Rod Ellingworth re-joins British Cycling as men & women’s Tour of Britain race director


Rod Ellingworth has been appointed as the Race Director for British Cycling’s Tour of Britain events, marking a significant milestone in his longstanding relationship with the organisation. With nearly 15 years of experience in managing major cycling races, Ellingworth will play a crucial role in ensuring the success of the two events scheduled for 2024.

Ellingworth’s association with British Cycling dates back to 2002 when he played a key role in establishing the Olympic academy programme, which nurtured talents like Mark Cavendish and Geraint Thomas. After contributing to the Great Britain Cycling Team’s success at multiple Olympic Games, he pursued roles with Team Sky and Bahrain-McLaren before returning to Ineos Grenadiers as Deputy Team Principal.

His appointment underscores British Cycling’s commitment to nurturing British talent across all aspects of event management, with a focus on fostering growth and sustainability. Ellingworth expressed his enthusiasm for his new role, citing his lifelong passion for cycling and the opportunity to contribute to the future of the Tour of Britain events.

Working alongside Ellingworth are experienced professionals including Andy Hawes, Mark Leyland, Paul Knight, and Lucy Jones, who collectively bring over four decades of experience in organising major cycling events. Together, they are dedicated to delivering exceptional experiences for participants and spectators alike.

British Cycling CEO, Jon Dutton OBE, welcomed Ellingworth and the rest of the team, expressing confidence in their ability to ensure the success of the Tour of Britain events. With plans underway to finalise route details for the Tour of Britain Women, British Cycling remains committed to providing opportunities for British talent and delivering world-class cycling events.

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