Kelso residents and businesses invited to Tour of Britain information session

Published: 12th July 2017

The Tour of Britain will be back in the Borders in September 2017

Kelso will host the finish of Stage One of the 2017 OVO Energy Tour of Britain in September and a drop-in session is being held for residents and businesses to provide important information.

The drop-in event is taking place in the Cross Keys Hotel’s Oak Room between 4pm and 8pm on Tuesday 18 July.

Road closures and parking restriction to be implemented

The session will enable local people and businesses to find out more about the Tour of Britain’s visit to the Scottish Borders on Sunday 3 September, including information about road closures and parking restrictions in Kelso and marketing opportunities.

Relevant information will be available from our dedicated Tour of Britain webpage for anyone unable to attend.

Councillor Mark Rowley, Executive Member for Business and Economic Development

“It is fantastic that Kelso is once again hosting a stage finish of the Tour of Britain and it will be great for the town, and especially local businesses, as we expect thousands of people from across the Borders and beyond to visit to see the race.

“As the riders will pass through the town centre earlier in the day before taking in a 79km loop of the central Borders, there is the chance to see the race twice in Kelso and also enjoy all that is has to offer, including great food and drink, a wide variety of shops, as well as lots of other activities and entertainment that will be put on during the day.

“Of course an event of this nature does require some restrictions in terms of roads and parking, and I would encourage residents and businesses in the town centre to take the opportunity to find out more about the potential impacts and marketing opportunities at the drop-in event.”

Stage route

Stage One of the 2017 Tour of Britain will leave Edinburgh and head into East Lothian, before climbing into the Lammermuir Hills and the Scottish Borders.

The riders will pass through Duns before a point-scoring sprint in Coldstream and the first pass through the finish line in The Square in Kelso. The race then heads out to Stichill, Gordon and then Smailholm, before a King of the Mountains climb from Clintmains to the top of Scott’s View.

Another King of the Mountains climb features as the race heads out of Melrose before the riders head back to Kelso for the final sprint to the finish line.

Free parking will be available for spectators in Kelso next to Springwood Park, a short walk from the town centre.

Worldwide coverage of the Scottish Borders

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.

Residents all along the Tour of Britain route are encouraged to come up with ways to welcome the race and Tweet their creations using the hashtag #BordersBikeBonanza.