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Kelso Welcomes Tour of Britain

Kelso Welcomes Tour of Britain

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There was a time when cycling was for kids and paper-boys but not anymore. The bike boom is in full swing. Especially here in the Scottish Borders as we prepare to welcome the Tour of Britain.

 

Cycling is a great British success story.

 

We’ve bred Olympians, World Champions and Tour de France winners. We all know the names; Sir Chris Hoy, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Victoria Pendleton, Chris Froome, Mark Cavendish.

 

Sir Bradley Wiggins, Tour of Britain 2013

Sir Bradley Wiggins, Winner, Tour of Britain 2013. Image source: Pinterest.

 

 

We also have less conventional two-wheeled heroes like Danny Macaskill, who’s brought a previously unimaginable level of creativity and skill to the sport. His films, including The Ridge and Imaginate are Youtube sensations inspiring youngsters all over the world.

 

Cycling in the Scottish Borders

 

Taking their inspiration from our cycling legends more and more people are cycling, and more and more people are cycling in the Scottish Borders.

 

On the 5/6th September Kelso Wheelers Cycle Club have organised a series of road and mountain biking races to celebrate ahead of the Stage 3 Finish in Kelso – full details here – and also to highlight how brilliant our little patch of Britain is for cyclists. If this comment smacks a little of local pride – well, we make no apologies.

 

Visit Kelso Bike Painting Competition

Winners in the under 11, Visit Kelso Bike Painting Competition: Jamie Ireland, Dylan and Ethan Nisbet and Katy Milne. Image courtesy Gavin Horsburgh.

 

If Kelso and the Scottish Borders can give a warm welcome to the Tour of Britain and show off a little then so we should. Shops, pubs and cafes having been getting in the spirit with highly creative window bike themed window displays, and Visit Kelso organised a bike decorating competition. Full run down of the winners on the Visit Kelso Facebook page. Well done to all.

 

If the sun shines – and even if it doesn’t we reckon the other stages will be pushed to top the spectacle as the peloton pedals into Floors Castle.

 

Tour of Britain Facts and Figures

 

  • The Tour of Britain has existed in one form or other since the 1950s. It was revived in its present form in 2004.
  • It is the largest free-to-watch live sporting event. Over a million spectators are expected to watch at the roadside.
  • Cycling is one of the fastest growing sports in the country, contributing over £3bn to the economy and employing over 23,000 people.
  • Last year’s race was won by Dylan Van Baarle, of the Netherlands. Michal Kwiatkowski, of Poland (2nd) and Sir Bradley Wiggins, UK (3rd)
  • Sir Bradley Wiggins won the race in 2013.
  • The Scottish Borders have previously hosted Stage starts on three occasions but 2015 will be the first Stage finish.
  • Stage 3 is 216km (134.3miles). Full details of the route can be found here.
  • There will be ample parking at Floors Castle if you want to go along for the finish. Details of the Stage 3 timings on Visit Kelso.

 

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