Scottish stage of The Tour of Britain officially launched

The Tour of Britain 2011

The Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway will be the perfect stage for two major cycling events this September, when The Tour of Britain and the accompanying Prostate Cancer Charity Tour Ride Scotland take place. The route for Stage One of The Tour of Britain will see almost 100 of the world's top cyclists racing the 170 kilometres from Peebles to Dumfries through the stunning scenery of the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway on Sunday 11th September. Spectators in Dumfries will be the first anywhere to see the new IG Markets Gold Jersey awarded to The Tour's overall race leader after Stage One.

A week before The Tour of Britain returns to Scotland amateur cyclists will have the chance to test out the route in The Prostate Cancer Charity Tour Ride Scotland on Sunday 4th September.  Over 1,000 cyclists are expected to take up the opportunity to sample the route and raise money to help combat prostate cancer. The two events were jointly launched in Peebles today as a part of the TweedLove cycling festival.

EventScotland’s Chief Operating Officer, Paul Bush said, “Cycling continues to boom across the country and we are looking forward to welcoming the Grand Depart of the 2011 Tour of Britain as one of our marquee events on Scotland’s cycling calendar this year.

“In the year of Active Scotland, the Tour Ride gives everyone the opportunity to experience the challenges that the professionals will face on some of Scotland’s most scenic roads. The media coverage generated from both events will further enhance Scotland as the perfect stage for events and hopefully attract visitors from far and wide to come and experience cycling in Scotland for themselves.”

The route of Stage One of The Tour of Britain will begin in the centre of Peebles before heading along the Tweed Valley to Innerleithen.  From here the climbing begins, taking the race over a series of climbs to Tweedsmuir and then on to Moffat.  After hitting Dumfries for the first time Stage One will take in a loop of the Dumfries and Galloway countryside, before turning for home and the finish line in the centre of Dumfries. Three intermediate Yodel Sprints on the road to Dumfries will see riders battling it out for the right to wear the highly distinctive and new-for-2011 Yodel Sprints Jersey.  Spectators will see the peloton in full flight competing for points and vital bonus seconds at Innerleithen, Moffat and on the first passage of the finish line in Dumfries. The highly popular King of the Mountains competition also returns, with Category Three climbs at Fan's Law, Devil's Beef Tub and Auchenhay Hill, giving the climbers the chance to entertain Scottish spectators.

The Prostate Cancer Charity Tour Ride Scotland takes place on Sunday 4th September, with a choice of ride distances.  Cyclists wanting to replicate the entire stage can take on the 170 kilometre Pro Ride from Peebles to Dumfries, while a 70 kilometre Challenge Ride, starting and finishing in Dumfries is also available.

To find out more about both rides and for details on how to sign-up and begin raising money for The Prostate Cancer Charity, go to www.tourride.co.uk

Find out more about the year of Active Scotland in the run up to Homecoming 2014.

Image: Councillor Carruthers (Dumfries & Galloway Council), Councillor Vicky Davidson, Executive Member for Economic Development (Scottish Borders Council), ToBi (The Tour of Britain Mascot), Evan Oliphant (Endura Racing) and Peter Hodges (The Tour of Britain) on Peebles High Street, where Stage One of the 2011 Tour of Britain will begin on Sunday 11th September.

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