Tour de Lauder started in 2012 as a simple conversation between friends, Jerry Cooke and Gary Cameron, who decided to get a few of their cycling obsessed friends together for a day on their bikes. Jokingly they gave the 'event' the lofty title of Tour de Lauder, since they would be starting and finishing from Jerry's house in Lauder.
To make the day as 'enjoyable' as possible Jerry planned the most challenging routes he could think of, 89 miles and a shorter option of 50miles both finishing over 'Col de Stow ' - a 15% plus final climb back into Lauder. The date was set and a few emails were sent out inviting friends along. However, having arranged the day they then decided they should put their physical efforts to good use and raise a few pounds in sponsorship for charity. The Steve Cully Tribute Fund at Chest Heart &Stroke Scotland (CHSS) was a fitting beneficiary - Steve was a Lauder resident and keen cyclist. So £250 was set as a target and Steve's wife offered her best wishes and support.
"The Tour de Lauder is not just another cycle event. It raises funds in memory of my husband Steve who died aged just 42 from a heart attack. One of the aims of the event is to fundraise for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, and everything raised goes towards vital research, support and advice for people affected by chest, heart and stroke illness. But as well as that, every pedal you take is keeping you fit and healthy, building a brilliant community spirit and reinforcing the message that life is too short - get out there and enjoy it!" Rosie Cully, Lauder
In its first year Tour de Lauder had almost 100 participants including world record breaker Mark Beaumont and now just over 600 riders ride the event annually . So far TdL has raised and incredible £195,000 for the Steve Cully Tribute Fund and in 2017 funds have also been raised for community groups and causes via the TdL Community Fund.
Tour de Lauder is a cycling event but different to many others - the focus is raising funds for the Steve Cully Tribute fund at CHSS and TdL Community Fund. There is no expectation to raise additional money in sponsorship but as everyone involved gives their time and expertise for free we would ask that you consider donating or raising money.