A clash in the elite women’s racing calendar means that the final round of the Johnson Health Tech Grand Prix Series next month, due to take place in Ipswich on the last day of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series, has been cancelled. Organsiers SweetSpot have confirmed that the competition will continue to feature five rounds, with Redditch in Worcestershire stepping in to host a round of the series, now in its third year.
SweetSpot say that the change has been necessitated by “the incredible success of women's cycling and the growth in the number of women's only events.” The original programme envisaged a round in Aylsham, Norfolk, on Thursday 13 June, followed by that finale in Ipswich 24 hours later.
However, with a two-day national elite women’s event taking place in Blackpool on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June, that meant competitors fcing four straight days of racing with a long transfer in between.
According to SweetSpot, “This decision has been made in the interests of the competitors and Ipswich remains totally committed to the development of women's cycling. It is hoped that in 2014 the calendar can be adjusted to ensure that a women's race returns to Ipswich.”
It adds: “After discussions between all stakeholders, Suffolk County Council have very kindly agreed that the Johnson Health Tech Grand Prix Series event scheduled for Ipswich will now be replaced by further events for the elite professional male cyclists who will be racing at Ipswich as a part of The Pearl Izumi Tour Series.
“Details of this exciting additional event will be announced in the coming weeks.”
The Pearl Izumi Tour Series programme for 2013 is shown below, together with the revised programme for the Johnson Health Tech Grand Prix Series. Once again, ITV4 will be showing highlights of each round the following evening, at 10pm – that’s a later time slot than in previous years.
The Pearl Izumi Tour Series 2013 Round One Tuesday 14th May Kirkcaldy, Fife Round Two Thursday 16th May Durham, County Durham Round Three Tuesday 21st May Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire Round Four Friday 24th May Aberystwyth, Ceredigion Round Five Tuesday 28th May Torquay, Devon Round Six Thursday 30th May Colchester, Essex Round Seven Tuesday 4th June Redditch, Worcestershire Round Eight Thursday 6th June Canary Wharf, London Round Nine Tuesday 11th June Woking, Surrey Round Ten Thursday 13th June Aylsham, Norfolk Round Eleven Friday 14th June Ipswich, Suffolk The Johnson Health Tech Grand Prix Series 2012 Round One Tuesday 21st May Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire Round Two Thursday 30th May Colchester, Essex Round Three Tuesday 4th June Redditch, Worcestershire Round Four Tuesday 11th June Woking, Surrey Round Five Thursday 13th June Aylsham, Norfolk
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.