World Class Cycling Comes to Canary Wharf

In a first for London, the Halfords Tour Series featuring the best British cyclists heads to Canary Wharf on 25 May. The event sees Olympic and World champions Ed Clancy MBE, Chris Newton and Rob Hayles among those battling it out on a 1 kilometre circuit around the streets of the famous business and shopping district, which is home to leading organisations and 93,000 workers. “Canary Wharf will be the showpiece curtain-raiser for the 2010 Halfords Tour Series. As the first round I am confident it is going to be a spectacular one,” said Mick Bennett, technical director for the Halfords Tour Series. “Canary Wharf provides the ideal setting to host the best cycling teams the UK has seen for many years,” he said. The Halfords Tour Series is contested between the 10 best teams of British cycling doing laps around Canary Wharf for an hour, reaching speeds of 40 miles per hour and higher. The Canary Wharf event will be the first of 10 racing series around the UK to decide the winner of the coveted Halfords Tour Series Trophy. “The Halfords Tour Series at Canary Wharf gives Londoners a unique opportunity to see these top professionals up close, in a buzzing amphitheatre of bars, restaurants, performing arts, shops and world-class architecture,” says Camille Waxer, Vice President of Retail at CWG. Cycling is growing in popularity at Canary Wharf, where over 3,000 people cycle to work each day. Organisers hope that many thousands of Londoners will gather to watch the spectacle and enjoy the entertainment and hospitality facilities. The event will see North and South Colonnade, Canada and Cabot Square closed for approximately three hours from 6pm on the evening of 25 May; however all public car parks will be kept open throughout and private carparks will be reallocated around the Estate. Buses will be temporarily diverted to Bank Street. The course runs in a rectangle from Cabot Square in the West to Canada Square in the East, with the start and finish line at Canada Square. The Halford’s Tour Series race takes place at 7pm on Tuesday, 25 May For more information on The Tour Series, please visit: www.tourseries.co.uk . Follow The Tour Series on Facebook and Twitter http://twitter.com/TourSeries . About the Tour Series The Tour Series is a calendar of ten cycle races, launched in 2009, based on short, exciting town and city centre circuits at venues across the UK. Each race is action-packed, bringing the thrills, and spills, of professional cycling up close to thousands of spectators at every venue. Uniquely, The Tour Series focuses on the teams rather than individual riders, with ten top British teams battling it out to be crowned the number one team. The Tour Series is organised by SweetSpot Group Ltd, the company behind the successful revival of The Tour of Britain, re-launching the event in 2004 after a five-year absence from the calendar. SweetSpot is a sports marketing and events company specialising in the creation and execution of high quality, commercially successful, annual sporting events. As well as The Tour of Britain, SweetSpot was responsible for facilitating the Grand Départ of the Tour de France in London 2007 and provided logistical support for Honda’s Earth Dreams Tour. For further information, visit www.tourseries.co.uk About Canary Wharf Group plc Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies. It is focused on the design, construction, leasing and management of grade A office space and high-quality retail and leisure facilities on its 97 acre Estate in East London, which includes 20 acres of landscaped parks and plazas. Over the past 20 years CWG has regenerated derelict wharves into one of the world’s premier business districts, constructing over 15 million sq ft of office and retail space in London; more than any other company. Canary Wharf is home to some of the world’s leading business organisations from the media, legal, accounting, financial services, IT, energy and transport sectors. It is also home to over 200 shops, bars, cafes and restaurants including many of Britain’s leading brands. The Canary Wharf Estate’s working population is approximately 93,000 people, up from 27,000 in 2000. As of 31 December 2009 the Canary Wharf Group investment portfolio of 8 million sq ft was 96.2% let. The weighted average unexpired lease length was 15.8 years. Canary Wharf is set for further expansion. In 2009, CWG commenced work on the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station and has continued work on a new European Headquarters for J.P. Morgan. The opening of new office buildings by KPMG, State Street and Fitch Ratings on the Estate in 2009 and 2010 will also bring thousands of new workers to Canary Wharf on a daily basis. CWG was named one of the Sunday Times Best 60 Green Companies in the UK in 2009. www.canarywharf.com