Home to some of the world’s best cycling the Scottish Borders aims to offer Border cyclists the best possible start in the sport. Live Borders in partnership with the National Governing Body, Scottish Cycling and local clubs hosts the Borders Cycling Development Group.

The Development Group has a programme of events and activities aimed at promoting the development of the sport by supporting clubs, coaches, participants, events, officials and facilities.  Along with encouraging coach and officials education the group supports the following programmes, more information can be found on our player Pathway Page:


Advanced Rider Development Squad 2019

Live Borders annual cycling programme the Advanced Rider Development Squad, known as ‘ARDS,’ is on the lookout for new members.

Lead Coach at Live Borders Chris Bryant is seeking to recruit young bike riders who are currently in primary 7 to help them keep cycling whilst transitioning into high school.

Young riders meet weekly in Tweedbank for training and group rides aimed at developing skills on and off the bike that are fundamental to develop as a cyclist or racer.

As they transition into high school it is often a time the intensity of racing intensifies, and it is important for young people to have a group of peers that share an interest.

The Live Borders team is looking for expressions of interest from new riders for the 2019/20 group.

As well as helping several current national champions, ARDS is about enjoying time on a bike and learning for any enthusiastic bike rider.

“The programme isn’t set on creating athletes, but on giving good advice and support to riders who want to develop,” says Chris Bryant, Live Borders Lead Coach and Scottish Cycling’s regional MTB coach.

“It might be that some riders just love riding bikes and others need some structure or knowledge about off-bike training. By mixing riders from a variety of areas of the Borders, we have had great success with young athletes returning as volunteers to support our programme, others taking on challenging races at a national level and others still taking their skill and love for cycling to keep healthy or volunteer at local charities."

New riders will start Friday 3 May. Sessions are 15:00 to 16:30 or 16:30 to 18:00 at Tweedbank. For more information, contact


And all this leads to adult participation and lifelong enjoyment through our network of clubs.

For more information contact Cycling Development Officer