I attended this event last year and was pleasantly surprised by the level of professionalism with the whole event. The cyclists are raring to go and extremely competitive, the course demanding and tight. I've ridden down the cobbled hill that the racers will go up and that felt like hard work!The race is great for Durham as the crowds are large. If you would like to go when the racing starts at 7pm on the 27th May, here's some advice: go early to grab a great spot on the corner of the cobbled descent, half way up the cobbled climb or on the final corner leading to the finish line. You'll get the chance to see the riders warming up and checking out the course.
http://t.co/OVHfN2a7c2 Speeding downhill into the fast corner in Durham @TourSeries #tourseriesRead the full press release below or click here.
— BishopAucklandBiking (@BishAuckBiking) May 16, 2013
"Competitive cycling returns to the streets of Durham City this month when the Pearl Izumi Tour Series gets underway.
Eight teams of professional cyclists, plus guest teams, will take part in the race on Tuesday 27 May, which is making its comeback to the city for the fifth consecutive year.
The teams taking part will be competing to be named the top British cycling team and the champions of the Pearl Izumi series.
Durham County Council will be hosting the Pearl Izumi-sponsored event in partnership with race organiser Sweetspot.
Last year’s winners in Durham – Team Raleigh – will be among the teams taking part. The other seven teams are:
Madison GenesisMetaltek CyclingNFTO Pro CyclingPedal Heaven Colbornes RTRapha Condor JLTStarley Primal Pro CyclingVelosure Node4
There are also three guest teams – Haribo Beacon, Achieve Skinnergate Racing and Wheelbase Altura MGD.
The Durham circuit – one of 10 rounds in the series – is renowned for being one of the toughest courses due to the hard cobble climbs, narrow streets and tight corners which form part of the route.
Riders can reach top speeds of between 40 and 50kph on the downhill stretches, which tests the sprint and control skills of the cyclists.
The race takes place on Tuesday, May 27, starting at 7.00pm. Pre-race action, including live music, begins at around 4.30pm.
Spectators are advised to arrive early and plan their journey in advance.
Free evening parking will be available at the County Hall car park and at the park and ride sites at Howlands and Sniperley for people wishing to walk into town.