Wheels are in motion for Hawick Ciclista event this weekend

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ONE hundred riders are set to descend upon the town this weekend for the Hawick Ciclista.

Split over today and tomorrow, the opening day will see cyclists tackling the King of the Mountains course – approximately 50 miles with five or more passes, along a route which goes through the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys.

And day two is the more traditional distance of around 75 miles with three timed sections, each one with a different character. This includes going through Denholm, Eckford and Morebattle as well as cycling along the Newcastleton road.

Both courses will start and end at Beanscene with more than 75 per cent of participants set to take on both days.

Organiser Julian Cram of Borders Cycles said: “This is very different to any other Sportive event in the United Kingdom.

“Based on a Spanish sportive format, it combines the fun and relaxation of a mass ride, the challenge of covering a large distance and the semi-competitive elements provided by timed sections.”

The event is raising money for Action Medical Research and it is hoped they will be able to donate more than £2,000 to the charity.

Spar and local bakers will be assisting with food and the Hawick Shamrocks Association have provided a minibus to pick up riders. Feed vehicles are being provided by Colin McDonell and Dave Arnott and other local moto officials will be providing marshals and first aid.

Local band Still Whiskey will be playing a gig in the Conservative Club tonight for riders. Free entry.

The event is due to start at approximately 11am today and 9.30am tomorrow, from outside the Heart of Hawick complex. Sign on will be at Borders Cycles which will be open from 9am to 10.30am today, and 7.30am to 9am tomorrow.