The Endura Tour o’ the Borders – the first closed-road sportive to be held in the region – has been hailed as a great success by organisers and riders.
Around 2,000 cyclists took part in the event which started and finished in Peebles, taking in some of the most stunning scenery in the Borders.
Contrary to the weather forecast which had predicted the arrival of Hurricane Bertha, the rain held off until early afternoon. After last year’s appalling conditions, this was a huge relief to everyone.
There were no reports from the police of any issues arising from the road closures and organisers praised the locals for their co-operation and support. Many came out to cheers the riders on, waving home-made banners and even chalking messages of support on the road.
Rider Flora Marriot said: “A big thank-you to everyone who lives locally who put up with the roads being closed. I’m sure it causes a lot of inconvenience and grumbles, but it is hugely appreciated by us to be able to ride on closed roads.”
Organiser Neil Dalgleish said: “We were extremely happy with how Tour o’ the Borders went this year – we’ve had some amazing feedback from riders about the course and organisation, so we’re very pleased. We need to say a massive thanks to local residents for putting up with the road closures, and, of course, to all the volunteers and marshals, without whom an event of this scale just wouldn’t be possible.
“Finally, thanks to all the riders whose smiles and friendliness created a special atmosphere out on the road. We are looking forward to next year already.”
Stuart Bell, Scottish Borders Council’s executive member for economic development, said: “We are delighted by the success of Tour o’ the Borders, which brings significant economic benefits to the area. The Borders really has established itself as home to the best cycling in the UK, and events like this underline why we are so successful. We look forward to seeing Tour o’ the Borders grow over the years.”
Endura Tour o’ the Borders is supported by EventScotland and Scottish Borders Council.
For more information, email Fiona Dalgleish: Fiona@hillsideagency.com/07710 486145/www.tourotheborders.com.