Britain’s top road cycling teams will be racing through the streets of Aberdeen on 25th May as part of the Tour Series, your chance to see professional athletes competing on your home turf in the middle of the Granite City.
Starting on Union Street at 7:30pm, the race will include such elite riders as triple Olympic gold medalist, Ed Clancy and 2016 Ronde van Midden-Nederland winner, Chris Opie. Over 80 riders from seven pro teams will fight to win the Aberdeen stage of the UK-wide Tour Series, which kicked off in Redditch this year and will end in Stevenage. Whichever team manages to accumulate the shortest finishing times across each of the 10 UK stages will win the crown of fastest in Britain.
Cycling Activity Village
Just as exciting – if you’re as much into grassroots cycling as we are – Aberdeen council are making the most of the Tour Series by growing it into an all-day cycling festival. From 1:00pm, amateur riders will be able to enjoy the unique atmosphere of racing their bikes round the same city centre circuit the pros will be riding that evening. Even youngsters under 10 will have an opportunity to experience the thrill of riding their bikes around the same circuit as the pros while being cheered on by their families, friends and supporters.
Win a £50 Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op voucher
Mechanics from the Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op’s Aberdeen shop will be at the Cycling Activity Village to provide bicycle repairs and free checkups for anyone who brings their bicycle along, as well as running a prize draw to win one of six £50 gift vouchers. There will also be a performance by the Clan cycle stunt team, and the Grampian Transport Museum will be sharing 200 years of cycling history by displaying bikes dating as far back as 1817.
If you’re into cycling and you can get to Aberdeen on 25 May, make sure you put it in the calendar.
Amateur Races Schedule: