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The Ken Laidlaw Scottish Borders Sportive

24/08/2014 - Hawick - Sportive

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Previous Years Rating: 95.2% based on 49 reviews

Welcome to the Ken Laidlaw Sportive.

Start time: 9.00am 

This event is organised by cyclists for cyclists, our hospitality is second to none and our success tells its own story.

With well surfaced roads and very little traffic, except for our support vehicles, motor bikes and British Red Cross team, the routes cover the magical lands of the Scottish Borders which never fail to impress and cast its beauty on travellers.

All entrants receive all of our excellent services, facilities and gifts.  Photos are free online.

The Long route is a tough challenge, which takes in several climbs with fantastic views.  The total distance for the Long challenge is 168km (104miles) with 10 big climbs totalling 2422m of climbing which takes in the Tibetan Monastery. (Feed stations: 35miles and 74miles).

The Short route, 74km challenge (46miles) follows 35miles of the long route and then turns off for the feed station. There are 5 big climbs totalling 1557m, see maps links for more details.

The Long route will take in the climbs of Bonchester Hill; The Note o' the Gate; Holm Hill; Eskdalemuir; The Berry Bush; The Swire; Woll Rig and The Leap Linns.  The Berry Bush and Swire are part of the Gordon Arms Trophy Hilly TT course.

The Short route turns for home after the Newcastleton feed stop and follows a pleasant but challenging run back to Hawick.

The two routes will Start and Finish at Hawick Rugby Club where changing rooms with hot showers will be available along with food and drinks.

The Event Village - again at the excellent facilities of Hawick Rugby Club - hosts the Grand Depart, where hot rolls and drinks will be available prior to the start at 9.00am.

Sign-on at the Rugby clubrooms starts at 7.30am.


This years event will be open to 500 riders, please note no entries will be taken on the day entry link below:

More information about Ken Laidlaw

Brief history of Hawick Cycling 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.

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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

Event Website

HQ/Start Address
Address Line 1 Hawick Rugby Club
Address Line 2 Mansfield Road
Town Hawick
County Borders Region
Postcode TD9 8AW
Event Facilities
Adequate Car Parking Facilities Adequate Car Parking Facilities
Changing Rooms Changing Rooms
Showers Showers
Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event) Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event)
Sign-on at HQ Sign-on at HQ

Support for Participants
Route card with emergency contact details Route card with emergency contact details
SAG wagon following laster rider(s) SAG wagon following laster rider(s)

Organiser Details
Name Ken Laidlaw Sportive
Email Email Hidden
County Borders Region
Postcode TD9 8AW

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