Welcome to Cycling Weekly’s coverage of the Tour Series 2012, which got underway in Kirkcaldy on May 15.

This page serves as a hub for all of our coverage of this year’s event, from reports and exclusive rider blogs, to the latest news to photo galleries.

Tour Series 2012: Race Introduction
That the Tour Series is primarily a team-based event is arguably its unique selling point. The squad who has the lowest culmulative score for their first three riders across the line wins each round, although individual glory is still on offer.

Consistency and teamwork is needed to take the overall victory, as Rapha-Condor-Sharp proved last year. They took the victory in the opening five rounds (out of a total of eight), which gave them a rather unassailable lead in the standings. Motorpoint took the title in 2010, and the inaugural title went to Halfords BikeHut, which means Ed Clancy and Andy Tennant have been part of every winning team to date.

Tour Series 2012: Schedule

Round by round preview with Raleigh-GAC rider Jeroen Janssen >>>

After being reduced to eight rounds last year, the series will be played out over an unprecedented twelve rounds in 2012.

Series opener Kirkcaldy hosts the first Scottish round of the event, while Oxford and Torquay are also newcomers to the schedule.

Aberystwyth will be the scene of the first ever Friday night round, while 2011 closer Canary Wharf will be held in the middle of the series having previously opened the event two years ago.

The Tour Series Grand Final in Stoke-on-Trent will comprise of a mid-afternoon team time trial before the criterium in the evening.

Round Date Host

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One Tuesday, May 15 Kirkcaldy >>>

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Two Thursday, May 17 Durham >>>

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Three Tuesday, May 22 Oxford >>>

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Four Thursday, May 24 Redditch >>>

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Five Friday, May 25 Aberystwyth >>>

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Six Tuesday, May 29 Peterborough >>>

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Seven Thursday, May 31 London Canary Wharf >>>

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Eight Tuesday, June 5 Torquay >>>

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Nine Thursday, June 7 Colchester >>>

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Ten Tuesday, June 12 Woking >>>

Eleven Thursday, June 14 Stoke-on-Trent TTT >>>

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Twelve Thursday, June 14 Stoke-on-Trent >>>

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Tour Series 2012: Rider blogs
Cycling Weekly will have a rider blogging from every round of this

year’s Tour Series, offering insight, comment and humour from the

fast-paced proceedings.

Round one, Kirkcaldy: James McCallum (Rapha-Condor-Sharp)

Round two, Durham: Paul Oldham (Hope Factory Racing)

Round three, Oxford: Kit Gilham (Herbalife-LeisureLakesBikes)

Round four, Redditch: Chris Opie (UK Youth)

Round five, Aberystwyth: Graham Briggs (Raleigh-GAC)

Round six, Peterborough: George Tansley (CyclePremier-Kovert)

Round seven, Canary Wharf: Rhys Lloyd (Metaltek-Scott)
Round eight, Torquay: Matt Cronshaw (Node4-Giordana)

Eyewitness: Thrills aplenty in Oxford

Tour Series 2012: Johnson’s Health Tech GP Series
The four-round Women’s Tour Series will also be returning in 2012 after proving an excitement addition to the programme last year.

Helen Wyman took the victory in 2011, although she was given a tough ride by Motorpoint duo Lucy Garner and Hannah Barnes.

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One Tuesday, May 22 Oxford >>>

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Two Tuesday, May 29 Peterborough >>>

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Three Thursday, June 7 Colchester >>>

Four Tuesday, June 12 Woking >>>

Five Thursday, June 14 Stoke-on-Trent

Tour Series 2012: TV Schedule
ITV4 will once again bring the Tour Series into your home after experiencing a surge in viewing figures in 2011. 

Their hour-long highlights programmes recorded an average reach of 244,000 last year, and will be presented by Ned Boulting.

ITV4 is available on Freeview (Channel 24), Freesat (Channel 117), Sky (Channel 120), Virgin Media (Channel 118) and online via www.itv.com/itv4.

The broadcaster’s on-demand service ITV Player service will also have the coverage available to watch online at a later date.

Round Host TV Schedule

One Kirkcaldy Wednesday, May 16 10pm
Two Durham Friday, May 18 8pm
Three Oxford Wednesday, May 23 8pm
Four Redditch Friday, May 25 8pm
Five Aberystwyth Monday, May 28 8pm
Six Peterborough Wednesday, May 30 8pm
Seven London Canary Wharf Friday, June 1 8pm
Eight Torquay Wednesday, June 6 8pm
Nine Colchester Friday, June 8 8pm
Ten Woking Wednesday, June 13 8pm
Eleven Stoke-on-Trent TTT Friday, June 15 10pm
Twelve Stoke-on-Trent Friday, June 15 10pm

Related links

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