Super Sunday for cycling in Scottish Borders with Tour of Britain stage announced

Published: 25th April 2017

The Tour of Britain will be back in the Borders in 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 OVO Energy Tour of Britain will start this year in Edinburgh and race through East Lothian and into the Scottish Borders. The route will take some of the world’s top cyclists into Kelso ahead of a 79km loop of the central Borders, including the iconic Scott’s View and Melrose, before the final sprint to the finish line in Kelso.

Second stage finish for Scottish Borders

This is the second time that the Scottish Borders has hosted a stage finish of the Tour, following a stage of the 2015 event concluding at Floors Castle, Kelso.

As Scotland’s leading cycling destination, the area has featured in the race on several other occasions, including stage starts in Peebles in 2013, 2011 and 2009, and also in Jedburgh in 2012.

Tracey Logan, Chief Executive of Scottish Borders Council

“We are delighted to be hosting our second Tour of Britain stage finish and are especially pleased to have the addition of the loop, which will showcase why this is Scotland’s leading cycling destination.

“This will also hopefully encourage thousands of spectators to make their way to Kelso to witness some of the world’s top cyclists race through the town twice. With the race also coming here on a weekend, we hope that the significant economic benefits it brings to the area will be even more substantial this year, as we look forward to welcoming visitors from across Scotland and beyond to what is the UK’s biggest free-to-spectate sporting event.”

“With the Tour of Britain’s visit coinciding with the annual Tour O’ The Borders sportive, the whole of the Borders will be buzzing with cyclists during the first weekend in September.

“The Scottish Borders is already widely recognised as Scotland’s leading cycling destination, with world class off-road trails and stunning on-road routes, and these events will further showcase the area’s credentials.”

For more information about cycling in the Scottish Borders, including route suggestions, visit the Cycle Scottish Borders website.

Route details to be announced in summer

Further details of the Tour of Britain stage, including detailed route maps, will be announced in the summer, along with the competing teams and riders.

Paul Bush, VisitScotland’s Director of Events

“We are delighted to be welcoming the Tour of Britain back to Scotland this summer. The opening stage will take in some truly wonderful and iconic scenery as it travels from Edinburgh, through East Lothian and onto the Scottish Borders, providing an amazing spectacle for spectators and riders alike.

“Scotland is the perfect stage for cycling events and the Tour of Britain is fantastic race that brings strong economic and social benefits to the country. EventScotland is proud to be long-term partner of the event.”

Race to finish in Cardiff

The 2017 OVO Energy Tour of Britain will finish in Cardiff on Sunday 10 September. Once again ITV4 will screen three-hours of live coverage of every stage, with broadcasters around the world also signed up to cover the event.

Stage One

Sunday 3 September

Edinburgh to Kelso

Stage Two

Monday 4 September

Kielder Water & Forest Park to Blyth

Stage Three

Tuesday 5 September

Normanby Hall Country Park to Scunthorpe

Stage Four

Wednesday 6 September

Mansfield to Newark-on-Trent

Stage Five

Thursday 7 September

The Tendring Stage Individual Time Trial

Stage Six

Friday 8 September

Newmarket to Aldeburgh

Stage Seven

Saturday 9 September

Hemel Hempstead to Cheltenham

Stage Eight

Sunday 10 September

Worcester to Cardiff

More information

Tour of Britain

Re-launched in 2004 after a five year absence, the OVO Energy Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event, giving cycling fans the opportunity to see the world’s best teams and riders competing on their doorstep. It is the UK’s highest ranked professional stage race and the country’s largest free-to-watch sporting event, organised annually by SweetSpot Group.

Tesco Bank Tour O’ The Borders

The Tesco Bank Tour O’ The Borders sportive takes place annually, and this year is offering routes of 120km and 88km. Both feature spectacular scenery and some of the best road cycling terrain in Scotland.

For more information, or to enter, visit the Tour O' The Borders website.