New Cycling Sportive Hits the Scottish Borders


A new 'sportive' road cycling event that will make the most of the quiet Borders roads in springtime has just been launched. The 'Tour o' the Borders', being staged on Sunday 29 April 2012, is a 70 mile ride starting and finishing at Peebles High School, with some testing climbs as the route traverses four separate valleys within the region.


Tour o' the Borders Sportive


The Tour o' the Borders is open to all and is about participation in a challenge rather than racing. The seven hills included in this year's course will provide a test for all, but cyclists can ride at their own pace in order to get the most enjoyment out of their day.


The aim is to establish it as a spring classic road ride for Scotland. The team behind the Tour o' the Borders are confident the area has what is needed for a popular new sportive, and with a considerable amount of cycling experience under their wheels, they also feel sure the event will be a winner.


The organising team tell us: 'Between us we know a fair bit about the cycling world and I know we can put on a great event. The roads are perfect in the quieter parts of the Borders; there are some cracking big hills and you hardly see a car all day!'


Tour o' the Borders Sportive 2


They added, 'Sportives like this are not competitive races, though all the riders will have timing chips and will be given their times at the end. It's more about enjoying the challenge of a big ride with lots of other cyclists in the fantastic surroundings of the Scottish Borders. Most importantly it will be a very enjoyable day on the bike.'


Full event information is available at The Tour o the Borders website and entries are taken online at this site.  There is also helpful advice on how to prepare for the seventy and 112 miles of sweat and smiles.


Entry cost: £35 (Includes event T shirt and goody bag).



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