North-east councils poised to launch joint bid to bring Tour of Britain to Aberdeen

© DC ThomsonThe Tour Series cycle event at Aberdeen. The Senior support race.

The Tour Series cycle event at Aberdeen. The Senior support race. Picture by COLIN RENNIE

Council chiefs in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire are poised to bid to bring one of the world’s biggest cycling events to the north-east.

Councillors from both local authorities will consider reports on the joint bid for the Tour of Britain at separate committee meetings in June, with the recommendation to approve the plans.

Papers detailing the plans have now been published.

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The region has a strong track record in cycling events. Aberdeen City Council has hosted the spin-off Tour Series for the past three years, attracting tens of thousands of spectators whilst Aberdeenshire is home to the annual Ride the North event which welcomes approximately 900 riders to the 175-mile-round route.

Data indicates that the Tour Series had a positive economic impact with increased footfall and spend. Discussions have been held on how to grow and maximise the impact at a regional level for the economy, tourism and for health and wellbeing.

The Tour of Britain features 120 of the world’s top cyclists each year and is Britain’s biggest and most prestigious road cycling event, with crowds lining the stage routes and exposure to international audiences through broadcast coverage in over 170 countries worldwide.

Jenny Laing, co-leader of Aberdeen City Council, said: “The opportunity to host the Tour of Britain is a natural progression following the success of the Tour Series, which has won the hearts of the residents and visitors over the past three years.“

Jim Gifford is the leader of Aberdeenshire Council. He said: “Aberdeenshire is known internationally as a cycling destination. The scenery and spectacular landscapes make this a go-to place, both at a personal and event level. Being able to secure a leg of the Tour of Britain will further cement our place on the map.”

Read all about the bid in tomorrow’s P&J.