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Join us this Sunday for the OVO Energy Tour of Britain in Kelso

For the first time the Scottish Borders will host a full stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, with Stage Two starting and finishing in the very heart of the town of Kelso.

This will give spectators a great opportunity to get up close to some of the world’s top professional cyclists ahead of the start, enjoy the race roll out and then sample what the town has to offer during the day before the riders sprint back into the town centre for the finish.

As well as the Tour’s promotional village, there will be two large screens in Kelso town centre showing live coverage of the stage and entertainment for all ages throughout the day.

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About Kelso

The town of Kelso lies at the junction of two rivers – the Tweed and the Teviot, and the spacious Kelso Square claims to be the largest town square in Scotland. At its centre is still the bull ring, a reminder of the traditional market days.

The Square and wider town centre is now host to many fine specialist shops and food and drink establishments. Visitors to the town can not only enjoy the numerous independent shops and eateries but also some fantastic visitor attractions, including Scotland’s largest inhabited castle, Floors Castle.

In the centre of the town itself are the remains of the 12th century Kelso Abbey, which can be visited for free, and close by is a riverside walk along the banks of the Tweed, which takes in the world famous salmon fishing spot ‘The Junction Pool’.

Find out more about Kelso on Visit Kelso’s website.

Find places to stay in Kelso on cyclescottishborders.com.

How to get there

For spectators heading to Kelso, free parking will be available at Border Events Centre, Springwood Park. Details and maps are available from www.scotborders. gov.uk/tourofbritain

Cycling Routes in and around Kelso

For those who want to make a day (or more…) of it and travel by bike, cycling routes in and out of Kelso include:

Bowmont Forest & Roxburgh (18.5 miles)

Town Yetholm & Linton (20.5 miles)

Harestanes (24 miles)

Four Abbeys (55 miles)

Where to watch elsewhere in the Scottish Borders

Although Kelso will be at the heart of the Stage Two action, if you are planning on watching from elsewhere in the Scottish Borders there is no shortage of other visitor attractions to see along the way.

From the castles of Duns, Hume, Roxburgh and Floors and the historic houses of Mellerstain and Paxton to the home of rugby sevens in Melrose, the birthplace
of the Coldstream Guards and the iconic Scott’s View vista, named after Sir Walter Scott, the route takes in some of the region’s gems.

Stage Two also passes close to the Abbeys of Melrose, Dryburgh and Kelso, which are linked with that at Jedburgh by the Four Abbeys Cycle Route.

The Stage Two Eisberg Sprints will take place at Coldstream, Duns and Melrose, with Skoda King of the Mountains points on offer at Hardens Hill, Scott’s View and Dingleton Hill. The Duns sprint will be close to the new Jim Clark Motorsport Museum, the region’s newest visitor attraction.

Key spectator information

Teams arrive – 9am

Start – The Square, Kelso – 11am

Eisberg Sprint – Coldstream – 11.33am

Skoda King of the Mountains – Hardens Hill – 12.54pm

Eisberg Sprint – Duns – 1.02pm

Skoda King of the Mountains – Scott’s View – 2.20pm

Eisberg Sprint – Melrose – 2.35pm

Skoda King of the Mountains – Dingleton Hill – 2.39pm

Finish – The Square, Kelso – 3pm

*Times are provisional, with final race timings available in August from www.tourofbritain.co.uk and www.scotborders.gov.uk/tourofbritain

Tour Facts

Each of the 20 professional cycling teams competing in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain will have six riders, including the team leader, for whom all the riders will work for. The teams may also have a specialist sprinter and mountain climber, who compete for their respective Tour jerseys. The remainder of the team are known as ‘domestiques’, outstanding cyclists in their own right, but who work to support their team leader, sprinter or mountain climber.

Tour of Britain Jerseys

OVO Energy Green Jersey
Awarded to the rider leading the OVO Energy Tour of Britain overall, the Green Jersey is what every rider in the Tour seeks to pull on. The Green Jersey is worn by the rider who has completed all stages up to that point in the shortest time possible.

Previous Winners: Julian Alaphilippe, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Dylan Van Baarle, Sir Bradley Wiggins

Points Jersey
Awarded to the most consistent finisher in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, the Points Jersey is Britain’s equivalent of the Tour de France’s green jersey.

The first 15 riders across each day’s finish line are awarded points on a 15 down to one basis, with the rider who has accumulated the most points so far wearing the Points Jersey.

Previous Winners: Patrick Bevin, Alexander Kristoff, Dylan Groenewegen, Michal Kwiatkowski, Geraint Thomas

The SKODA King of the Mountains Jersey
Awarded to the best climber in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, riders battle for points at designated SKODA King of the Mountains climbs on every road stage of the Tour. Ranked in one of four categories according to their difficulty, the first riders across each climb’s summit win points with the rider who has accumulated the most points wearing the SKODA King of the Mountains jersey.

Previous Winners: Nic Dlamini; Xandro Meurisse, Thomas De Gendt, Andy Schleck

The Eisberg Sprints Jersey

Each road stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain features three intermediate sprints, where points are awarded towards the Eisberg Sprints Jersey. Highly popular with fans, riders battle it out to be first across the sprint line to claim points, and also bonus seconds to be taken off their overall race time.

Previous Winners: Alex Paton, Mark McNally, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Mark Cavendish

For more information please download our leaflet as PDF here.

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