Wiggins to race through Hawick

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Olympic Gold medallist and 2012 Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins has been confirmed as among the world class cyclists set to race through the streets of the town during next month’s 10th anniversary Tour of Britain.

Organisers have announced the race will feature its biggest ever field, with 114 riders from 19 teams competing, and Wiggins has cofirmed his attendance as part of his comeback after injury and illness.

The eight-day race starts in Peebles on 15 September, heading through Hawick not long after, then through Dumfries and down to the Lake District, Snowdonia and Devon before culminating in London.

Hawick Cycling Club member Hamish Smith considers it a real honour for the town. He told the Hawick News: “As a cycling club we’re really pleased the way cycling has developed over the last few years. To have the town recognised again, not just from a cycling point of view but from the town’s perspective, is very exciting. We missed out on the Olympic Torch, so it’s great to be on the map.”

He added: “The Tour of Britain have such a terrific marketing set up. They make it a public spectacle and not just a sporting event and the schools come out on the streets to cheer them on, so it’s great for the town.”

Tosh Scott from the cycling club agreed: “It’s fantastic that it’s coming thought Hawick for a second year. There will be loads of people from different towns in the Borders coming to watch the tour on the route, so it’s good for the town as it brings people in.

“We’ve got 500 people coming to Hawick this Sunday for the Kan Laidlaw Sportive challenge which is also a great boost, so hopefully they’ll come back for the Tour of Britain too.”