|The Hammer Climb||02-Jun||Sittard - Sittard||88km|
|The Hammer Sprint||03-Jun||Sittard - Sittard||99km|
|The Hammer Chase||04-Jun||Sittard - Sittard||45km(TTT)|
The Hammer Series is racing, reimagined. Using a dynamic and innovative format, the Hammer Series will find and crown the very best pro cycling team in the world across three different challenges over three consecutive days:
The Hammer Sprint
The Hammer Climb
The Hammer Chase
Races in the Hammer Series will invite the world’s top professional racing teams – up to 18 in total – to pick up the gauntlet and hammer it all out.
The Hammer Sprint sees teams racing on 10 laps of a roughly 10km circuit with sprints on every lap to test the sharpness of legs and minds as the teams chase sprint points.
With points available for the first 10 riders over the line on each sprint, double points may be awarded on certain laps and bonus time gaps awarded per position after Day 1 which count towards the starting time gaps for the Hammer Chase, every point won by each member of the team can make the difference.
Day 2 sees the Hammer Climb: another points race over 7-10 laps of a 10km course with a testing summit finish on every lap.
Again, points are awarded at each summit finish using the same format as the Hammer Sprint: points are available for the first 10 riders over the line on each lap, double points may available on certain laps and bonus time gaps awarded per position after Day 2 which count towards the starting time gaps for the Day 3’s Hammer Chase.
The decider: the Hammer Chase, a 50km team time trial with a twist. Teams start in the same order as the leaderboard after the first two days of racing.
After a fixed time period, they’re then chased by the second placed team, who are in turn pursued by the third placed team and so on to deliver a gripping pursuit to the line.
In the Hammer Chase, whichever team crosses the line first secures the Hammer Race victory, earning points towards the Hammer Series.