Closed Road Sportive

09.08.15 ENTER NOW

Kailzie Gardens
Peebles Physiotherapy
Edinburgh Bicycle Co-Op 2

Event Info

Important Information for Riders to Download for 2015 Event:

Download Riders Notes 2015

Download Start Times 2015

ToB-public route


Sunday 9th August 2015
Start: Peebles

Choice of Two Route Lengths:

120 kms/74 miles
Elevation gain: 1430m



88.8km/56 miles
Elevation gain: 890m

Challenge 88 Route Map



Entry cost: £58
Open to riders aged 16 years and over. No licence required.

There are now two routes for Tesco Bank Tour O The Borders – the original (120km) route, and the 88km (shorter) version which misses out the furthest loop of the route.

IMPORTANT: If you’d like to change your entry from the long route to the short route this must be done before 27th July when advance entries close. You can’t change on the day!

If you have already entered the long route and would like to change and ride the short route instead, please email – thanks!


The full 120km route is the black line, the shorter version is red.


New Sponsor, New Course!

We are delighted to be working with our new title partner Tesco Bank for the 2015 event. Their support will mean we can make the event even better with an additional timed climb and many other details to make the day even better for all the riders.

We are also very pleased to announce that we’ll have a new route for 2015, and were delighted that we can now also offer a shorter version of the route – the 88 Challenge. This version has a bit less climbing but will still feature the fantastic scenery and many of the route highlights. The whole course is a road riding treat. We’ve been working towards permission to use this route for a closed road event for some time, so we’re very excited that at last it’s going to happen.
Our new route includes some of the best road cycling terrain in Scotland, with the famous Talla Wall climb included, and mile after mile of spectacular scenery. It’s a truly classic route, that were sure everyone will love. It’s going to be a fantastic day out on the bike!

Course info

The event will start and finish in the Borders town of PEEBLES, start town for the 2013 Tour of Britain, and centre for all manner of cycling pleasure. The ‘Tour o’ route will travel, mainly over quiet back roads and climb several stiff hills in this beautiful part of Scotland. The ride is over a distance of approx 120kms and will be of a challenging but rewarding nature and some cracking scenery to take your mind off the efforts.

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.
  • Shower and changing facilities at start and finish
  • Great feed stations on the route with a variety of locally-made treats, including delicious Big Bear cakes and Forsyth’s macaroni pies
  • The best electronic chip timing system, results texted to you soon after finish
  • Official Tesco Bank Tour O The Borders souvenir for all finishers
  • Waterproof, tear-proof route map
  • 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!)


  • Registration is on Saturday 8th August, and will be open from 10am-8pm on Peebles Tweed Green (EH45 8AP).
  • You must sign on to receive your timing chip.
  • If you can’t make it to registration on the Saturday, a friend can collect your registration pack for you – they must bring along a copy of the confirmation email you received upon registering.
  • You 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).
  • First riders start 6.40am, last rider out by 7.30am.  Start times to be confirmed.  Riders leave in waves based on their estimated finish time faster riders first.
  • All riders have timing chip. All riders’ times are logged and available at the finish. All results posted on event website asap after the event.
  • All riders will be issued with an ID/number board wristband. This MUST be worn throughout the event for safety reasons. Riders not wearing their wristbands may be asked to leave the course.
  • A sweeper vehicle and tech/service support will be on course.
  • Course map will be on display at sign-on, and will show feed zones, toilets/water stops.


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 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 for safety reasons. 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.



Saturday 8th August – Registration

On Saturday 8th August parking will be on street and in existing car parks in Peebles.


Sunday 9th August – Event Day

The event car park for entrants will be just off the A72 leaving Peebles heading towards Innerleithen – this car park is at Kerrfield Farm, EH45 8LY and will be signposted from all main access routes into Peebles.

– The event car park will be open on Sunday 9th August only, from 05:50 – 17:00

– Parking in the event car park will cost £4 per car

– The event car park is approximately a 5 minute cycle from the event village/sportive start.


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.


T&Cs: Rules and event regulations

  • Registration is only available through the system on this website.
  • Some places may be available the day before event.
  • Over 16s only.
  • If the registered starter cannot attend the event, they have no right to reclaim the registration fee. No rider may use another’s rider’s event number.

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.

Number boards

Every rider will get a number board. Number plates must be fixed on the handlebars and must be readable throughout the event.

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 event is on CLOSED roads.  You must maintain a minimum speed of 18 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.
  • Cyclists should take extra care on short sections of road where traffic may be travelling on the opposite carriageway to maintain access for residents and businesses.
  • 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.  As it is not practical for Sunday registration due to the number of entrants.
  • 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 an 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 must 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.
  • 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.
  • Our event motto is ‘respect, wisdom & honesty’ – from yourself and towards fellow riders.


Riders attend the event on their own account and at their own risk. The rider is responsible for the safety of his bike and clothes. The organization 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.

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.


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 understand this entire waiver of liability and agrees to be legally bound by it.


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 this system to register your details, or enter an event you consent to the conditions described below:

You must be at least 18 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.

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.

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 9 July 2015 – refunds available, these will be subject to a £15.00 admin fee
•From 10 July 2015 – no refunds or name changes are possible.

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: Kevin Maclean