Saturday 11th April
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Newcastleton Cross-border classic sportives
2 Days - 2 Countries - 4 Counties

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2014 - Just one word: Epic

A big thank you to all the riders that took part at the weekend and braved the awful weather forecast. But bad weather only produces epic stories of determination and triumph over adversity. And, of course, incredible photos! Our official photographer, Joolze Dymond, captured the atmosphere of the day perfectly, check out the event gallery on

Also, thanks to all of our other sponsors including Accelerade for the energy drink and gels, BikeSeven in Longtown for feed station and mechanical support and Saddle Skedaddle for the much needed Broom Wagon.

The event also receives a warm welcome and benefits from huge amounts of support from Newcastleton village including Visit Newcastleton, the Newcastleton Business Forum, Rock UK, Copshaw Kitchen (the cake suppliers!) and lots of local volunteer support without which, the event would not be able to run. And not forgetting all our friends and helpers that come along to help out. Thanks everyone, we can't wait to come back next year!

The Newcastleton Cross-Border Classic Sportives presented in association with nutrition brand Accelerade and Visit Newcastleton.

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The Copshaw Cracker Hill Climb TT

Rapidly becoming a classic hill climb in the area, the "Race to Bagdad" will be held the night before the sportive weekend on Friday 4th April.

Bagdad Bell

Once again riders will announce their finish by ringing the Bagdad Bell, an antique ship's bell owned by Trevor Cambridge, the owner of the Grapes Hotel in Newcastleton.

Starting in the village centre the route climbs 800ft out over open moorland towards Langholm for around 4 miles, taking two-time winner, Langholm Cycling Club's Ross Laidlaw, just over 15 minutes to complete; and the top under 16 rider, Neil Robertson from Newcastleton, finished in a very respectable 30 minutes.

Extra Friday night info:

  • 17:15 - 17:30 Registration (closes promptly at 17:30. 4 cash on the day entry
  • 17:50 First U16 rider sets off. 30 second intervals
  • 18:00 First over 16 rider sets off. 1 minute interval

For more details and entry go to the Event Info page.

Rider Comments

"Thank you for a brilliant event! Loved both days, lovely routes, very little traffic, great organisation, friendly helpers - perfect." Miriam & Graham Adcock.

"Nice scenery, well signposted, mostly very quiet roads, reasonably challenging, well placed drink stops, good supply of cake and very friendly organisers." Kirsty Anderson (English Long Route)