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The Ken Laidlaw Sportive

23 Aug 2020

Organiser's Description

Hawick Cycing Club present...


The Ken Laidlaw Sportive: 23 August 2020

Features of the Ken Laidlaw Sportive in the Scottish Borders


  • The event is held mainly on well-surfaced back roads with very little traffic
  • The views around this Borders route are fantastic
  • All riders start together with a parade of cyclists with a lead car through Hawick
  • We Use electronic timing. 
  • The challenge takes in the Samye Ling Tibetan Monastery, the largest Buddhist centre in Europe.
  • This is an event organised by cyclists for cyclists. We know what facilities cyclists need at these events, and we provide them.
  • Enter through Entry Central for £27 or for £37 on the day.

Rewards and Facilities for 2020


  • First class facilities at Hawick Rugby Club, including showers and changing rooms
  • A hot meal at the finish provided in the club, free to all riders
  • Lavishly stocked village hall feed stations on all three routes
  • All entrants receive our excellent services and benefits
  • Photos of riders made available free online
  • Route card and gpx file navigation
  • Well signposted route
  • Broom wagon, support vehicles, motor cycle monitoring of riders and routes, mechanics
  • Finishers and times posted on the Ken Laidlaw Sportive Facebook page 

Event Details


  1. Starting at 9am from Hawick Rugby Club, the total distance for the long challenge is 104 miles, and takes in the Samye Ling Tibetan monastery.
  2. The long route takes 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.)
  3. The short route turns for home after the Newcastleton feed stop and follows a pleasant but challenging run back to Hawick.
  4. The middle route turning off at Tushielaw. Although this route is not significantly shorter than the long route, it does take out the final lumpy secion of the Woll etc.
  5. The Start and finish is at Hawick Rugby Club where changing etc will be provided.
  6. The Event Village - again at the excellent facilities of Hawick Rugby Club - hosts the Grand Depart, where hot rolls and drinks are available at extra cost prior to the start at 9am. Sign on is at 7.30am.
  7. Event control will close at 7pm, allowing a 10mph average speed.


The Routes


More about Hawick Cycling Club

Hawick Cycling Club was formed in 1881 and is one of the oldest clubs in the country.  Ken Laidlaw is a life member and has ridden the event although he now lives in America.  Ken competed in the Tour de France in 1961 and was the first Scot to complete the gruelling 3 week course.  We celebrate his achievements each year with this sportive while raising money for charity.

For further information about the Ken Laidlaw Sportive visit www.kenlaidlawsportive.co.uk

Or follow us on Facebook at: Ken Laidlaw Sportive

Or contact Hawick Cycling Club:

Club Secretary
Hawick Cycling Club
Registered Charity No. SC048782


16 Aug 2020£27.00

For each sign-up, the organiser pays the Service Fee of 4% (min 50p). You pay no surcharge

Dates and Status

Date: 23/08/2020

Status: Open

Total Places: 450

Places Available: ??



David Killean


Hawick Rugby Football Club, Mansfield Park, Mansfield Road, Hawick, TD9 8AW