Race 8 (of 10) of The Tour Series was held on the streets of Aberdeen last Thursday night on a 1.2km circuit around the city center over about an hour. It was a beautiful day to be out: no clouds, light breeze, about 70F. I went out early for some of the supporting races which included kids and all levels of amateurs. There was a women's race that might have been a pro race, but that was during our dinner and cocktail hour and I could not quite make out the jerseys from my seat at the bar.
This was my first time watching a criterium race. While I did not know any of the racers--these teams are two tiers down from those who ride the Tour de France, for example--it was actually more exciting than my previous experience watching pro racing. Because the course was short, I was seeing riders pass by each lap which took less than two minutes initially. Then, once the peloton was spread out, I could see cyclists almost constantly.
|Graeme Obree, Aberdeen, May 2016|
The leaders: they were off the front from about the third lap and were never caught. I could feel the wind off them as they passed.
|A pair of local cat 4/5 riders from Deeside Thistle CC|
|Pro bikes, amateur racers|
|Start/Finish line on Union Street|
|Pros warming up|
|Pipers before the start of the pro race; we are in Scotland after all|