Event Info

Tour O The Borders is a closed road sportive taking place in the beautiful Scottish Borders on Sunday 7 September 2025, starting and finishing in Peebles in the Scottish Borders.

The new (2023) ‘Touro’ route travels over quiet, picturesque back roads. 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 the hidden gem of Scotland!

Full Route: 120km/1200m ascent  | Challenge Route 88km/940m ascent

Approx. start time: 06:50 – 07:40

Entry Fee: £84 non postal | £89 postal pack

On Sale & Early Bird Offer

Entries go on sale Thursday 11th April at 5pm, with a 24 hour only early bird offer. Until Friday 12th April at 5pm, you’ll receive £10 off your Tour O The Borders entry or £20 off if you have signed up for our LoveTouro 2024 event! Click here for more info on LoveTouro.

Join us for what quite a few folk think is the best closed road sportive in the country. Stunning road cycling, unbelievable scenery, the best feed stations (stocked with fabulous locally produced food including the gold medal Forsyth’s of Peebles Macaroni Pies) and of course, absolutely no cars!

And if you’re also signed up to our LoveTouro event this June, you’ll get £20 off your Tour O The Borders 2025 entry during the 24hr offer.


About the 120km Route

After fantastic feedback about the new 2023 route, we’re delighted to say this route will return for 2025. The full route takes in the wilds of the upper Tweed basin, passing the source of the River Tweed and up to the legendary views and savage scenery of the Devil’s Beeftub. The descent from here to lovely Moffat town is a huge, mellow, swooping classic. After a neutral zone within Moffat (stop for a quick snack or coffee if you want, the timing pause allows for a short break) you’ll head north again and through one of Scotland’s most stunning landscapes – the famous glacial valley of Moffat Dale. An undulating ribbon of tarmac passes wild glens, imposing mountain landscapes and the famous Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall.

A cracker of a climb at the end of this valley takes you to a col, the regional boundary and the start of a long and lovely descent to the Glen Café and St Mary’s Loch.

The route soon rejoins the traditional Touro course, heading for The Gordon Arms, up Paddy Slacks climb and over the pass to Traquair, before heading west along the final kms to Peebles.

We’re so pleased to be able to use this route – it’s an absolute cracker. Massive thanks to both Scottish Borders Council and Dumfries and Galloway Council for their co-operation. We are also hugely grateful to the people of all the communities around the course for their patience and support in allowing all of us cyclists to enjoy this cycling gold so safely and without traffic.*

The full 120km route is the white line, the challenge 88km route is the yellow line. An average minimum speed of 16km/hr must be maintained (don’t worry – this is an easy speed to achieve).

Age: Riders must be 16 years or over on the day of the event

Tour O The Borders - Peebles

* As organisers and riders we understand and respect the inconvenience that closed road cycling events can bring, so we appreciate the patience of local communities. We’re working with local authorities, those affected communities around the course and traffic management professionals on the closed road arrangements.
As a result there will be a neutralised section in Moffat town centre, the potential for agricultural and local service vehicles to operate around the Megget and Talla route (short course only), and traffic management measures on a final section of the route east of Peebles.
Any local access arrangements will always put rider safety and enjoyment first, and will definitely not impact on the enjoyment of a fabulous day of closed road cycling!

Route Map

The full 120km route is the white line, the challenge 88km route is the yellow line.

An average minimum speed of 16km/hr must be maintained (don’t worry – this is an easy speed to achieve).

Choose Your Route

Choice of two route lengths

Full route - link to follow

120kms/74 miles - Elevation gain: 1200m

Challenge route

88.8km/56 miles - Elevation gain: 940m

Challenge Route Strava link

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 delicious macaroni pies
  • The best electronic chip timing system, Rider Times texted to you soon after finish
  • Official souvenir medal 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


  • Start times approx. 06:50-07:40. Riders will leave in waves based on their estimated completion time.
  • Faster riders first. If you want to rider together, ensure your completion times are the same (they should be based on the slowest rider).
  • All riders have timing chips as part of their number boards. All riders’ times are logged and available at the finish. All Rider Times will be posted on the event website as soon as possible after the event, and individual times will be sent via text soon after finish.
  • All riders will be issued with a 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.

How do you want to receive your Rider Pack?

Option 1 – In person on Saturday 6th September 2025

This option allows you to come to Event HQ at Tweed Green, Peebles, EH45 8AP on Saturday 6 September and collect your Rider Pack from us in person. We’ll be there from 10am-7pm. A great option if you have questions about event day and if you’re staying for the weekend in the Tweed Valley. You’ll be able to soak up the vibes at our event village, get a coffee and browse our Tour O The Borders shop.

Someone else can collect your rider pack on your behalf.

Important – no rider can collect their pack on Sunday morning.

Option 2 – Via post

This option allows you to arrive on Sunday 7, ready to ride. You do not need to attend the Event HQ on Saturday 6 to collect anything or to register, you will have everything you need sent to you in the post. Ideal for those working on Saturday, or those who won’t arrive in Peebles until late on Saturday evening.

Important – please ensure your address details on SiEntries are correct. The information on your profile is where the pack will be sent to.

Important – no rider can collect their pack on Sunday morning.

Refund Policy

IMPORTANT – We are now working with XCover and all refund requests must go through them.
Purchasing XCover allows you to protect your entry and receive a full refund of your transaction (entry fees and any extras if bought as part of a package) if you are unable to attend the event due to an unforeseen circumstance  – please see the XCover terms and conditions. If you have any questions about cover then please contact XCover directly.

For XCover refund requests, you first need to activate your XCover Account. If this is your first time logging in to your XCover Account, you first need to find the confirmation email from XCover and click the link to set up your XCover Account. Make sure you check your spam folder if you can’t find your confirmation email in your emails. Once you have set up your XCover Account, you can view your documents and start a claim.

Got a question about XCover?

Visit the XCover Help Centre for answers to many questions. Should you need to, there’s instructions for how to contact the XCover support team.