Britain’s top professional cyclists will take to the streets of Aberdeen again as an elite competition returns for a second year.
The OVO Energy Tour Series, Britain’s leading domestic televised race series, will arrive in the city on Thursday, May 17.
Previous competitors have included Olympic gold medallists Laura Kenny, Joanna Rowsell, Ed Clancy and Dani King, as well as emerging talent such as junior world and European cyclo-cross champion Tom Pidcock.
Aberdeen City Council co-leader Jenny Laing said she was “delighted” to see the event return to the city.
She added: “The inaugural Aberdeen event in 2017 was outstanding with people lining the streets to support both the community races and the amazing professional athletes.
“Aberdeen is a dynamic city which offers a great deal for both residents and visitors.
“We are making a concerted effort to raise the city’s profile through our ambitious events programme and bringing The OVO Energy Tour Series to Aberdeen, in conjunction with EventScotland, will strengthen Aberdeen’s position as a must-visit destination for high-profile cultural and sporting events.”
The city will be one of two Scottish rounds on the calendar, with Motherwell hosting the other on May 15.
“A further eight town and city centre locations will also host the competition across the UK.
Mick Bennett, race director of the OVO Energy Tour Series organiser SweetSpot, said: “The way everybody in Aberdeen has got behind the series’ visit was fantastic and I have no doubt that the local support will once again be brilliant, especially with the addition of an elite women’s race.
“With a men’s and women’s race forming part of the night’s schedule, it promises to be a fantastic evening of sporting action.”
Highlights of the Granite City race will be shown on ITV4 on Friday, May 18, with programmes available later on demand via the ITV hub.