Tour goes from strength to strength

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Some 480 cyclists took part in this year’s Tour de Lauder on Saturday (April 26), raising £23,000 for the Steve Cully Tribute Fund and Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland.

This year saw a Grand Depart from Thirlestane Castle, which delighted the Lauder locals who turned out in force to cheer on the cyclists. Participants then had a choice of taking on two route lengths through Peeblesshire, Central Borders and Berwickshire.

Although the event is not a race, the 50-mile course was completed in an impressive three hours by 15-year-old Joseph Agnew, who rides with Galashiels Cycling Club, while Joseph Phillips, riding the full 89-mile course, was first over the line in five hours.

Gary Cameron, a member of the volunteer organising committee, said: “The Tour de Lauder is a real team effort and has grown from strength to strength since 2012. We are grateful to everyone who rode on the day and for all the volunteers who willingly donated their time, effort and skills to help make the event such a success.”

Alison Acosta, CHSS fundraising manager said: “Every penny raised stays here in Scotland, forming a great legacy, both for Steve and for everyone involved.”