Closed Road Sportive


Get Ready

Getting ready: Your Body

The 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.

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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


Tour O The Borders Training Plan

Here’s our 2018 plan

We’ve been working with Phil Mack from Peebles Physiotherapy on an eight week training plan, aimed at people who are regular riders and want to beat their previous course time, and those that want to build up their riding distances before the big day. It will give you the confidence to feel fit and prepared for a big ride like the Touro.

Be sure to keep an eye below for the latest weekly plans –

Weeks 1 & 2

Weeks 3 & 4

Weeks 5 & 6


Here’s our 2017 sixteen week plan

Weeks 1 & 2 

Weeks 3 & 4 

Weeks 5 & 6

Weeks 7 & 8 

Weeks 9 & 10

Weeks 11 & 12

Weeks 13 & 14

Weeks 15 & 16

The Bike

It’s highly advisable and important that all riders have their bicycle in good roadworthy condition for taking part in the 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.

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!

Nutrition & Training Plan

To help you on race day we have teamed up with HIGH5to provide you with sports nutrition on course. HIGH5will provide you with nutritious products with amazing natural flavours, whether you’re a new starter or an elite professional. 

Discover the full HIGH5range of trusted gels, drinks and bars.

Comprehensive HIGH5training plans for all levels of experience for both running and cycling. See herefor more information. HIGH5Nutrition advice and tipsfor triathlon, cycling, running or just general training.


Photo credit: Ian Linton