TOP class cycle racing returns to Redditch later today for the opening round of this year’s hugely popular OVO Energy Tour Series.

This will be the eighth consecutive year that neighbouring Redditch has played host to the series, which in the past has attracted a number of stars from British cycling.

This year’s event comprises three races and an official opening ceremony, which takes place in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre at 5.25pm.

Racing gets underway with an Inter Services Championship at 3.25pm.

That will be followed by cycling activities hosted by the Redditch Road and Path Cycling Club at 4.20pm.

The Women’s Elite Race gets underway at 5.30pm with the Men’s Elite contest starting at 7pm.

All races start and finish in Church Green West and take in a course that comprises a route around Prospect Hill, Clive Road, Mill Street, Hewell Road and then Unicorn Hill before returning to the start line.

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