Biking Bonanza – Autumn Cycling Events

by Sara Barton, 3rd September 2021
Cyclists on the Border Loop | Tweedsmuir
Biking Bonanza – Autumn Cycling Events

The autumn is all about cycling in the south of Scotland. The combination of stunning scenery, quiet roads, challenging tracks, daunting climbs – it is all there for cyclists of all ages and experience. Every weekend throughout September and into October there is something on offer. From the latest in eBikes to watching Olympians whizz by, anyone with an interest in two wheels will take delight in these events. Perhaps you haven’t experienced a cycle festival yet and aren’t sure what to expect? Is it ok for families? What will I see and experience when I’m there? Here is our guide to what awaits you this autumn in the south of Scotland.

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Where: Lanercross Priory

Things get off to a flying start on 5th September with Cross Border Sportive. Lanercross Priory offers the starting point for three routes of differing abilities on quiet roads. Fancy trying your first cycle event? 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.


Where: Peebles

This closed road cycle race sees 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, a very steep ascent taking 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 5th September

Where: Hawick

The Tour of Britain is the UK’s biggest and most prestigious road race, attracting top-tier cyclists, world champions, winners of the Tour de France and Olympic riders. Indeed winner of a silver medal in Tokyo, Ethan Hayter, has just been announced as lead rider for team INEOS Grenadiers. This year Hawick has the honour of hosting the start of the penultimate stage on 11th September. This is a great opportunity to see world class road cycling at its best. And it finishes off the Hawick Festival of Cycling 2021.

Hawick, Phil Wilkinson Photography
Hawick is hosting the start of the Tour o Britain’s seventh stage on 11th of September

Where: Peebles

In its 10th year, Tweedlove Bicycle Festival truly offers something for everyone. As electric bikes become more an more popular, Tweedlove is right on message with Europe’s biggest E-bike demonstration. Furthermore, there is the Bosch eMTB Challenge, a 35km course with a 1000m ascent done solely on ebikes. Expect twists, turns and stunning scenery. 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!

Feel the Love! Tweedlove Bicycle Festival 17-19 September

Where: Innerleithen

I’ve never heard of enduro, what is it? This is the sport of racing mountain bikes over extremely rugged and challenging terrain – it comes from the word endurance, which these cyclists clearly need! Enduro World Series Tweed Valley is an international mountain bike race festival with places along the hand-built and natural trails for spectators to watch and cheer on the riders. This year there is a special kids section of events to encourage young riders to emulate their heroes. The festival village has exhibitions, entertainment, street food, and there are fringe events taking place around the Tweed Valley community in the south of Scotland.

International atheletes will be participating in the Enduro Series Tweed Valley, 29 September – 3 October