Cyclists come out in force to support The Prostate Cancer Charity Tour Ride

Hundreds of cyclists got on their bikes in the Scottish Borders and Dumfries & Galloway yesterday (Sunday 4 September) for The Prostate Cancer Charity's Tour Ride, raising thousands of pounds for the most common cancer in men in the process. 

More than 350 riders signed up for Scotland's inaugural Tour Ride, experiencing part of the official Tour of Britain route ahead of the professionals on 11 September.
  
Riders were bathed in sunshine as they gathered from around the country to take part in the event. Participants who took on the 70km Challenge Ride's circular route were joined at the finish line in Dumfries by fellow participants who took on the 170km Pro Ride route, which began in Peebles.

Among those completing the event were the Dumfries trio Euan Grierson, Alan Hope and Scott Graham, and "The Kelso Wheelers": Mike Burgher, Donald Richardson, David Burgher, Simon Gaunt, Kenny Wilson & Rob Ure (photos attached).

Yesterday's ride was the third of this summer's Tour Rides after successful events were staged in East Anglia and Wales. 

Speaking from the finish line in Dumfries, Katie Robbins, Tour of Britain Project Manager at The Prostate Cancer Charity, said: "It was fantastic to see so many people taking to their bikes to raise funds for such an important cause. It's been exciting to bring a Tour Ride to Scotland for the first time and the local people have really embraced the event with enthusiasm. 

"A huge thank you to all the riders who took part today, and family and friends that came along to cheer them on. Please keep your sponsorship money coming in - it's not too late to show the Charity your support and there are great incentives available!"

Following today's event, there are further Tour Rides taking place in London and Stoke-on-Trent to raise funds to help The Prostate Cancer Charity fight the most common cancer in men in the UK.  

For further information, please visit www.tourride.co.uk