A new ‘sportive’ road cycling event that will make the most of the quiet Borders roads in springtime has just been launched.
The ‘Tour o’ the Borders event will take place on Sunday, April 29 and is a 7- mile ride starting and finishing at Peebles High School. There will be some testing climbs as the route covers four valleys in the the Scottish Borders.
The organisers hope the vent will become a spring classic road ride for Scotland. The team behind the Tour o’ the Borders are confident the area has what is needed for a popular new sportive.
John Anderson of cycle clothing brand RennerSport and a partner in the Bicycle Works, a very successful bike business and racing team based in Edinburgh, has teamed up with Neil Dalgleish, who is responsible for building the TweedLove Bike Festival in the Tweed Valley and also owns leading design and communications business Hillside Agency.
John said: “Between us we know a fair bit about the cycling world and I know we can put on a great event. The roads are perfect in the quieter parts of the Borders; there are some cracking big hills and you hardly see a car all day!”
The two organisers say there is great potential for the new venture and because they have a lot of cycling experiencethey believe the event will be a winner.
“Road sportives are becoming increasingly popular, and this part of the country has all the right ingredients to host a top quality event,” said Neil. “We can move the course around year by year – there’s so much potential for new routes – and in time who knows, we might build something big like the Etape in Perthshire.”
The Tour o’ the Borders is open to al. Its ethos will be about enjoying a challenge rather than racing. Despite the four valleys and seven hills in this year’s course, cyclists will be reminded that they can ride at their own pace in order to get the most enjoyment out of their day.
John explained: “Sportives like this are not competitive races, though all the riders will have timing chips and will be given their times at the end. It’s more about enjoying the challenge of a big ride with lots of other cyclists in the fantastic surroundings of the Scottish Borders. Most importantly it will be a very enjoyable day on the bike.”
Full event information is available at The ‘Tour o’ the Borders’ website. Entries are taken online at the same site, along with helpful advice on how to prepare for the seventy and 112 miles of sweat and smiles. Entry cost: £35 (includes event T shirt and goody bag).