Tour Series NEWS

12/04/2017 - Charity uses First LOVE2CYCLE Sportive as dry run for Paris

28/03/2017 - Bristol Airport teams up with KLM 

17/03/2017Olympic gold medalist looks ahead to Bath event

02/03/2017 Tour Series and Matrix Fitness Grand Prix returns to Bath


Charity uses First LOVE2CYCLE Sportive as dry run for Paris

12/04/2017

Over 30 cyclists will be cycling from Bath to Paris from May 27 – 31, to raise funds for local charity Sporting Family Change.

As part of gearing up for the challenge, the team, from novices to experienced cyclists, will be taking part in the first ever Bath and North East Somerset Love2Cycle Sportive on Saturday 20 May.

Jimmy Deane, Sporting Family Change’s founder, said: “We’ll be cycling 50 – 70 miles each day over the four days so regular training sessions are essential to get us fit. They’ll also help bring our team, which includes families we’re currently working with, together. We’ve decided to build our training programme around the Love2Cycle Sportive on May 20; this will be our “dry run” for Paris.

Sporting Family Change is based in Midsomer Norton and works across Bath and North East Somerset. The family focused charity mentors young people and works with them and their families to achieve success in their lives. A major element of their activity is sports based family sessions, bringing parents and children together to promote healthy lifestyles and boost self-esteem. They also run a social group supporting young adults with learning disabilities

Jimmy added: “It’s going to be a fantastic experience and we’re determined all the team will finish together under the Eiffel Tower. We’re hoping local people will support us to help raise funds for Sporting Family Challenge and we have set up Localgiving pages if anyone would like to donate.”

The Love 2 Cycle Bath and North East Somerset Sportive, supported by Bristol Airport and KLM, will take place on the morning of May 20; the same day that Bath hosts the first Saturday night stage of The Tour Series and the Matrix Fitness Women’s Grand Prix.

It will start in Royal Avenue in Bath, before taking in the country lanes of the Chew and Somer Valleys, before cyclists return to the city for an unique finish under the Tour Series gantry on Great Pulteney Street.

Maps of the routes and how to enter can be found at www.bathnes.gov.uk/tourseries
To find out more about Sporting Family Challenge visit http://sportingfamilychange.co.uk
You can sponsor the team at https://localgiving.org/fundraising/deanesridetoparis/ or by contacting jilly@sportingfamilychange.co.uk  or 07392 309064. 

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Bristol Airport teams up with KLM to support Bath round of the Tour Series 2017

28/03/2017

Bristol Airport and KLM have been announced as joint sponsors of The Tour Series 2017 when it comes to Bath on Saturday 20 May.

Bath will host the first ever Saturday night stage of The Tour Series and the Matrix Fitness Women’s Grand Prix with a brand new city centre route, starting and finishing on Great Pulteney Street.

Details of the new Love 2 Cycle Bath and North East Somerset Sportive, also supported by Bristol Airport and KLM, have also been revealed.

The sportive will take place on the morning of May 20 and will start in Royal Avenue, before taking in the country lanes of the Chew and Somer Valleys, before the cyclists return to the City for a unique finish under the Tour Series gantry on Great Pulteney Street.

Premier Sponsor Bristol Airport

Olympic gold medallist Dani King is the Ambassador for the Bath round of the Tour Series and the Love 2 Cycle Bath and North East Somerset Sportive. As her role as Ambassador Dani wants  to encourage as many people as possible to choose cycling as either a leisure activity or as a way of commuting to work in Bath and North East Somerset and hopefully take part in some of the fantastic cycling events that are planned for 20th May.

Maps of the routes and how to enter can be found at www.bathnes.gov.uk/tourseries

Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer, Bristol Airport said: “We are delighted to have teamed up with KLM to support The Tour Series when it visits Bath on 20 May 2017.  To have such a high profile sporting event taking place in the centre of Bath will provide the opportunity for race-goers or visitors to the event to enjoy the attractions and hospitality Bath and the surrounding area has to offer.  We are particularly excited about the new Love 2 Cycle Sportive which will travel through the Chew Valley very near to the airport.”

Councillor Tim Warren (Conservative, Mendip), Leader of the Council, said: “It’s great to welcome Bristol Airport and KLM on board as sponsors for the Tour Series once again. This builds on a successful partnership we’ve developed over the past few years.”

Alastair Grant – Sweetspot Commercial Director, said: “We are thrilled to hear that the Council’s partnership with Bristol Airport and KLM will continue, helping to spread the word far and wide about the race in May, and the new sportive.”

The Tour Series starts in Worcestershire on May 9, and finishes on May 29 in Stevenage. 

Highlights of every round will be shown on ITV4, with programmes also available on demand via the ITV Hub.

More information can be found at www.bathnes.gov.uk/tourseries

You can follow details of the Bath Stage of the Tour Series and the Sportive on Facebook Love 2 Cycle or Twitter @Love2cyclebath #TourBath #love2cyclesportive


Olympic gold medalist looks ahead to Bath event

17/03/2017

Olympic gold medalist Dani King has been announced as Ambassador for the Bath round of The Tour Series 2017 and the Matrix Fitness Women’s Grand Prix when they visit Bath on Saturday 20 May.

Bath will host the first ever Saturday night stage of The Tour Series, with a brand new city centre route, starting and finishing on Great Pulteney Street.

Route Map

Dani King is one of the biggest cycling talents in the world today. Aged only 26 she is already an Olympic Champion from London 2012, three-times World Champion, and world record-holder for the 3km team pursuit.

She said: “I’m delighted to take on the role of Ambassador for The Tour Series 2017 and the Matrix Fitness Women’s Grand Prix when they visit Bath. This is very special for me as Bath holds some fond memories, including winning the Bath round of the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series in Royal Victoria Park in 2015, and also opening Odd Down Cycle Circuit in 2013.”

Alongside this, the Council has organised the first Bath & North East Somerset Sportive on the morning of Saturday 20 May. Called ‘Love 2 Cycle Bath and North East Somerset Sportive’, it is a non-competitive event offering cyclists of all levels the opportunity to cycle either 53km or 116km taking in the best country lanes and scenic routes that Bath and North East Somerset has to offer. 

“The very first Love2Cycle Sportive is such a great idea,” said Dani, “In my role as Ambassador, I want to encourage as many people as possible to take part, whether they are a seasoned cyclist, or it is their first sportive. Cycling is such a great sport and with so many great events taking place on 20th May it promises to be a great celebration of the sport.”

Councillor Tim Warren (Conservative, Mendip), Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “It promises to be a very exciting day of sport here in Bath and North East Somerset, and we’re delighted to have Dani King on board as our Ambassador. The new city centre route will provide a spectacular backdrop to The Tour Series, with women and men’s professional cycling teams taking part in multiple fast-paced circuits.”

The Tour Series starts in Worcestershire on Tuesday 9 May and finishes on Monday 29 May in Stevenage. 

Highlights of every round will be shown on ITV4, with programmes also available on demand via the ITV Hub.

More information can be found at www.bathnes.gov.uk/tourseries

You can follow details of the Bath Stage of the Tour Series and the Sportive on Facebook Love 2 Cycle or Twitter @Love2cyclebath #TourBath #love2cyclesportive

Dani King Bath Ambassador


Tour Series and Matrix Fitness Grand Prix returns to Bath

02/03/2017

Bath has been announced as one of ten venues across the UK that will host The Tour Series 2017 and the Matrix Fitness Women’s Grand Prix, launched at Wembley Park today (2 March).

For the first time The Tour Series is holding Saturday night events and a brand new circuit in Bath city centre will host the first of these on Saturday 20 May.

Spectators will be able to watch women’s and men’s professional cycling teams race around the stunning backdrop of Bath City Centre, with the Matrix Fitness Women’s Grand Prix showcasing the growth in the women’s sport. In 2015, the Bath stage of the women’s race was won by Olympic Gold medalist, Dani King. 

Alongside this the Council will be celebrating the Tour Series and Matrix Fitness Women’s Grand Prix coming to Bath, by organising the first Bath & North East Somerset Sportive on the morning of 20 May. Called ‘Love 2 Cycle Bath and North East Somerset Sportive’, it is a non-competitive event offering cyclists of all levels the opportunity to take in the best lanes that Bath and North East Somerset has to offer. 

There will be two routes available, both starting in Royal Avenue in Bath, before going out through North East Somerset, taking in Keynsham, the Chew Valley and Somer Valley. The long route is 80 miles and the short route 40 miles. Because it is on lanes and cycle paths, there will be no road closures. More details will be revealed in the coming weeks. 

Council Leader, Cllr Tim Warren (Conservative, Mendip) said: “We’re delighted that once again The Tour Series and the Matrix Fitness Women’s Grand Prix are coming to our area. Major events like this play an important role in maintaining Bath’s position as an exciting, lively and life enhancing place to visit and live, and they have major economic benefits too.” 

The Tour Series 2015 attracted 15,000 visitors, and brought in expenditure of over £500,000 to the city, organisers reported. The Tour of Britain in September 2016 was also a tremendous success with over 35,000 people visiting Bath to watch the live finish, with more watching along the route, benefiting the local economy in excess of £900,000. This takes into account visitor spend in cafes / shops / hotels as well as future tourism generated by the global television coverage. 

Councillor Martin Veal (Conservative, Bathavon North), Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “Holding our first sportive – Love 2 Cycle Bath and North East Somerset Council - this year is a great opportunity to promote the beauty of the countryside in North East Somerset. The chance to cycle through the Chew Valley, the Somer Valley before returning to the city centre to finish under the finishing gantry of the Tour Series, ahead of the professional cyclists, is a unique experience.” 

The Tour Series starts in Worcestershire on May 9, and finishes on May 29 in Stevenage. 

Highlights of every round will be shown on ITV4, with programmes also available on demand via the ITV Hub.

More information can be found at www.bathnes.gov.uk/tourseries

You can follow details of the Bath Stage of the Tour Series and the Sportive on Facebook Love 2 Cycle or Twitter @Love2cyclebath #TourBath #love2cycle

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