The Scottish Borders is gearing up for the Tour o’ the Borders, a mass participation event that cyclists of all abilities can enter.
This will be the first year a cycling sportive in the Borders has enjoyed closed roads, giving amateur cyclists the chance to enjoy a closed race.
Upwards of 2000 amateur cyclists are expected to take part in this year’s event on Sunday, August 10 – and for the first time participants will be able to enjoy the route completely traffic free.
The event is backed by both Scottish Borders Council and EventScotland and has grown rapidly – from 286 riders in 2012 to the mass participation event this year.
Neil Dalgleish, Tour o’ the Borders director, said: “Sportives are really growing in popularity across the UK and the huge number of entrants we have this year is testament to that.
“Cycling is a key feature in the Scottish Borders Tourism Strategy, with the region trying to grow its share of the £239million that biking brings to Scotland’s economy each year.
“This will be the first closed road cycling event in the Scottish Borders and we envisage the event going from strength to strength in the coming years. Scotland is the perfect stage for events and The Tour o’ the Borders truly showcases our stunning landscapes and we hope that cycling fans from all over Britain will join us to make the 2014 Tour o’ the Borders closed road cycling sportive event truly memorable.”