Closed Road Sportive


Local Community

Details for the 2018 event

The above map shows the provisional road closure and estimated reopening times for 2018.
The Police make the final decision when to reopen any section of the road, and in the case of a serious incident, roads may remain closed for an extended period.


DOWNLOAD 2018 PDF version here

DOWNLOAD 2018 detailed route information here


In Peebles, and across the entire route, we are working with Scottish Borders Council and Traffic Management to minimise the amount of closures and the amount of time that roads are closed. Please note: Peebles High Street will not be closed at all for the event this year.






There will be no closures in place on Peebles High Street for this year’s event.



Access will be maintained over Tweed Bridge via a traffic light system throughout the day

6:10am – 9:30am approximately – access maintained from the south side of River Tweed via Caledonia Road for streets west of Springhill Road only. No access from Springhill Road until 9:30am

From 9:30am approximately – access from the south side of River Tweed via Springhill Road and Caledonia Road



Closure from 6:10am – 9:30am approximately



Closure from 6:10am – 9:30am approximately



(to 30 limit signs)

Closure from 6:10am – 9:30am approximately

(after 30 limit signs)

Closure from 6:10am -9.30am



Residents between Springhill Road and Glensax Road

Closure from 6:10am – 9.30am – access available via B7062 (towards Cardrona)

Closed from 9.45am – 3:35pm – Access maintained for houses between Glensax Road and Kittlegairy View via a manned contraflow system, this will also allow access to Cavalry Park. Please allow additional time to get to your destination. No access beyond Kittlegairy View to Cardrona during this period.

Whilst travel times will be affected, access will be maintained across the Tweed Bridge and Cardrona Bridge throughout the day. There will be no closures north of Peebles High Street.

We understand the impact of closed roads and appreciate the patience and understanding of all those affected.


Contact us by phone at Tour O The Borders HQ if you would like to speak to someone about the route and how it may affect you – 01721 588050 (Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm). If you have a question about a specific issue, please email and we’ll do our best to get you an answer as fast as we can.

Detailed Drawings of Closures/Details

TOTB – TTRO Area – 03.
TOTB – Start Line – Barrier Layout(A3L) – 05.
TOTB – Start Line – 04.
TOTB – Main Map – 07.
TOTB – M74, Jct 15, Moffat – RC – 013.
TOTB – Finish Line – 06.
TOTB – B712 – A701 – Dreva & Drumelzier – RC – 09.
TOTB – B709, B7009 – Crosslee & Kirkhope – RC – 016.
TOTB – B709 + B7062 Traquair – RC – 020.
TOTB – B701, Tweedmuir – Talla – RC – 010.
TOTB – B701, Greenhillstairs – RC – 011.
TOTB – AWS – 2 Weeks – 01.
TOTB – AWS – 1 Week – 02.
TOTB – A708, Gordon Arms Hotel – RC – 015.
TOTB – A72 Lyne Station & B712 Stobo Castle – 08.
TOTB – A708, Yarrow – RC – 019.
TOTB – A708, Selkirk, Philiphaugh – RC – 018.
TOTB – A708, Selkirk – RC – 017.
TOTB – A708, Moffat – Road Closure – 0745 – 1430 – Drw 012.
TOTB – A708, Cappercleuch – RC – Drw 014.


Consultation & Engagement Process

Tour O The Borders has been working closely with Scottish Borders Council and the emergency services to ensure 2018’s event is a success, and that we minimise disruption for local residents and businesses as much as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience that the event may cause the local population and will work with all local communities to help spread the benefits of the event.

SBC has agreed to support this event after considering the safety, community effect and economic impact. Our main aim for the event is to keep pedestrians, residents and cyclists safe. The Emergency services will be involved with the event on the day to ensure everyone is safe, and the event could only continue with their ongoing support.

Everyone is aware that some inconvenience is inevitable, but significant consultation will continue over the coming months to help minimise problems:

Media and press releases will be issued to local and national media on a regular basis once the exact route and closures are confirmed.

We will be attending all affected area’s community council meetings in the next few months to address any concerns.

Local businesses along the route will be contacted individually and the impact to the businesses discussed with the owners. We will work with all affected businesses to assist them to promote their business to our database of entrants.

Every home on the route will be sent a flyer (during the month of July) detailing the timing of the closures, we ask residents to please keep hold of this information for reference.

The Borders farming community will again be contacted via the National Farmers Union, we hope that this information will pass from the NFU to landowners who are affected but do not necessarily live on the route.

Tour O The Borders will continue to inform residents and business owners about the closures and are happy to answer any specific enquiries which may arise.




What is Tour O The Borders?

Tour O The Borders is a road cycling sportive. Cyclists are invited to join us on a 120km or 88km bike ride around the roads of the Scottish Borders. This is not a race but riders are timed on the route. Roads throughout the route will be closed at certain times during the day. Like the popular marathon or 10k running events, for the majority of riders the Tour is a ‘personal challenge’ event, with many raising money for charity.

The event welcomed around 2000 cyclists to the area in 2016 with an estimated economic impact to the Scottish Borders of £500,000. Cycle tourism has huge potential in the Scottish Borders and the successful development of this event will help to establish the area as the foremost cycling destination in the UK, with economic benefits for years to come. In 2017 we hope to grow the event to 2500 cyclists.


Why will roads be closed?

In order to safely deliver this event, we must secure the route and make sure it’s clear of any vehicles. This protects both participants and spectators and will involve road closures and parking restrictions in affected areas. We are working with Scottish Borders Council to minimise disruption.


Why will some of the roads be closed for so long?

Due to the broad appeal of the event – from elite riders to charity challenge first-timers – there will be a wide range of abilities of those taking part. This means that the fastest of the riders will complete the course in around three and a half hours with the longest taking up to eight hours. In addition, staff need to put out barriers, signs and cones in safety, so there is usually some time planned within the road closure for this to happen in safety.


Can I still get to church?

Ministers from all churches on the route in 2016 and 2017 were contacted, in consultations from April 2016 onwards. All were most helpful and made alternative arrangements where possible:

A similar process will be used in 2018 and as soon as final details have been confirmed all details will be available here.


Can I walk on the road?

Yes. The roads are closed to vehicles but you can still travel on foot if you need to.  Please keep to the side of the road and think about safety for everyone – remember bikes will approach silently, and at speed.


I always drive to buy my paper at 10am each Sunday. Can’t I do this on Sept 2nd? Are there any exemption passes if I need to get to work that day?

If the road is closed, you will not be able to use a vehicle on it during the closure times. There are two reasons why it is necessary to close roads for the Tour O The Borders cycle event. Firstly, more than 2,000 cyclists will take part in the event so road closures are required for the safety of these participants. Second, cones, signs and barriers need to be set out and taken back in and the staff doing this need to be able to work safely.

For these safety reasons, there are no exemption passes are available. We realise that this will cause inconvenience for residents and we will work to ensure that any closures are kept to a minimum and would ask that residents work with us and pre-plan their day where at all possible.


I’ve arranged to meet friends that day – now I won’t be able to get there in time – what can I do?

The road closures are for a set period of time on one day of the year only.  We respectfully ask people to make alternative arrangements for this relatively short period of time – can you shop at another time, re-arrange an appointment or swap your schedules around? We regret any inconvenience, but this event will bring great economic benefit to the area and can be a very positive addition to the Borders’ event calendar.


What special access arrangements will be in place?

We are working with the Council to ensure inconvenience is kept to a minimum around the course.


Which roads will be closed to vehicles?

A detailed map of all road closures for 2018 will be available here as soon as the route and closure times are confirmed.

If you live on the route you will be notified by post early in 2018. Roads to be closed will be signposted two weeks prior to the event.


How long will roads used for the event be closed?

We have kept all road closures to the minimum necessary to ensure the safety of the event. A detailed timeline of the road closures will be available here as soon as route and timings are confirmed. The length of closure depends on the location of the road on the event route. Tour O The Borders are working hard with all partners to ensure the roads are only closed for as long as is absolutely necessary.


What access will there be for people living and working in the roads that are closed?

It is a requirement that the event route be completely vehicle-free during the event for the safety of participants. Access restrictions will depend on the location and time that the event passes. We are working with the Scottish Borders Council to make sure disruption is minimised along the route and that people living and working on the route are notified well in advance of the event.

Access by car will only be available either before the start of the road closure or after the end of the road closure, no vehicle movements will be permitted during the road closure.


How does the road closure work?

A team will go round the route in advance of the riders, closing roads and driveways to ensure no vehicles come on to the road, which will be legally closed by a TTRO (Temporary Traffic Restriction Order). Any vehicle contravening the order will be causing the most serious risk to the event participants, and breaking the law.

The road is re-opened behind the last event rider. The event stipulates that riders who do not keep up a minimum speed of 16 kmph will either drop out of the event, or they can continue on the re-opened roads at their own pace.


Myself or my family/neighbours receive at home care from a care provider, will this be affected on the day?

We are working with local care providers to make sure that there is no interruption to essential home care during the road closures. If you give essential care to a family member that will be affected by the road closures, please contact us directly with details of times and locations.

Any emergencies that occur should be reported to the emergency services via 999 as usual


What access will there be for visitors or deliveries to homes and businesses during the closure period?

Any disruption is regrettable but hopefully with prior planning residences and businesses can reduce any inconvenience. We would ask you to not schedule deliveries for the event date (as it is a Sunday, Royal Mail post will not be affected) and to buy extra of any essentials that are necessary.


I run a business that needs daily deliveries. Will local businesses receive any priority for deliveries to get through road closures?

No vehicles will be let through during the road closures (except emergency services). We ask that you discuss this with your suppliers prior to the event and work to reschedule deliveries.


What allowances will there be for moving livestock within the closed roads?

For the safety of riders we ask that there be no livestock movement during the time the road is closed. This would offer significant risk to riders and livestock alike. We ask that you plan ahead and bear in mind the closing times of the road.


What arrangements have been made for emergency service access in to the closed roads?

Police, Fire, Rescue and Ambulance services are involved in the planning of the 2017 event and they are aware of all constrictions that the event puts on access. Emergency vehicles will be placed in the most appropriate locations along the route to allow any situation to be dealt with quickly and safely. Emergencies will be treated in the usual way, and the safety of residents and visitors will be dealt with as a priority, emergency access will be maintained as a priority throughout the event.


If I have a non-emergency incident that requires a visit to hospital but would not warrant an ambulance, what should I do?

Please refer to your map of road closure times, when available. If the opening time of the road is too late and you can’t wait, we ask you to contact the emergency services on 101 and inform them of the circumstances. This information will then be directed to the event Joint Agency Control Centre, which includes event organisers and all emergency services. They will then assess the situation and decide on the best course of action. Ambulances will be on the route in places that will maximise accessibility to residents on the course. This will ensure that both residents and riders will be kept safe during the road closures.


What if I need urgent medical care?

If you need URGENT medical care when your local practice is closed, you should telephone NHS 24 on 111. You will speak to a Call Handler who will take some details from you and pass your call on to a Nurse Advisor. The Nurse Advisor will make an assessment and recommend a course of action. If required your call will be passed from NHS24 to BECS for either a further assessment, advice or treatment from a local clinician. This information will then be directed to the event Joint Agency Control Centre, which includes event organisers and all emergency services. They will then assess the situation and decide on the best course of action.


Where are the best places to watch the event?

A route map will be issued to all riders at registration, this will have recommended spectator points marked on. These will be points with pedestrian access where you can show your support for riders on the route. This information will also be available on the event website.


What are the estimated rider times?

(Provisionally) the first rider will depart Peebles High Street at 6.45am, with the final riders leaving at 7.30am.  Very fast riders are expected to complete the course in around 3 ½ hours, with the slower riders completing the course in around 7 ½ to 8 hours.


What steps are being taken to protect the local environment?

During the rider briefing, riders will be reminded of the Scottish Access Code and regulations regarding littering. We will also provide specific litter stations on the route and a sweeper marshal after the event removing signage and any litter.


Will there be toilet facilities and refreshment facilities on the route?

There will be three or four toilet stops along the route. There will also be three ‘refreshment’ and feed stops on the route.


Who is behind the event?

Hillside Outside Ltd is the event organising company, which is the event organising company responsible for the Peebles Hogmanay Torchlight Procession and the TweedLove Bike Festival.

The road closures are being handled by the country’s most experienced traffic management consultants and the Council and all emergency services are directly involved in the planning.


Thank you for taking time to read this. We very much regret any inconvenience caused to local people. We the organisers live locally too, and believe this event can play an important part in the growth of cycling and bike tourism in the Borders.

As an example of a similar style of event, the Etape Caledonia, based in Pitlochry, experienced some opposition in early years, but is now so popular and important to the local economy, that there are now calls for it to be held twice a year, despite a very long course and major road closures.



Photo credit: Ian Linton