Crowds line streets for cycle spectacular
Event: Thousands bask in sun to watch Tour Series cyclists
SUN-SPLASHED Aberdeen put on a warm welcome yesterday as cycling’s prestigious Tour Series came to town for a second time. The cordoned-off city centre streets were transformed into a race circuit.
Thousands of cycling fans lined the sunny streets of the Granite City yesterday to cheer on some of the UK’s top cyclists for the second visit from the Tour Series.
The city centre was transformed into a race track as hundreds of riders, from amateurs and children to elite professionals, pedalled their way through some of Aberdeen’s most iconic streets.
Throughout the day, which was blessed with as much sunshine as last year’s inaugural event, revellers and families enjoyed the jovial atmosphere and cheered on their favourite competitors.
With fun-filled activities in Union Terrace Gardens, drinks and food stalls on Union Street and competitions for all ages, the second visit from the OVO Energy Tour Series provided something for everyone.
From noon until just before 5pm, cycling fans pounded the barriers to support the amateur riders taking part on the challenge, which took place on Union Street, Union Terrace, Little Belmont Street and elsewhere.
And from 5.30pm onwards, the city centre got even busier as crowds gathered to watch the professional racers push themselves to the limit.
Mike Dennison, 52, was one of the many cycling fans who parked his bike at the finishing line on Union Street for a good view.
Mr Dennison, who has been cycling for the
“The city centre of Aberdeen makes for a really impressive place to race”
last 15 years and is a member of the Deeside Thistle Cycling Club, said he was glad to see the event return on such a sunny day.
He said: “It’s been an incredible day of cycling, it really is special to have all of this talent in one place.
“I really think the Tour Series is brilliant for Aberdeen, before this, there was next to nothing in the city, but this is now a real highlight of the cycling calendar.
“The city centre of Aberdeen makes for a really impressive place to race, and it really helps to put Aberdeen on the map for cyclists.”
Following on from the success of the 2017 men’s race, this year an elite women’s round was added.
Professional female cyclists amazed cheering crowds as they tore through the Granite City’s most famous streets.
Mr Dennison added: “There really was a great reception to the elite women’s race, but I think the highlight of the day has to be the youth races.
“It must be so exciting for these young cyclists to be cycling on the same tracks as their heroes, it really is inspirational and everything that can help to encourage young people pursue their dreams and really get into cycling is good news.”
As the sun was beginning to set , the elite men’s race brought the day-long celebration of cycling to an end in a spectacular fashion as photographers climbed up what they could for the chance to snap their cycling heroes.
Aberdeen was one of 10 stops on this year’s OVO Energy Tour Series.
ROUND THE BEND: Competitors in the elite women’s race veer off Union Street on to Union Terrace under the watchful gaze of King Edward VII.
Competitors in last night’s men’s race, which finished with a thrilling overtaking manoeuvre.