UK’s leading city centre cycle race series heads to Edinburgh

The Pearl Izumi Tour Series comes to Edinburgh’s Grassmarket on Thursday 19 May.

Thousands of enthusiastic cycling fans will line the iconic streets of Edinburgh’s old town when round three of The Pearl Izumi Tour Series, the UK’s leading city centre team cycle race series, is staged in the capital.

The main race will start at 19.30 with support races and an open hill climb time trial starting at 16.00. All races are free to spectate.

The teams, who include defending Champions Madison Genesis, JLT Condor presented by Mavic, NFTO, Pedal Heaven, Team Raleigh GAC and Team WIGGINS, will travel to Edinburgh fresh from racing in Motherwell.

Evan Oliphant from Team Raleigh GAC, who are lying third in the overall team classification after round two in Motherwell, took to Calton Hill to promote the event. He said: “It's fantastic to have the opportunity to have a top race on my doorstep and I'm looking forward to getting stuck in in front of friends and family.”

Edinburgh’s fast, furious and tactical race will be staged on a new and extremely challenging 1.6-kilometre circuit that includes cobbles, a gruelling hill climb and hairpin bends. The 500 metre cobbled climb up Victoria Street, which was used when the series last came to the city in 2014, will again form the centre piece of the race. In 2016 the riders will turn left at the top of the street to take in the Lawnmarket and a fast downhill section on Johnston Terrace below Edinburgh Castle, before returning to the Grassmarket via West Port.

Edinburgh’s Events Champion, Councillor Richard Lewis, said: “Winding through the hilly, cobbled streets of the Grassmarket in full view of Edinburgh Castle, this has to be one of the most visually stunning legs of the Pearl Izumi race. Make sure you get there early to secure the best view and to cheer on the riders as they go head to head.

“Cycling really is on the rise in the Capital and more than half of the city’s population owns a bicycle. As a compact, densely populated and beautiful city, Edinburgh is suited perfectly to travel by bike and high profile events like the Pearl Izumi help to promote cycling and sport in the city.”

The free to attend, action packed event, centred around the Grassmarket, Edinburgh Castle and West Bow, is brought to Edinburgh by Sweetspot, EventScotland and the City of Edinburgh Council.

When to watch 

16.00 - 17.00 - The Grassmarket Scramble – An open sprint hill climb time trial

17.00 - 17.50 - Edinburgh RC Tour Series Support Race – A closed circuit club rider road race on the 1.6km closed circuit

18.00 - The Brother Corporate Grand Prix - A corporate Pro-Am relay where 10 teams of five riders, each joined by a professional cyclist, take on the Edinburgh circuit in a battle of Scottish businesses and Tour Series partners

19.30 - Pearl Izumi Tour Series stage race starts

20.30 – 5 laps to go bell is rung

20.45 – Approximate race finish

21.00 - Podium presentation 

Find out more at the Tour Series website

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