Statement from the organisers
Despite lockdown easing across the UK, we regret we have made the painful decision to cancel this year’s Tour O The Borders powered by Pirelli, scheduled to run on Sunday 6 September 2020. We had held out for as longas we thought was reasonable, but unfortunately it’s just not possible now – so we’ll be back stronger than ever on the first weekend in September 2021, Sunday 5 September.
There are two parts to our decision-making. First, the factual stuff – we’re waiting for further guidance (from the Scottish Government or other) on participant number restrictions, social distancing, regulation of toilets and catering, local authority permissions and rules, travel advice, accommodation-provider availability and so much more.
Secondly, the common sense reasons… This event attracts over 2000 bike riders from all over the UK and many from abroad. While there could undoubtedly be commercial benefit for local businesses in going ahead this year – even with reduced numbers – as a team we believe it’s still way too soon to encourage a large number of people to come here all at the same time. Our infection numbers in Scotland are successfully going down, and we need to consolidate that shift – not risk reversing it.
Telling people not to come and ride their bikes here is the exact opposite of what we’ve been doing for the last ten years, but let’s get it right now so when we can all enjoy a safer time together as soon as possible.
Everyone who’s entered this year’s event will receive an email about the cancellation, and we hope as many as possible will stick with us until next year (5 September 2021). The events industry has been savaged by Covid, from organisers and ticket agents to timing companies and pizza vans, so please keep your event places for next year if you can – it will really make a difference over what’s going to be a tough time from now until next Spring for much of our industry. Vouchers and refunds will also be available for riders, and details are being emailed to all concerned.
Hopefully next year will be a good one for bike events like ours, and we hope the emerging clan of new cyclists will be up for a friendly sportive challenge on the beautiful roads of Scotland’s borderlands. As many riders have said, Tour O The Borders is a real cyclist’s route, and probably the most beautiful closed road sportive route in the UK. Our stunning roads will still be here next year, so let’s hope we can all get together then to celebrate brighter miles ahead.
Tour O The Borders powered by Pirelli is organised by Peebles-based events company Hillside Outside Ltd
Full details of new dates and refunds are available here.
The 2021 event will be on general sale Friday 24 July 2020.