Get ready, steady, pedal! It's 40 days until the Woking Pearl Izumi Tour Series!

29 April 2014

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The beginning of May (1 May) marks the 40-day countdown of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series and the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series, which will whizz back into Woking for the sixth time on Tuesday 10 June 2014.

This year Woking will host Round 9, the penultimate round, of the men's Pearl Izumi Tour Series and the grand final of the women's Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series. Last year, the 8,000 strong crowd saw Olympic Gold Medallist, Ed Clancy, storm to victory in Woking making him the most successful rider in the Tour Series history.

Once again, on Tuesday 10 June 2014, the streets of Woking Town Centre will be transformed into a high-speed, professional circuit where top-class cyclists from across the world will thrash it out at speeds of around 30mph to gain pole-position on the coveted winners' podium.

In the lead up to the professional races, local schoolchildren, residents and businesses will have the opportunity to become 'Kings and Queens of the road' by taking part in the famous Community Races, which will run from 1.45pm to 4.15pm.

The Team Race, open to 15 teams comprising of four cyclists, is a highly popular and competitive event. Registered entrants have the chance to 'test their mettle' around the circuit and against the clock. The team with the fastest lap times will be presented with winners' medals on the professional podium!

Entry to the Team Race is open to groups of colleagues and friends, cycle groups (amateurs only) and any other self-formed group of wannabe cyclists. Following the online application closing date on Friday 30 May, places will be randomly selected and the successful entrants informed.

Talking about the forthcoming event, Project Manager for the Woking Tour Series, Emma Bourne, said: "Last year's series event attracted 8,000 spectators to the town with a further 150,000 people tuning in to ITV4 to watch all the action unfold on Woking's circuit. This year, Woking will play host to penultimate round of the men's Pearl Izumi Tour Series and the final of the women's Matrix Fitness Tech Grand Prix Series.

"Not only does this high-profile event showcase some of the UK's top professional cyclists, which will inspire cycling enthusiasts and future home-grown professionals, but also it firmly stamps Woking on the map as a top-class cycling venue. Without the financial support of our sponsors, hosting this type of event would not be possible. So, we must extend our thanks to the companies who have generously contributed.

"I am also delighted to, once again, confirm the return of the much-loved Community Races where local people have opportunities to test out the track and soak up the fun, family-friendly atmosphere."

To allow the event to take place, the usual road closures will start from 10am through to midnight on the day of the race. Key routes into and around the town will be closed to motor vehicles and diversions put in place, so that the streets of Woking Town Centre can be converted into a professional race circuit.

For more information about the Woking Pearl Izumi Tour Series, including road closures, race day schedule and how to enter the Team Race, visit www.woking.gov.uk/tourseries

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About the Tour Series

The Pearl Izumi Tour Series and Matrix Fitness Tech Grand Prix Series are part of a calendar of professional town or city centre cycling races in which teams of riders battle to place their top three riders in the highest finishing positions. The teams accumulate points over the course of the series, with the team with the most points at the end of the series winning their respective trophies. Individual riders also compete in sprint races during the event.

For more information about the series, other locations and the participating teams, visit www.thetour.co.uk

Local sponsors

Woking Shopping

Woking Shopping offers an impressive 152 individual shops across over 700,000 sq. ft. of retail, leisure and restaurant space within the heart of the town.

Major tenants include Debenhams, Café Rouge, Pret a Manger, Paperchase, Jones the Bootmaker, Pandora, Primark, Top Shop, River Island, Next, H&M, Sainsbury's and Boots. Leisure facilities comprise two theatres, six cinema screens and a 600-seat food court. The centres also offer over 2,300 car parking spaces and also enjoy excellent public transport connections with one of the best rail connections to Central London.

Woking Shopping is the collective name for Wolsey Place and Peacocks shopping centres in Woking, managed by Woking Town Centre Management Limited; a joint venture partnership between Woking Borough Council and Moyallen, owners and operators of The Peacocks shopping centre. The joint venture was established to promote and develop the retail offer in Woking Town Centre.

For information, including opening times and promotions, visit www.shoppingwoking.co.uk

Woking Advertiser

The Surrey Advertiser has been serving the Woking community since 1864. In March 2013 the Woking edition of the Surrey Advertiser was relaunched as the Woking Advertiser, with increased content serving the Woking, Chobham and Byfleet areas. It features news and sport from the area, plus all the regular supplements including Business News Extra and the popular Surrey and Hampshire entertainment guide, What's On.

Its commitment to readers is stronger than ever, with increasingly focused coverage of community events, schools news and tales from local columnists.

Keep up-to-date with breaking news at www.getsurrey.co.uk

Supporting sponsors

Travel SMART

Travel SMART is a programme designed to provide people with more travel choices that help cut carbon, calories and cost. It aims to support economic growth by helping people travel better.

The Travel SMART towns - Woking, Guildford, Redhill and Reigate - have been chosen as they are Surrey's biggest economies and all currently suffer from significant traffic congestion.

The programme will be funded by the Department for Transport's Local Sustainable Transport Fund until 2015, with over £18 million to spend on schemes like improving and installing cycle lanes, investing in interactive and live travel information and encouraging and supporting more people in travelling sustainably. To deliver its programme of improvements, Travel SMART is working closely with borough councils, residents, community groups and businesses. For information, visit www.travelsmartsurrey.info