Motherwell and Aberdeen will welcome The Tour Series cycling this Summer as Britain’s top male and female professionals race around the towns on Tuesday 23rd May and Thursday 25th May.
Motherwell will host the event for the third time in a row while Aberdeen will welcome the race for the first time.
Stuart Turner, Head of EventScotland, said: “The decision The Tour Series has taken to once again bring two rounds of the event to Scotland shows why we are the perfect stage for events. It is a fantastic event and we’re delighted to be helping bring it to Aberdeen for the first time and to Motherwell for the third year running.
Up to 50 elite riders, including the likes of Olympic Champion Ed Clancy MBE of defending champions JLT Condor, former Australian Champion Steele Von Hoff of ONE Pro Cycling and top sprinter Chris Opie of Bike Channel Canyon, will race in Aberdeen, tackling an hour-long race around a closed-road, city centre circuit. Further details of the Aberdeen event, including the city centre circuit that will be used by the elite riders will be announced in the coming weeks.
In Motherwell, the races will once again take place on the popular 1.2 kilometre circuit that starts and finishes on Hamilton Road, and passes the North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre. Highlights of the Mother well race will be shown on ITV4 on Wednesday 24th May and the Aberdeen race on Friday 26th May.
Councillor Allan Graham, Convener of the Regeneration and Infrastructure Committee at North Lanarkshire Council, said: “We are delighted to welcome The Tour Series and Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series back to Motherwell for the third year in a row. It brings world class cycling to the streets of North Lanarkshire and always attracts thousands of spectators to see the sport close up. The tight, town centre circuit makes for exciting racing and there will be plenty support activities for families to enjoy.”
Aberdeen City Council Leader Councillor Jenny Laing said: “Aberdeen is a dynamic city which offers a great deal for both residents and visitors. In the last few years, we have made a concerted effort to raise the city’s profile through our ambitious events programme and bringing The 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 summer programme and is part of our wider Aberdeen 365 Events Strategy, a City Centre Masterplan initiative, which will see new events such as The Tour Series and Great Aberdeen Run, brought to the Granite City over the coming years.
Entering its ninth season of competition, the unique, televised race Series has a revamped calendar now taking place entirely within May, and including three new events at Aberdeen, Wembley and Northwich and a Bank Holiday finish, for the first time ever, on the 29th May in Stevenage.
Seven professional men’s teams, headlined by defending champions JLT Condor, and including ONE Pro Cycling, who return to The Tour Series after a year away, will race at every round. 2014 Champions Madison Genesis return along with Team Raleigh GAC, Bike Channel Canyon, Metaltek Kuota and Series debutants Morvélo Basso. Further guest teams for each round will be announced in the coming weeks.