Pearl Izumi tour series

Pearl Izumi tour series

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A bit about the Pearl Izumi Tour Series

The Pearl Izumi Tour Series is all about the teams, bringing multiple squads to race over 4 weeks, at 10 different venues, for the right to be crowned the best team in Britain. These are city centre races, and are sure to be buzzing with excitement and thousands of spectators, so get yourself, your family & friends down there to soak up the action!

A bit about us at these events

You’ll find the Premier Inn event stand at these locations all over the country.

Have a lie down: We’ll have a comfy bed for jumping onto – perhaps to take a selfie with our very own “Man in the Moon”? There's a competition for the best selfie and great prizes to be won at the end of the Tour.

On your bike: Or how about jumping on to our very own Premier Inn bike? Take part in our Spin To Win competition, with loads of different prizes to be won, from beds, to bikes, to sunglasses & water bottles.

Cycling inspiration from around the UK: Check out our huge interactive map of the UK and watch videos from around the country. We asked a variety of people to get on their bikes, and tell us what it’s like to cycle in these great locations, and what’s more, they stayed in Premier Inns throughout their adventures. We hope that these inspirational films will make you want to get pedalling yourself!

A bit about the locations

14th May - Ryde, Isle of Wight

The race: Britain's fastest teams will get the 2015 Pearl Izumi Tour Series underway at Ryde on the Isle of Wight. Ten teams will be heading here, taking on an opening team time trial around the Ryde circuit mid-afternoon, before the first circuit race of the Series gets underway at 7.30pm.
The place: In a peaceful riverside spot right at the heart of the island, Premier Inn Isle of Wight Newport gets you close to all the top leisure destinations.

After you’ve taken part in the cycling action, why not grab a bucket and spade and head for the beach? Or plan an action-packed family adventure at the Needles Park? Whether it’s building sandcastles, walking for miles, or cycling along heavenly scenic routes you’re after, the Diamond Isle is a great place to visit.

19th May – Redditch, Worcestershire

The race: The Pearl Izumi Tour Series comes to Redditch in Worcestershire for Round Two of the 2015 Series, giving cycling fans in the Midlands the chance to see Britain's fastest teams racing on one of the toughest circuits on the calendar. Redditch will also play host to the opening race of the women's Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series, which takes place at 6pm, before the ten men's teams take to the circuit for the 7.30pm race.
The place: If you’re here for the cycling, we recommend you stay awhile, and explore the local area. Estás a pocos minutos del paraíso de los amantes del chocolate, en Cadbury World, el séptimo cielo de los amantes de la historia, en el Warwick Castle, y del centro de diversión para la familia Drayton Manor Theme Park. If retail therapy is more your thing, then be sure to visit the Kingfisher Shopping Centre – with a mere 160 shops to keep you busy, you’re sure to need your comfy Premier Inn bed at the end of the day.

22nd May – Aberystwyth, Wales

The race: The Pearl Izumi Tour Series returns to Wales and Aberystwyth on Friday 22 May to kick off the weekend's Aber Cycle Festival. Always a popular event with spectators, this year there will be double the action with the professionals racing a hill climb up Constitution Hill mid-afternoon before the main circuit race gets underway at 7.30pm.
The place: A beautiful Welsh Victorian seaside resort and market town – once again, don’t forget your bucket and spade if you’re heading here! The town is home to Aberystwyth University, the National Library of Wales, and the largest Arts Centre in mid Wales.

There’s one sure and easy way to get spectacular and uninterrupted views of the town, Cardigan Bay, and on a clear day 26 mountain peaks spanning much of the length of Wales... just head to the longest funicular electric cliff railway in Britain, which has been transporting visitors to the summit since opening in 1896.

26th May – Motherwell, Scotland

The race: This year's Scottish round of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series takes place in Motherwell, just outside Glasgow, sure to be another hit with Scottish spectators. Fans can look forward to seeing Britain's fastest teams from both the men and women's peloton in action, with Round Two of the women's Matrix Fitness GP Series at 5.30pm before the Round Four of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series takes to the circuit at 7.30pm.
The place: Motherwell is a large town 12 miles from Glasgow that was once Scotland’s centre of steel production. Visit the Cathedral Church of Our Lady of Good Aid, also known as Motherwell Cathedral, famous for its organ and performances of the Motherwell Disocesan Choir. Take a stroll through Strathclyde Country Park between Motherwell and Hamilton and you'll find the remains of a Roman fort and bath house. For thrill seekers check out M&Ds, one of Scotland's theme parks.

28th May – Durham

The race: A firm favourite with cycling fans from across the North of England, the Pearl Izumi Tour Series returns to Durham on Thursday 28th May. Britain's fastest teams will be taking on the fearsome circuit, including the infamous cobbled climb of South Street, in the professional race at 7.30pm.
The place: Right in the heart of the cycling action, and less than half a mile from the World Heritage Centre by the River Weir, Durham City Centre Premier Inn is the ideal base for you. Once you’re done with 2 wheels, why not get into Durham's spirit with a visit to its famous Cathedral. O conmuévete con el Norman Castle, que alberga la Durham University. There’s so much happening all year round in Durham, that should you miss the cycling, there’s always a great reason to visit.

29th May – Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

The race: Building on the success of last year's first ever Cumbrian round of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series, Britain's fastest teams will again be racing on the streets of Barrow this May.
The place: This is a perfect location to jump on to two wheels yourself and explore the Lake District National Park with the wind in your hair (and pedals at your feet). With breathtaking scenery, there’s no better way to see this rugged and beautiful landscape. The Barrow In Furness Premier Inn is also well placed for more local adventures, being situated beside The Dock Museum and a short walk from the Port of Barrow. It’s also just a two-minute walk from the best shops, bars and restaurants in the area.

2nd June – Croydon, London

The race: Croydon will welcome Britain’s fastest cycling teams on Tuesday 2 June for the seventh round of the unique Pearl Izumi Tour Series. The south London borough makes its Series debut, hosting both men's and women's events, with the women’s getting underway at 5.30pm, before the men's teams take to the circuit at 7.30pm.
The place: Croydon might not immediately bring to mind visions of peaceful cycling, however it’s a hidden gem, and one of London's greenest areas. More than 8% of the borough is taken up by 300 parks, woods, down lands, nature reserves, copses and meadows.

Croydon is passionate about getting more and more people to cycle. It has a 2040 vision of an integrated network of safe walkways and cycle paths connecting residents to the borough's public transport hubs and expanse of open and green spaces, encouraging some of the highest levels of cycling in the capital.

Why not pop along after a long hard day at work to watch some exciting sporting action right on your doorstep?

4th June – Canary Wharf, London

The race: Canary Wharf will once again play host to Britain's top professional cyclists as the world famous business and shopping district welcomes Round Eight on Thursday 4 June at 7.30pm. And before the elite race gets underway, you can enjoy the pro-am Costa Express Canary Wharf Corporate Grand Prix at 6.30pm.
The place: With over 300 shops, bars and restaurants on the Canary Wharf estate, it’s one of the most buzzing, dynamic and cosmopolitan areas of London. It’s a hub for shopping and dining as well as home to some of the world's leading businesses employing more than 100.000 people in total in a wide variety of sectors. Being in London means that you’re simply a short tube ride, walk, or bike ride away from The Crown Jewels at the Tower of London, The Tate Modern and St Paul's Cathedral. Or head a little further north to Brick Lane and the cutting-edge White Chapel Gallery. There’s plenty to give you a fix of culture (or curry)!

9th June – Peterborough

The race: A regular fixture on the Pearl Izumi Tour Series calendar, Peterborough hosts the penultimate event of 2015 in both the men’s and women's events, meaning the action will be even faster than usual around the flowing city centre circuit. Round 4 of the women's Matrix Fitness GP Series gets underway at 5.30pm before Round 9 of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series returns to the streets at 7.30pm.
The place: Other than thrilling cycling events, there’s plenty of other things to see in Peterborough. Visit one of Europe's finest surviving Norman buildings, Peterborough Cathedral. Get close to the live action at the Cresset Theatre, or venture back to the 16th century at the grand Burghley House and Gardens. If you’re bringing your bike, or walking boots, then you’ll be happy to hear that open spaces are plentiful. Peterborough boasts Green Flag award-winning parks and more than 20 nature reserves and country parks including Ferry Meadows Country Park where you can relaxing and take a walk around the lakes and woodlands.

11th June – Bath

The race: This year's final rounds of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series and Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series will both culminate in the world-famous city of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage site. With a circuit that includes the Royal Crescent and the Circus, not only are there cobbles and some great spectator locations, but also a stunning background to enjoy. The highlights of tonight’s races will be on ITV4 the following evening.
The day will combine the racing with a festival atmosphere for spectators, as the three acre piece area of Royal Victoria Park (in front of Royal Crescent) hosts activities and entertainment throughout the day for all ages with good local food and drink. Bring the family and a picnic for a fantastic day that will bring Bath's streets to life with over 200 of the world's top riders!
The place: Our newly built Premier Inn, in the heart of the city centre, will be the closest you can get to the cyclists and the final stage of this Tour Series. This Georgian City has so many historic sites to visit including Bath Abbey and the famous Roman Baths.

Clean & well behaved bikes

We are really happy to welcome bikes into our hotels and in to your room, so that you’re able to enjoy a cycling trip without the hassle of wondering where to leave your bike. So that we are able to welcome your bike in, please check that it is clean, and that the tyres are dry and dirt free. If you do need to give your bike a little bath, then reception should be able to provide you with a bucket, water, and a brush. Please don’t ride your bike inside the hotel, instead walk your bike through reception and around the corridors. In your room, lean it gently on the wall, and try to not leave any marks.

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