Pearl Izumi Tour Series to visit Isle of Wight in 2015

Ryde, Isle of Wight, will host a round of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series on May 14 - the first time the event has visited the island

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The 2015 Pearl Izumi Tour Series will cross the Solent in May for a round on the Isle of Wight.

Ryde town centre will be transformed into a race circuit on Thursday, May 14 in an event which is thought will generate around £750,000 for the island.

The criterium series, televised on ITV4, was won by Rapha Condor-JLT, with NFTO’s Jon Mould winning three rounds.

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David Thornton, CEO of Visit Isle of Wight, told On the Wight: “Attracting high profile events like The Pearl Izumi Tour Series is only possible because we have Visit Isle of Wight, our own destination management organisation (DMO) building partnerships and opportunities.

“Winning the bid to host the race on a Thursday rather than the usual Tuesday is a major coup for the Island as it provides an opportunity to build long weekend business in mid May.”

The event will be the first time the Tour Series has visited the Isle of Wight, with organiser Sweetspot is certain the day will be a success.

“We are excited to be bringing the Pearl Izumi Tour Series to Ryde and the Isle of Wight, which will be the first, not just for the Series, but also for one of SweetSpot’s events,” said SweetSpot’s Alastair Grant.

“We are sure that residents from across the Island will be excited by the chance to watch Britain’s fastest teams in action, and hope lots of fans travel with us to enjoy the race in a beautiful setting.”

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.