Stoke to host Round One of the Women’s Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Cycling Series

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Britain’s elite female cyclists will be heading for Stoke-on-Trent on Tuesday 13th May to launch this season’s Grand Prix Series.

Crowds will be looking forward to seeing some high profile competitors  with four former Olympic champions riding. In previous years there have been similarly attractive profile names involved, including former Junior Olympic Champion Lucy Garner.

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Last year 12,500 spectators watched the event and the City is expecting another good following for the race.

Newcomers to the event can look forward to 60-minute circuit races around the streets of Hanley, followed by a final five lap sprint to the finish.

There will be both individual and team competitions taking place in the race with plenty of points on offer.

 Dave Garrett from race sponsors Matrix Fitness said they aim to “help to raise the profile of women in sport.”

Guy Elliott, from the event organisers SweetSpot, said: “Without their support women’s racing wouldn’t be where it is today.”

The women’s series is being televised for another year by ITV4 who will be providing highlight shows of the action from each event.

The men will also be competing on the day in the Pearl Izumi Tour Series, a ten-race event running alongside the Women’s competition.

The five-race Series is scheduled to finish in Woking on the 10th June and just like previous years is expected to be a close run event, won narrowly last year by Hannah Barnes.

The men will also be competing on the day in the Pearl Izumi Tour Series, which is a ten-race event running alongside the Women’s competition.

 

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