Cyclists get in gear for fourth Tour de Lauder

Tour de Lauder launch 2015
Tour de Lauder launch 2015

Charity cycling event the Tour de Lauder returns on Saturday and is looking to be a huge success after selling out its 600 rider spots in a record six days.

The event, which is rolling into its fourth year, raises money for the Steve Cully Tribute Fund, supporting Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, and is organised by a committee of volunteers who are calling for everyone along the beautiful 89-mile and 50-mile routes to get involved.

Craig Lewis, from the Tour de Lauder committee, told The Southern: “We are looking for families, friends and supporters to turn out and cheer on the riders at the High Street, War Memorial or Thirlestane Castle grounds from 9am on the day.

“Cowbells will be handed out to Lauder Primary school children tomorrow and we encourage them and their parents to bring these down to support the riders as they pass through the town and again when they return to the castle from noon.

“We are also adding to the family experience by way of the Tour de Lauder Kids’ BikeFest within the Castle grounds, thanks to PF-Performance in association with Scottish Cycling and Gala Cycling Club.”

The BikeFest will be open to riders of primary school age, of all abilities and levels of competence, with sessions commencing from 10am and running throughout the day. Riders will take part in a wide range of circuits including skills, obstacles and games. Session 1, Primary 1/2: 10-10.45am; Session 2, Primary 3/4: 11-11.45am; Session 3, Primary 5/6: noon-1pm; Session 4, Primary 7: 1.15-2.15pm.

“You can also support the event through entering our fantastic raffle,” added Mr Lewis.

“Tickets are on sale now in Lauder shops and will be sold at the castle on the day of the event.

“Some amazing prizes are up for grabs including hire of a Maserati for the weekend, trek bike and hotel breaks.”

The Tour de Lauder will follow the same challenging routes as last year, starting and finishing at the castle and passing through Peeblesshire, central Borders and Berwickshire.

Alison Acosta, fundraising manager at Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, said: “We’re so grateful for the Tour de Lauder’s continuing support as all money raised from the event will have a huge impact in supporting vital services in the community for those with chest, heart and stroke conditions.

“We hope to see as many people as possible out on the day.”