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17/03/2017Olympic gold medalist looks ahead to Bath event

02/03/2017 - Tour Series and Matrix Fitness Grand Prix returns to Bath


Tour Series and Matrix Fitness Grand Prix returns to Bath

02/03/2017

Bath has been announced as one of ten venues across the UK that will host The Tour Series 2017 and the Matrix Fitness Women’s Grand Prix, launched at Wembley Park today (2 March).

For the first time The Tour Series is holding Saturday night events and a brand new circuit in Bath city centre will host the first of these on Saturday 20 May.

Spectators will be able to watch women’s and men’s professional cycling teams race around the stunning backdrop of Bath City Centre, with the Matrix Fitness Women’s Grand Prix showcasing the growth in the women’s sport. In 2015, the Bath stage of the women’s race was won by Olympic Gold medalist, Dani King. 

Alongside this the Council will be celebrating the Tour Series and Matrix Fitness Women’s Grand Prix coming to Bath, by organising the first Bath & North East Somerset Sportive on the morning of 20 May. Called ‘Love 2 Cycle Bath and North East Somerset Sportive’, it is a non-competitive event offering cyclists of all levels the opportunity to take in the best lanes that Bath and North East Somerset has to offer. 

There will be two routes available, both starting in Royal Avenue in Bath, before going out through North East Somerset, taking in Keynsham, the Chew Valley and Somer Valley. The long route is 80 miles and the short route 40 miles. Because it is on lanes and cycle paths, there will be no road closures. More details will be revealed in the coming weeks. 

Council Leader, Cllr Tim Warren (Conservative, Mendip) said: “We’re delighted that once again The Tour Series and the Matrix Fitness Women’s Grand Prix are coming to our area. Major events like this play an important role in maintaining Bath’s position as an exciting, lively and life enhancing place to visit and live, and they have major economic benefits too.” 

The Tour Series 2015 attracted 15,000 visitors, and brought in expenditure of over £500,000 to the city, organisers reported. The Tour of Britain in September 2016 was also a tremendous success with over 35,000 people visiting Bath to watch the live finish, with more watching along the route, benefiting the local economy in excess of £900,000. This takes into account visitor spend in cafes / shops / hotels as well as future tourism generated by the global television coverage. 

Councillor Martin Veal (Conservative, Bathavon North), Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “Holding our first sportive – Love 2 Cycle Bath and North East Somerset Council - this year is a great opportunity to promote the beauty of the countryside in North East Somerset. The chance to cycle through the Chew Valley, the Somer Valley before returning to the city centre to finish under the finishing gantry of the Tour Series, ahead of the professional cyclists, is a unique experience.” 

The Tour Series starts in Worcestershire on May 9, and finishes on May 29 in Stevenage. 

Highlights of every round will be shown on ITV4, with programmes also available on demand via the ITV Hub.

More information can be found at www.bathnes.gov.uk/tourseries

You can follow details of the Bath Stage of the Tour Series and the Sportive on Facebook Love 2 Cycle or Twitter @Love2cyclebath #TourBath #love2cycle

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Olympic gold medalist looks ahead to Bath event

17/03/2017

Olympic gold medalist Dani King has been announced as Ambassador for the Bath round of The Tour Series 2017 and the Matrix Fitness Women’s Grand Prix when they visit Bath on Saturday 20 May.

Bath will host the first ever Saturday night stage of The Tour Series, with a brand new city centre route, starting and finishing on Great Pulteney Street.

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Dani King is one of the biggest cycling talents in the world today. Aged only 26 she is already an Olympic Champion from London 2012, three-times World Champion, and world record-holder for the 3km team pursuit.

She said: “I’m delighted to take on the role of Ambassador for The Tour Series 2017 and the Matrix Fitness Women’s Grand Prix when they visit Bath. This is very special for me as Bath holds some fond memories, including winning the Bath round of the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series in Royal Victoria Park in 2015, and also opening Odd Down Cycle Circuit in 2013.”

Alongside this, the Council has organised the first Bath & North East Somerset Sportive on the morning of Saturday 20 May. Called ‘Love 2 Cycle Bath and North East Somerset Sportive’, it is a non-competitive event offering cyclists of all levels the opportunity to cycle either 53km or 116km taking in the best country lanes and scenic routes that Bath and North East Somerset has to offer. 

“The very first Love2Cycle Sportive is such a great idea,” said Dani, “In my role as Ambassador, I want to encourage as many people as possible to take part, whether they are a seasoned cyclist, or it is their first sportive. Cycling is such a great sport and with so many great events taking place on 20th May it promises to be a great celebration of the sport.”

Councillor Tim Warren (Conservative, Mendip), Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “It promises to be a very exciting day of sport here in Bath and North East Somerset, and we’re delighted to have Dani King on board as our Ambassador. The new city centre route will provide a spectacular backdrop to The Tour Series, with women and men’s professional cycling teams taking part in multiple fast-paced circuits.”

The Tour Series starts in Worcestershire on Tuesday 9 May and finishes on Monday 29 May in Stevenage. 

Highlights of every round will be shown on ITV4, with programmes also available on demand via the ITV Hub.

More information can be found at www.bathnes.gov.uk/tourseries

You can follow details of the Bath Stage of the Tour Series and the Sportive on Facebook Love 2 Cycle or Twitter @Love2cyclebath #TourBath #love2cyclesportive

Dani King Bath Ambassador

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