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Cycling Tour Series comes to Aberdeen next month with a new route

Wednesday April 10th 2019 at 3:13 PM

(From left to right) Councillor Jenny Laing and cyclists Tom Gelati, David Reed, Jamie Davidson

A major cycling event will be back in Aberdeen for the third year in a row next month with a new route revealed today.

The OVO Energy Tour Series will be taking place in the city centre on Thursday 16 May.

Thousands of people are expected once again to line the city’s streets to cheer the cyclists on.

A new 1.3 kilometre route will include Marischal College as a backdrop.

The start/finish line will be on Broad Street with competitors racing on an anti-clockwise circuit including Upperkirkgate, Schoolhill, Back Wynd, Little Belmont Street, Belmont Street and Union Street.

The event is being televised globally and there will be a unique team-based format for both men and women’s teams.

This year’s Tour Series will also be going to Motherwell as well as other locations such as Birkenhead near Liverpool and Durham in the north east of England.

Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader Councillor Jenny Laing said:

“The OVO Energy Tour Series has really captured the imagination of the north-east public and there has been an amazing atmosphere at the previous two events.

“I’m looking forward to another fantastic day as the 2019 series arrives in Aberdeen.

“We have invested significantly in our Aberdeen 365 events strategy, bringing world class attractions to the city.

“These draw visitors from near and far as well as raising the profile of Aberdeen as a destination.

“The Tour Series, which benefits from worldwide television coverage, brings all of those benefits and the new route we have announced today will ensure there’s a fresh feel.

“The old and new of the regenerated Broad Street, flanked by the historic Marischal College and award-winning Marischal Square, is a perfect showcase for the wider transformation of the city and it promises to be another wonderful occasion.”

Race Director of the OVO Energy Tour Series organising company SweetSpot Mick Bennett said:

“Our previous two events in Aberdeen have been a fantastic success and we are sure that the new circuit will prove popular with spectators and riders, while also showcasing the fantastic backdrop of Marischal College.

“The support of Aberdeen City Council and Scottish Cycling will again create an amazing atmosphere and give cyclists young and old the chance to try out the new circuit.”

The individual winner of the Aberdeen men’s race in 2018 was Ed Clancy – he’ll be riding for the Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother team this May and said:

“To win the Aberdeen round of the OVO Energy Tour Series last year was a fantastic experience.

“It’s not often that I travel so far north to race, and it’s great to have the opportunity to compete in new venues, in front of new crowds.

“We received a warm welcome in Aberdeen last year and, if I’m selected by Vitus Pro Cycling Team powered by Brother UK to race there this year, I’ll be delighted to return.”

The new route is available to see below.

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