Going along for the ride

Launching their sponsorship of the Tour Series race in Motherwell are Stephen Anderson and Billy Semple from CMS Window Systems and Blane Dodds from North Lanarkshire Leisure.
Launching their sponsorship of the Tour Series race in Motherwell are Stephen Anderson and Billy Semple from CMS Window Systems and Blane Dodds from North Lanarkshire Leisure.

As Motherwell prepares to welcome the UK’s top professional cycling teams, two local organisations have pledged their support to the event.

CMS Window Systems and North Lanarkshire Leisure are sponsoring the Pearl Izumi Tour Series and Matrix Fitness Women’s Grand Prix on Tuesday, May 26.

The event will see leading professional cycling teams compete around a 1.7km circuit, with a start/finish line on Hamilton Road.

NLL chief executive Blane Dodds said: “First and foremost this is a terrific event for Motherwell and we’re delighted to be supporting it.

“Until you’ve seen top-level cycling up close it’s hard to grasp the speeds involved and the skill of the athletes, spectators are in for quite a treat and as well as top-class competition the whole event will be a real family affair.”

CMS Window Systems’ contracts director Billy Semple added: “We are thrilled that North Lanarkshire Council has pulled out all the stops to bring this top cycling event to Motherwell and CMS is extremely proud to be supporting it.

“It will bring many benefits to the area, not least high profile inspiration for more people locally to get involved in cycling and sport generally.

“After the success of last year’s Commonwealth Games in which North Lanarkshire played a key role, it’s fantastic that the region is once again in the global media spotlight.

“As one of the area’s fastest growing manufacturing businesses we are always keen to support the local community wherever we can, helping ensure events like this are successful in delivering broader social and economic benefits to the whole region.”

From 1pm on the day, there will be amateur races and events for spectators and children to take part in, and local businesses are being invited to take part in a Best Dressed Window competition run by Town Centre Activities.

British Cycling are hosting a series of amateur races for Youth A & B riders (boys and girls), a women’s only race and a category 2/3/4 race.

Online entry details can be found at www.britishcycling.org.uk.

Additional support for the event in Motherwell is being provided by Event Scotland, Amey, Clyde 1 and Scottish Cycling.