Triple Olympic champion Ed Clancy has vowed to produce a big performance in Aberdeen tonight when racing in the Tour Series event.
Aberdeen city centre will be transformed into a professional cycle race circuit for round eight of the prestigious cycle event.
Clancy, who won Olympic gold at Rio 2016, London 2012 and Beijing 2008 expects a high octane race through a fast Granite City course.
The five-time world champion’s JLT Condor team hold a slim one point lead over closest challengers Madison Genesis ahead of the action in Aberdeen.
Clancy, 32, finished fifth in round seven in Motherwell on Tuesday, with JLT Condor team-mates Brenton Jones first and Graham Briggs fourth.
Clancy said: “It looks like it’s going to be a very fast circuit in Aberdeen with a couple of tricky corners that could prove crucial.
“Coming into the final few rounds it really is the business end of the Tour Series now and it’s important for us to put in another big performance.”
The Tour Series men’s race will begin at 7.30pm and is the highlight of a festival of cycling through the streets of Aberdeen today.
Events begin at 1pm with amateur and Active Youth races before the big event when many of the world’s top cyclists will compete in the city.
The Tour Series is a free event and Clancy hopes Aberdeen cycle fans will turn out in force to watch the high speed action over the 1.2km course.
He said: We’re hoping to see more of the great Scotts’ crowds that we’ve seen over the years out to support all the riders on what’s sure to be a brilliant night of racing.”
The circuit will start and finish on Union Street with competitors racing up the Back Wynd through Schoolhill and Rosemount Viaduct and down Union Terrace.
John Herety, JLT Condor Team manager said: “It’s going to be great visiting Aberdeen for the first time with the Tour Series and we’re looking forward to putting on a great show.
“As a new venue it does offer a bit of the unexpected for all of the teams but we relish that and we’ll be determined to defend our Tour Series leader’s jerseys.”
The Tour Series format ensures it is easy for spectators to watch the entire race develop from one spot.
The full programme is:
1pm – Active Schools Youth under-10s. 1.25pm – Active Schools Youth Under-12s.
2pm – Under-14 boys and girls, Under-16 boys and girls.
2.45pm – Senior.
3.45pm – Corporate Challenge.
4.30pm – Women’s race.
5pm – Senior race.
7.30pm – Elite race.