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 Tour of Britain will start this year in Edinburgh and race through East Lothian and into the Scottish Borders for the Stage One finish in Kelso.
The route will take some of the world’s top cyclists from Edinburgh, through East Lothian before reaching the Lammermuir Hills and the Scottish Borders.
From there, the riders will pass through Cranshaws, Duns and into Coldstream, where there will be a point-scoring sprint. The riders will then follow the Tweed into Kelso, crossing what will later be the finish line in The Square ahead of a 79km loop of the central Borders.
On leaving Kelso the riders will head to Stichill, Hume, Gordon and then Smailholm, before a King of the Mountains climb from Clintmains to the top of Scott's View. That will be followed by a sprint in Melrose ahead of another point-scoring climb to Bowdenmoor.
It is then on to Maxton before the final sprint to the line back in The Square in Kelso.
An interactive Stage One route map and estimated timings are available on the Tour of Britain website.
Drop-in information event
A drop-in session is being held for residents and businesses in Kelso town centre in the Cross Keys Hotel between 4pm and 8pm on Tuesday 18 July to provide important information about the Tour of Britain's visit, including road closures, parking restrictions and marketing opportunities.
About the OVO Energy Tour of Britain
The OVO Energy Tour of Britain is the UK’s highest ranked professional stage race and the country’s largest free-to-watch sporting event, organised annually by SweetSpot Group. It attracts the world’s top cyclists, including Olympic and World Champions and Tour de France stage winners.
The 2017 OVO Energy Tour of Britain will finish in Cardiff on Sunday 10 September.
Tour O' The Borders
The Tesco Bank Tour O’ The Borders for amateur riders also takes place in Peebles and the surrounding area on Sunday 3 September.
It includes routes of 88km and 120km and some of the region’s most spectacular scenery and road cycling.
For more information, and to enter, visit the Tour O' The Borders website.
More information on cycling in the Scottish Borders
For more information about cycling in the Scottish Borders, including route suggestions, visit the Cycle Scottish Borders website.