This event is organised by cyclists for cyclists, our hospitality is second to none and our success tells its own story.
With well surfaced roads and very little traffic, except for our support vehicles, motor bikes and British Red Cross team, the routes cover the magical lands of the Scottish Borders which never fail to impress and cast its beauty on travellers.
All entrants receive all of our excellent services, facilities and gifts. Photos are free online.
The Long route is a tough challenge, which takes in several climbs with fantastic views. The total distance for the Long challenge is 168km (104miles) with 10 big climbs totalling 2422m of climbing which takes in the Tibetan Monastery. (Feed stations: 35miles and 74miles).
The Short route, 74km challenge (46miles) follows 35miles of the long route and then turns off for the feed station. There are 5 big climbs totalling 1557m, see maps links for more details.
The Long route will take in the climbs of Bonchester Hill; The Note o’ the Gate; Holm Hill; Eskdalemuir; The Berry Bush; The Swire; Woll Rig and The Leap Linns. The Berry Bush and Swire are part of the Gordon Arms Trophy Hilly TT course.
The Short route turns for home after the Newcastleton feed stop and follows a pleasant but challenging run back to Hawick.
The two routes will Start and Finish at Hawick Rugby Club where changing rooms with hot showers will be available along with food and drinks.
The Event Village – again at the excellent facilities of Hawick Rugby Club – hosts the Grand Depart, bwhere hot rolls and drinks will be available prior to the start at 9.00am.
Sign-on at the Rugby clubrooms starts at 7.30am.