Tour de force

THIS year’s Tour o’ the Borders is on course to sell-out all 1,000 spaces.

In just its second year, the event is now only a few spots away from reaching its maximum capacity – making it one of the largest sportives in the UK this year.

The 2012 tour saw 300 riders take in more than 100km of beautiful Borders countryside, and this year’s entrants will have the option to choose between two different routes – 112km or 80km.

Both events start and finish in Peebles, following the quiet back roads, tough climbs and sweeping descents across three beautiful valleys.

Neil Dalgleish, co-director of the tour, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that so many people want to take part in this year’s event. We have decided to cap the entry list at 1,000 riders to ensure participants get the best possible experience.

“For the first time this year we are also hosting the shorter route, which will offer a slightly less challenging ride for those who want to take things a bit easier.

“This means the Tour o’ the Borders should be a great day out for everyone, from the seriously fast club riders right through to those people who just love riding their bikes, and looking for a new challenge.”

There are now just a few spots remaining – entries will close tomorrow unless the maximum capacity of 1,000 entrants is reached first.