Borderers encouraged to be bold and bright to welcome Tour of Britain in September

Bicycle decorated with balloons in the town square

Published: Friday, 26th May 2017

Borderers are being encouraged to get their thinking caps on to come up with suitable ways to welcome the race

Representatives of Visit Kelso and local businesses got into the spirit of things decorating a bike in The Square. Some of the world’s top cyclists will race to Kelso on Sunday 3 September.

Tour of Britain route through Scottish Borders

The 2017 OVO Energy Tour of Britain will once again take a spectacular route through the area:

  • Starting in Edinburgh
  • Lammermuir Hills and Coldstream
  • Along the River Tweed to Kelso
  • Scott’s View and Melrose
  • Finish line in Kelso town centre

Find out more about the Tour of Britain in the Scottish Borders, including visitor information.  There will be more detailed information including timings made available in due course.

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Bryan McGrath, Chief Officer Economic Development

“When the Tour of Britain last visited the Scottish Borders in 2015 there was a great display of painted bikes, organised by Visit Kelso, and also some fantastic shop window displays in the town.

“This year, with a great route taking in so many towns and villages, we’d love to see residents all along it joining in the Tour spirit and really give the riders a great Borders welcome.

“The bolder and brighter the better, as this will help generate even more television coverage for our wonderful region, with the pictures being broadcast around the world.”

Karen Hume, Visit Kelso

“Having played host to a stage finish in 2015, it is amazing for Kelso and the Scottish Borders to have another so soon after, and there is already a real buzz in the town about it.

“As the stage this year takes place on Sunday we hope even more people will come along to watch the race go by, twice thanks to the loop, and also enjoy the various other entertainment and hospitality planned for the day, as well as enjoying the wide variety of shops and food and drink establishments the town has to offer.”

Tour O’ The Borders 2017

The Tesco Bank Tour O’ The Borders for amateur riders also takes place in Peebles and the surrounding area the same day, further enhancing the area’s reputation as Scotland’s leading cycling destination. It includes routes of 88km and 120km and some of the region’s most spectacular scenery and road cycling.

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More information

Images are available on our Flickr page.

Details of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain are on their website.