Dates and venues revealed; women's racing joins Tour

Halfords Tour Series to be screened on ITV4

The third season of the Halfords Tour Series will take place over eight rounds, with two new venues.

Aberystwyth will be the first Welsh venue to host the Halfords Tour Series and Oldham will represent Greater Manchester. The Series will be televised on ITV4 the evening following each event.

The full 2011 Halfords Tour Series calendar:

Round One Tuesday 24th May Durham
Round Two Thursday 26th May Aberystwyth

Round Three Tuesday 31st May Peterborough

Round Four Thursday 2nd June Colchester

Round Five Tuesday 7th June Stoke-on-Trent

Round Six Thursday 9th June Oldham
Round Seven Tuesday 14th June Woking

Round Eight Thursday 16th June Canary Wharf

Top class women’s racing will come to the Series for the first time with the 2011 Johnson Health Tech Women’s Grand Series at half the rounds, including Peterborough, Stoke on Trent, Oldham and Woking.

“We are very happy to be able to announce the eight venues that will hold a round of The Halfords Tour Series this season," said Mick Bennett, technical director of The Halfords Tour Series. "The fact that we have two new venues joining the Series, and others like Colchester, returning to the calendar shows the popularity of the exciting, and unique, team based format.

“From Durham to Canary Wharf we can once again expect a thrilling and action packed four weeks of racing from Britain’s top professional cycling teams. This year The Halfords Tour Series really is too close to call, so spectators at all eight rounds should expect to see some more of the very close and exciting racing with which the Series has become synonymous.”

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