House: It’ll be mayhem on the streets of Ryde

The Condor-JLT team ahead of the opening round of the 2015 Tour Series in Ryde. From left: Richard Lang, Ed Clancy, Felix English, Kristian House and Graham Briggs. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150837-5)
The Condor-JLT team ahead of the opening round of the 2015 Tour Series in Ryde. From left: Richard Lang, Ed Clancy, Felix English, Kristian House and Graham Briggs. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150837-5)
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Kristian House has told the crowds flocking to Ryde for the opening round of the 2015 Pearl Izumi Tour Series to ‘prepare for mayhem’.

The Condor-JLT rider, who has won the overall team title twice and netted four individual race victories since the competition was launched in 2009, is expecting a thrilling scrap for honours this season.

It is like a circus. So the fans should prepare for mayhem.

Kristian House

The 10-round series kicks off on the Isle of Wight today – with a team time trial at 3pm and the town-centre criterium at 7.30pm.

Fans will line the streets of Ryde as the Tour Series lands on the island for the first time.

A 50-strong peloton will tear around a circuit, which starts and finishes on the Esplanade and races along Union Street, Cross Street, Melville Street and back to the seafront via Dover Street, at blistering speeds.

And House reckons the crowds will be treated to a spectacle like no other as the battle for glory gets under way.

The 35-year-old, who was the British road race champion in 2009, said: ‘It will be mayhem!

‘It is like a circus. So the fans should prepare for mayhem.

‘We are always pretty excited for this part of the season.

‘It is an exciting bunch of races that all of us enjoy.

‘It is probably the most exciting type of racing we do.

‘The crowds are incredible and they really get behind the riders.

‘We travel all around the country with the Tour Series but everywhere we go we get great support.

‘That makes the atmosphere better and makes what we do a lot easier.’

House was a key man in the Rapha Condor-JLT team that carried off the Tour Series crown last season.

This summer all five riders in each outfit will contribute to a combined finishing time, which will decide the winners of each round.

And with the standard of racing in the UK improving all the time, House reckons his team will have their work cut out to defend the title.

He said: ‘Whether or not we will be in there for the overall again, we will wait and see.

‘You don’t have to be the best but you need to be the most consistent.

‘That has always been the key and I think it took a while for people to get.

‘This is different to any other kind of racing we do because it is not about the individual winner.

‘It is about the best team on the night and this year they have changed the rules again, so it is not even about the placings, it is about the time.

‘As an individual I’m looking to win more rounds but the main goal is the team.’

And for House, this will be his first taste of the Isle of Wight.

He said: ‘I have never been before, so I’m really looking forward to it.

‘I used to have a team-mate, Kieran Page, who was from there and he used to always talk about “the island”.’

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