Aberdeen city centre to be transformed into elite cycle course

The circuit for an elite cycling race taking place on streets of Aberdeen has been revealed.

Next month will see the city centre transformed to welcome The Tour Series for the first time, including the likes of defending champions JLT Condor, 2014 victors Madison Genesis and the returning ONE Pro Cycling.

The 1.2-kilometre circuit will provide a stunning backdrop to a fast and furious night of criterium racing, with the beautiful architecture and vocal Scottish crowds setting the perfect scene as the race is broadcast around the world.

Aberdeen is hosting Round Eight of the nationwide Series on Thursday, May 25.

In total ten teams will take to the Aberdeen circuit, including a Scottish national team, and race it out in the hour long race starting at 19:30.

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Earlier in the day an exciting programme of races will take place on a revised version of the circuit, with events between 13:00 and 18:00 using a route, that takes in Belmont Street and Little Belmont Street that will provide a stunning backdrop to the competitive races across the day.

The Lord Provost of Aberdeen George Adam said: “This event will ignite the city’s heart as the cyclists are put to the test racing past some of Aberdeen’s historic landmarks, such as Aberdeen Art Gallery, His Majesty’s Theatre with the start and finish on the city’s iconic Union Street.

“We are also encouraging the public to take part in a fun filled day of activities that will see the city centre brought to life by this unique cycling spectacle.”

Aberdeen is one of two Scottish venues hosting rounds of The Tour Series with Motherwell hosting Round Seven on May 23.

Mike Bennett, Tour Series Race Director said: “We are looking forward to bringing The Tour Series to Aberdeen this May.

“The circuit will showcase the heart of Aberdeen combining a very fast, flowing opening half of the lap with a more technical finale, including the slow last corner and a deceptive drag to the finish line on Union Street.”

Highlights of every round of The Tour Series will be shown on ITV4, with programmes also be available on demand via the ITV Hub.  Action from the Aberdeen round will be on ITV4 at 10pm on Friday, May 26 with a repeat the following daytime.

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