The Tour Series makes its second visit to Aberdeen tomorrow.
The first race, the under-eight boys and girls, is due to get underway at noon
The main women’s race is due to start at 5.30pm
And the main men’s event will start at 7.30pm
The full list of amateur races is:
- Noon – under-eight boys and girls
- 12.30pm – under-10 boys and girls, under-12 boys and girls
- 1.05pm – under-14 boys and girls, under-16 boys and girls
- 1.50pm – Category 3/4 race
- 2.35pm – Corporate race
- 3.20pm – E 1/2/3/4 women’s race
- 4pm – 2/3/4 men’s race
The Elite Races
- 5.30pm – Women’s race
- 7.30pm – Men’s race
The Tour Series is all about the teams. When a team’s rider crosses the line first it doesn’t necessarily follow the team also wins the race.
The rider gets the honour of the individual win but the aim is for teams to complete the race in the lowest collective time with their five riders, making them the fastest on the night.
Up to 10 teams compete in each round for the overall title and the right to be crowned the best team in Britain.
All of the teams register a squad of 12 riders for the entire series, with the team manager then picking five of those for each evening’s racing.
This adds a tactical element and means the team manager is as important as his counterparts in football or rugby union as the manager has to get selection based on the style of racing needed.
Each round will be about 60 minutes in duration and then a run of five laps of the circuit which, in Aberdeen tonight, will be a 0.7 mile circuit.
Every rider in the race receives their own finish time, all tracked on their bike.
Each team has the time of their five riders added together and the team with the lowest cumulative time wins on the night and receives 10 points for victory.
During the course of each round you will see three intermediate sprints, taking place roughly every 15 minutes during the 60-minute race.
At these sprint races the first five riders across the line will receive points on a 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 basis, making them a series of races within a race.
In Union Terrace Gardens a number of events and stalls will be set up for spectators between noon and 5pm, including:
- Transition Extreme
- Aberdeen Sports Village – a mini sports arena featuring football, tennis, badminton along with a Wattbike for attendees to participate in the Wattbike challenge
- Edinburgh Bike Co-op – Competitions throughout the day
- Casi De Gelato – Ice cream from a vintage bicycle
- Aberdeen Cycle Forum – Raising awareness for better cycle facilities
- Home Energy Scotland – Learn how you can save energy, experience the interactive light box and receive your free water efficiency pack
- Fast Traxx – fun for riders of all ages
- Pedal-powered activities – Cycle challenge Scalextric and cycle-powered jukebox
On St Nicholas Street:
Shirt or Squirt – Take on the challenge, race against friends of family to see who will win the shirt and who will get squirted with water.