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Motherwell will once again host the tour series, welcoming some of Britain’s top male and female cyclists to race in the town.

The Scottish rounds will begin in Motherwell on Tuesday 17 May on the 1.2-kilometre Hamilton Road circuit, before heading to Edinburgh on Thursday 19 May with an event based around the Grassmarket and Edinburgh Castle.

It is the first time since the Pearl Izumi Tour Series, which started in 2009, that Scotland has held two rounds of the unique, team-based series and the second time that both Motherwell and Edinburgh have hosted rounds.

Dunfermline’s Charline Joiner, who will be taking part in the Motherwell stage for the second time said: “It’s always great competing in front of a home crowd and having your friends and family there to cheer you on. Last year was a really tough course – you need to be in the top five going in to the final corner to get a decent placing. I’m hoping to improve on last year’s performance!.”

Cllr Jim Robertson Provost of North Lanarkshire Council added: “This is a terrific event for Motherwell and for North Lanarkshire. 

“Everyone coming along is in for a treat and, as well as top-class competition, the event will be a real family affair offering something for everyone.

“The skill of the athletes is incredible – it’s hard to grasp the speeds involved. I’d encourage everyone to come along and enjoy this first class sporting occasion.”

Six men’s teams will compete in every round of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series, being joined at selected rounds by guest teams.  They are led by defending Champions Madison Genesis, alongside JLT Condor presented by Mavic, NFTO, Pedal Heaven, Team Raleigh GAC and Team WIGGINS.

Twelve teams will compete in the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series race in Motherwell, including Team Ford EcoBoost of reigning champion Nikki Juniper and Commonwealth Games Silver medallist Charline Joiner and the Podium Ambition p/b Club La Santa team of last year’s Motherwell winner Katie Archibald.

The women’s Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series race in Motherwell will begin at 17:30, following on from Scottish Cycling’s support races, which will include Youth, Women’s and Junior and Senior Men’s races, with the men’s professional race at 19:30.

Highlights of both Motherwell and Edinburgh events will be shown on ITV4 on the evenings of Wednesday 18 and Friday 19 May respectively and available via catch-up services with the ITV Player.

Motherwell will once again host the tour series, welcoming some of Britain’s top male and female cyclists to race in the town.

The Scottish rounds will begin in Motherwell on Tuesday 17 May on the 1.2-kilometre Hamilton Road circuit, before heading to Edinburgh on Thursday 19 May with an event based around the Grassmarket and Edinburgh Castle.

It is the first time since the Pearl Izumi Tour Series, which started in 2009, that Scotland has held two rounds of the unique, team-based series and the second time that both Motherwell and Edinburgh have hosted rounds.

Dunfermline’s Charline Joiner, who will be taking part in the Motherwell stage for the second time said: “It’s always great competing in front of a home crowd and having your friends and family there to cheer you on. Last year was a really tough course – you need to be in the top five going in to the final corner to get a decent placing. I’m hoping to improve on last year’s performance!.”

Cllr Jim Robertson Provost of North Lanarkshire Council added: “This is a terrific event for Motherwell and for North Lanarkshire. 

“Everyone coming along is in for a treat and, as well as top-class competition, the event will be a real family affair offering something for everyone.

“The skill of the athletes is incredible – it’s hard to grasp the speeds involved. I’d encourage everyone to come along and enjoy this first class sporting occasion.”

Six men’s teams will compete in every round of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series, being joined at selected rounds by guest teams.  They are led by defending Champions Madison Genesis, alongside JLT Condor presented by Mavic, NFTO, Pedal Heaven, Team Raleigh GAC and Team WIGGINS.

Twelve teams will compete in the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series race in Motherwell, including Team Ford EcoBoost of reigning champion Nikki Juniper and Commonwealth Games Silver medallist Charline Joiner and the Podium Ambition p/b Club La Santa team of last year’s Motherwell winner Katie Archibald.

The women’s Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series race in Motherwell will begin at 17:30, following on from Scottish Cycling’s support races, which will include Youth, Women’s and Junior and Senior Men’s races, with the men’s professional race at 19:30.

Highlights of both Motherwell and Edinburgh events will be shown on ITV4 on the evenings of Wednesday 18 and Friday 19 May respectively and available via catch-up services with the ITV Player.

Lanarkshire Enterprise Park has been launched by Fusion Assets following the designation of a new Life Sciences Enterprise Area based around the BioCity Campus in North Lanarkshire.

The undeveloped site within the adjacent Dunalastair Industrial Estate was originally purchased by Fusion Assets from BioCity Scotland and is included within the boundary of the new Enterprise Area.

The addition of a North Lanarkshire site to the Life Sciences Enterprise Area was announced earlier in the year by the Scottish Government but did not come into effect until April 2016. Enterprise Area status means businesses based in the new Lanarkshire Enterprise Park will be able to take advantage of business rates relief, faster planning applications, skills support, broadband and assistance in accessing international markets.

Murray Collins, Managing Director of Fusion Assets said “with the additional benefits that Enterprise Area status brings, we are looking to reposition our development proposals for the site to target higher value uses associated with the life sciences and biotechnology supply chain as well as manufacturing and distribution uses.”

Since acquiring the site Fusion Assets has undertaken a programme of land remediation and enabling infrastructure works to create a serviced development site with financial assistance from the Scottish Government’s Vacant and Derelict Land Fund. Planning approval is in place for the first stage of development which consists of some 40,000 sqft of commercial floorspace.

Fusion Assets is the arms length property development and regeneration company of North Lanarkshire Council which works in partnership with private developers. It is envisaged that future phases of development will be marketed to potential joint venture partners once the new Chapelhall junction on the M8 is completed.

april, 2018

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