Scotland’s most exciting new sportive looks set to become a Spring Classic – this year’s Tour o’ the Borders is on course to sell-out all 1000 spaces.
In just its second year, the Tour is now only a few spots away from reaching its maximum capacity of 1000 riders – making it one of the largest sportives in the UK this year.
The 2012 Tour o’ the Borders, saw 300 riders take in over 100km of beautiful Borders countryside, and this year’s entrants will now have the option to choose between two different routes. Those up for a challenge can ride the full 112km course, whilst those wanting to take things a little easier can now opt for a shorter 80km route.
Both events start and finish in Peebles – which was also the starting point of the 2011 Tour of Britain. Each of the two routes will follow the quiet Border back roads, taking in tough climbs and sweeping descents across three beautiful valleys. And don’t be fooled by the shorter route – it still features 1114 metres of climbing – enough to test even the hardiest of legs.
Neil Dalgleish, co-director of the Tour, said, “I’m absolutely delighted that so many people want to take part in this year’s event. We have decided to cap the entry list at 1000 riders to ensure participants get the best possible experience of this fantastic route. The event features an absolutely stunning course through some of the most inspiring landscapes in the Scottish Borders. For the first time this year we are also hosting a shorter route, which will offer a slightly less challenging ride for those who want to take things a bit easier. This means the Tour o’ the Borders should be a great day out for everyone from the seriously fast club riders right through to those people who just love riding their bikes, and those looking for a new challenge.”
John Anderson, Tour o’ the Borders’ co-director, added, “I’m blown away by the amount of riders coming from all over the UK - as well as Europe and America. I'm sure the good people of the Scottish Borders will show them all great hospitality. I’ve been a cyclist and promoter for over 30 years and can honestly say the help, understanding and assistance that I have received from local people, businesses, EventScotland and Scottish Borders Council whilst organising this event is second to none. Positive people and forward thinking towards cycling in the area is what makes, in my opinion, the Borders the number one cycling destination in the UK.”
There are now just a few Tour spots remaining – entries will close on March 1st unless the maximum capacity of 1000 entrants is reached first. To enter the sportive or for more information visit www.tourotheborders.com.