The Scottish Borders town of Hawick will host three-weeks of cycling-themed activities as part of its preparations ahead of hosting the Tour of Britain in September.

Taking place between Sunday 22 August and Saturday 11 September, the Hawick Festival of Cycling offers a programme of events aimed at residents of all ages and cycling abilities. It will culminate with the town hosting the start of stage seven of the UK’s biggest cycle race.

Hawick Cycling Club are at the heart of the efforts, alongside Scottish Borders Council, Future Hawick, Hawick Community Council and civil engineering firm McLaughlin & Harvey.

Ken Laidlaw Sportive

The event celebrates the achievements of Ken Laidlaw, who started his cycling career with Hawick Cycling Club in the 1950s. He was the first, and remains one of only three, Scotsmen to complete the Tour de France.

Entries have sold out, but more information can be found on the event’s Facebook page.

HSBC UK | Let’s Ride and Breeze events

HSBC UK | Let’s Ride is a British Cycling initiative that encourages us all to learn to ride, build confidence and meet others who want to cycle. The festival has three guided rides for people to partake in, all of which will feature a trained ride leader. These are easy and free to attend.

Wednesday 25 August (6pm) –  starting from Teviotdale Leisure Centre, 11.2-mile route.

Wednesday 1 September (6pm) – starting from Heart of Hawick, 9.6-mile route.

Wednesday 8 September (6pm) –  starting from Heart of Hawick and featuring the Earlside loop, 15.2-mile route.

Pre-registration is required: visit the Let’s Ride homepage and simply search for the events in Hawick.

Breeze

Photo: Breeze riders are for women by women, and aim to increase participation among females in a safe environment. 

Hawick Belles Breeze Group, established in 2018 by women for women, will also be running Breeze events for female cyclists.

Wednesday 25 August (6pm) – starting from Heart of Hawick, 9.6-mile route.

Sunday 29 August (9am) – starting from Heart of Hawick, 11.2-mile route.

Wednesday 1 September (6pm) – starting from Teviotdale Leisure Centre, 11.2-mile route.

Sunday 5 September (9am) – starting from Heart of Hawick and featuring the Earlside Loop, 15.2-mile route.

Wednesday 8 September (6pm) – starting from Teviotdale Leisure Centre, 11.65-mile route.

Pre-registration is required: visit the Hawick Belles Breeze Group page to sign up.

Hawick Tour of Britain 2012

Photo: Hawick attracted a huge crowd when the 2012 Tour of Britain passed through the town en route from Jedbrugh to Dumfries.

Hawick Cycling Club come and try rides

Anybody interested in joining a cycling club can take part in these four rides ahead of the Tour of Britain’s visit. Hawick Cycling is a charitable organisation run by its members for its members and the wider community. They encourage cycling in all its forms and welcome riders of all abilities and experience.

Saturday 28 August (10am) – Gravel ride via Stobs, Riccarton Junction, Shankend, Priesthaugh. Mountain or gravel bikes are necessary for this ride.

Sunday 29 August (9am) – 40-mile ride, starting and finishing at the clubrooms at Teviot Crescent. Heads to Newcastleton and back via the Limekilnedge climb.

Saturday 4 September (10am) – Retracing part of the stage seven route, this ride will depart from the Common Haugh car park.

Sunday 5 September (9am) – Ride to Kelso and back via Ancrum and Roxburgh. Departs from Teviot Crescent.

For more information, email the club on hawickcyclingclub@yahoo.com.

Time Trials

The Scottish Olympic Time Trial Championships will take place on Sunday 5 September and feature Hawick Cycling Club’s Carter Bar TT course. The details of the route are available here; race HQ is at Teviotdale Leisure Centre.

The club will also host a hill-climb on Thursday 9 September (6.30pm start), starting from Wellogate. For more information and to enter email the club via hawickcyclingclub@yahoo.com.

Cycling Festival in the Park

Taking place over two days (Saturday 28 August and Sunday 5 September), Wilton Lodge Park will host the Cycling Festival in the Park. Come and see the Hawick Community Pump Track, play some Cycle Football, take part in a treasure hunt and discover the many ways Hawick is encouraging cycling. The festival runs from 10am to 3pm.

Tour of Britain teams

Photo: The jerseys of the first six teams announced for the 2021 Tour of Britain: local primary schools will adopt a team each to support on race day.

School support

Primary schools in Hawick and neighbouring village have also adopted teams to support on race day.

Fittingly, while largely allocated in alphabetical order, Trinity School – located within minutes of the stage start – will be cheering on TRINITY Racing when they make their Tour debut.

The schools and their chosen teams are:

A competition involving the six primaries will also see pupils designing jerseys for their respective schools. The best jersey of the six finalists will then be printed professionally.