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The Scottish launch for the Tour of Britain has been taking place against the stunning backdrop of Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries and Galloway - which will be the finish point in Scotland.
Some of the world's top cyclists will be taking part on September 15th, but there is a chance for local people to take part in their own ride the day before as Kim Inglis reports:
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Cyclists of all ages are being given the chance to ride the same route as the professionals the day before the Tour arrives in Dumfriesshire.
Race director Mick Bennett explains what activities are involved in the race build up:
Some of the top riders from across the UK and Europe visited Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfriesshire today, to launch the Scottish leg of the 2013 Tour of Britain.
These two cyclists competed in the event last year and are looking forward to returning in September:
A group of top riders from across Britain are visiting Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfriesshire for the Scottish launch of the 2013 Tour of Britain.
Cyclists from the leading British Team UK Youth will join Olympic and Commonwealth medalist and Race Directos Mick Bennet, along with representatives from EventScotland, Dumfries and Galloway Council and Scottish Borders Council.
The riders will visit the Scottish Cycle Museum at the castle, where staff will show them the huge comparisons between the build and speed of vintage bikes and modern race bikes.