THE organiser of the Tour O The Borders has hit out at “idiots” who attacked cyclists taking part, putting one man in hospital.

And Neil Dalgleish says Sunday’s incidents must not be allowed to harm Peebles’ reputation as a top cycling destination.

Following the event, reports circulated on social media that two people, wearing tweed jackets and flat caps, had tried to block cyclists and hit them with long sticks.

Mr Dalgleish, of cycling events business Hillside Outside, said one cyclist was taken to Borders General Hospital after being knocked off his bike.

The incidents are believed to have occurred a few hundred metres south of the junction of A701 and A712.

Around 2,000 riders signed up for the 2017 event, with some travelling from as far as Australia, Canada, the United States and Russia.

Mr Dalgleish added: “Tour O The Borders was a fantastic success this year, and for once the weather was kind too. 

“The riders had a fabulous time and we’ve had countless thanks for the organisation, route quality, scenery and for all the friendly marshals and volunteers. Our cycling visitors know the Borders is a place they are welcome, and where the quality of the cycling and events is second to none.

“So I think a truly special day was marred by some thugs, some idiots. Their behaviour is disgusting and they are a disgrace to the whole of the Borders, let alone their own local communities. What happened was potentially very serious and it’s also potentially a threat to our reputation as a destination, and of course my business.

“We have to make it clear that this kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable – it could have caused serious injuries or worse. If anyone knows who was responsible, or has GoPro footage of this incident, please email us (, or the police directly. We really need to find out who was responsible and make sure this kind of thing never happens again.

“Apologies to anyone affected by these few idiots. We won’t let them spoil a great event.

“Cycle tourism is one of very few sectors bringing new jobs and economic growth to this region, and we can’t let that good news story be threatened by a few numbskulls who think having a road closed for a few hours once a year is justification for assault and violence. That’s just not what the Borders is all about.

Police Scotland said: “We can confirm that we are aware of interactions between participants and members of the public at the Tour O the Borders.

“At this point no injuries have been reported to police, however officers are still establishing the full circumstances.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact officers at Peebles Police Station on 101.”