Britain’s top professional cyclists will once again take to the streets of Aberdeen as an elite competition returns.
The OVO Energy Tour Series, Britain’s leading domestic televised race series, will arrive in the Granite City on Thursday May 16 for its third consecutive year.
The event will feature elite men and women’s races, giving residents in the city the chance to see Britain’s best teams battling it out on their roads at the free-to-attend event.
Aberdeen City Council co-leader Jenny Laing said: “We look forward to welcoming the OVO Energy Tour Series back to Aberdeen in 2019.
“The last two years have been a huge success, attracting great crowds and showcasing the city worldwide.
“We are building Aberdeen’s reputation as a dynamic city for residents and visitors, with a diverse programme of world class events which is quite rightly attracting interest at home and abroad as we continue to diversify the regional economy by embracing opportunities in the tourism sector.”
Aberdeen is one of only two Scottish locations chosen to host the event, with cyclists visiting Motherwell on Tuesday May 14.
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Craig Burn, chief executive of Scottish Cycling, said they were “thrilled” to welcome the event back to Scotland, adding they were “proud” to play their part.
He added: “Major events like this are paramount to ensuring we capture the hearts and minds of people across the country and inspire more people to get on a bike, be it for sport, recreation or transport.”
Highlights of the event are screened on ITV4 and broadcast around the world, while the event days provide the opportunity for a range of community and cycling activities to take place on the traffic-free circuits.
Thousands turned out to watch the national cycling event last year, with a number of races taking place throughout the duration of the day.