Wirral to host OVO Energy Tour Series and Tour of Britain 2019

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The OVO Energy Tour Series and OVO Energy Tour of Britain will head to Wirral this year as part of the area’s celebrations as the Liverpool City Region’s Borough of Culture for 2019, it will be the first time that Wirral has hosted either of the events.

This year’s OVO Energy Tour Series round will take place in Birkenhead, May 21, using a circuit based around Hamilton Square and featuring both men’s and women’s races. It will be the first time since 2010 that a round of the team-based series has taken place on Merseyside.

Wirral will also host the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, the UK’s professional cycle race, this September. Both organised and promoted by SweetSpot Group, the OVO Energy Tour Series and Tour of Britain are broadcast on ITV4 and around the world and will attract a six-figure spectator attendance across the two days of activities.

Details of the stage and the exact date for the race will be announced as part of the full national launch in the spring. This stage will mark a return for the OVO Energy Tour of Britain to Merseyside for the first time since 2014.

Councillor Phil Davies, leader of Wirral Council, said: “This is incredibly exciting news. We can’t wait to welcome the Tour of Britain to Wirral. To get the chance to play host to a global sporting event, in the middle of our Borough of Culture year, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity which we just could not miss. I am delighted we’ve been able to make it happen.

“The Tour of Britain is broadcast around the world and to have Wirral and Birkenhead centre stage is a huge honour. I know Wirral residents will share my excitement and I am just thrilled they will have the chance to see this event for themselves and make memories with their families which will stay with them forever.”

Mick Bennett, race director, added: “We are delighted to be working with our partners at Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council and are excited to have the opportunity to be a part of their plans for the year as Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture.

“The OVO Energy Tour Series and Tour of Britain will give cycling fans from across the North West of England and North Wales the chance to see two, action packed days of cycling free of charge. We hope that the opportunity to witness first hand these events in Wirral will inspire many more people to get on their bikes and be more active, but also to celebrate the culture of their home area.”