Closed Road Sportive

Sunday 5 September 2021

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 | 2021

Phil Mack, Sports Physiotherapist and Sports Scientist, of Peebles Physiotherapy is back for 2021 as our official Touro trainer!   Phil is 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 2019 in 4hrs 30mins or longer and want to improve for 2021? Thinking of taking part for the first time? This is the plan for you! 

Weeks 1 & 2 

Weeks 3 & 4 

Weeks 5 & 6 

Weeks 7 & 8 

Weeks 9 & 10

Weeks 11 & 12

Weeks 13 & 14

Weeks 15 & 16

Weeks 17 & 18

Weeks 19 & 20 


Phil’s Tips

On the lead up to the launch of the plan, Phil provided some of his top preparation tips, recap them all below;

Phil Tip #1 | Getting started 

Phil Tip #2 | No time to train?

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

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

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

Phil Tip #6 | Safety first! 

Touro Start Line

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Thanks to Phil from Peebles Physiotherapy, any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch 

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