ever Yorkshire round of the team-based series in August 2021, which saw dramatic victories for eventual men’s champions Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling and the talented Great Britain Under-23 women’s team.

Following a day of community-focused events, the professionals will battle it out for glory on the same 1.3-kilometre (0.8-mile) circuit centred around the historic Westgate, Gisborough Priory and St Nicholas Church.  Highlights of the event will again be broadcast on ITV4.

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“Guisborough will always hold a special place in our hearts because it hosted the first Tour Series round after the COVID-enforced break. The welcome everybody in the town gave us was truly uplifting and unforgettable.

The Tour Series teams are always eager to hit the ground running, so I know this year’s Guisborough round will produce a thrilling, free-to-watch spectacle from lights out to chequered flag on the May Bank Holiday Monday.”

Mick Bennett, Tour Series race director

The Tour Series’ return to Guisborough will be the first of two major cycling events to take place in the borough of Redcar & Cleveland this year: stage four of the Tour of Britain, the UK’s most prestigious cycle race, will start in nearby Redcar on Wednesday 7 September before heading south into North Yorkshire.

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Last year’s Guisborough round was the first Tour Series event to take place in over 800 days owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. An estimated 4,000 attended, with a peak audience of 219,000 viewers watching the series’ ITV4 highlights programme.

Guisborough joins Sunderland on the 2022 Tour Series schedule, with the northeast city also holding a round for the second successive year, this time on Tuesday 10 May.  Details of the next round to join Guisborough and Sunderland on the Tour Series calendar will be made later this week.

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