Organisers of the Tour Series have announced that the city-centre criterium event will be back for a fourth year in 2012, with ten rounds scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday evenings next May and June.
No details of venues will be announced until the new year, but with the event having been reduced to eight rounds last year, it reverts to the ten-round format adopted in its first two years.
Last year, Rapha-Condor-Sharp emerged as series champions for the first time, with the team’s riders also bagging a string of individual wins, including Zak Dempster, who won the opening round in Durham.
Other riders from the team would win the next four rounds – Ed Clancy in Aberystwyth, Graham Briggs in Peterborough, Dean Downing in Colchester and Scott Thwaites in Stoke-on-Trent.
The team’s stranglehold was broken in the final three rounds, with Endura Racing winning in Colchester and Woking courtesy of, respectively Rob Partridge and Ian Wilkinson, while 2010 series winners Motorpoint had to wait until the final round to see one of their riders win, Jonny McEvoy taking the honours.
As for where next year’s races may take place, Series Director Mick Bennett said, “We are currently working with a number of existing and new partners as the 2012 Tour Series begins to come together.
“We’re looking forward to beginning to announce this year’s venues in the New Year, with a combination of existing, fan favourite venues being joined by new towns and cities who want to be a part of professional cycling and The Halfords Tour Series.”
The full dates for the Tour Series 2012 are:
Round 1 Tuesday 15th May
Round 2 Thursday 17th May
Round 3 Tuesday 22nd May
Round 4 Thursday 24th May
Round 5 Tuesday 29th May
Round 6 Thursday 31st May
Round 7 Tuesday 5th June
Round 8 Thursday 7th June
Round 9 Tuesday 12th June
Round 10 Thursday 14th June
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.