The countdown to the Tour of Britain’s ninth visit to the Scottish Borders and third visit in as many editions has officially begun.

Today (Friday 5 August) marks one month until the UK’s leading cycling event heads back to the Borders for its first full stage there since 2019.

Over 100 of the world’s best riders will tackle a 175.2km (108.9m) stage that begins in the heart of Hawick town centre (11am) and culminates outside the Jim Clark Motorsport Museum in Duns (approximately 3pm) on Monday 5 September. The route will pass through Bonchester Bridge, Jedburgh, Morebattle, Kelso, Coldstream, Eyemouth, Reston and Cranshaws.

While Duns is a new host venue to the race, Hawick hosted the start of stage seven in last year’s event, which culminated in Edinburgh. A large crowd is expected to turn out to watch this free-to-attend sporting spectacle.

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Fledgling British rider Oscar Onley, who hails from Kelso, is excited that the race is heading back to his home county once again. “I think the Tour of Britain will be a great race to watch this year,” said the 19-year-old Development Team DSM rider.

“Stage two goes through my hometown in Kelso and features all the roads I use in training. It’s a difficult final to the stage with a series of punchy climbs suiting open, aggressive racing. I first watched the Tour of Britain by the roadside in 2011 and to see it coming past my house this year is pretty exciting! I hope the weather and racing is good and it can showcase the best of the Scottish Borders.”

Councillor Scott Hamilton, Scottish Borders Council’s Executive Member for Community and Business Development, said: “In one month some of the world’s fastest road cyclists will be here in the Scottish Borders, tackling a beautiful and challenging route that covers some of our largest towns, our coast and our uplands. It really will show off to an international audience the variety of the Scottish Borders’ scenery.

“This event is also a great opportunity for communities to come together, putting on cycling-related displays on the roadside, in shop windows and taking part in the land art competition and we of course look forward to welcoming many visitors too. Our investment in this event over a number of years continues to pay dividends, further enhancing our reputation as Scotland’s leading cycling destination and providing a boost to the local economy.”

Information for fans

Full stage details are available online at tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/stage-two.

Stage two will be shown live and in full on ITV4 from 10:45am on race day, with highlights following that evening at 10pm.

While fans can watch all the action by the roadside for free, race day hospitality packages offering guaranteed prime views of stage starts and finishes, as well as unforgettable experiences featuring Tour de France stage winner Dan Martin are now available. Visit sportsbreaks.com and destinationsportexperiences.com for more information.

Tour of Britain hospitality