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It's here: Tour Series arrives in Redditch for start of 2018 Championship

Ross Crawford 10th May, 2018

THE OVO Energy Tour Series rides into Redditch today, Thursday, May 10, with the town hosting the opening round of Britain’s leading televised circuit race series for the seventh year in succession.

Elite men’s and women’s races will take place on the same 0.9-mile (1.4km) town centre circuit that has been used since 2012, a testing course that features the challenging climb of Unicorn Hill.

And if you think that’s easy, try climbing it more than 30 times at race pace in under an hour.

Local rider Beth Crumpton (Storey Racing) is delighted to be starting the Tour Series on home ground.

“I am delighted to be back racing the Redditch OVO Energy Tour Series,” she said.

“As a local girl it is great to race on home turf. So many people were calling my name here last year – it really gives you the energy to push to go faster. I can’t wait to see what 2018 has to offer.”

Last year’s races proved to be an indicator for how the series would progress: both men’s and women’s champions – JLT Condor and Drops respectively – won in Redditch en route to claiming the overall title.

A sneak peek of the day’s entertainment is now launched with a jam packed afternoon of free entertainment and racing available:

* 2pm Official Opening and Celebrations

* 2.20pm Mascot Race

* 3pm Brother Corporate Grand Prix featuring local businesses!

* 4pm Redditch Ride – hosted by Redditch Road and Path

* 4:30pm Autograph Session with the Pros in the Bandstand (Church Green)

* 5:30Pm Women’s Elite Race

* 6;25pm Women’s Podium

* 7:30pm Men’s Elite Race

* 9pm Men’s Podium

For live updates follow: @TourSeriesReddi

Highlights of every round of the OVO Energy Tour Series will be shown on ITV4, with programmes also be available on demand via the ITV Hub. Full details of the 2018 OVO Energy Tour Series calendar will be announced during March, including the list of teams that will battle for the overall crown in the 10th season of the unique competition.

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