Scotland gears up for Tour of Britain return

Tour of Britain

The Tour of Britain will return to Scotland this September, as the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway host Stage Three of Britain’s biggest professional cycle race. Attracting some of the biggest names in world cycling, the Tour will offer fans the chance experience the thrilling road race, just a five weeks after the London Olympics.

Tuesday 11th September will see almost 100 of the world’s top cyclists racing the 161.4 kilometres from Jedburgh to Dumfries, taking in Hawick, St Mary’s Loch and Moffat on the way. The route is both spectacular and challenging, providing riders and spectators with the ideal setting for the action.

Following the successful hosting of stage starts in Peebles in 2009 and 2011, The Tour of Britain moves to Jedburgh, in the Scottish Borders this year. Heading through Moffat riders will cross into Dumfries & Galloway, before racing into Dumfries where they will tackle three laps of a testing finishing circuit, giving fans additional opportunities to see the race in full flight before the exciting finale on Whitesands.

A mass participation cycle ride - The Tour Ride Scotland - will accompany The Tour of Britain in 2012, with cyclists getting the chance to experience the thrill of the route first hand. Amateur riders and families will be given the opportunity to preview part of the Scottish stage on Sunday 26th August, with full details to be announced via www.tourride.co.uk.

For details of the full route visit www.tourofbritain.co.uk.

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