It is less than 100 days until the Tour of Britain cycle race returns to the Scottish Borders, with Hawick set to host the start of the penultimate stage of this year’s race on Saturday 11 September.

Stage seven of the 2021 Tour of Britain will start in the border town before finishing in Edinburgh, with details of the full route to be announced in the summer.

The Borders has a proud history of hosting the Tour of Britain, most recently in 2019 when a full stage was held entirely within the Scottish Borders, with the stage start and finish in Kelso town centre.

As part of the planning for the event Scottish Borders Council is working to support businesses and with tourism and community groups to benefit from the event and the Council’s investment in it.

The three areas the local community has identified are: maximising economic benefit; dressing the town; and Hawick Festival of Cycling.

Video: Watch highlights of the Tour of Britain’s last visit to the Scottish Borders in 2019

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Councillor Mark Rowley, Scottish Borders Council’s Executive Member for Economic Regeneration and Finance, said: “We know from hosting the Tour of Britain on seven occasions previously what a positive impact it can have on the host town so I’m delighted we are able to realise a long-held ambition to bring the event to Hawick.

“There has been a very positive reaction from within Hawick to the news that it will host the stage seven start and the enthusiasm from many individuals and community groups has already led to an initial meeting and the identification of three key areas in preparation for the event.

“The Council will continue to engage with those involved at a community level to ensure that by working together we absolutely make this the best event possible, showcasing the best of Hawick and the wider Borders as a fantastic destination for cycling and as a place to visit and explore.”

David Killean from Hawick Cycling Club is one of those involved at a local level and organised the initial community meeting with the Council and other interested local people and groups.

He said: “Hosting the Tour of Britain gives Hawick a great platform, not just to promote itself to the rest of the UK and beyond, but also to encourage local people of all ages to take up, or get back into, cycling.

“Following the initial meeting, which generated lots of great ideas, three sub-groups are being established to take forward the workstreams and we’ll hopefully have lots of positive news and events to share over the course of the next 100 days before the Tour of Britain comes to town.”

For more information about cycling in the Scottish Borders, including route suggestions, visit cyclescottishborders.com.