Closed Road Sportive

Sunday 5 September 2021

Event Info

Tour O The Borders 2021 | Sunday 5 September 2021

Start/Finish: Peebles, Scottish Borders 

Price: Standard Entry | £68.00, Postal Entry | £78.00 

Age: 16 years or over 

Tour O The Borders is a closed road sportive taking place in the beautiful Scottish Borders on Sunday 5 September 2021.

Starting in the Borders town of Peebles, the ‘Touro’ routes travel mainly over quiet, picturesque back roads and climb several stiff hills along the way, with the inclusion of the famous Talla Wall Climb. Challenging but rewarding, the routes; The Challenge and The Full feature the most amazing natural scenery and some of the best road cycling terrain in Scotland – 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. 

Choice of two route lengths:

Full Route
120kms/74 miles
Elevation gain: 1430m
Challenge route
88.8km/56 miles
Elevation gain: 890m


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). 

Cycling Plus Route Review 

Cycling Active Route Review 

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

– Buzzing event village 

– 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 on course

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.

Enter the Touro


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

– Start times to be confirmed.  Riders leave will 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 the event website as soon as possible after the event, and individual results will be sent via text soon after 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 for 2021:

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

Option 1 – Registration in person

Riders must register on Saturday 4 September 2021, the day before the event (as in previous years) at Tweed Green, Peebles, 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 on Saturday 4 September, someone else can collect your rider pack for you on your behalf – they must have a 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 by the cut off date, Sunday 18 July 2021 at midnight.  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. 

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. 

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 4 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 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 Sunday 18 July 2021 at midnight.
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 


*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 2021. All riders should receive their packs by Monday 2 August 2021 – if you have not received your pack by this date, you MUST contact us ( by Friday 13 August 2021.

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 13 August 2021 there will be a charge of £15 for a new pack at registration (early Sunday morning). 


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

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.

Refund Policy
If for any reason you are unable to attend the event refunds will be available on request as follows:

  • 2 months prior to event date | 75% refund
  • 1- 2 months prior to event date | 50% refund
  • Less than 1 month prior to event date | No refund

Full Terms and Conditions 


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Can I cycle with friends? 

 Yes, as long as you all pop down the same estimated completion time on entry. We will then do our best to allocate you to the same wave.

All the tickets are sold out, is there a wait list?

In the event tickets are sold out there will be a waiting list on this website.

Is there minimum age requirements to enter the event?

All riders must be 16 years or older to take part in Tour O The Borders.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking details will follow in participant notes that will be issued prior to event. 

What’s the refund policy?

If for any reason you are unable to attend the event refunds will be available on request as follows:

  • 2 months prior to event date | 75% refund
  • 1- 2 months prior to event date | 50% refund
  • Less than 1 month prior to event date | No refund

Can I transfer ticket to another name?

Yes, please get in touch at to transfer your entry. There will be an admin charge of £10.00 per ticket. No transfers will be allowed after 6 August 2021. 

For safety reasons, NO rider may use another’s rider’s event number without the permission of the event organiser.

Enter the Touro

Photo credit: Ian Linton