Ahead of the appearance of some of the world’s leading cyclists in Selkirk on Sunday, schoolchildren showed off their own pedal power.
The Big Bike Bash in Victoria Park on Tuesday was organised by Scottish Borders Council in partnership with Police Scotland.
Older primary school pupils got the chance to try a ‘pump track’, slalom course, and got safety lessons from the police.
School travel co-ordinator Karen McGrath said: “This was the third Big Bike Bash we’ve organised and the feedback from schools has been fantastic.
“The purpose of the day is to build the kids’ skills and confidence, and most importantly get them cycling. Each participant will be provided with a bike helmet which is a great legacy from the day.”
Lining up for the Tour of Britain’s ‘Grand Depart’ in Peebles on Sunday morning will be: Sir Bradley Wiggins, Tour de France winner and Olympic gold medallist; Mark Cavendish, former world champion and multiple Tour de France stage winner; Nairo Quintana, second placed rider in this year’s Tour de France and King of the Mountains winner; and 111 other leading riders.
After rolling out of Peebles, the cyclists start racing properly at Glentress, before heading on to Innerleithen, Selkirk, Hawick and Newcastleton, before crossing into Dumfries and Galloway for the finish at Drumlanrig Castle.
Because it is a closed road event, various rolling road closures and parking restrictions will be in place.
The riders are expected through Selkirk between 11.21am and 11.29am.
Entering on the A707, the race will take the A7 out the town and on to Hawick. The riders’ first Skoda King of the Mountains climb will be near Synton, and sprint points will be on offer in Hawick and Newcastleton.
Councillor Stuart Bell, SBC’s executive member for economic development, said: “As with previous years, this event will have a significant economic impact on the area.
“We have been working closely with the Tour, EventScotland and businesses to ensure that opportunities to generate more spend in the local economy are maximised, attracting visitors and ensuring they have an experience they will remember.
“The council has been supporting the development of cycling tourism and this year’s route will showcase exactly why cyclists recognise the Borders as Scotland’s leading cycling destination.”