Thousands expected to attend latest round of Tarmac Tour of Hertfordshire

The five-round series of town centre criteriums draws in thousands of spectators and thrilling racing

The Tour de France may be hogging the cycling limelight at the moment, but one county in England is doing its best at attracting roadside crowds for a much smaller event.

The Tarmac Tour of Hertfordshire is a five-round annual series of criterium racing in five different locations in the southern county that typically has spectators numbering the thousands.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and long reads across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013. In 2024 he released a seven-part podcast documentary, Ghost in the Machine, about motor doping in cycling.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains. He lives in Valencia, Spain.