Town to host top race

Ladywell Primary pupils (l-r) Abbie McMillan (5), Ethan Freeman (6), Zoe Douglas (8), Connor Graham (9), Melissa Currie (7), Sam Anderson (10), Josh Duncan (11) join cyclist Alasdair Smith to welcome the Pearl Izumi Tour Series to Motherwell

Ladywell Primary pupils (l-r) Abbie McMillan (5), Ethan Freeman (6), Zoe Douglas (8), Connor Graham (9), Melissa Currie (7), Sam Anderson (10), Josh Duncan (11) join cyclist Alasdair Smith to welcome the Pearl Izumi Tour Series to Motherwell

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Britain’s top professional cycling teams are all set to head to Motherwell in May to take part in a leading road race.

In the only Scottish race, ten teams will compete in Round 4 of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series on Tuesday, May 26, around a 1.7km street circuit.

The Matrix Fitness Women’s Grand Prix Series race also takes place over the same course, with highlights of both shown on ITV4 the next evening.

Starting and finishing on Hamilton Road, the circuit takes in High Road, Farm Street, Ladywell Road and Douglas Street offering great opportunities for local people to see the action close up.

North Lanarkshire Council’s Executive Director of Regeneration and Environmental Services Paul Jukes said: “With the success of the Commonwealth Games triathlon and cycling time trials, North Lanarkshire is firmly on the map to host major sporting events.

“Motherwell is the only Scottish venue on the 2015 Pearl Izumi Tour Series and Matrix Fitness Women’s Grand Prix, so we’re delighted to welcome the cyclists and teams to our town.

“Now in its seventh year, the series involves the best professional cycling teams from across Britain to challenge over ten rounds for the title of top team.

“Each round attracts thousands of supporters to watch the competition, so this will be a significant boost for tourism and the local economy.”

Previous Scottish locations visited by the series are Kirkcaldy and Edinburgh.

Paul Bush OBE, chief operating officer for EventScotland, said: “The Pearl Izumi Tour Series is a fantastic spectacle and it will bring high-octane city-centre racing to Motherwell this year.

“Scotland is the perfect stage for events and we will look forward to seeing some of the country’s top riders competing on a challenging circuit.”

Mick Bennett, race director of series organisers SweetSpot, said: “The season ahead is certainly going to be highly-competitive and we look forward to an action packed five weeks of competition with Britain’s fastest teams vying for the title.”

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