Spectacular finale to include special Tommy Godwin Team Time Trial
Stoke-on-Trent will host the Grand Final of the 2012 Halfords Tour Series as part of a spectacular final day of racing that will also see Britain’s ten leading teams go head-to-head in an exciting team time trial event on Thursday 14th June.
In addition to the season closing circuit race, the unique televised, team based Series will also feature a team time trial for the first time ever on the final day of racing, named in honour of one of Stoke-on-Trent’s famous sons, cyclist Tommy Godwin.
Godwin, born in 1912, set the world record for the most miles cycled in a year, but in 2012 the ten Halfords Tour Series teams will be battling it out over two-laps of the city centre circuit for the right to be the Series’ fastest team.
The cycling legend, who would have been 100 this year, set the World Endurance Record back in 1939 when he cycled 75,065 miles in one year. Tommy didn’t stop there for he went on to cycle 100,000 miles in 500 days before finally bringing an end to his marathon effort and going to war with the RAF!
The winner of the Tommy Godwin Team Time Trial will receive a specially commissioned trophy, which carries the name of the man who aside from his endurance efforts was also a renowned time trialist winning over 200 competitions.
Councillor Mark Meredith, cabinet member for economic development for Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said:
“We are delighted that we as a city are hosting the finals of the Halfords Tour Series and the Johnson Health Tech Womens’ Grand Prix and, of course, the Tommy Godwin Team Time Trial.
“This will be the fourth time we have held the Tour Series here but the first time we have had the final. The crowds always turn out and people of all ages get involved in the day. We have an excellent partnership with the Tour Series and I am thrilled that we are remembering one of our most famous sporting sons’ by having the Team Time Trial in the name of Tommy Godwin.
“In an Olympic year it is really good news and a real coup for the city that such a prestigious sporting event is coming to Stoke-on-Trent.”
Following the mid-afternoon Tommy Godwin Team Time Trial, Stoke-on-Trent will host the final of the Johnson Health Tech Grand Prix Series, before the final Halfords Tour Series round of 2012, the traditional action-packed criterium taking place over an hour of racing on the 1.2 kilometre circuit.
Jon Johnston, MD of Johnson Health Tech UK Ltd – the Stoke-on-Trent based fitness equipment supplier and sponsor of the women’s Series – said:
“We are delighted to be continuing our support of this event for a second year, particularly as the final is being held in our home town.
“The feedback following the 2011 Series has been really positive, with several new women’s teams being formed off the back of the Grand Prix, and early signs that the Tour Events are encouraging increased participation in physical activity – one of our industry’s core objectives. With an extra round for 2012, we are looking forward to even more thrilling action from the ladies as they battle for the title of Series Winner.”
Among those present to officially launch The Halfords Tour Series will be recently crowned World Champion Andy Tennant of defending Series Champions Rapha Condor Sharp, former US Criterium Champion Daniel Holloway of Team Raleigh – GAC and two-time Halfords Tour Series round winner Ian Wilkinson of Endura Racing.
“We are delighted to be able to officially confirm that Stoke-on-Trent will host the Grand Final of this year’s Halfords Tour Series,” said Technical Director Mick Bennett. “Stoke-on-Trent City Council have been closely involved in the development of the Series since 2009, so it is fitting that we can bring what will be our biggest ever day of racing to the city this Summer.
“The Halfords Tour Series remains about much more than just elite racing, and with Stoke-on-Trent City Council we are very pleased at the impact and appeal the event continues to have in the city and beyond, and hope that this year’s Grand Final will encourage even more people to get on their bicycles”.
The Halfords Tour Series will begin with its first ever visit to Scotland on Tuesday 15th May, as Kirkcaldy welcomes Round One. The tough, cobbled climb of Durham heralds Round Two, before a pair of new venues in Oxford and Redditch occupy Week Two of the Series.
A first ever Friday night race sees the return to Aberystwyth for Round Five, before traditional venues Peterborough and Canary Wharf welcome fast paced, team based action back to their streets.
The Halfords Tour Series returns to the South West and Devon for Round Eight in Torquay, before the testing Colchester circuit concludes the penultimate week of racing.
Long-time Series venue Woking hosts Round Ten, before Britain’s top cycling teams head to the Potteries for the Grand Final, where the champions of the 2012 Halfords Tour Series will be crowned.
The ten teams who will be battling it out for that honour in the 2012 Halfords Tour Series are as follows, led by defending Champions Rapha Condor Sharp.
- Rapha Condor Sharp
- Cycle Premier – Kovert
- Endura Racing
- Metaltek Scott
- Node4 – Giordana Racing
- Team Herbalife LeisureLakesBikes.com
- Team Hope Factory Racing
- Team IG – Sigma Sport
- Team Raleigh – GAC
- Team UK Youth
Metaltek Scott, who boast 2010 Canary Wharf winner Tony Gibb amongst their ranks, Team Hope and Team Herbalife LeisureLakesBikes.com will all make their Halfords Tour Series debuts at Round One in Kirkcaldy.
Highlights of The Halfords Tour Series will once again be screened on ITV4, with the terrestrial home of cycling showing all the action from every round of the Series the night after the race, with repeats the following day.