The club AGM will take place on Tuesday 24th October at 7.30pm. The venue is the same as last year, The Lucy Sanderson Hall, Galashiels. Thanks
This is the 2nd last event in the Club Championship Series for 2017. It's a road bike hill climb starting in Stow. Its a 2km climb with an average gradient of 8%. The Strava segment we are using for this climb is called "Stow Hill Climb Course - Scottish Championships 2012". See https://www.strava.com/segments/2616985
The photo below show's the start line by the town hall (white dashes on road).
The photo below is of the finish. The finish is at the top of the climb (Ok obviously!) where the start of the 2nd bunch of trees are on your right. Where Kev's van is parked in the photo.
This is the final road bike hill climb in Kev's 6 Month Hill Climb Challenge. This month we head back to Melrose for Dingleton Hill, thats the B6359. The start is right on the dashed white line at the bottom of the hill off market square (beside Station Hotel). The climb finishes at the Bowden side of the track at the end of the woods by the fishing loch. The total distance is 2.8KM with a 5% average gradient. The Strava segment is called BT September 17 Hill Challenge.
Borders Tri-Club returned to Galashiels Swimming Pool for its annual Junior Triathlon on Sunday, 17th September. 65 athletes took part. with youngsters between the ages of 8 and 16 taking on a swim in the pool followed by an off road bike and a park run, distances varied according to age group. With competitors taking part from the Scottish Borders and beyond there were some impressive performances. Trophies were awarded to 1st Male and Female in each age group, for results click on the results page
The Club would like to thank Live Active for the use of the pool and Durty Events for the donation of Equipment for use in the event.
August's road bike hill climb takes us to Newton St Boswells. Its a 1Km climb with an average of 5%. Locally this climb is known as the Boaglie Burn. The start is at the junction in Newton St Boswells on the B6340 which is signposted Eildon. Head up the hill past Eildon village through the gate, theres a permanent opening on the right hand side, wee bit downhill then a final push to the top of the next rise. This road is pretty quiet but there is a farm near the top so just be careful folks.
The name of the Strava segment for the hill climb is BT Aug 2017 Hill Challenge, see the link below.
Photo above is the start.
Photo below shows the gate you must go through, your near the top but not quite!
Borders Tri-Club returned to Selkirk Swimming Pool for its annual Junior Aquathlon on Sunday, 9th July. Hopes were high for a nice sunny day, however it was not to be, the spells of rain did not dampen spirits though as 33 athletes took part. The youngsters were between the ages of 8 and 14 and took on a swim in the pool followed by a run, distances varied according to age group. With competitors taking part from the Scottish Borders and beyond (the furthest travelled were from Dundee) there were some impressive performances. Trophies were awarded to 1st Male and Female in each age group, for results click here
The Club would like to thank Live Active for the use of the pool, Down to Earth Greengrocers for the donation of fruit for every finisher and Durty Events for the donation of Equipment for use in the event.
July's road bike hill climb starts at the Gordon Arms pub. This is at the cross roads of the B709 (road heading South from Innerleithen) and the A708 (the road that links Selkirk and St Mary's Loch).
The climb is 4.5km in length, an elevation of 129m and an average gradient of 3%. A much easier hill climb this month, thank you Kevin. Start at the Gordon Arms and head up towards Innerleithen. The climb finishes at the very top opposite the signpost Glenlude. This signpost is on your left about 100m after the cattle grid. So once you reach the cattle grid you know you are almost at the finish.
Again you have until the end of July to get your ass up this climb, do it as many times as you like, when it comes to the end of the month, give your best time to Kevin.
Ive created a Strava segment for the club and its called BT Kev's Challenge July 2017. See https://www.strava.com/activities/1065534602/segments/26220800089
For this months hill climb, Kev has us heading over to the tiny hamlet of Thornylee. Its 1.3km in length so a lot shorter than last months but it comes with an average of 8%. The start of the climb can be found on the A72 between Walkerburn and the Nest roundabout (i.e. the roundabout where you head to either Clovenfords or Selkirk). The road the hill climb is on is an unclassified road so does not have a road number. The hill climb starts right on the junction with the A72 and finishes at the entrance to Laidlawshiel Cottage. The hill climb can also be accessed from going up the Bowland road from Clovenfords. Enjoy!
The Strava segment for this climb is BT Kev's Challenge May 2017 or use the link https://www.strava.com/segments/14765931
Bowhill Junior Duathlon
Today (07/05/17) saw our first junior event of the season take place at the Bowhill Estate, 29 juniors lined up for the annual duathlon on a dry if not sunny day. All juniors completed a run followed by a mountain bike and a second run to complete the event. 1st Male in the 8-12 years category was Rory Laidlaw in a brilliant time of 12m 7secs, 1st Female in the 8-12 years category was Frayja Hawson in 15m 10 secs. Winner of the 13-16 years category was William Taylor in a time of 19m 53secs. Full results can be found here
Border Triathletes would like to thank Down to Earth Greengrocers in Selkirk for donating fruit for all our competitors
Hill Climb Challenge For April
Kev's road bike hill climb challenge is back for another year. 6 hill climbs, over 6 months. All you have to do is get yourself out and up the nominated climb for the month in question. You can do it as many times as you'd like during the month, it just has to be done and dusted before the end of the month. Remember to time yourself and pass your best time to Kevin. (Hopefully we will have a Strava segment too).
So for April the climb starts on the B7009 at the turn off to Ashkirk between Selkirk and Ettrickbridge. The climb is about 2 miles in length and takes you to the top of Woll Rigg. At about the 3/4 mile point you need to turn left, just follow the signs.
Blimey it's September already and here we are on our final road bike hill climb challenge for 2016.
The last hill is set in the village of Midlem. The distance is 1km with an average of 6%. The hill climb is on the B6453 and the start line is the bridge just before the house on the left (see photo below), the climb takes you up through the village and the finish is at the entrance into Bisley at Braidwood Clay Pigeon Shooting. Theres plenty of places to get a well deserved coffee in Midlem, just knock on the doors of tri club members Audrey or David or pop into Braidwood as there's a coffee shop there as well :)
The Strava segment is called BT Hill Challenge Sept16 and the link is https://www.strava.com/segments/13155381
Usual rules apply, you can cycle up this hill as many times as you can make it in September then pass your best time to Kev by Friday 30th September. You must make sure you have passed all your times for the previous 6months to Kev by the Friday as the presentation of prizes for Kev's 6 month Hill Climb Challenge will be presented at the club day out on Saturday 1st October.
Thanks to everyone who has taken part in Kev's 2017 hill climb challenge which started way back in April. Ain't it great getting to explore new roads. Kev will be running this challenge again in 2017 so if you have any suggestions for new climbs for next year then pass them his way. Thanks very much Kev.
the start line.....