Published: Tuesday, 30th July 2019
A locally designed and made trophy will be presented to the winner of Stage Two of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, celebrating the full route being in the Scottish Borders for the first time.
Stage 2 OVO Energy Tour of Britain trophy
The stunning glass trophy with oak plinth has been made especially for the occasion by Kenny Scott of Caddon Design, based in Clovenfords, and will be presented to the Stage Two winner in Kelso on Sunday 8 September.
The trophy depicts cyclists racing through the Borders and was unveiled this week by ToBi, the OVO Energy Tour of Britain mascot.
As well as helping to reveal the trophy, ToBi has been around the Stage Two route to see for himself the scenery, and challenges, it will provide for the riders in September. He’s also taken the opportunity to visit some of the visitor attractions alongside the route, including the Jim Clark Motorsport Museum in Duns.
Councillor Mark Rowley, Executive Member for Business and Economic Development
“The Scottish Borders has hosted the Tour of Britain six times in the past 10 years, but this September will be the first time that we’ve had both the start and finish of a stage, and also the whole route is within the Scottish Borders area. This gives us a fantastic opportunity to showcase more of the area than before and for even greater economic benefits.
“We felt it was only fitting to recognise this with a special trophy for the stage winner and this design will act as a reminder to whichever rider crosses the finish line first in Kelso of a memorable day in the beautiful Scottish Borders.
“The Scottish Borders is Scotland’s leading cycling destination and bringing Britain’s most prestigious international cycle race and some of the world’s best professional cyclists here will undoubtedly encourage cyclists from all over the UK and even further afield to come here to enjoy all that we have to offer.”
“At over 160km long, Stage Two of this year’s race will pass many fantastic visitor attractions and I’d encourage spectators, wherever they are from, to make the most of the day.
“In Kelso, between the race start at 11am and finish at around 3pm, there will be the Tour Village to explore, live race coverage on big screens and activities and entertainment for all ages in the town centre. We’ve also had a very positive response from business who plan to be open on the day, so there will be lots to see and do throughout the day.”
Mick Bennett, Race Director
“We are looking forward to our first full stage in the Scottish Borders this September. There are many great locations to watch the action on the beautiful route whether it is in picturesque Melrose or Duns, or at SKODA King of the Mountains climb at Scott’s View with its fantastic backdrop.
“We know that Kelso will be very popular with fans as it gives a unique chance to see the start and finish, and to follow the action all day on our big screens in the Tour Village.”
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