New route for Tour Series cycle race

The redeveloped Broad Street will form part of a new city centre route for the Aberdeen leg of a national cycling competition.

The OVO Energy Tour Series on 16 May will bring some of the country’s top professional riders to the city. There are also races for amateur competitors, including youngsters.

Riders will start and finish on Broad Street and complete laps of a 1.3km circuit which takes in Union Street, Back Wynd, Belmont Street, Schoolhill and Upperkirkgate.

cycleroute

In 2017 and 2018 thousands lined city centre streets for the event.

Councillor Jenny Laing, Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader, said: “The OVO Energy Tour Series has really captured the imagination of the north-east public and there has been an amazing atmosphere at the previous two events.

“The old and new of the regenerated Broad Street, flanked by the historic Marischal College and award-winning Marischal Square, is a perfect showcase for the wider transformation of the city and it promises to be another wonderful occasion.”

The OVO Energy Tour Series is Britain’s leading domestic televised race series, with a unique team-based format for both men’s and women’s teams.

Mick Bennett, Race Director of the OVO Energy Tour Series organising company SweetSpot, said: “Our previous two events in Aberdeen have been a fantastic success and we are sure that the new circuit will prove popular with spectators and riders, while also showcasing the fantastic backdrop of Marischal College.

“The support of Aberdeen City Council and Scottish Cycling will again create an amazing atmosphere and give cyclists young and old the chance to try out the new circuit.”

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