Scotland will host two rounds of the OVO Energy Tour Series this May as Motherwell and Aberdeen once again welcome Britain’s leading televised cycle race series and the country’s top male and female cyclists.

Where and when?

Motherwell will host the series for a fifth successive year on Tuesday 14 May. Since our first visit to North Lanarkshire in 2015,  the likes of home heroes Eileen Roe and Katie Archibald have enjoyed individual glory on a testing circuit that starts and finishes on Hamilton Road in the town centre.

Two days later (Thursday 16 MayAberdeen makes its third appearance on the OVO Energy Tour Series calendar. Last year’s men’s winners on the night were champions-elect Canyon Eisberg. The women’s honours in 2018 fell to the Storey Racing team, led by Scottish Commonwealth Games star Neah Evans.

Both events will feature elite men and women’s races, giving Scottish fans the chance to see Britain’s best teams battling it out on their roads at this free-to-attend event.

What else?

Thanks to Scottish Cycling the events in Motherwell and Aberdeen will also see a full programme of support activities and races, giving cyclists young and old the chance to ride on the same closed road circuits as their heroes.

Scotland 2018 highlights

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Action from last year’s women’s and men’s rounds in Motherwell.

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Highlights from 2018’s women’s and men’s rounds in Aberdeen.

What they said…

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “Events play a key role in our visitor economy and the OVO Energy Tour Series is part of an exciting calendar of cycling events that take place across Scotland each year. EventScotland is delighted to be supporting its return to Motherwell and Aberdeen once again, where cycling fans both on the course and watching at home will be treated to an exciting evening of high calibre racing.”

Councillor Jim Logue, Leader of North Lanarkshire Council, added: “We are delighted to welcome the OVO Energy Tour Series back to Motherwell for another evening of exciting, highly competitive racing.

“This top level cycling event always attracts a big crowd to our town centre circuit, and local school children have the opportunity to cycle the route during the day as part of our programme to encourage more participation in sport. North Lanarkshire has a strong reputation for hosting first class sporting events and bringing the Tour Series to Motherwell on 14 May is the next important date in our calendar.”

Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader Councillor Jenny Laing said: “We look forward to welcoming the OVO Energy Tour Series back to Aberdeen in 2019. The last two years have been a huge success, attracting great crowds and showcasing the city worldwide.

“The event is a key part of the Council’s Aberdeen 365 events strategy as part of our City Centre Masterplan, transforming the heart of Aberdeen both in terms of the built environment and the cultural offering.

“We are building Aberdeen’s reputation as a dynamic city for residents and visitors, with a diverse programme of world class events which is quite rightly attracting interest at home and abroad as we continue to diversify the regional economy by embracing opportunities in the tourism sector.”

Craig Burn, Chief Executive, Scottish Cycling said: “We are thrilled to be again welcoming the OVO Energy Tour Series back to Scotland and are proud to play our part in the delivery of the Motherwell and Aberdeen events alongside our local authority partners and local cycling community. Major events like this are paramount to ensuring we capture the hearts and minds of people across the country and inspire more people to get on a bike be it for sport, recreation or transport.”   

Commenting on the announcement, OVO Energy Tour Series Race Director Mick Bennett added: “We are delighted to be returning to Motherwell and Aberdeen this May.  The Scottish week of the OVO Energy Tour Series has become a cornerstone of the calendar in recent years, with both events enjoying great support from spectators and the wide range of participants taking part in the Scottish Cycling support events.  We look forward to more of the same this May.”

Further details of the OVO Energy Tour Series for 2019, including full confirmation of host venues and participating teams, will be announced in the coming weeks.