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The Ken Laidlaw Sportive

21 Aug 2022

Organiser's Description

Hawick Cycling Club present...


The Ken Laidlaw Sportive: Sunday, 21 August 2022



We are delighted to be able to offer places on the Ken Laidlaw Sportive again in 2022.  Places were taken within a week of applications opening in 2021, so apply early to secure your place.  There is an early bird entry fee which we have held at £20 for the second year.  Early entry helps us plan for suitable start times for entrants and allows us to keep you up-to-date with our plans.

Last year we made several changes to the Ken Laidlaw Sportive due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.  We plan to retain those changes for 2022 as we have little idea of what restrictions, if any, there will be in place come August.

We have prided ourselves on the Ken Laidlaw being the friendly sportive with riders able to meet during the mass start, at the feed stations in the village halls, and at the end to share a meal together.  We are conscious that these are the very situations where the virus spreads easily.  For this reason, we have  replaced these aspects of the event, while keeping the rider support on route to the same high standard.

We will have a staggered start with group size kept to a maximum of 50. The first group is off at 8.30am and the last at 9.45am

Entries close 2 weeks before the start of the event and we won't be accepting entries on the day, even if places remain.  

We are limiting the number of places available to 300, so book early to avoid disappointment. 

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

  • Three 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 route are fantastic
  • Riders are individually timed
  • 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 2022

  • 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 15 minute intervals
  • COVID secure practice throughout based on current Government and Scottish Cycling requirments
  • Ample car parking near to HQ
  • Cafes and feed station on route
  • Route card and gpx file navigation
  • 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


Event Details

  1. Starting from 8.30am from Volunteer Park the riders are set off in groups of 50 at 15 minute intervals.  The first four groups are for long route entrants, the last two for middle then short route entrants.
  2. The total distance for the long challenge is 104 miles, and takes in the Samye Ling Tibetan monastery.
  3. 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.)
  4. The short route turns for home after the Newcastleton feed stop and follows a pleasant but challenging run back to Hawick.
  5. 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 Berry Bush, Swire, Woll etc.
  6. 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 for the club and other charities.

Or follow us on Facebook at: Ken Laidlaw Sportive

Or contact Hawick Cycling Club:

Club Secretary
Hawick Cycling Club
Registered Charity No. SC048782


30 Apr 2022£20.00
07 Aug 2022 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

Date: 21/08/2022

Status: Open

Total Places: 500

Places Available: ??


David Killean


Event Routes