Aberdeen Tour Series stage a ‘huge success’

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Thousands of people descended on Aberdeen city centre for a day of elite cycling.

With temperatures soaring it was the perfect day for The Tour Series to arrive in the city.

The city’s main thoroughfare was transformed into a race track which included a large commentary box and race control on Union Bridge.

Spectators lined Union Street to watch the competitors start the circuit that took in Union Terrace, Rosemount Viaduct and Back Wynd.

People of all ages gathered to watch the day’s cycling which finished with the top race in the evening.

As the starting horn sounded for each race the crowd could be heard cheering the competitors on.

The Lord Provost of Aberdeen Barney Crockett praised the event.

He said: “The Tours Series here in Aberdeen has been a huge success. It was brought to the city as part of the wider Aberdeen Events Strategy – a City Centre Masterplan initiative – and is one of the first events in our very ambitious summer programme.

“Businesses, residents and visitors alike have got behind this event and it has been a great day with a fabulous atmosphere from start to finish. It’s great to see people coming together.”

Amanda Stewart, 25, finished work and decided to watch the event.

She said: “It is not the typical event you see in Aberdeen. I think it is good to see something like this coming to the city.

“I have heard a lot of people complaining about traffic but I really don’t see any issue.”

June Kinghorn, who lives in the city centre, said: “It is brilliant. Anything that brings people into the city centre is a good thing for the city.”

The Tour Series was in the city for the first time and saw top athletes including the likes of defending champions JLT Condor take to the track.

Aberdeen hosted round eight of the nationwide series which was broadcast around the world.

The elite cyclists tackled an hour-long race through the streets on what was one of the hottest days of the year. In the lead up to the event 11 children from schools in the city were selected to be mascots for the day.

During the event they were tasked with roles such as going on the podium, doing a line-up prior to the elite race and taking part in the final presentation.

As well as the racing there were activities for families to try in Union Terrace Gardens and The Clan – Scotland’s cycle stunt team – was also entertaining the crowd throughout the day.

Natalie Hall, of Portlethen, was at the event with her three children who were enjoying the activities on offer in the gardens.

She said: “We came with friends so made a right day of it. I think the roads being closed has been really good as I have the buggy and it is easy to get about.”

Highlights of every round of The Tour Series are shown on ITV, with action from the Aberdeen round on ITV4 at 10pm tonight with a repeat on Saturday.