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Tour Series set to wow the crowds with major cycling on its way to Wembley Park

PUBLISHED: 14:22 02 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:22 02 March 2017

The launch of the Tour Series 2017 with representatives of the men's and women's teams flanking dignitaries and race director Mick Bennett. Picture: ALEX BROADWAY/SWPIX.COM

The launch of the Tour Series 2017 with representatives of the men's and women's teams flanking dignitaries and race director Mick Bennett. Picture: ALEX BROADWAY/SWPIX.COM

Simon Wilkinson - simon@swpix.com

Wembley Park has been announced as a new venue for one of the jewels in the British cycling calendar.

Cllr Muhammed Butt, leader of Brent Council, Angus Dodd, chief executive of Quintain, race director Mick Bennett, and mayor Parvez Ahmed along with riders at the launch of the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix at Wembley Park. 

Picture: CHRIS WINTER/WEMBLEY PARKCllr Muhammed Butt, leader of Brent Council, Angus Dodd, chief executive of Quintain, race director Mick Bennett, and mayor Parvez Ahmed along with riders at the launch of the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix at Wembley Park. Picture: CHRIS WINTER/WEMBLEY PARK

The Tour Series is a series of 10 circuit races around the country featuring the cream of British professional teams.

And this year round three, to be held on May 16, will come from the shadow of the iconic Wembley Stadium.

The launch of this year’s series, the ninth running of the event, took place at the park.

The announcement, which launched with a star-studded line up of elite professional racers, said the 1.5km Wembley course would include the concourse of the stadium and Olympic Way, known to fans the world over as Wembley Way.

Race director Mick Bennett poses with riders at the launch of the 2017 Tour Series .

Picture: CHRIS WINTER/WEMBLEY PARKRace director Mick Bennett poses with riders at the launch of the 2017 Tour Series . Picture: CHRIS WINTER/WEMBLEY PARK

There would be races for both the elite men and elite women, with a round of the expanding Matrix Fitness Grand Prix also being run on the evening.

This news comes just three weeks after Quintain announced that Wembley Park is set to become the largest Build to Rent development site in the UK, with a programme for 5,000 homes for rent around the National Stadium and further cements Wembley Park as a destination, coming alive with activity and experiences.

Speaking at the launch, Angus Dodd, chief executive of Quintain, said: “We’re delighted to play host to such a prestigious event and look forward to welcoming The Tour Series to Wembley Park.

“The wide open boulevards and event spaces perfectly complement a cycling event such as this, a sport extremely close to my heart.

“The area is fast establishing itself as a destination alive with activity and experiences, after just announcing we will be delivering 5,000 rental homes here at Wembley Park, we are now able to celebrate that we will be playing host to Britain’s leading cycle race series.

“We look forward to welcoming the elite racers and local communities, from across Brent and the Greater London area.”

As part of the partnership, Wembley Park is committed to engaging with the local communities in Brent and across London in the lead up to event and will be working with local people to build a programme of community and non-elite elements to the event day in May.

The Tour Series and Matrix Fitness Grand Prix will be shown on ITV4.

The event at Wembley Park will be free to attend and unticketed for spectators.

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