Tour of Britain in Borders and Cumbria

Britain's most prestigious cycling event has swept through the region attracting thousands of spectators over 2 days.

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Tour of Britain heads to southern Scotland

The Tour of Britain returns to the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway for the second year in succession on Tuesday.

Stage three of Britain's biggest race will leave Jedburgh on Tuesday morning, with competitors tackling a day full of challenging mountain climbs.

Cyclists will head through Hawick, before passing St Mary's Loch, clipping Moffat and onto the two sprints in Lochmaben and Dumfries.

The Tour then heads out of Dumfries to New Abbey, Beeswing, Mabie forest and Cargenbridge.

Riders will then head over the river Nith and back into Dumfries for the final sprint over the finish line on Dumfries Whitesands.

On Wednesday, competitors will start from Carlisle before heading through Shap, Kendal, Oxenholm and Kirkby Lonsdale before moving south towards Blackpool.

"It's a hugely exciting day for the whole of the South of Scotland. The timing couldn't have been better, right off the back of the Olympics and the Tour de France with the big names all coming to the South of Scotland it really will be fantastic.There will be an immediate impact on the local economy but I see a legacy, putting the Borders and the South on the map as a destination for cyclists.

Seven hundred thousand visitors are already attracted to cycling and mountain biking in the South of Scotland every year. It's huge.

– Riddell Graham, Director of partnerships Visit Scotland
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