Ken Laidlaw is a legendary figure in Hawick cycling circles.A class act, Laidlaw was in the top bracket in the cycling world, and had many achievements to his name including riding for Scotland.
Since Laidlaw’s golden days a string of Hawick cyclists, including Alan Richardson, Brian Richardson, Keith Logan, Davie Henderson, Mike Law, Bruce Scott and Rab Scott have all represented Scotland at different levels.
But a new name is now set to be added to this list, in Hawick schoolboy Connor Telfer, as the Teri youngster has been selected to represent Scotland in the international regional road championships. This is a great honour for 15-year-old Connor, who is a real prospect with a bright future ahead of him.
A pupil at Hawick High, he is part of a Scottish side that will be facing England, Wales and Ulster in a three-day road race event in Perthshire next weekend.
Reflecting on his recent Scotland call-up as well as his cycling involvements, Connor told the Hawick News: “I was thrilled when I got the news I was in the Scottish team and I am very excited to take part in the race.
“It was my dad Colin who got me into cycling. He cycled with Hawick Cycling Club and I joined him.
“I do a lot of my cycling down the Newcastle way. It’s a lot of travelling to get there, but it’s well worth it, as I am with a lot of top riders, and this can only help me.”
Talking of Connor, dad Colin said: “Connor is doing very well, and I’m very happy with the way he has progressed. He races with a lot of aggression and this is good.
“Cycling down in the north-east of England has been to Connor’s benefit as he has gained useful experience.
“He still has a lot to learn but he is improving all the time. ”
Colin added: “Connor has got a lot of help from Julian Clam of Border Cycles in Hawick. Bikes are constantly needing fixing up, and Julian has been helping out a lot with this. Connor has a lot to thank him for.”
Rising star Connor is looking forward to the Perthshire experience and told us: “It’s an exciting time for me and I am hoping to do well, and I will certainly be trying my best.”