One of Britain’s top cyclists visited local school children in Aberdeen on Wednesday in advance of the OVO Energy Tour Series returning to the city on Thursday 17 May 2018.

Jacob Scott, who wore the SKODA King of the Mountains jersey during the 2017 Tour of Britain from the ONE Pro Cycling team visited children at the Junior School at Robert Gordon’s College to chat about the Tour Series and give some insight into what it takes to be a world-class cyclist.

Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader, Councillor Douglas Lumsden said: “The Tour Series in 2017 was an incredible day with people lining the streets to cheer on the competitors, so to have Jacob here today to inspire the next generation of cyclists is brilliant.

“This leading cycling race is one of the first events in our ambitious summer programme and is part of our wider Aberdeen 365 Events Strategy, a City Centre Masterplan initiative, which will see events such as The OVO Energy Tour Series and Great Aberdeen Run bring the streets of the Granite City to life.

“Aberdeen is a dynamic city which offers a great deal for both residents and visitors. We are making a concerted effort to raise the city’s profile through our ambitious events programme and bringing The OVO Energy 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 was the first trip to Aberdeen for Jacob who hails from Holmfirth, Yorkshire but he is excited to return to the city for the OVO Energy Tour Series with his ONE Pro Cycling team were beaten into the runners-up spot in Aberdeen last Summer.

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Jack Pullar wins in Aberdeen to help his team defeat ONE Pro Cycling for the round victory.

Mick Bennett Race Director of the OVO Energy Tour Series organisers SweetSpot said “I’d like to thank the ONE Pro Cycling team and Jacob Scott for visiting Aberdeen and helping to inspire local school children to cycle more.

“Last year’s OVO Energy Tour Series round in Aberdeen was an incredible success, helped greatly by the sheer number of young race fans who lined our iconic circuit through the heart of the city centre. I hope that they’re all able to return for our much-anticipated second visit on Thursday 17 May, especially as we’ve added a professional women’s event to a packed schedule of racing this year.”

Sarah Webb, Head of Robert Gordon’s College Junior School said: “Our pupils have really enjoyed talking with Jacob learning more about the professional cycling world and what it takes to be a world-class cyclist.

“Cycling is a really important life skill that all children should have to enable them to cycle safely on their own. We are committed to developing cycling skills and this visit has been timely with the reintroduction of bikeability to our Primary 6 and 7 children this term.

“Popular with spectators last year, Robert Gordon’s College were delighted to submit a staff team as well as being able to support from the sidelines. It is wonderful to see organisations across the city of Aberdeen working together to host such an exciting sporting event for all ages to enjoy.”

Aberdeen photocall

Britain’s top professional cyclists will, once again, take to the streets of Aberdeen as the OVO Energy Tour Series returns on Thursday 17 May 2018.

The OVO Energy Tour Series is Britain’s leading domestic televised race series, with a unique team-based format for both men and women’s teams. Taking place in eight town and city centre locations, The Tour Series will celebrate its tenth season in May 2018.

It has become an annual highlight of the domestic racing scene since its inaugural edition in 2009; previous competitors include Olympic gold medallists Laura Kenny, Joanna Rowsell, Ed Clancy and Dani King, as well as emerging talent such as junior World and European cyclo-cross champion Tom Pidcock.

New to the 2018 programme for Aberdeen is the addition of an elite women’s round of the OVO Energy Tour Series, which organisers will bring to the city following the success of last year’s men’s event.

The city will be one of two Scottish rounds on the calendar, with Motherwell hosting the other on 15 May.

The OVO Energy Tour Series is a unique team event where Britain’s top professional cycling teams battle it out at every round for the right to be crowned Britain’s top team. The races take place at ten venues across the UK during a three-week period. 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.

Jo Robinson, VisitScotland’s Regional Director, said: “Last year’s OVO Energy Tour Series event was a big success, with the whole community really getting behind it and we’re delighted to be supporting the event for a second successive year through EventScotland. This is an exciting event for the region and with a number of dedicated cycle routes throughout Scotland, including Aberdeen to Shetland, it is a great opportunity to showcase what we have to offer to a national TV audience of cycling enthusiasts.”

Chris Foy, chief executive of VisitAberdeenshire said: “Aberdeen put its best foot forward on a sunny evening in 2017, and we look forward to the city benefitting even more so this year as we welcome race teams, event organisers and cycling fans – all contributing to the local economy as they enjoy our food, drink and overnight stays. We also look forward to the long term benefit from showcasing the city on national television with the OVO Energy Tour Series broadcast on ITV4 – this is our invitation to cycling fans across the UK to saddle up and experience Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.”

Highlights of every round of the OVO Energy Tour Series will be shown on ITV4, with programmes also available on demand via the ITV Hub.