The Ken Laidlaw Scottish Borders Sportive
21/08/2011 - Hawick - Sportive
Welcome to the Ken Laidlaw Sportive.
Confirmation of date for 2011 event.
21/08/11 starting at 9.00am
The Full route will be ridden in reverse to last years route with a 168km length, 2 new routes have also been added of 83km and a small beginers route of 35km see maps links for more detail
The full route will take in the climbs of Roberton hill, The leap linns, Woll rig, The Swire, The Berry bush, Eskdalemuir, holm hill, Note o the Gate, Bonchester hill.
The 3 routes will start and Finsh at Hawick Rugby Club where changing rooms with hot showers will be available along with food and drinks.
Hot rolls and drinks will be available prior to the start at 9.00am, sign on at the rugby clubrooms starts at 7.30am
Last years event was rode by Ken Laidlaw who made the trip over from America,
See below for feedback of last years sold out event. http://www.hamishdsmith.co.uk/cycling/feedback-2010.html
This years event will be open to 500 riders, please note no entries will be taken on the day entry link below
Review last years times, this year we will use electronic timing devices http://www.hamishdsmith.co.uk/cycling/times-2010.html
More information about Ken Laidlaw
Brief history of Hawick cycle club who organise and run the event
Hawick Cycling Club was formed as Hawick Bicycling Club in 1881 and is believed to be the oldest club in continuous existence in Scotland. The club began with 29 members in its first year, and changed its name to Hawick Amateur Bicycle Club within a few years. In 1901, the name was changed again, this time to Hawick Cycling Club. By 1905, the club boasted a membership of 148 gentlemen and 28 ladies. The Club presently has around fifty members.
|This picture of some of the early members of the Club is believed to date from early in the 1900's.|
The Club has had some famous members in its past, including the Blakely twins, Bobby Scott and Ken Laidlaw. The latter was a member of the Great Britain team at the Olympic Games in Rome in 1960, and in 1961, he was the first Scot to ride in the Tour de France.
The current club strip highlights its heritage back to 1881