THERE is only one week to go until some of the world's best professional cyclists hit the Borders roads as part of this year's Tour of Britain.

The second stage of the AJ Bell Tour of Britain will arrive in the region on September 5, leaving Hawick at 11am.

Riders from 18 teams will cover a 175km route, ending in Duns' Newtown Street by 3.30pm.

Councillor Scott Hamilton, Scottish Borders Council’s (SBC) executive member for community and business development, said: “The Scottish Borders has played host to the Tour of Britain on numerous occasions and each time the support at the roadside has been phenomenal.

"I have no doubt it will the same again next week."

He added: “We are delighted to have been able to bring the race back for another stage start in Hawick, which provides a great opportunity to see the riders up close before racing starts.

"And in Duns there will be the Tour Village and a big screen to keep up to date on the race as it winds its way across the Borders.”

Communities in the Borders are looking forward to the event.

From Hawick riders will make their way to Cogsmill, where a coffee morning is being held at the community hall. And members of Hawick Cycling Club will line the climb at Cogsmill with fellow spectators, cheering riders on.

The Tour will then head to Bonchester Bridge, Jedburgh, Bonjedward, Kalemouth, Morebattle, Town Yetholm, Kelso, Coldstream, Lennel, Whitsome, Allanton, Chirnside, Ayton, Eyemouth, Coldingham, and Reston.

From Reston riders will begin their climb to Cranshaws and Whiteadder Reservoir.

During the race riders will have the chance to earn extra points, including the King of the Mountains points at Wanside Rig in East Lothian, and Minslaughter Law and Hardens Hill back in the Borders.

On the sprint for the finish line riders will go past Duns Golf Club and Berwickshire High School before arriving at Newtown Street.

Each stage of the Tour of Britain will be screened live by ITV4, and highlights will be available each evening.

Road closures and parking restrictions will be in place in Hawick and Duns, in addition to rolling closures at other locations along the Tour route.

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And visit the Tour of Britain website for route details and timings.