Over 100 of the world’s best cyclists will race between Hawick and Duns when the Tour of Britain returns to the Scottish Borders later this year.

Race organisers SweetSpot have today released more details of stage two of the UK’s most prestigious cycle race, taking place on Monday 5 September, including the start and finish locations.

The race’s ninth visit to the Borders promises to be an unforgettable sporting spectacle, featuring some of the best backdrops that Britain has to offer and a first-ever finish in Duns.

One year on from hosting its first stage start, Hawick will return to the Tour of Britain in September, and will once again be where the riders depart from. The 178-kilometre (110-mile) route will pass through Jedburgh, Kelso, Coldstream – all places familiar to the Tour – as it heads north east to visit the historic coastal town of Eyemouth for the first time, before turning inland for the finish in Duns.

The route’s toughest climbs are saved for the final 30 kilometres, including ascents of Wanside Rig, Blairdardie Drive and Hardens Hill. The top of the latter comes just five kilometres out from the finish, so expect a fast and thrilling finale to this stage – fitting given that the winner will triumph outside of the Jim Clark Motorsport Museum that celebrates the famed two-time Formula One World Champion.

The Tour of Britain first visited the Borders in 2009, when Peebles hosted a stage start. The last stage to date to finish in the county came in 2019, when Italian all-rounder Matteo Trentin triumphed in Kelso. On average, the net economic benefit of hosting a stage of the Tour of Britain since 2016 has been worth £3.5m to venues.

Stage map

Tour of Britain 2022 stage

Quotes

Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain race director, said: “So many riders told me that they found the Tour’s visit to the Scottish Borders in 2021 as beautiful as anything as they had seen while racing and I know what they mean! Given the Borders’ mix of historic towns and villages alongside the most spectacular of backdrops, we cannot wait to take the Tour of Britain back there once again in September and showcase it around the world on TV. But whether you’re watching the race by the roadside for free or tuning in at home, this is going to be a great day of racing!”

Sam Smith, Scottish Borders’ Chief Officer for Economic Development, said: “We are delighted to be hosting the Tour of Britain again this year and have the whole of stage two in the area. Hawick was a fantastic stage start venue last year and it is great that we’ve managed to bring a stage finish to Berwickshire for the first time to showcase the region.”

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland, said: “EventScotland is delighted to once again be working in partnership with the Scottish Borders Council to bring stage two of the Tour of Britain to Scotland in 2022, including a first-time finish in Duns.

“Scotland is the perfect stage for the Tour of Britain with great stretches of open roads and challenging climbs ideal for Britain’s leading men’s professional cycling race and is part of an exciting calendar of cycling events taking place this year as we build towards the first-ever UCI Cycling World Championships in 2023.”

Full stage details

An interactive stage map, SKODA King of the Mountains and sprint locations, full timetable, and local resident information will be released in advance of race day on Monday 5 September.