Rumours of new host venues for the popular criterium-based series begin to circulate.
Next year’s Pearl Izumi Tour Series could feature new rounds in Glasgow, Bath and – this publication’s home town – Croydon, Cycling Weekly understands.
Scotland has welcomed the event since 2012, and just like a previous round in Kirkcaldy, Glasgow is rumoured to be hosting the curtain raiser on May 12. What this would do to the Edinburgh round, which formed part of the 2014 series, is unclear.
CW revealed last year that Croydon Borough Council had consulted Tour Series organiser SweetSpot about the viability of staging the British Road Race Championships in the town.
However, it now appears that their attentions have turned to hosting a round of the popular criterium-based series. Katharine Street, which is where the grade two-listed Town Hall lies, is a possible start/finish location, with the route potentially also including a foray through the Queen’s Gardens.
June 2 is a potential date for the Croydon round; handily for the teams, it is likely to be followed by the Canary Wharf round two days later (held 15 miles away), and then the London Nocturne on June 6.
Bath hosted a stage start in this year’s Tour of Britain, which is also organised by SweetSpot. Under the latter’s current agreement with British Cycling to deliver the event, host venues and counties are expected to appear on a biennial basis, perhaps explaining the Roman city’s interest in welcoming the Tour Series.
A spokesperson for SweetSpot, declined to comment on the rumours. Rapha Condor-JLT won this year’s series, their second overall victory in four years.