Top cyclists from around Britain will descend on Aberdeen tomorrow for the latest stage in the Tour Series.
In a day of activities which hope to inspire the people of Aberdeen to get back on the saddle, the highlight and main event will be the elite race through the city centre.
The planned route will see cyclists race around the circuit from the start/finish line on Union Street, moving on to Union Terrace, turning right onto Rosemount Viaduct/Schoolhill, along Back Wynd, meeting Union Street once again and doubling back at the Market Street junction to head along Union Street to race into the next lap.
Aberdeen is one of 10 town and city centres hosting the Tour Series, which is now in its ninth season. The series is based on teams. When a team’s rider crosses the line first it doesn’t always mean the team also wins the round.
They get the individual win, but the aim is for teams to complete the race in the lowest cumulative time with their five riders, making them the fastest team on the night.
Between 1pm and 6pm tomorrow, Scottish Cycling will host a programme of races for younger age groups, seniors, women and a corporate race before the elite race which starts at 7.30pm.
The winners’ presentation will be at around 9pm. A cycling activity village will also be set up on the day to celebrate the Tour Series and all things cycling with free activities at Union Terrace Gardens. In order to accommodate the event, a number of roads in the city centre will be closed between 7am and midnight.
Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “The Aberdeen Tour Series promises to be a very exciting event which will see some of the country’s best cyclists compete in the city centre. It’s great Aberdeen has attracted such a prestigious event and large crowds are expected throughout the day.
“A number of businesses in the city centre will be offering cycling-themed special promotions as we welcome competitors from around the UK.
“This is exactly the level of national event we now expect to see in our city centre and with the Great Aberdeen Run to follow, there is much to look forward to in the very near future.”