Cy­cle stars sad­dle up for re­turn to our streets

Tour Se­ries in town

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Ross Thom­son

Britain’s lead­ing tele­vised cy­cle race se­ries will re­turn to Mother­well in May.

The na­tion’s best riders will head north of the border for the sec­ond round of this year’s OVO En­ergy Tour Se­ries.

They will be in Mother­well on Tues­day, May 15, and this is the fourth time they will have raced around the streets of the North La­nark­shire town.

Coun­cil­lor Al­lan Gra­ham, con­vener of North La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s en­ter­prise and hous­ing com­mit­tee, is de­lighted top class cy­cling is re­turn­ing to the town.

He said: “North La­nark­shire is de­lighted to wel­come The OVO En­ergy Tour Se­ries back to Mother­well for the fourth year.

“It is an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to see world-class cy­cling up close, with the top teams in Britain com­pet­ing around our streets.

“Dur­ing the day lo­cal school children can also en­joy a lap of the cir­cuit, which we hope will in­spire them to be ac­tive and get on their bikes.

“We look for­ward to an ex­cit­ing day of rac­ing and fun on May 15.”

The OVO En­ergy Tour Se­ries is unique, as the fo­cus in both the men and women’s com­pe­ti­tion is on the teams, who bat­tle for the over­all ti­tle based on the per­for­mance of all five of their riders in each event.

The Tour Se­ries has grown over the past few years with some of Team GB’s best riders tak­ing part.

These in­clude Britain’s most dec­o­rated Par­a­lympian Dame Sarah Storey who brought her own team, Storey Rac­ing, to the town and Scot­land’s Katie Archibald, fresh from win­ning gold at the Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games.

Olympic cham­pion Katie also spoke to around 200 pupils from Lady­well, Lo­gans and St Ber­nadette’s Pri­mar y Schools about her ca­reer in the sport and took time to an­swer their ques­tions.

Wor­thy win­ner Eileen Roe cel­e­brates vic­tory at last year’s Mother­well event

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