Tesco Bank Tour O The Borders set for September

Today (15 September), closed road cycle sportive Tesco Bank Tour O The Borders, announced next year’s event date will be Sunday 3rd September 2017. The event, which starts and finishes in Peebles, attracts over 2000 riders  every year to the beautiful roads of the Scottish Borders.

Following extensive discussion with Scottish Borders Council, emergency services and local residents the new date is aimed at reducing inconvenience to the local businesses and communities around the route. The new date will also give those riders with young families the opportunity to take part in the event outside the school holidays.

The event has established itself as one of the best closed road sportives in the UK, with riders from all over Britain enjoying the challenging route and beautiful scenery. Last year the Tesco Bank Tour O The Borders, which is the largest mass participation sports event in the region, brought £500,000 to the area and forms a cornerstone in the Scottish Borders Council event strategy.

Councillor Stuart Bell, SBC’s Executive Member for Economic Development, said:

“This is a positive development for this important event, which attracts thousands of people to the region from all over the country, and which is looking to continue to grow. The move to September will hopefully result in extending the main tourist season for local businesses and further increase the positive economic impact of the Tesco Bank Tour O The Borders.”

The event is organised by Peebles-based events company Hillside Outside Ltd, whose director Neil Dalgleish says:

“We believe the new date will significantly reduce the inconvenience caused by the road closures associated with the event, but of course there will still be problems, and even the shortest road closures cause inconvenience.

“We'd like to thank all the local residents who have given us support and we will continue to work with any businesses who are affected by the closed roads. Hopefully the event can grow even stronger now, bringing further business and jobs to the Borders.”

Adele Mills, Community Investment Manager, Tesco Bank says:

“Together with Scottish Borders Council we are delighted to announce the next years’ date. We’d also like to thank the local residents and businesses who come together to support the event and help to provide a fabulous experience for the thousands of riders who come to Peebles.”


For more information and media enquiries please contact:

Tesco Bank press office

+44 (0) 131 274 3630 

Notes to Editors:

As part of Tesco, we recognise the importance of building trust with the communities in which we serve customers.  We do this by creating opportunities for young people, supporting local communities and encouraging healthy choices.

That’s why, each year, our Community Programme provides inspirational opportunities for 70,000 children by building skills and confidence and encouraging positive habits – helping them lead happier, healthier lives.

Over the last seven years, not only have we engaged 330,000 kids but we’ve also helped raise over £1.55million for charities and our employees have volunteered over 23,000 hours of their time to help good causes in their local communities.

Tesco Bank’s goal is to make banking and insurance easier and better value for people who shop at Tesco. We’ve been around since 1997 and today we help more than 5 million customers manage their money every day. Our 4,000 colleagues serve our customers seven days a week from our three main centres in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle, and we are also available through online and mobile banking 24/7. Tesco Bank participates in the Chartered Banker Professional Standards Board.

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About the Tesco Bank Tour O the Borders

  • The Tesco Bank Tour O the Borders will take place on Sunday 3 September 2017 starting and finishing in Peebles in the Scottish Borders.
  • Tour O the Borders began in 2012 when just 300 riders took part, but has quickly grown into one of the biggest road cycling events on the Scottish calendar.
  • The 2015 Tesco Bank Tour O the Borders event generated £500,000 for Peebles and the surrounding areas.
  • In its fifth year the closed road sportive offers registered riders an 88km or a 120km route.
  • The event is organised by Scottish Borders based event management firm, Hillside Outside Ltd.
  • The event is also supported by global cycling brands Shimano, Endura, Cannondale, The Edinburgh Bike Coop, Scottish Cycling and Scottish Borders Council. Tesco Bank Tour O the Borders backs the Tesco National Charity Partnership with British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK.
  • Tickets go on sale on Thursday 15th September at 8pm, to register visit www.tourotheborders.com

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