Tuesday 31st May is the day that the Pearl Izumi Tour Series returns to Durham City, for the seventh year in a row.
|The teams race up the cobbles of South Street in 2013|
The Tour Series sees six British professional cycling teams competing in ten town centre races across the UK from Thursday 12th May until Thursday 9th June.
The races all about the teams, which is what makes the series unique. When a team's rider crosses the line first, that doesn't mean that team also wins the round. The rider has pride of the individual win, but the aim for teams to complete the race with the lowest cumulative time with their five riders. Basically, it's the fastest team across the finish in 60 minutes.
This is great news for Durham and north east England cycling fans. In the press release below from Durham County Council, they reveal that the 12,500 visitors into Durham for last years' event spent a very specific estimate of £281,310. How they work that out, I do not know. They also reckon that 82% of the spectators came from outside of Durham, so if you would like to get a good spot, go early and use public transport, or even cycle there! You'll avoid the traffic, closed roads and could even go to the pub for you tea.
The main attraction of Durham's course is the ever popular descent down Crossgate and consequent sharp right hand bend (hay bales are necessary) cobbled and ascent up South Street, where the cathedral looks on over the River Wear. So this is where you'll want to be, other than the finish line.
If you can't make it to Durham to see the live action, highlights are shown on ITV4 and available on demand through the ITV catch up service.
Here are a couple of my photos from the 2013 event:
|Heading down into the tight right hander corner. Brakes will be squealing at this point!|
|Riders will be hoping to round the corner unscathed|
|Mechanics in the pit lane keep the riders racing with new wheels|
Read the full press release here:Organisers of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series cycling event have confirmed that Durham City will feature in this year's race calendar.
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