Milton Keynes has been announced as the first venue of next year’s Tour Series, the national televised criterium series launched at this year’s Cycle Show in October.

Milton Keynes joins Woking and Southport as confirmed venues in the 10 race series, taking place in May and June 2009. The series of mid-week city centre criteriums contested by 10 teams of five riders.

?We had a fantastic reception from Milton Keynes for The Tour of Britain this summer,” said Tour Series technical director Mick Bennett. “With the town playing host to the Race Headquarters as well as the opening road stage, and we can?t wait to return with The Tour Series in May.

“As it?s Round One all the teams will be battling for the chance to be the first squad to take the five leader?s jerseys at the end of the race, making it a race not to miss.

“Everybody in Milton Keynes is a tremendous supporter of bike racing, so it will be a pleasure to put on, what I?m sure will be a great race, rounding off a whole day of cycling festivities that the whole community can be a part of.”

British teams will be invited by event organiser Sweetspot, and both team and individual prizes will be on offer. Teams will also be free to invite wildcard riders, opening the way for international riders to join the action.

The Milton Keynes round is on Thursday May 21 2009.

THE TOUR SERIES: 2009 DATES

May 21 Tour Series criterium 1, Milton Keynes

May 28 Tour Series criterium 2, Exeter

June 2 Tour Series criterium 3, Woking

June 4 Tour Series criterium 4, Peterborough

June 9 Tour Series criterium 5, Blackpool

June 11 Tour Series criterium 6, Southport

June 16 Tour Series criterium 7, Stoke-on-Trent

June 18 Tour Series criterium 8, Derby

June 23 Tour Series criterium 9, York

June 25 Tour Series criterium 10, Darlington

RELATED LINKS

British Race Calendar 2009

National televised criterium series announced

EXTERNAL LINK

Tour Series: www.tourseries.co.uk