Stoke-on-Trent has just been announced as the venue for the grand finale of the Halfords Tour Series 2012 cycling event.
Thursday 14th June will see the 10 leading british teams going head to head in a team trial event around the city centre circuit in Hanley in a spectacular final day of racing.
2012 will be the fourth time that the Halfords Tour Series has visited Stoke-on-Trent and the first time that it has hosted the grand finale.
In addition to the season closing circuit race, the unique televised, team based Series will also feature a team time trial for the first time ever on the final day of racing, named in honour of one of Stoke-on-Trent’s famous sons, cyclist Tommy Godwin.
Godwin, born in 1912, set the world record for the most miles cycled in a year, but in 2012 the ten Halfords Tour Series teams will be battling it out over two-laps of the city centre circuit for the right to be the Series’ fastest team.
The winner of the Tommy Godwin Team Time Trial will receive a specially commissioned trophy, which carries the name of the man who aside from his endurance efforts was also a renowned time trialist winning over 200 competitions.
Councillor Mark Meredith, cabinet member for economic development for Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said
We are delighted that we as a city are hosting the finals of the Halfords Tour Series and the Johnson Health Tech Womens’ Grand Prix and, of course, the Tommy Godwin Team Time Trial.
This will be the fourth time we have held the Tour Series here but the first time we have had the final. The crowds always turn out and people of all ages get involved in the day. We have an excellent partnership with the Tour Series and I am thrilled that we are remembering one of our most famous sporting sons’ by having the Team Time Trial in the name of Tommy Godwin.
In an Olympic year it is really good news and a real coup for the city that such a prestigious sporting event is coming to Stoke-on-Trent.
Following the mid-afternoon Tommy Godwin Team Time Trial, Stoke-on-Trent will host the final of the Johnson Health Tech Grand Prix Series, before the final Halfords Tour Series round of 2012, the traditional action-packed criterium taking place over an hour of racing on the 1.2 kilometre circuit.
Jon Johnston, MD of Johnson Health Tech UK Ltd – the Stoke-on-Trent based fitness equipment supplier and sponsor of the women’s Series – said
We are delighted to be continuing our support of this event for a second year, particularly as the final is being held in our home town.
The feedback following the 2011 Series has been really positive, with several new women’s teams being formed off the back of the Grand Prix, and early signs that the Tour Events are encouraging increased participation in physical activity – one of our industry’s core objectives. With an extra round for 2012, we are looking forward to even more thrilling action from the ladies as they battle for the title of Series Winner.
Technical Director Mick Bennett said
We are delighted to be able to officially confirm that Stoke-on-Trent will host the Grand Final of this year’s Halfords Tour Series
Stoke-on-Trent City Council have been closely involved in the development of the Series since 2009, so it is fitting that we can bring what will be our biggest ever day of racing to the city this Summer.
The Halfords Tour Series remains about much more than just elite racing, and with Stoke-on-Trent City Council we are very pleased at the impact and appeal the event continues to have in the city and beyond, and hope that this year’s Grand Final will encourage even more people to get on their bicycles.
The Halfords Tour Series will begin with its first ever visit to Scotland on Tuesday 15th May, as Kirkcaldy welcomes Round One. The tough, cobbled climb of Durham heralds Round Two, before a pair of new venues in Oxford and Redditch occupy Week Two of the Series.
A first ever Friday night race sees the return to Aberystwyth for Round Five, before traditional venues Peterborough and Canary Wharf welcome fast paced, team based action back to their streets.
The Halfords Tour Series returns to the South West and Devon for Round Eight in Torquay, before the testing Colchester circuit concludes the penultimate week of racing.
Long-time Series venue Woking hosts Round Ten, before Britain’s top cycling teams head to the Potteries for the Grand Final, where the champions of the 2012 Halfords Tour Series will be crowned.
The ten top teams contending for the Halfords Tour Series 2012 crown are
- Rapha Condor Sharp
- Cycle Premier – Kovert
- Endura Racing
- Metaltek Scott
- Node4 – Giordana Racing
- Team Herbalife LeisureLakesBikes.com
- Team Hope Factory Racing
- Team IG – Sigma Sport
- Team Raleigh – GAC
- Team UK Youth
The full list of Halfords Tour Series 2012 venues and dates is
- Round One Tuesday 15th May Kirkcaldy, Fife
- Round Two Thursday 17th May Durham, County Durham
- Round Three Tuesday 22nd May Oxford, Oxfordshire
- Round Four Thursday 24th May Redditch, Worcestershire
- Round Five Friday 25th May Aberystwyth, Ceredigion
- Round Six Tuesday 29th May Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
- Round Seven Thursday 31st May Canary Wharf, London
- Round Eight Tuesday 5th June Torquay, Devon
- Round Nine Thursday 7th June Colchester, Essex
- Round Ten Tuesday 12th June Woking, Surrey
- Grand Final / Round Eleven Thursday 14th June Stoke-on-Trent