Tour o’ the Borders gears up

007Tour o’ the Borders gears upThe Scottish Borders is becoming one of the most popular cycling destinations in the UK.

The region is currently gearing up for the Tour o’ the Borders, a mass participation event that cyclists of all abilities can enter.

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 2000 amateur cyclists are expected to take part in this year’s event on Sunday 10 August – and 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.

“This will be the first closed road cycling event in the Scottish Borders and we envisage the event going from strength to strength in the coming years. Tour o’ the Borders showcases our stunning landscapes and we hope that cycling fans from all over Britain will join us to make the 2014 Tour o’ the Borders closed road cycling sportive event truly memorable.

“There will be some disruption caused by the road closures but we hope that people see the benefits outweigh that,” he said.

The route will pass through Peebles, Cardrona, Selkirk, Clovenfords and Roberton, with participants choosing to take in either a 76 or 55 mile circuit. A full map of both routes is available at www.tourotheborders.com/event-info

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