Closed Road Sportive


Getting Ready for Tour o the Borders

Whether you are a Touro master or a first time rider you can find all you need to succeed right here. 

Tour O The Borders 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.

So, in order to get you ready to take on Touro we are providing you with all you need from training plans to nutrition advice to bike prep tips! 

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Tour O The Borders Training Plan | 2019

Phil Mack, Sports Physiotherapist and Sports Scientist, of Peebles Physiotherapy is back for 2019 as our official Touro trainer!   Phil will be providing a 5 month training plan to get you fitter, stronger and safer on the bike all in time for Tour o the Borders!  Complete the course in 2018 in 4hrs 30mins or longer and want to improve for 2019? Thinking of taking part for the first time? This is the plan for you! 

Launch Date: Monday 1st April 2019 

Until the launch of the plan Phil is going to be providing you with his top preparation tips covering everything from alternative training to simply finding that motivation. 

Touro Start Line

Phil Tip #1 | Getting Started 

Winter training is all about maintaining fitness, keeping body weight in check and keeping motivated.  Although we are already into February we still have another month, or two, of cold winter days … Keep reading 




Zwift Training

Phil Tip #2 | No time to train? 

Are you struggling to make time to train due to family and work? Or the thought of going out in the cold during the winter months?  Well, there is a solution… Keep reading



Alternative cycling training

Phil Tip #3 | Is cycling the only way I can get fit for Touro?

Absolutely not … Keep reading 





Riders in the rain

Phil Tip #4 | Wind & rain… Is it really worth going out in those conditions? 

Well, I guess you can always pop on your turbo trainer for an alternative session, but as I said last week, you just cannot replace riding outdoors. The more you do, the more you … Keep reading




Phil Tip #5 | Hills, it’s a love or hate thing. 

Either way, they are difficult to avoid when you are out on the road and lets face it the Touro route has a few of them.  So, it is worth spending a bit of time learning how to be efficient at climbing, even if you don’t enjoy them… Keep reading 




Any questions for Phil please don’t hesitate to get in touch  Peebles Physio Logo

Training Rides

Looking for some route inspiration for your next session on the bike? Why not try out our training rides and experience some of the local hospitality at the same time?

We have developed three great training rides, download the maps and off you go! 

Ride No 1 (33km): Two Valleys Loop

Ride No 2 (49km): The Bottomless Loch

Ride No 3 (68km): A Journey West

We would love to hear how you got on, share some pics with us on Facebook or Instagram 

The Bike

Now you are in tip top Touro shape it’s time to prep the bike.  Pre event we would suggest popping your bike in for a tune-up or service to ensure it is in top working order.  

On the day ensure; 

  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.

All those other event essentials… 

You’re ready, the bikes ready, what else do you need to remember? 

  • 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

Helemet and pie


The day before

  • Ensure all day you are on top of your hydration – you don’t want to be playing catch up on event day!
  • Carb loading is a thing of the past, you don’t need to work your way through a mound of pasta! Focus on lighter proteins like chicken or fish with some carbs and make sure you don’t eat too late in the day.  

Event day 

To help you with all your nutrition needs we have teamed up with HIGH5.  With over 20 years’ experience providing sports nutrition under their belts we can assure you that their products and knowledge are exactly what you need to be at your ultimate best for Touro.  Check out their sportive specific plan here! 

On course there will be ample feed stations where you can grab your HIGH5 pick me up among other delights (Forsyth’s macaroni pies!!).  

Discover the full HIGH5 range of trusted gels, drinks and bars.

High5 Nutrition



Photo credit: Ian Linton, Out of Office, High5