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Scottish Borders to host Tour of Britain in September

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 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.

Tour of Britain 2019

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.”

Stage seven of the 2021 Tour of Britain will start in Hawick and finish in Edinburgh, with details of the full route to be announced in the summer.

Once again ITV4 will screen live coverage of every stage, along with highlights every evening, with many broadcasters from around the world also showing coverage.

For cycling routes from Hawick click here.

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