The Ken Laidlaw Sportive
20 Aug 2023
Hawick Cycling Club present...
The Ken Laidlaw Sportive: Sunday, 20 August 2023
We are delighted to be able to offer places on the Ken Laidlaw Sportive again in 2023. Places were again taken within a week of applications opening in 2022, so apply early to secure your place. With the demand for places high we have increased the number of places to 400 for 2023 but it is still recommended to book your place early to avoid disappointment. There is an early bird entry fee for the first 250 places or until the 1 January 2023 (whichever comes first) which we have held at £20 for the third year. We want to keep our pricing low in these difficult times. Early entry also helps us plan for suitable start times for entrants and allows us to keep you up-to-date with our plans. We are asking you to create a Entry Central Account to enter our event this year if you haven't already done so. This helps minimise errors and allows you to make changes to permitted fields including transferring your entry to someone else if you cannot attend.
We made changes to the plans for the Ken Laidlaw following the pandemic which we will retain for 2023 as they have made for a safer and enjoyable event.
We have prided ourselves on the Ken Laidlaw being the friendly sportive with riders enjoying the company of others, the challenges we set and a welcoming well-organised event. We retain our now famous three routes and introduced gold, silver and bronze medals in 2022 to correspond to the challenge of the three differnt routes.
We will have a staggered start with group size kept to a maximum of 50. The first group is off at 8.20am and the last at 9.45am
Entries close 3 weeks before the start of the event and we won't be accepting entries on the day, even if places remain.
We will keep you informed of any changes through email to entrants and on our Facebook Page at Ken Laidlaw Sportive
Feature of the Ken Laidlaw Sportive
- Gold, Silver and Bronze routes to choose from to give you an appropriate challenge
- The event is held mainly on well-surfaced back roads with very little traffic
- The views around this Borders and Dumfries & Galloway route are fantastic
- Riders are individually timed with a certificate at the end to verify your time
- Cafes on route and a free feed station on the Swire.
- The challenge takes in the Samye Ling Tibetan Monastery, the largest Buddhist centre in Europe.
- This is an event organised by cyclists for cyclists.
- Early Bird price of £20.
Rewards and Facilities for 2023
- Start pack emailed to entrants prior to the event
- Headquarters and start at the Volunteer Park, Buccleuch Road, Hawick.
- Riders set off in small groups at 10 minute intervals
- Ample car parking near to HQ
- Cafes and feed station on route
- GPX file for navigation, route maps available online
- Well signposted route
- Broom wagon, support vehicles, motor cycle monitoring of riders and routes, mechanics
- Photos of riders made available free online
- All finishers are presented with a certificate with their finish time
- Starting from 8.20am from Volunteer Park the riders are set off in groups of 50 at 10 minute intervals. The first groups are for gold and silver route entrants, the last one or two groups for bronze route entrants.
- The total distance for the gold challenge is 104 miles, and takes in the Samye Ling Tibetan monastery.
- The gold 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.)
- The silver route turning off at Tushielaw. Although this route is not significantly shorter at 80miles, it does take out the final lumpy secion of the Berry Bush, Swire, Woll etc.
- The bronze route is around 55miles in length and turns for home after the Newcastleton refreshment stop and follows a pleasant but challenging run back to Hawick.
- The Event control will close at 6pm, allowing a 10mph average speed.
The Ken Laidlaw Routes
To view the routes click on the links below which will take you to Ride with GPS where you can view route details, see a route guide and download a GPX file for GPS devices.
More about Hawick Cycling Club
Hawick Cycling Club is a charitable organisation and was formed in 1881. It 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 to keep our club running and to support cycling initiatives in our locality.
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|01 Jan 2023||£20.00|
|31 Jul 2023 23:59||£30.00|
For each sign-up, the organiser pays the Service Fee of 4% (min 50p). You pay no surcharge
Dates and Status
08:20:00 - 18:00:00
Total Places: 400
Places Available: ??