Home favourites Katie Archibald and Neah Evans will race in Motherwell and Aberdeen this spring as part of this year’s OVO Energy Tour Series.

Who and what?

The pair will race for a Scottish national team alongside Anna Shackley and Zoe Watters in the events at Motherwell (Tuesday 14 May) and Aberdeen (Thursday 16 May).

Olympic champion Archibald is no stranger to the OVO Energy Tour Series having won the Motherwell race in 2016, adding to her other individual victories in Edinburgh (2014) and Stoke-on-Trent (2014 and 2016).

Evans, who won two medals at the Commonwealth Games in 2018, raced in the Motherwell and Aberdeen events last May, helping her then Storey Racing squad to the team prize in the Granite City. 

The OVO Energy Tour Series rounds in Motherwell and Aberdeen are supported by EventScotland, Scottish Cycling, North Lanarkshire Council and their main sponsor Morgan Sindall, and Aberdeen City Council.

What they said…

“Although we’ll be all the way in May, Motherwell will be my first road race of the 2019 season,” said Archibald. “What a treat to be at home, in a race I’ve had good fortune in in previously, riding with Scottish Cycling teammates. I’m looking forward to both rounds and some hard racing.”

Commenting on the races, Evans said: “The last time I rode for Scotland was at the Commonwealth Games so it’s very exciting to be back and in front of a home crowd this time. The Tour Series events are always action packed, exciting races and I am very much looking forward to starting my road season off with them.”

What else…

Archibald and Evans won’t be the only top Scots in action at Motherwell and Aberdeen, with Stirling duo Rhona Callander and Jenny Holl due to race for defending champions Team Breeze. Commonwealth Games medallists John Archibald and Mark Stewart are also set to feature in Ribble Pro Cycling squad’s in the men’s competition.

North Lanarkshire hosts the OVO Energy Tour Series for the fifth year on Tuesday 14 May, with the event taking place on a 1.2km circuit around Hamilton Road in Motherwell.

Two days later Aberdeen will welcome the return of the OVO Energy Tour Series for a third year on Thursday 16 May, with a re-designed 1.1km circuit in the heart of the city finishing outside of Marischal College.

Both events are free-to-attend and feature a packed schedule of support events thanks to Scottish Cycling, including youth and amateur races from midday, giving cyclists of all ages and abilities the chance to race on the same circuits as the professionals.

Highlights of the OVO Energy Tour Series are screened on ITV4 and broadcast around the world, while event day will provide the opportunity for a range of community and cycling activities organised by the host venues and Scottish Cycling.

Links and downloads

Click here to visit the Motherwell round hub | Click here to visit the Aberdeen round hub