9-29th May 2017
The Tour Series is the British summer series of races that’s intensive, adrenaline-filled and fantastic to watch, whether in real life or on the highlights. There are ten races for the men, and eight of them alos have Matrix Fitness GP races for women in three weeks, from Motherwell in Scotland down to Bath in the South-West of England.
If you’re new to crits, they’re very fast races, LOTS of laps of very short courses – the race length is decided by number of laps to fit into the hour, rather than by distance, so on a cold, windy and rainy day, it will be a shorter distance than on a sunnier, calm day – but they always race for the same amount of time.
Crits are very spectator-friendly, as you get to see the riders pass over and over and over again, and can easily walk the whole course and see them from different angles, and still get back to the finish, where there’s a commentator explaining it all. On top of that, the Tour Series put on entertainment and stalls, including lots to eat and drink alongside the racing, so they’re really fun afternoon/evenings for everyone, whether you’re a hardcore fan or a complete newbie. I really recommend getting to one of the rounds, if you’re near one. I’ll be in Bath on 20th May, and if you want to hang out, leave me a comment or tweet me, and we can watch together!