Roar on world’s top riders

Published: Monday, 31st August 2015

UK’s biggest free-to-spectate annual sporting event races into the Borders next week.

The Aviva Tour of Britain cycle race will enter the Borders on Tuesday morning at Newcastleton before some of the world’s top professional cyclists, potentially including Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, pedal through Hawick, Selkirk, Tweedbank, Melrose, and Maxton. They will then ramp up the speed through Kelso ahead of a sprint finish in the grounds of Floors Castle.

The following day the riders will pass through the Lammermuir Hills, Duns and Coldstream as they race from Edinburgh to Blyth in Northumberland.

Stage 3 TV coverage

The Borders section of stage three of the 2015 Tour will be broadcast live in the UK on ITV4 and Eurosport, in addition to an evening highlights show, and pictures will be beamed to a potential audience of over 280million people worldwide by other broadcasters.

Councillor Stuart Bell, Scottish Borders Council’s Executive Member for Economic Development

“The Scottish Borders will be firmly in the spotlight next week when the Aviva Tour of Britain arrives and we are delighted that the area is hosting a stage finish for the first time and that we will feature in the race on two consecutive days.

“This is an incredible opportunity for the Borders, and nothing will quite show our enthusiasm for hosting internationally recognised events like the Tour of Britain than having thousands of people out on the streets of our towns and villages to cheer on the riders. The chance to witness some of the fastest road cyclists in the world battle for glory over Kelso’s famous cobbles and through the main gate of Floors Castle is one not to be missed.”

“It is estimated that the value of the media coverage alone will be around £3million, so this is a unique chance for us to show the UK and the rest of the world that the Scottish Borders not only has some of the very best scenery in the country but is also a top international cycling destination.

“To have just one bite of the cherry is fantastic, but the fact that the Tour comes back through the Borders the following day, visiting Duns and Coldstream, is incredible for our area.”

Tour of Britain in the Borders

This is the first time that the Borders has hosted a stage finish of the Tour, although the region has featured in the race on several previous occasions. The Tour last visited the area in 2013, when Peebles hosted the race’s ‘Grand Depart’, and stages also started from Peebles in 2009 and 2011 and from Jedburgh in 2012.

Full details of the two Tour of Britain stages through the Borders are on our website, along with parking information for anyone planning to attend the stage finish in Kelso.

Road closures during the event

Rolling road closures are required to facilitate the race and will be managed by the Police. In addition, some parking restrictions will be in place along the route and a full road closure will be in place on Roxburgh Street, Kelso from 5am on Tuesday 8 September.