PEARL iZUMi has today been appointed the official technical clothing partner of the Tour of Britain, Women’s Tour and Tour Series, the UK’s leading cycle events, for 2021.

Founded in 1950, PEARL iZUMi has used cutting-edge technology and a passion for cycling to craft market-leading jerseys, outerwear, essentials and footwear for athletes on two wheels for over 65 years.

This partnership with SweetSpot, organiser of the three events, will see PEARL iZUMi make the much-coveted leaders’ jerseys for the Tour of Britain, Women’s Tour and Tour Series. COVID-19 prevention – including face masks – will also be provided.

PEARL iZUMi has an historic link to SweetSpot’s acclaimed events, having been the title sponsor of the Tour Series between 2013 and 2016. It has been a brand at the forefront of cycling for many years and has a reputation for manufacturing high-quality cycling apparel across all disciplines, particularly road cycling. The cutting-edge technology used within PEARL iZUMi products and the racing pedigree of the brand makes it an obvious fit for the Tour of Britain, Women’s Tour and Tour Series. It is also on a mission to make 90% of its product line-up from recycled, renewable or organic material by 2022.

In quotes

Hugh Roberts, SweetSpot chief executive, said: “We are excited to welcome PEARL iZUMi back into our partner family. It was a driving force in our Tour Series events and we know it will bring innovation in design and fabrics to our much-coveted race jerseys. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming racing back to the roads of Britain.”

Kellie Parsons, marketing director at Madison, said: “It is great to once again be partnering up PEARL iZUMi with the Tour Series, as well as adding the Tour of Britain and Women’s Tour. PEARL iZUMi cycling apparel really is market-leading, so it makes perfect sense for us to get the brand in front of racing fans with a high level of technical knowledge. After such a turbulent time, we cannot wait to get stuck back into some bike racing.”

About the Tour of Britain

ŠKODA will continue as partners of the mountains classification and jersey in the Tour of Britain, while SweetSpot continue to look for new partners for both the prestigious points and sprints jerseys.

This year’s Tour of Britain (Sunday 5 – Sunday 12 September) will take over 100 of the world’s best riders from Cornwall to Aberdeen. Both Wales and Scotland will host two stages of the event, while seven of the 12 start and finish venues announced to date – Penzance, Bodmin, Sherford, Warrington, Hawick, Stonehaven and Aberdeen – are new to the event.

Alongside British Cycling, this year’s race will also honour and celebrate the often unnoticed and under-appreciated work of key workers and community champions since March 2020 at each stage start and finish venue through the Ride for Heroes initiative. SweetSpot are calling on the wider cycling community to nominate these unsung heroes via  tourofbritain.co.uk/ride-for-heroes.

With cycling enjoying a boom in the UK, and hundreds of thousands of new and returning cyclists taking to two wheels, there are a range of sponsorship opportunities available with the Tour of Britain. For more information click here.