SOME of the top cyclists in Britain will again be racing round the streets of Kirkcaldy town centre when The Tour Series returns to Fife in May.
The national televised event brought around 2500 visitors to the Lang Toun last year and organisers are hoping for an even bigger crowd when Kirkcaldy again hosts the opening round of the ten-race series on May 14.
Ten top British cycling teams will do battle over five weeks on a variety of town centre courses, all hoping to follow in the wheels of Endura, last year’s champions, who began their successful campaign with victory in the Kirkcaldy race.
Councillor Neil Crooks, chairman of Kirkcaldy area committee, said: “This event created such a buzz in the town last year and because it was the only stage held in Scotland, it attracted visitors from across the country.
“I’m delighted that the financial support from Fife Council’s strategic events investment programme has enabled this event to return to the town.
“I’m also pleased to be working again with Kirkcaldy4All and Event Scotland, and hope that together we can make this event even more of a success than last year.”
Bill Harvey, manager, Kirkcaldy4All, who are pledging support to the event again this year, added: “We are delighted to support this prestigious event for another year. Events such as the Tour Series do much to showcase Kirkcaldy town centre both locally and nationally.
“We are looking forward to attracting a much larger crowd than last year and will liaise closely with local businesses to make it a success both on and off the track.”
Mick Bennett, Tour Series race director, was also pleased to be returning to Fife: “We look forward to returning to Kirkcaldy and building upon the impact of the event from year one.
“This year’s Series looks to be our most competitive yet, so Scottish cycling fans should mark Tuesday, May 14 in their diaries now!”
More details on the format of the event will be released soon but as well as the main race, there will also be attractions on throughout the day, including an opportunity for everyone to ride the circuit, as well as school and junior races.