Closed Road Sportive

03.09.17 ENTER NOW

Ettrick & Yarrow Valleys
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Event Info

Sunday 3rd September 2017

 I would rank the 10km from Talla to Megget Reservoir as some of the best I have ridden anywhere in the world. It’s a microcosm of what you would want from a road ride” 

Start / Finish: Peebles

Entry cost: £63

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Open to riders aged 16 years and over. No licence required.

Choice of two route lengths:

Full Route
120kms/74 miles
Elevation gain: 1430m
2016 FULL ROUTE STRAVA LINK 
Challenge route
88.8km/56 miles
Elevation gain: 890m
2016 CHALLENGE ROUTE STRAVA LINK

 

ToB-15 riders map F

The full 120km route is the black line, the challenge 88km route is the red line.
An average minimum speed of 16km/hr must be maintained (don’t worry – this is an easy speed to achieve). 

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See the route review in Cycling Active Magazine, Summer 2016.
“One of the best all round rides I have done in the UK… A masterpiece in route-planning.” John Walsh, Cycling Active

 

Last year’s times can be found here
King and Queen of the Mountain Results are here


 

Looking to enter Tour O The Borders as part of a team?

Click ‘enter event’ and follow one of the two steps below:

  1. If your team is not yet registered click ‘create a team’ underneath the ‘join a team’ section, enter your team name and an optional password. This way your teammates can enter their information individually; all you have to do is let them know your team registration info.
  1. If your team is already registered, all you have to do is search for them under ‘join a team’, click the correct team name and register for the route option of your choice.

Can’t register in Peebles the day before the event?

Have your number board and wristband posted to you in advance. 

If you enter the event by the cut off date for postal entries, we can mail your number board and registration pack to you by recorded post. An additional fee applies, details below.


2017

For 2017, we’ll be offering both long (120km) and short (88km) routes again. The shorter version of the route has a bit less climbing but still features the fantastic scenery and many of the route highlights.

With mile after mile of spectacular scenery, some of the best road cycling terrain in Scotland, and the inclusion of the famous Talla Wall climb, our route is truly a classic. It’s a fantastic day out on the bike!

 

Course Info

Starting in the Borders town of Peebles, the ‘Touro’ route will travel mainly over quiet back roads, and climb several stiff hills along the way. Challenging but rewarding, the routes (short and long) will feature some amazing natural scenery – what better way to take your mind off your efforts than by enjoying this beautiful part of Scotland!

We’re confident this is the best value-for-money closed road sportive in the country, and it’s 100% organised by local riders.

 

So what do you get for your money?

– A fantastic closed road ride including some of the UK’s best cycling country and awesome scenery

– Great feed stations on the route with a variety of locally-made treats, including some fantastic cake and Forsyth’s famous macaroni pies

– The best electronic chip timing system, results texted to you soon after finish

– Official souvenir for all finishers

– Mechanical support before and during the event

– Comprehensive first aid and safety provision around the course

– Water and toilet stops where you’ll most likely need them (we’re riders too!)

– A sweeper vehicle and tech/service support will be on course

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All riders start in waves, leaving between 6.30am and 7.30am approx (start waves times will be sent out with riders notes prior to the event).

 

Registration 

- You must sign on the day before the ride to receive your timing chip UNLESS you have booked the additional postal delivery service

- Start times to be confirmed.  Riders leave in waves based on their estimated finish time – faster riders first

- All riders have timing chips. All riders’ times are logged and available at the finish. All results will be posted on event website asap after the event, and individual results texted to their phone soon after they finish.

- All riders will be issued with a personal number board and wristband. Number boards must be attached to handlebars and must be readable throughout the event. Wristbands MUST be worn throughout the event for safety reasons. Riders not wearing their wristbands may be asked to leave the course.

 

There are two options for registration again for 2017:

  1. Registration in person
  2. Advance postal registration (additional £10)

 

Option 1 – Registration in person

Riders must register on Saturday 2nd September 2017, the day before the event (as in previous years) on Peebles Tweed Green EH45 8AP between 10am and 7pm. Riders cannot register on the morning of the event. To allow same day registration would mean we’d have to start registering people at about 1am in the morning on the Sunday – it’s just not feasible and would mean an impossibly early start for riders (and us). If you are unable to register in person yourself oSaturday 2 September, someone else can collect your rider pack for you on your behalf – they must bring a printed copy of your confirmation email, and also be able to confirm that your contact and emergency contact details are correct, and sign on your behalf. 

 

Option 2 – Advance postal registration

Advance postal registration is an additional £10, and will only be available for riders who enter who enter by the cut off date (3rd July 2017) – no rider packs can be sent out for riders who register after this date. This is to allow your personalised number board and timing chip to be prepared in advance. (NB; If you have registered for postal entry, the final date for refunds is Friday 21 July 2017After this date, no refunds for postal entries will be available as your personalised pack will already have been produced and sent to you.)

 

*Rider packs will be sent Royal Mail Signed For Second Class, which requires a signature so will provide proof of delivery. Packs will be sent out at the end of July 2017. All riders should receive their packs by Monday 7th August 2017 – if you have not received your pack by this date, you MUST contact us (info@tourotheborders.com) by Friday 18th August 2017. 

A reminder will be sent to you by email to check you’ve got everything!

We will track your pack online, and check if it has been signed for. If it has NOT BEEN SIGNED FOR, we will arrange for a new rider pack to be available for you to collect at registration on Sunday EARLY MORNING before the event starts. 

If you have not received your pack but do not contact us by Friday 18th August 2017 there will be a charge of £15 for a new pack at registration (early Sunday morning). 

DON’T LOSE OR FORGET YOUR PACK!

If you do, there will also be a charge of £15 for a replacement. Your name will not appear on replacement numberboards. 

 


Parking

Saturday 2nd September – Registration

On Saturday 6th August parking will be on street and in existing car parks in Peebles

 

Sunday 3rd September – Event Day

There will be a specific event car park – the car park is situated east of Peebles off the A72, and will be clearly signposted.

In addition, there are existing car parks in Peebles that will be open on the day. Please note Kingsmeadows Road car park will be closed on event day.

All details, maps etc will be sent out by email in advance of the event.

 


Official 2016 Kit for Tesco Bank Tour O The Borders

Available to order now for home delivery.

Endura completely redesigned our official kit for the 2016 event, and it’s now identical in performance, aerodynamics and ergonomic fit to what the pros wear – check out the Movistar Team and Cervélo Bigla Pro riders in the Tour De France and the other grand tours this year – same materials, just different colours. (But they’re probably a bit faster than you too.)

We’ve had a close look at the kit and it’s just as impressive in the flesh as it sounds. Great to see design that looks this good, is so contemporary, and produced at this quality – and all done in Scotland.


T&Cs: Rules and event regulations
– Registration is only available through the system on this website
– Some places may be available the day before the event
– Over 16s only
– No rider may use another’s rider’s event number. If the registered starter cannot attend the event, they have no right to reclaim the registration fee – see Refund Policy section for refund info.

 

Advance postal registration
This is only available for riders who enter before Monday 3rd July 2017.
Riders wishing to use this registration method MUST select this entry type (‘POSTAGE INCLUDED entry to…’) when registering online for the event, as this cannot be added on later. Advance postal registration is an additional £10.
Note: If you do not choose to have your rider pack sent to you when entering the event, but later decide you cannot collect it in Peebles on Saturday 2 September, and you would like it posted out to you, you will be charged an additional £10 (£20 total) for postage and the extra admin time and costs. In this case you must take the following steps:
1. Email us info@tourotheborders.com and we will respond with instructions
2. You will then be able to enter the event again by choosing the entry type ‘POSTAGE INCLUDED entry to…’ by Monday 3rd July 2017.
3. Once this entry has been processed, we will then refund your initial entry minus £10 (this is the additional £10 admin charge as mentioned above)
4. Your complete rider pack will be posted out to you (details below)

Rider packs will be sent Royal Mail Signed For Second Class, which requires a signature so will provide proof of delivery. Packs will be sent out at the end of July 2017. All riders should receive their packs by Monday 7th August 2017 – if you have not received your pack by this date, you MUST contact us (info@tourotheborders.com) by Friday 18th August 2017.
A reminder will be sent to you by email to check you’ve got everything!
We will track your pack online, and check if it has been signed for. If it has NOT BEEN SIGNED FOR, we will arrange for a new rider pack to be available for you to collect at registration on Sunday EARLY MORNING before the event starts.
If you have not received your pack but do not contact us by Friday 18th August 2017 there may be a charge of £15 for a complete new pack at registration (early Sunday morning).
If you lose or forget your pack, there will be a charge of £15 for a replacement. Your name will not appear on replacement numberboard.
Important notice for all Challenge 88 route riders (short course)!
This event has timed road closures throughout the course, and great care has been taken in planning for a safe and smooth-running event. All short course riders will start in the last start waves in Peebles, meaning even the fastest ’88’ riders will arrive at the Gordon Arms route split after the fastest long course riders have passed this point. Short course riders are not permitted onto the road before the lead vehicles and the leading long course riders have passed the Gordon Arms. This is very important for safety reasons and ensuring no riders can be on the road before closures are in place. In the case of an incident or delay on the long course, short course riders will be held at the Gordon Arms accordingly. If for any reason a short course rider arrives at the Gordon Arms before the long course riders, and wishes to carry on without waiting for lead vehicles and long course riders, they will have number boards removed and will be made aware that they are riding at their own risk, on open roads.

 

Number boards
Every rider will get a number board. Number plates must be fixed on the handlebars and must be readable throughout the event. Please fill in the information on the back of your board.

 

Feed stations
Feed and water stations will be available along the course, but all riders are responsible to supply sufficient food to complete the ride.

 

Bikes, safety, courtesy, common sense
– This is NOT a race. You must ride in a safe and courteous manner, which will not cause danger to other riders or yourself. You must ride in control at all times and at safe speeds, including on all descents.
– This event is on CLOSED roads. You must maintain a minimum speed of 16 kmph. if you do not maintain this minimum speed the sweeper vehicle will pick you and your bike up (if space available) and remove your timing chip, or if you wish to continue the route the roads will be opened and continuing will be at your own risk/discretion. Signage will be in place along the entire course, but riders are always responsible for their own safety.
– Please CYCLE ON THE LEFT. Be aware of other cyclists around you and enable faster cyclists to pass you.
– Every rider is responsible for their bike and equipment. The condition, quality and construction should be suitable to ensure the safety of riders or other persons.
– Helmets are compulsory and must be done up properly at all times when cycling. They must be in good condition.
– No unconventional handlebars allowed, including triathlon bars, aero bars, clip-ons, prayer bars, Spinaci bars and cow bars. Bar end plugs must be fitted.
– All competitors must sign on and pick up their event number and timing chip on the Saturday, the day before the event, or opt to have their rider pack sent to them for a fee of £10 when entering online, as it is not practical for Sunday registration due to the number of entrants, and the early start.
– If you retire for any reason please inform an event official.
– All instructions given by event officials must be observed.
– Entries will be taken online and will be given on a first come first served basis.
– All equipment used at the event must be fit for purpose and ridden / used at riders own risk.
– Riders must cycle on the left, and be courteous and aware of other cyclists around you. You should allow faster riders to pass you.
– Riders must obey all event marshals’ and event officials’ instructions.
– Use of a mobile phone while cycling is not permitted, you must pull to the roadside and stop if you wish to make/receive a phone call.
– Use of a music player or other similar device with headphones is not permitted, for safety reasons.
– The Borders are beautiful, these roads are a haven for cyclists – and other nature. Don’t drop any litter!
– The event will take place regardless of bad weather, unless the organisers deem there is a safety concern. If the event is stopped or re-routed for reasons of safety, there will be no refund available.
– The organisers will endeavour to give all entrants a time derived from the electronic timing chip system provided. However, they are not responsible in the unlikely event of fault in the electronic timing system.
– Toilets are available along the route, and marked on the course map. Please use them and respect local residents and the area.

 

Refund Policy
If for any reason you are unable to attend the event refunds will be available on request as follows:
• Up to and including 1 August 2017 – refunds available, these will be subject to a £15.00 admin fee
• From 1 August 2017 – no refunds are possible
NB; If you have registered for postal entry, the final date for refunds is Friday 21 July 2017. After this date, no refunds for postal entries will be available as your personalised pack will already have been produced and sent to you.
• Deferral of entries is not possible. Sorry.

 

Cancellation policy
If the safety of riders and staff becomes an issue we may have to cancel an event, or if we have to cancel the event for reasons outwith our control, this will be announced on our website as soon as possible before the event, and riders will receive a refund minus an admin fee.
If an event is cancelled due to adverse or dangerous conditions any time after 17.00 on the Thursday before the event we will refund a percentage of the entry fee taking in account any outlaid costs.
The organisers reserve the right to amend the route and any other aspect of this event, if a refund is due in this regard all entrants will be notified via the website and by email.

 

Responsibilities
Riders attend the event on their own account and at their own risk. The rider is responsible to ride in a safe and courteous manner, which will not cause danger to other riders or themselves.
The rider will ride at safe speeds including on all descents, and accepts that this is not a race, but a friendly mass-participation event.
The rider is responsible for the safety of his bike and clothes. The organisation is not responsible and cannot be held responsible for any injuries and/or damages as results of any action during the event.
The organisers reserve the right to disqualify any rider in breach of any of these regulations.
If an official car park is offered during the event usage of this will be at your own risk, the organisation is not responsible and cannot be held responsible for any loss, theft and/or damage as a result of this.
This agreement starts with the entry. The organisation reserves the right to make any necessary changes or even to cancel the whole event according to safety problems at any time, official orders, government laws or other unforeseen events.

 

Protest
Protests against the result or disqualifications should be addressed to the Event Organisers.

 

Waiver of liability
Every rider understands and admits that his participation in the event is voluntary. He assumes full responsibility for any injuries or damages from his participation in the event. He recognises and understands that the activities may be hazardous, that his participation is solely at his own risk and that he assumes full responsibility for any resulting injuries and damages that may occur.
Every rider affirms, that he is in good health. He declares that he is physically fit and capable to participate in the event.
Every rider has to acknowledge that he has read and understood this entire waiver of liability and agrees to be legally bound by it.

If an official car park is offered during the event usage of this will be at your own risk, the organisation is not responsible and cannot be held responsible for any loss, theft and/or damage as a result of this.

 

Photography & Video
All riders accept that photography and video for publicity purposes may be recorded at the event. Riders accept that this material may include them and that they give permission for its print or online publication.

 

Withdrawal
The event officials hold the right to withdraw starters if they feel there is a danger for the starter or any other person.

 

Data Protection Act 1998
By submitting an application to take part in an event, the participants also allow the event organisers to use personal data for campaigns and activities connected to the events. The organisers shall have unlimited rights to publish pictures and videos of the participants; to forward these photos and videos to press representatives and to use them for marketing activities.

 

Registration terms
By using the system (Eventbrite) to register your details, or enter an event you consent to the conditions described below:
You must be at least 16 years old to use this entry system. You may only use the system for registering your own details and for those of other friends, family and club mates who have granted their permission.
When entering an event we ask for each persons name, date of birth, gender and for any other details required by the event. When entering events on behalf of other people you must obtain their permission to provide this data before entering them.

 

Receiving Emails
To register for this event you must provide a valid email address so we can send you confirmation of your registration and of any entries you make. The email address supplied (and any email addresses given when registering other people) may be used by the Event Organiser to send out information about the events you enter. It may also be used by them for up to twelve months after the event ends to send follow-up information about the event / membership and any future events / memberships they may organise.

 

Charity Partnership
If I opt to ride for the Tesco National Charity Partnership, I understand that I am agreeing to them contacting me directly by email.

 

Currency of Purchase
All transactions will be conducted in Pounds Sterling. An invoice will not be supplied with the confirmation of your entry, although a confirmation email will be sent to the registered email address.

 

Event Cancellation or Change of Event Date
If for any reason an event is cancelled or the date has to be changed due to Force Majeure, please review the specific event details, rules and terms & conditions which have been documented by the Event Organiser. If a refund is appropriate, the participant should contact the Event Organiser.

 

Data protection
The personal data and entry specific information you give will be used by the Event Organisers for the purpose of processing and publishing entries and results and of maintaining membership information. We will not pass this data to any other third party. Credit and Debit card details are held solely by the Payment Service Provider and are unknown to the Event Organisers.


Photo credit: Ian Linton