Tour of Britain - Kelso - Sunday 3 September 2017
The Scottish Borders will play host to an amazing day of cycling on Sunday 3 September, when the OVO Energy Tour of Britain and the Tesco Bank Tour O’ The Borders coincide.
The Tour of Britain will start this year in Edinburgh and race through East Lothian and into the Scottish Borders for the Stage One finish in Kelso.
Information for visitors, residents and businesses
We have made a range of Tour of Britain information available for visitors, spectators, residents and businesses:
- Visitor/spectator information leaflet
- Estimated Stage One race schedule
- Scott's View shuttle bus times
- Spectator parking information
- Map and list of road closures and parking restrictions in Kelso for residents and businesses
- List of associated events arranged by Visit Kelso and the Kelso Wheelers Cycling Club
The Tour of Britain route will take some of the world’s top cyclists from Edinburgh, through East Lothian before reaching the Lammermuir Hills and the Scottish Borders.
From there, the riders will pass through Duns and into Coldstream, where there will be a point-scoring sprint. The riders will then follow the Tweed into Kelso, crossing what will later be the finish line in The Square ahead of a 79km loop of the central Borders. This includes a King of the Mountains climb from Clintmains to the top of Scott's View, a sprint in Melrose and a further point-scoring climb up Dingleton Hill.
An interactive Stage One route map is available on the Tour of Britain website.
The race will operate under a rolling road closure, minimising disruption, with the only full timed road closures in place around Kelso town centre to facilitate the finish area and promotional village.
About the OVO Energy Tour of Britain
The OVO Energy Tour of Britain is the UK’s highest ranked professional stage race and the country’s largest free-to-watch sporting event, organised annually by SweetSpot Group. It attracts the world’s top cyclists, including Olympic and World Champions and Tour de France stage winners.
The 2017 OVO Energy Tour of Britain will finish in Cardiff on Sunday 10 September.
Tour O' The Borders
The Tesco Bank Tour O’ The Borders for amateur riders also takes place in Peebles and the surrounding area on Sunday 3 September.
It includes closed-road routes of 88km and 120km and some of the region’s most spectacular scenery and road cycling.
For more information, and to enter, visit the Tour O' The Borders website.
More information on cycling in the Scottish Borders
For more information about cycling in the Scottish Borders, including route suggestions, visit the Cycle Scottish Borders website.