On Tuesday 29th May 2018, Wembley Park will host a key round of the OVO Energy Tour Series race, Britain’s leading cycle race. It is one of the best opportunities to see Britain’s top male and female professional cycling teams battling it out at every round for the right to be crowned Britain’s top team.
Cycling has been an important part of Wembley’s sporting heritage ever since the Six Days of London from 1936 to 1980 event at Wembley Pool. Now known as The SSE Arena, Wembley, it opened in 1934, and fifteen teams raced for six days during this event, often for over 1,000 miles each.
One of those riders was Dutch cyclist Piet Van Kempen who in an iconic 1936 photograph is pictured taking a skilful break, reading a paper and drinking coffee. The Image has become popular in recent years on social media, epitomising the stylish and skilled culture unique to cycle racing.
For the official launch of the Wembley Park Tour Series round, cycling stars Tom Pidcock (Team Wiggins) and Alec Briggs (TEKKERZ) recreated the iconic photograph in front of The SSE Arena, Wembley. Dame Sarah Storey (Storey Racing) and Edmund Bradbury (JLT Condor) also attended the launch.
The Countdown Begins
The Tour Series 2018 venues have been released and this year’s event brings the UK’s biggest teams together and pitting them against each other in a variety of city centre races.
The Tour Series incorporates the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix series, eight women’s races taking place before the men’s events.
4a. Durham men’s hill-climb 22/05
4b. Durham 22/05
6a. Stevenage men’s TT 28/05
6b. Stevenage 28/05
7 Wembley Park
Grand Final coming soon
What about the Wembley Park round?
The Tour Series 2017 was a thrilling affair and this year is set to be even better. Don’t miss out on a thrilling day of fast and furious sporting action as riders tussle it out for victory at speeds of up to 60kph around one of the series’ most challenging circuits. The OVO Energy Tour Series is a free event, so there’s no better opportunity to get up close to cycling stars such as Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy (of defending men’s series champions JLT Condor) and Britain’s most successful female Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey, as well as the fan favourite Team WIGGINS and Trek-Drops squads!
12:30 School and community activities
14:00 Youth support races
15:45 Charity corporate GP
17:30 OVO Energy Tour Series women’s race
19:30 OVO Energy Tour series Men’s Race
20:45 Podium Celebrations
The Tour series has something for the entire family
The Tour series is a family affair and a festival of cycling, with a range of fun activities during the day for everyone to enjoy. Head down to Arena Square and get stuck into some fun and games. Try your luck at “hook a bike stand”. Not sure what that is? Well, think of the classic hook your duck, but this time you get to hook a cycle!
There will also be another twist on a classic fairground game; Tin can Alley is perfect for those with a competitive streak. Instead of knocking down coconuts you will have 1 minute to knock down a stack of mini bikes for a chance to get to the top of the leaderboard. For those who want to experience what it is like to be a pro cyclist, there will be a virtual reality cycling course for you to try.
Guinness world record breaker and Mountain bike trials champion Andrei Burton will also be performing his stunt display, which is not for the faint hearted. Currently, he has broken five records for the ‘most jumps between two platforms in one minute.’ Will he be going for another record in Wembley Park?
Getting to Wembley Park
Wembley Park is easy to reach from central London with three tube lines and an overland line. The Jubilee Line offers access to Bond Street in 19 minutes from Wembley Park Station. The Metropolitan Line has fewer stops to reach Wembley Park Station, and many people swap onto it at Baker Street or Finchley Road. The journey time from Baker Street to Wembley Park Station is 12 minutes. The Bakerloo Underground Line is accessed from Wembley Central Station, offering access to Paddington, Charing Cross and Waterloo. The London Overground Line also runs from Wembley Central Station and gets you to Clapham Junction in 22 minutes.
Wembley Park has over 3,000 secure car parking spaces. Wembley Park’s official marshalled car parks are all close to Wembley Park’s iconic venues.
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