When the Tour Series cycling rolled into Aberdeen for the first time last year it was greeted by glorious sunshine. With footage being broadcast around the world, the city really sparkled.

Yesterday the event returned – and once again the weather had read the script.

Local youngsters and amateur cyclists tackled the course before the professionals took centre stage and there was a great response from the public.

As part of our growing Aberdeen 365 events programme, the Tour Series has been a great boost to the city and the region and we’re delighted to have welcomed it once again.

Any event is a partnership and it was fantastic to hear the race director praising Aberdeen and the Council for the way it has embraced elite cycling. When interviewed for a TV preview, Mick Bennett said in 35 years of organising events he had never known a host town or city take a race to its heart so enthusiastically and said the way in which Aberdeen City Council has supported the Tour Series was the best he had experienced in all that time.

That ringing endorsement is fantastic credit to all involved in planning and delivering an action packed day. I echo Mick’s sentiments and my thanks go to the Tour Series team and, most importantly, our own Council staff for their excellent work in bringing the city to life in such a colourful and inspiring way.

Written by aberdeenccblog

Chief Executive of Aberdeen City Council. All views are my own.