The Tour of Britain, the country’s biggest professional cycle race and largest free to spectate event, will return to the Scottish Borders again this year, with Hawick poised to host the start of stage seven on Saturday 11 September.

The area 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.

Upon leaving the Scottish Borders, stage seven of the 2021 Tour will finish in Edinburgh. Details of the full route to be announced in the summer.

Tour of Britain Scottish Borders Elia Viviani

Photo: Elia Viviani wins at Floors Castle, Kelso, during the 2015 Tour of Britain

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Councillor Mark Rowley, Scottish Borders Council’s Executive Member for Economic Regeneration and Finance, said: “The Scottish Borders is Scotland’s leading cycling destination, with some of the world’s finest mountain biking tracks and a network of fantastic on-road cycling routes.

“I am therefore delighted that we’ve been able to work with the Tour of Britain team to bring the race back to the region again to showcase just what we have to offer.

“This will be our eighth time hosting a Tour of Britain start or finish in the past 12 years, and we know from previous experience not only what an incredible event it is but also the positive economic impact it has on both the host town and wider area.

“As we look towards the region’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential that we continue to do all we can to attract visitors to the area and the Council’s commitment and investment towards bringing the highest quality events to the Borders and supporting local events is unwavering.

“We will be working closely with the Tour of Britain organisers and other partners over the coming months to prepare for the event, of course ensuring all measures are in place to keep spectators safe.”

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

COVID-19 update

Event organisers SweetSpot are working closely with British Cycling, the UCI and stakeholders in Gateshead in order to monitor the public health situation in the UK and to meet any requirements in place for outdoor sports events in September to ensure that the Tour of Britain can take place safely.

About the 2021 Tour of Britain

The Tour of Britain, the UK’s biggest bike race, returns for the 17th edition of the modern race in 2021 (Sunday 5-12 September). Over 100 of the world’s best riders will compete in the event, which begins in Cornwall and ends in Aberdeen.

With cycling enjoying a boom in the UK, and hundreds of thousands of new and returning cyclists taking to two wheels, there are a range sponsorship opportunities with the Tour of Britain for brands looking be associated with Britain’s biggest professional cycling event.  Opportunities exist from race and jersey sponsorships to on a regional level to hosting stages of the race.