Biking Bonanza – Cycling Events 2022

by Sara Barton, 16th March 2022
Cyclists on the Border Loop | Tweedsmuir
Biking Bonanza – Cycling Events 2022

Cycling events are back this year! A whole host of events are happening from late spring through to autumn, making it possible for enthusiasts to attend more than one! Whether you want to take part, go along for the festival, or just experience a day out in the fresh air with some exciting rides taking place in front of you, the South of Scotland is the place to be. Our own South of Scotland ambassador Reece Wilson is bidding for Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup series glory again and we wish him luck.

Meanwhile, in case you’ve never been to a cycling event, we set out how it will be rolling across the south of Scotland in 2022.

Where: Traquair House

This sounds intriguing – what is the Muck N’ Mac Fest? It’s a weekend of Gravel Riding, live music, beer, yoga and family friendly activities. All staged at Traquair House – Scotland’s oldest inhabited house which happens to based next to the finest gravel trails the Tweed valley has to offer!

It’s still an odd name, what does it mean? The Muck stands for the mucky, gritty, gravelly roads while Mac accounts for the Tarmac sections of the routes. It’s about 65% Muck and 35% Mac, so you get a bit of everything on these courses.

Once the riding is done there is live music entertainment in the evening and if your friends or family want something other than cycling there is a variety of activities on offer including yoga classes.

Traquair House will play host to the Muck N’ Mac Fest 2022 from 29 April – 1 May.
Where: Galashiels and Stranraer

Galashiels will welcome Britain’s leading male and female cyclists for the first time when it hosts the Tour Series, the fun, free and family-friendly road cycling event, on 4th May. This is the first time the race, now in its 13th year, will be staged in the Scottish Borders.

Just a week later, round four of the Tour Series will be staged in Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway. The race will start and finish adjacent to the harbour and marina and traverse the heart of the Toon, as it is locally known.

Castle of St John in Stranraer., Stranraer Museum
Round four of the Tour Series will pass by the 16th century Castle of St John at the heart of Stranraer on May 12th.
Where: Innerleithen

Never heard of enduro? We’ll help you out: It’s the sport of racing mountain bikes over extremely rugged and challenging terrain. Enduro comes from the word endurance, which these cyclists clearly need! The Enduro World Series Tweed Valley is set to return to the Scottish Borders from the 2nd – 5th June 2022. The event, which brought 15,000 visitors to Innerleithen in October 2021, will once again bring international elite athletes, top cycling brands and spectators to the town for an even bigger weekend of racing, entertainment, live music, local food, film nights and so much more. Get up close to the excitement along the hand-built and natural trails for spectators to watch and cheer on the riders.

International atheletes will be participating in the Enduro Series Tweed Valley, 2-5 June 2022

Where: Dumfries, Kirkcudbright, Castle Douglas

Watch the excitement of three different styles of road racing at this year’s British National Road Championships set to take place in Dumfries and Galloway from 23-25 June. The time trials section will start and finish at the picturesque Crichton Estate in Dumfries with riders heading through Caerlaverock Castle and Nature Reserve en route. The next day it is a 1km technical circuit through the historic port town of Kirkcudbright that will provide excellent spectating opportunities and challenge the racers. Finally, the road races will start and finish in Castle Douglas with plenty of opportunities for cheering them on as riders passes through the centre of town.

Riders will head past local attractions including Caerlaverock Castle.

Where: Gatehouse of Fleet

From the word gravel you can probably guess what this one is all about. Indeed, the Raiders Gravel is a new Scottish gravel adventure ride, held over four days in the heart of the Galloway Forest Park in South-West Scotland.

Over three stunning routes riders will explore the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere, witnessing its stunning beauty and wildlife. Accompanying the competition is a festival with an expo mixing global partners with local businesses showing their wares. Each evening, events including presentations and talks, musicians, poets and dancers will add a truly local taste of Scottish culture.

This competition sets out a mix of adventure, exertion, culture and relaxation making for an unforgettable cycling event in one of Scotland’s most beautiful areas.

Raiders Gravel will take place between 25-28 August 2022 based in Gatehouse of Fleet.
Where: Lanercross Priory

Fancy trying your first cycle event? Then consider signing up for the Cross Border Sportive set to take place on 4th September. Registrations open on 1st April. You’ll start out from Lanercross Priory and have a choice of three routes of differing abilities on quiet roads. First time? Then the Recce is for you – a 30 mile route with a 600m ascent, complete with snack stop! The pressure is off here, ride with friends, enjoy the countryside and have a natter! Or perhaps you’ve done a few and want more of a challenge? Then the 50 mile Raid route should be on your agenda. This ascent of 1100m will take you along sections of Hadrian’s Wall and along the quiet roads of the Borders river country. The hardened cyclists among you will be hankering to try the 80 mile, 2000m Invasion route. Not for the faint of heart, but definitely rewarding at the finish line.

Are you up for the Cross Border Sportive – will it be the 80m Invasion route that captures your imagination?

Where: Peebles

Get into really serious cycling with this one. The Touro, as it’s known in these parts, is a closed road cycle race, scheduled for 4 September that will see 2,500 cyclists battle it out on some of the most beautiful but challenging cycling routes in the UK. This top class event offers riders the chance to tackle the famous Talla Wall climb. The steep ascent takes the rider up to 455m – the kicker is the gradient, which can reach 20% in places! Ouch!

Finish line, Tour o the Borders, Photo © Jim Barton (cc-by-sa/2.0)
Tour o the Borders taking place in Peebles on 4th September, 2022

Where: Hawick to Duns

The Tour of Britain is the UK’s biggest and most prestigious road race, attracting top-tier cyclists, world champions, Tour de France winners and Olympic riders. With the Tour starting in Aberdeenshire this year, Stage 2 will be in the Borders on the 5th of September. What’s especially exciting is that this year, both the start and finish will be in the region. Head along to Hawick to see the riders set off, or cheer them on in one of the many local towns such as Jedburgh, Kelso, Coldstream and all the way to the Berwickshire coastline. The finish line will be in Duns, home of motorsport legend Jim Clark.

Where: Peebles

The Tweedlove Bike Festival is back for 2022, scheduled to take place from 16-18 September and promising something for everyone. This year, Tweedlove plays host to the final round of the British National Enduro Series… which is also the UK National Enduro Champs race. In addition, there is the Bosch eMTB Challenge, a 35km course with a 1000m ascent done solely on ebikes and other big races still to be announced. Expect twists, turns and stunning scenery. But that is not all, and there are endurance race events, a family friendly bicycle parade, trial tracks, exhibition stands, food stalls, and even an outdoor kids cinema night!

Tweedlove Family Ride
Feel the Love! Tweedlove Bike Festival 16-18 September