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
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.....
This months hill climb is a bit longer than usual, 4.1km and includes a wee bit of downhill but the view at the top is the best in the Borders. Start at Clintmains and finish at Scott View.
The start line is the junction where you turn off the Kelso St Boswells road (B6404), signposted for Clintmains and Scotts View. Finish at the car park at the top.
Starve segment is https://www.strava.com/segments/12784135
This month Kevin has us climbing up "The Swire" but from the Yarrow Valley not the Ettrick Valley. So directions are head out the A708 from Selkirk going towards St Mary's Loch. At Yarrow on the left hand side there is a wee unclassified road connecting the Yarrow and Ettrick Valley. It's signposted Ettrick. The hill climb starts on the wee stone bridge and the hill climb finishes at the cattlegrid right at the very top. The length of the climb is 2.3km with a 7% average gradient. The Strava segment is https://www.strava.com/segments/12519135
Remember you can do it as many times as you like during the month of July then at the end of the month pass you best time to Kev. Happy climbing folks.
Today saw the 2nd of our 3 Junior events for 2016, with 39 juniors taking part in the Aquathon held at Galashiels pool. Great fun was had by all, the winners were:
1st Girl - Holly D'Agrosa
1st Boy - Iain Haldane
1st Girl - Isla Paterson
1st Boy - Alex Read
1st Girl - Eva Nobile
1st Boy - Gregor Collins
1st Girl - Sally Jack
1st Boy - Jake Shepherd
1st Girl - Lindsay Jack
1st Boy - Jack Nobile
Full Results are on our Results Page
June's road bike hill climb challenge takes us to Harden Hill which is about 2 miles away from Roberton. To get there either go through Hawick, probably best to go through Wilton Park. It's Tarmac all the way and keeps you away from the A7. The climb starts on the B711 at the junction which is signposted to Harden and Borthwickshiels. It finishes at the top at the junction which is signposted left to Alemoor and Tushielaw. The climb is 2.9km in length so a bit longer than last months. The Strava segment for this climb is https://www.strava.com/routes/5213123 Enjoy!
Below is the start line
Below is the finish line.
Today saw the first f our 2016 Junior Events, the Bowhill Junior Duathlon. A great turn out on a beautiful day.
Winners of the 8-12years race were:
Rory Laidlaw for the Boys
Esme Minto for the Girls
Winners of the 13-16years race were:
William Taylor for the Boys
Elena McGorum for the Girls
Full Results can be found here or by clicking on our results page.
Well done to all who took part and a big thank you to all our brilliant marshalls, we couldn't do it without you.
Our next junior event is the Galashiels Aquathon on 12th June 2016.
This year Kev is once again organising a road bike hill climb challenge for 2016. For those new to the club its a road bike hill climb challenge, starting in April and finishing in September. Every month Kev chooses a climb then you have that month to get your ass up it. You can go up it as many times as you want during the month, at the end of each month pass your best time to Kev. In September the King & Queen of the mountains will be revealed. This is a great way to get you out cycling on different Borders roads.
So Aprils hill climb will be in Lauder. It's going to start at the junction of Mill Wynd and the road to Gala. (This road does not have a road number but it is the road that goes from Lauder through Langshaw and joins the B6374 in Galashiels). The climb is 2.1km in length and goes past the cemetery, the golf club and Woodend Farm. It finishes at the brow of the hill just through the trees. The finish line is in line with the Southern Upland Way Post on the left hand side at the top of the hill.
For those of you on Strava, a segment has been created and its called BTC April 2016 Hill Climb. See https://www.strava.com/segments/11739640
The Junior Bowhill MTB Duathlon and the Junior Galashiels Triathlon are now open for online entries. Go to the KIDS page for all the info and how to enter.
Just a wee reminder that club membership subs are due this month, still a bargain at either £15 or £6, you can renew here.
Tuesday 29th September saw the junior members take part in a mini triathlon at Gala Swimming pool. There were two age groups and the race was hotly contested.
1st in the Age 9-10 Category was Ethan Blaen in a time of 17mins 17 secs. 2nd was Aaron Little in a time of 19mins 34 secs
1st in the Age 8 Category was Oliver Little in a time of 16mins 57 secs. 2nd was Innes Little in a time of 18mins 48 secs