Ever wondered how Britain’s top domestic riders prepare for the UK’s biggest bike race? All will be revealed in our new video series: the Road to the Tour of Britain.

The series, which will run monthly between now and the start of the 2021 Tour in Cornwall on Sunday 5 September, will document how Ben Healy (TRINITY Racing), Tom Mazzone (Saint Piran), James Shaw (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling), Rory Townsend (Canyon dhb SunGod) and Pete Williams (SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling) are doing all they can to be selected to compete in the race.

The five riders have been picked to showcase a range of experience in the race. Should he start, Williams will have competed in more editions of the modern Tour than any other rider (12). Townsend is the race’s reigning sprints jersey champion, while Shaw notably played a big role in André Greipel’s stage win for Lotto Soudal in Castle Douglas in 2016. Meanwhile, Healy – the reigning Irish road race champion – and Commonwealth Games rider Mazzone are looking to be selected for their first-ever Tour.

Additionally, the series will generate extra publicity for the teams and riders, as well as the British racing calendar.

Episodes will be available on the Tour of Britain website, YouTube channel and Facebook. Episode two will go live in the week commencing Monday 21 June.

Episode one