The Borders is gearing up for the Tour o’ the Borders, which will see cyclists pass through Peebles, Cardrona, Selkirk, Clovenfords and Roberton, with participants choosing to take in either a 76 or 55 mile circuit.
This will be the first year a cycling sportive in the Borders has enjoyed closed roads, giving amateur cyclists the chance to enjoy a closed race on some of the best roads in Scotland.
Upwards of 2,000 amateur cyclists are expected to take part in this year’s event on Sunday, August 10, when, for the first time, participants will be able to enjoy the route completely traffic free.
The event is backed by both Scottish Borders Council and EventScotland and has grown rapidly – from 286 riders in 2012 to the mass participation event this year.
Neil Dalgleish, Tour o’ the Borders Director, said: “Sportives are really growing in popularity across the UK and the huge number of entrants we have this year is testament to that.
“Cycling is a key feature in the Scottish Borders Tourism Strategy, with the region trying to grow its share of the £239million that biking brings to Scotland’s economy each year.
“This will be the first closed road cycling event in the Borders and we envisage the event going from strength to strength in the coming years.
“There will be some disruption caused by the road closures but we hope that people see the economic benefits outweigh that. The economic impact of the event stands at around £500,000, which is a huge sum for a one-day event.”
Scottish Borders Council has granted organisers of the event permission to close a selection of roads around the region on the Sunday. A full map of both routes is available at www.tourotheborders.com/event-info