Cycle race to make Aberdeen city centre a winner

The return of professional cycle racing to the streets of Aberdeen will provide a “great opportunity” to showcase the city, according to a tourism boss. 

The OVO Energy Tour Series, Britain’s leading domestic televised race series, returns to the city centre on May 17 this year.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “After the successful delivery of last year’s event, EventScotland is delighted to be supporting Aberdeen to bring the OVO Energy Tour Series back to the city for a second consecutive year.

“The local community really got behind the event and we expect the same again this year. This will be a great opportunity to showcase what the region has to offer to a national TV audience of cycling enthusiasts.”

Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader Councillor Jenny Laing said: “The inaugural Aberdeen event in 2017 was outstanding with people lining the streets to support both the community races and the amazing professional athletes.”

“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.

“This leading cycling race is one of the first events in our ambitious summer programme and is part of our wider Aberdeen 365 Events Strategy, a City Centre Masterplan initiative.”

Mick Bennett Race Director of the OVO Energy Tour Series organisers SweetSpot said: “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 race will be shown on ITV4 on May 18.