Volunteers wanted for new sportive

The Borders’ answer to last week’s Tour de France excitement in Yorkshire takes place in just a couple of weeks.

There are still spaces for the region’s first closed road cycling event, the Endura Tour O’ The Borders, now in its third year, on Sunday, August 10.

And organisers are looking for more local volunteers to help at the sportive, which is expected to attract up to 3,000 cyclists.

One of the organisers Neil Dalgleish said: “An event like this needs a small army of staff and helpers. We’re recruiting a big team to help as stewards and marshals all the way round the 124 km route and we’re keen to get people who live on or near the course involved. They can be stationed along the way to direct riders and keep an eye out for any problems.

“It’s a great way to be part of the action and join in the excitement of a big event”

Organisers will provide training and cover helpers’ expenses for the 77-mile and 55-mile routes mostly on rural roads between Peebles, Ettrick, Roberton and Selkirk.

The event, which attracted nearly 300 riders in, 2012, its first year, is supported by EventScotland and Scottish Borders Council, and will raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care. It is expected to bring in £500,000 to the area,

For more information, visit www.tourotheborders.com