Making their way North, the team arrived in Aberdeen for the 8th round of the Tour Series where large crowds gathered under glorious sunshine around the city centre circuit. The course stretched 1.2km through the streets of Aberdeen and included a technical ‘dead turn’ just before a sprint to the finish, which promised a fun filled evening of cycling entertainment.
As in previous rounds, the race ignited as soon as the neutral motorbike pulled away and an early break of four riders established. George Harper of ONE Pro Cycling slid into the move which also contained three riders from the Bike Channel Canyon team.
Behind the lead group, the overall team battle was in full flow with Madison Genesis and current Tour Series leaders JLT Condor keeping a close eye on each other. Harper at the front of the race was taking advantage of being out numbered in the breakaway, sheltering behind the Bike Channel trio and allowing them to do all the work. Meanwhile in the peloton, Kristian House and Steele Von Hoff made several attempts to break away and bridge across to the leading group, however each attempt was quickly closed down by one of the GC teams.
20 minutes of racing complete, it looked like the leading four were clear and would press on for victory. Heading into the final laps Bike Channel Canyon began to attack George Harper who was quick to respond to each move. A big attack from Jack Pullar (Bike Channel) saw Harper find himself in a small break of two at the front but with neither rider co-operating together the group was soon back together once again as the four riders took the bell.
Accelerating out of the dead turn with 200 metres to go Tanfield of Bike Channel Canyon took control with Lowsley Williams and Pullar on his wheel. Timing his attack, Harper hit the front with 150m to go, opening up his sprint and passing the lead out train of Bike Channel. But Pullar wasn’t finished and after a strong lead out from his team mates surged past Harper to take victory on the line with Harper collecting 2nd place for the second time this series.
Steele Von Hoff sprinted home in 7th place followed closely by Kristian House and Sam Williams leaving ONE Pro Cycling claiming second team on the night to retain their 4th overall with just two rounds remaining. The Tour Series continues in Durham on Saturday 27th May.