Friday marked 100 days to go until the OVO Energy Tour of Britain races into the Scottish Borders for the Stage One finish in Kelso, Borderers are being encouraged to get their thinking caps on to come up with suitable ways to welcome the race.

Representatives of Visit Kelso and local businesses got into the spirit of things on Friday (26 May), decorating a bike in The Square, where some of the world’s top cyclists will sprint for glory on Sunday 3 September.

Bryan McGrath, Scottish Borders Council’s Chief Officer Economic Development, said: “When the Tour of Britain last visited the Scottish Borders in 2015 there was a great display of painted bikes, organised by Visit Kelso, and also some fantastic shop window displays in the town.

“This year, with a great route taking in so many towns and villages, we’d love to see residents all along it joining in the Tour spirit and really give the riders a great Borders welcome.

“The bolder and brighter the better, as this will help generate even more television coverage for our wonderful region, with the pictures being broadcast around the world.”

The 2017 OVO Energy Tour of Britain will once again take a spectacular route through the area. Starting in Edinburgh, the route includes the Lammermuir Hills and Coldstream and then follows the River Tweed to Kelso. It then goes on to Scott’s View and Melrose, before a sprint to the finish line back in Kelso town centre.

Karen Hume of Visit Kelso, said: “Having played host to a stage finish in 2015, it is amazing for Kelso and the Scottish Borders to have another so soon after, and there is already a real buzz in the town about it.

“As the stage this year takes place on Sunday we hope even more people will come along to watch the race go by, twice thanks to the loop, and also enjoy the various other entertainment and hospitality planned for the day, as well as enjoying the wide variety of shops and food and drink establishments the town has to offer.”

The Tesco Bank Tour O’ The Borders for amateur riders also takes place in Peebles and the surrounding area the same day, further enhancing the area’s reputation as Scotland’s leading cycling destination. It includes routes of 88km and 120km and some of the region’s most spectacular scenery and road cycling, with entries open at

Information about the Tour of Britain in the Scottish Borders, including visitor information, will be available from, with more detailed information including timings made available in due course.

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