Scotland’s newest sportive, The Tour o’ the Borders, launched this week as the organisers prepare to welcome 1000 cyclists next Sunday (April 14).
Taking in the quiet back roads of the region, the Tour o’ the Borders is a non-competitive road cycling event that starts and finishes in Peebles. In just its second year, the Tour o’ the Borders has grown from 286 riders in 2012 to selling out all 1000 spaces this year.
Participants have the choice of two routes at this year’s event –114km or a shorter circuit of 80km. However, both routes will still put cyclists through their paces - as they feature 4800ft and 3654ft of climbing respectively. And though the routes may be tough, riders tackle the event at their own pace and will be rewarded with some of the most beautiful countryside Scotland has to offer for their efforts.
Although a non-competitive event, all participants in the sportive will still have their progress monitored by a state of the art timing system, and there will also be technical and medical assistance available on course.
John Anderson, co-founder of the Tour o’ the Borders, said, “This year’s event sold out incredibly quickly, which is a testament to how successful last year’s Tour was. The feedback we got from riders was the route was spot on – challenging, but still a lot of fun. This year we have set another fantastic course through the rolling hills of the Borders, whose quiet roads are the perfect backdrop for an event like this.”
Neil Dalgleish, who co-founded the event, added, “The Borders has some of the best cycling in the UK. There’s a really strong community of cyclists in the area whose passion for the sport is unlimited. The Tour o’ the Borders is a great way to showcase just what a special cycling scene there is in the region. The tour brings together all levels of cyclists to take part in a fun, safe and non-competitive atmosphere. We’re delighted that so many people have signed up for this year’s event and are sure it‘s set to become a classic fixture on the Scottish cycling calendar.”
For full event information visit www.tourotheborders.com