The national cycle race, which brought 2,500 visitors to Kirkcaldy in May last year, is set to return for a second visit and will once again be Round One.
Ten top British cycling teams will visit the Lang Toun on May 14 to kick off their five week battle to be crowned champions of The Tour Series.
Kirkcaldy was the focus of national attention last year when it became the first Scottish town to ever host a leg of The Tour Series when it staged the opening round last year. The race was won by Endura who went onto finish first in the series.
Cllr.Neil Crooks, Chair of Kirkcaldy Area Committee, said of the announcement, “This event created such a buzz in the town last year and because it was the only stage held in Scotland, it attracted visitors from across the country. I’m delighted that the financial support from Fife Council’s Strategic Events Investment Programme has enabled this event to return to the town. I’m also pleased to be working again with Kirkcaldy 4 All and Event Scotland, and hope that together we can make this event even more of a success than last year.”
Cllr. Mark Hood, Member of the Executive Committee added, “The Tour Series is another highlight event this year which will hopefully encourage and inspire more Fifers to get active. There will be a range of activities on offer throughout the day to give young people and amateurs the opportunity to get involved, try out the race circuit and discover a new found interest in cycling!”
Bill Harvey, Manager, Kirkcaldy 4 All who are pledging support to the event again this year added, “We are delighted to support this prestigious event for another year. “Events such as the Tour Series do much to showcase Kirkcaldy Town Centre both locally and nationally. We are looking forward to attracting a much larger attendance than last year and will liaise closely with local businesses to make it a success both on and off the track.”
Tour Series Race Director Mick Bennett commented, “We look forward to returning to Fife and building upon the impact of the event from year one. This year’s Series looks to be our most competitive yet, so Scottish cycling fans should mark Tuesday 14 May in their diaries now!”
Fife Council and Sustrans have been working together in Kirkcaldy since 2010 on a project called Make your move Kirkcaldy, which aims to inspire and enable people to cycle and walk more in the town. Kirkcaldy has a great cycle network both on and off-road, and there are loads of great places to cycle for fun, like Ravenscraig Park and the Middleden mountain bike trails. As well as developing new cycle routes, Make your move Kirkcaldy is also planning fun events, a schools programme and lots more. To find out more or for information about free cycle training, visit www.makeyourmovekirkcaldy.co.uk.