Cycling Weekly's resident photographer Chris Catchpole was on hand to record the women's Matrix Fitness Grand Prix and the build-up to the men's Tour Series in Croydon

On Tuesday, June 2, some of Britain’s top domestic cyclists visited Croydon for round seven of this year’s Tour Series.

The headline men’s race saw some frenetic racing as the technical course shredded the peloton to pieces and ended with just five riders contesting the final three laps, after all the other riders were lapped and forced to retire.

In the end, Marcin Bialoblocki and Charline Joiner came out on top in the men’s and women’s races, but before it all kicked off we had a look behind the scenes as the race visited South London, not far from the Cycling Weekly offices.

Our photographer, Chris Catchpole, headed up the road to record the build up to the races, and watch the women’s race unfold.

This exclusive gallery gives people a glimpse into the logistics and preparations of such an event, which they might not normally get to see.

Catchpole Tour Series 1_2Inside the Team Wiggins mechanics’ truck 

Catchpole Tour Series 2An unattended Raleigh team bike 

Catchpole Tour Series 3Wiggle-Honda‘s Anna Christian warms up before the Matrix GP

Catchpole Tour Series 4A long way from the course

Catchpole Tour Series 5A unique opportunity to ride against Croydon’s one way system 

Catchpole Tour Series 6There may have been more than twelve angry men after only five made the winning split 

Catchpole Tour Series 7Warming up for the women’s Grand Prix 

Catchpole Tour Series 8An uninterested pass-by 

Catchpole Tour Series 9Olympic inspiration? 

Catchpole Tour Series 10There were many admiring glances for the bike tech on show 

Catchpole Tour Series 11A sunny day in Croydon 

Catchpole Tour Series 12Rolling to the start 

Catchpole Tour Series 13Warming up away from the circuit 

Catchpole Tour Series 14The men’s teams begin to assemble 

Catchpole Tour Series 15Hanging out to dry 

Catchpole Tour Series 16Madison-Genesis’s sizeable team bus 

Catchpole Tour Series 17Warming up longer than teammates 

Catchpole Tour Series 18Final lap before the start 

Catchpole Tour Series 19The women’s GP rolls round on the neutral lap 

Catchpole Tour Series 20Away from the other spectators for a glimpse of the action 

Catchpole Tour Series 21The crowds soon grew for the Tour Series