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Tour of the Borders

Getting ready: Your Body

The Tesco Bank Tour O The Borders sportive event takes place over some of the most scenic and challenging roads in the Scottish Borders. With this in mind it would be advisable that each participant be in reasonable shape/fitness to take part in and enjoy this classic event.

Watch out for our monthly newsletters, which will include:

  • training tips
  • instalments of the training plan
  • suggested local rides (i.e. Skinny Tweed)

Training Rides

Why not try out our training rides and experience some of the local hospitality at the same time?

Three great training rides to try – download the maps!

Ride No 1 (33km): Two Valleys Loop

Ride No 2 (49km): The Bottomless Loch

Ride No 3 (68km): A Journey West


With thanks to:

Phil Mack of Peebles Physio

Official 2016 Event Kit

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.

The Bike

It’s highly advisable and important that all riders have their bicycle in good roadworthy condition for taking part in the Tesco Bank Tour O The Borders event.

All bikes should have a tune-up or service carried out a reputable cycle shop before event .

Key Bike Points On The Day

  1. Sensors, Bottle Cages, and Pumps are all in place and fitted.
  2. Tyres are inflated to correct pressure.
  3. Handlebars/Stem/Brake levers are not slack and are in position.
  4. Saddle is tight and at correct height and position.
  5. Wheels are not rubbing on brakes after installing.
  6. Front and rear quick release skewers are tight.

Tesco Bank Tour O The Borders event essentials (don’t forget)!

  • Bike
  • Helmet
  • Jersey
  • Shorts
  • Shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Arm and Leg warmers
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Water bottles
  • Energy gels/powders/food etc
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Spare tubes
  • Pocket tools
  • Cycle computer
  • Sun block
  • Chamios cream
  • Mobile phone
  • Route card or map

On the evening before the event…

  • Eat carbohydrates 3-4hrs before going to bed pasta/rice/bread etc
  • Hydrate water/sports supplements
  • Get a good nights sleep

On the day of the event…

  • Try and eat 2hrs before then eat and drink 30minutes before event – energy drink,  bananas etc
  • Eat and drink at regular intervals throughout the event (you must stay fuelled for body to work at optimum efficiency).
  • Don’t go off at too fast a pace that you are not going to maintain it is not a wise thing to do (listen to your body) during the event set a comfortable pace and try not to get swept up into higher pace setting when being passed by other riders stick to your individual plan of taking part finishing and above all enjoying The Tesco Bank Tour O The Borders!

New for early 2017 – Win eight months of personal training to get you ready to ride the Touro! (Entries now closed)

Think you’re not fit enough to take on a challenge like this, or just don’t have it in you to do it? You’ll be amazed at yourself. We’re offering someone the chance to be personally trained one to one from February until the event in September. Training will be provided by ex-pro athlete and all-round physic/fitness guru Phil Mack, whose Physio clinics are the go-to for cyclists and athletes around the Borders and beyond.

We were little overwhelmed at the enormous response we had to to our recent I CAN TOURO competition for this year! We are so grateful that so many people entered the competition and laid bare their lives to us – it must have taken a great deal of courage for all of you! Although the sheer calibre of entries made it hard work for us to choose one person, but we were able to chose a winner! Introducing the 2017 I CAN TOURO winner – Katy

You can follow her progress over the course of her gruelling training program here

Photo credit: Ian Linton