Programme of support events for cycle race

Two-wheeled stunt shows, a pedal powered cinema and cycle skills track will act as warm up for a professional cycle race around Aberdeen city centre.

The OVO Energy Tour Series returns on Thursday May 16 when elite riders will go head to head on a 1.3km circuit, with the women’s race starting at 5.30pm and the men in action from 7pm.

Four activity zones around the course will offer a range of hands-on activities as well as performances, with Scottish Cycling age group races featuring local riders also running from noon.

Marischal Square will house a face painter, the Tour Series merchandise stall as well as interactive cycle activities including the Sustrans pedal powered cinema, University of Aberdeen smoothie bike and also the Get About and Air Quality stalls.

Marischal College Quadrangle will become the Fast Traxx course, where a variety of bikes will be available for riders of all ages to test their skills. The All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre will also be staging shows at noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm as well as offering taster sessions after each performance. Aberdeen Sports Village will be leading an exercise class at 12.15pm and then throughout the day, at quarter past every hour, parent and child activities.

At St Nicholas Street the Clan stunt show will feature head to head competition between two trial stars, with performances at 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 4.30pm.

On Union Bridge, visitors will also be able to tackle a bike obstacle course or try the climbing wall and around the route there will be walkabout street acts as well as Graham Benson’s demonstration on an array of bikes – including a penny farthing and unicycle display.

Aberdeen: a cycling city