Borderers encouraged to get creative for Tour of Britain competition

Tour of Britain cycle race in Kelso

Published: Tuesday, 09th July 2019

Borderers are being encouraged to get creative when the OVO Energy Tour of Britain comes to the Scottish Borders on Sunday 8 September.

National Land Art competition

After the success of the inaugural competition last year, farmers, landowners, schools, clubs and community groups along the route are once being asked to come up with eye-catching creations, large and small, in support of Britain’s most prestigious international cycle race.

The 2018 large-scale land art competition was won by a group of North Devon farmers.

National Land Art 2018 - winning entry

Land art bicycle made of farm machinery in a grassy field


The farmers created a giant bike creation, which comprised 19 tractors, 16 all-terrain vehicles, a 13-tonne excavator and one slurry tanker wrapped in plastic. Impressively, the design featured moving wheels, pedals and chain.

Councillor Mark Rowley, Executive Member for Business and Economic Development

“The fantastic route for Stage Two, starting and finishing in Kelso, will showcase our beautiful landscape here in the Borders and this competition is a great chance for local people to get creative and help us get even more attention.

“There are plenty of opportunities along the route for some great cycling-themed land art and I’d encourage those along it to get their thinking-caps on ahead of the race this September.

“Of course, not all of us have multiple tractors and hay bales at our disposal, and that’s why we’re also encouraging smaller scale celebrations of the event returning to the area. From cycling scarecrows to decorated bikes and even banners welcoming the race, there are lots that individuals and communities can do to make our stage really stand out.”

Mick Bennett, OVO Energy Tour of Britain Race Director

“The imagination and creativity shown in last year’s entries proved once again that British people are the most passionate in the world when it comes to supporting international cycle races.

“I’m already looking forward to seeing the roadside creations that will decorate the eight stages that form this year’s race route, although judging the winner and runners-up will no doubt prove a difficult decision once again!”

National Land Art competition 2019

A panel comprising Mick Bennett, ITV4 presenter Rebecca Charlton and representatives from race organiser SweetSpot will decide the top three pieces of art at the end of this year's event.

The winner will receive a trophy and commemorative Tour of Britain prizes, presented in person by Mick Bennett, while the runner-up and third-place finisher will also take home trophies for their efforts.

OVO Energy Tour of Britain 2019 stages

The OVO Energy Tour of Britain begins in Glasgow’s George Square on Saturday 7 September, finishing eight days later on Deansgate in the heart of Manchester city centre on Saturday 14 September.

See route for Scottish Borders Stage 2.

ITV4 will once again screen live free-to-air coverage flag-to-flag of each stage in the UK, along with a nightly highlights programme of the best of the action.

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 and helping to build a great cycling nation.