THE clean up operation following yesterday’s celebration of all things cycling has taken place and Galashiels is back to normal this morning.

The world-famous Tour Series came to town yesterday with a host of activities in Bank Street gardens throughout the day.

Talented young musicians from the MacArts incubator programme took to the stage whilst the Galashiels Town band performed a number of tunes in the gardens.

History made: for the first time in our history the women's race follows the men's event.

One hour plus five laps of racing await in Galashiels.#TourSeries

The Great Gala Bike Off with a stationary bike took place and older adults got the chance to try out the Galashiels trishaw.

Other events included an arts workshop for young people, a pump track trial, spin sessions for the over 16s and a cycling workshop for kids.

The main events kicked off at 5.30pm with the men’s race which involved starting in Bank Street then cycling anti-clockwise in a loop along Channel Street for one hour then an additional five laps.

Hundreds of spectators lined the route to cheer on the riders and the race was started by Scotland Head Coach and proud Gala man Gregor Townsend.



Jim Brown (Team Wiv SunGod) won the individual race with team mate Matt Bostock in second place and Finn Crocket (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling) in third. 

At 7.30pm the women’s race took place and was won by Meg Baker ( (Basso Bikes). In second place was Emma Jeffers (Team Jadan) and in third was Jo Tindley (Finish Line RT). 

The event was streamed live on You Tube and has attracted 7,600 views so far.

More photographs of the events in Bank Street gardens will be in next week's Border Telegraph.