Triple Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy took first place last year – and Tour Series organisers are expecting cycling superstars to ride into the Granite City once more.
The route for the Aberdeen leg of the Tour – taking place on May 16 – has been confirmed.
It will be the third year in a row Britain’s leading teams have raced around the city centre, with Broad Street providing the start and finish line for the 1.3km circuit this time.
Cuminestown’s Neah Evans was also in attendance last time around, fresh from winning Commonwealth Games silver and bronze in Gold Coast, Australia.
She took the women’s team win on the night with Storey Racing.
The Tour Series’ Peter Hodges thinks there could be even more household names in action this year as part of teams like Canyon DBH, Madison Genesis and Vitus Pro Cycling.
He said: “Madison Genesis have Roger Hammond back as a team manager, and anyone who knows Roger will know he’s one of the most competitive people out there.
“Vitus Pro Cycling have again expanded over the winter and grown. They’ve now got Ed Clancy riding for them. Ed obviously won here last year and we know it’s a circuit that will suit them again.”
Hodges added: “(There could also be) people like Jon Mould (Commonwealth Games medallist.
“Then on the women’s side Team Breeze are the next generation of talent – there’s Sarah Storey, Britain’s most decorated Paralympian.
“And you’ve also got to look at (Olympic gold medallist) Katie Archibald, and Neah Evans – what are they doing at the moment?
“It would be fantastic if we could have Katie racing here, particularly as everyone knows she’s not from far away.”
In previous years, the cyclists have lauded the Aberdeen route for its speed and ability to create a competitive race. Both events so far have been bathed in glorious sunshine.
Hodges said: “The course is changing slightly this year. It’s still in the city centre but we’re going to be finishing in front of the college instead of Union Street.
“It’s a flat and fairly fast course, but there’s still surprising drag on Union Street and I think the number of times you’re doing it and the speed they do it, it adds up over the course of hours of racing.”
Organisers insist the Tour Series isn’t just about the top talent, but also the minor races, which turn it into a day-long event.
Hodges said: “Full tribute to the city council here and Scottish Cycling for the events they’ve put on, it really is the role model of Tour Series events.
“The whole point of what we want from the Tour Series is that at the end of the evening you have an elite men’s and elite women’s race, then during the afternoon you’ve got kids races, youth races and business races.
“If you’re going to take the bold step of closing part of your city centre for the day, we want to see people make the most use of it, and it’s great that Aberdeen does.”