Power to the pedal as Sportive draws hundreds of cyclists

SOME 500 cyclists will put the wheels in motion on Sunday for the fourth annual Ken Laidlaw Sportive.

And this year participants in the hugely successful event will notice a noteable difference - the route is in reverse!

Organised by the Cycling Club, a spokesman said: “The change was just to give it a bit fruitiness. It’s a different approach to ensure people who had taken part in the past weren’t getting sick of the same route.”

And so as riders depart from the Mansfield Park clubrooms at 9am they will head out towards Roberton, the Woll, Ettrickbridge, Eskdalemuir and Langholm, before heading for home via Newcastleton, Bonchester Bridge and Cogsmill – arriving back at the rugby club some 104.8 miles later. The route includes 10 big climbs totalling 2,422m.

A medium (52 miles) and short route (22.2 miles) is also offered, with refreshment stops along the way.

Entries have come in from as far afield as Portsmouth, Mull and Inverness, with a great number also set to arrive from the Glasgow, Edinburgh and Carlisle area.

All the money raised from the event will be donated to Macmillan Cancer, the Katie McKerracher Trust, the Tweed Valley Mountain Resuce and Hawick RFC.

n TERIES are reminded that tomorrow’s micro cycling film festival is being held in conjuction with the sportive, and all are welcome to go along to the Tower Mill cinema for the screenings of The Flying Scotsman (4pm) and Chasing Legends (8pm). Tickets from www.thebooth.co.uk or the Heart of Hawick box office on 360688.