Tour of Britain - Stage 7 - Hawick to Edinburgh

  • 2019 Tour of Britain in Kelso
    • Date: 11th September 2021
    • Location: Various locations
    • Time: 10:00 - 16:00
    • Cost: Free

    The Tour of Britain, the country’s biggest professional cycle race and largest free to spectate event, returns to the Scottish Borders in 2021, with Hawick hosting the start of Stage 7.

    Spectator Information

    A Spectator Information leaflet is available which includes the full route map and other useful information.

    Spectators planning to watch the race along any part of the route are asked to bear a few key things in mind:

    • have a plan B – if you arrive at any point on the route and find it busy, please be prepared to move on to another location
    • personal responsibility – only stay at a location if you have space. Consider wearing a mask if it makes you feel safer
    • give people space – avoid crowded areas, and remember face coverings are advised as they often help others to feel safe too
    • parking is limited – please only park where parking is available, stick to local parking restrictions and never park on the route. Can you cycle or walk safely to the location where you want to watch the cyclists pass? Consider public transport where possible
    • respect the safety of the riders – please give them space as they pass along the route. Please note that you will not be able to access the team parking areas at the start and finishes

    Route

    The 195km stage will start in Hawick town centre at 10.45am and finish in the shadow of Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh. It passes through:

    • Roberton
    • Innerleithen
    • Heriot
    • Stow
    • Lauder
    • Westruther
    • Duns
    • Cranshaws

    Estimated race timings for the full route are available from the Tour of Britain website.

    We have been working closely with event organisers SweetSpot and EventScotland to ensure that the event can take place safely.

    Information for residents

    Information for residents and businesses in Hawick is available online, as are details of the road closures and parking restrictions in the town.

    Rolling road closures will operate across the route.

    Festival of Cycling programme

    Led by the Hawick community an events and activity programme around the Tour's visit has been developed. 

    The aim of the Festival of Cycling programme is to encourage local people of all ages to get on their bikes and come and try cycling, or get back into it. 

    The programme includes:

    Sunday 22 August

    • Ken Laidlaw Sportive from The Volunteer Park (three routes available)
    • Hawick Museum Cycling Exhibition: A history of cycling in Hawick, available until 11 September
      • cost: free

    Wednesday 25 August

    • Let’s Ride group ride from Heart of Hawick - Stobs – 6.84 miles (suitable for families and individuals)
    • Breeze Ride from Heart of Hawick - Cogsmill - 9.59 miles (women only)

    Friday 27 August

    • In conversation with Denis Devlin, author of the History of Hawick Cycling Club at Cornucopia, 4 Towerdykeside
      • cost: £5, refreshments available for donation, maximum 25 places
      • tickets available from Eventbrite

    Saturday 28 August

    • Hawick Festival of Cycling in the Park, Wilton Lodge Park, Day 1 – Exhibition, Information Stands, Children’s fun activities with cycling skills, Pump Track, Trishaw Rides and more
      • cost: free
      • enter activities on the day
    • Hawick Cycling Club gravel ride to Stobs, Shankend and Priesthaugh

    Sunday 29 August

    • Breeze Ride from Heart of Hawick - Roberton - 11.20 miles (women only)
    • Hawick Cycling Club ride to Newcastleton (40miles)

    Wednesday 1 September

    • Let’s Ride group ride from Heart of Hawick - Cogsmill - 9.59 miles (suitable for families and individuals)
    • Breeze Ride from Teviotdale Leisure Centre - Denholm - 11.23 miles (women only)

    Saturday 4 September

    • Hawick Cycling Club – Ride part of the Tour of Britain stage seven route (65 miles)

    Sunday 5 September

    • Breeze Ride from Heart of Hawick - Cogsmill, Earlside Loop - 15.21 miles (women only)
    • Hawick Cycling Club – Ride to Kelso, Roxburgh and Ancrum (45miles)
    • Scottish National Olympic Time Trial Championships
    • Hawick Festival of Cycling in the Park, Wilton Lodge Park, Day 2 – Exhibition, Information Stands, Children’s fun activities with cycling skills, Pump Track, Trishaw Rides and more
      • cost: free
      • enter activities on the day

    Wednesday 8 September

    • Let’s Ride group ride from Heart of Hawick - Cogsmill, Earlside Loop - 15.21 miles (Suitable for families and individuals)
    • Breeze Ride from Teviotdale Leisure Centre - Denholm, Cavers - 11.65 miles (women only)

    Thursday 9 September

    • Hawick Cycling Club – Hill Climb Time Trial

    Full details, including a calendar of the planned events and Festival programme are available on our website. Visit the Festival of Cycling Facebook page for updates

    About the Tour of Britain

    Relaunched in 2004 after a five year absence from the calendar, the Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event, held annually across eight days in September.

    The free to watch sporting spectacular features Olympic, world and Tour de France champions, and attracts a roadside audience of over 1.5m spectators. Live coverage of the race is shown daily in the UK on ITV4, in addition to around the world. The Tour of Britain is part of the UCI ProSeries, making it one of the most prestigious sporting events in the sport’s global calendar.

    Follow the Tour of Britain on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or via the event’s official website.

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