LAST week, Gala Cycling Club and Kelso Wheelers joined forces to reintroduce the Border Trophy.
Both clubs hosted a 10-mile TT on their own respective courses with the combined times of the clubs’ first 10 riders times used to find the winners.
On Monday in Kelso, a field of 33 riders enjoyed fine conditions, with Gary Robson (Gala CC) winning in 21 minutes and 57 seconds, followed by Kelso duo Kenny Darling and Michael Burgher.
On Wednesday, racing returned to Galashiels for round two with a large entry of 45 riders taking part. Again it was Robson, Darling and Burgher taking the top three spots, but it was the Wheelers who rode off victorious.
With the success of this year’s competition, it is hoped to expand next year and include more clubs.
This is not possible without the unsung heroes of both clubs who help marshal, sign on, organise teas, numbers and timekeeping. Both clubs thank all those who make the racing possible.
Top Tens – Kelso: 1, G. Robson (Gala) 21 minutes and 57 seconds; 2, K. Darling (Kelso Wheelers) 22.22; 3, Michael Burgher (KW) 23.03; 4, D. Burgher (KW) 23.08; 5, S. Rowley (Berwick Wheelers) 23.13; 6, J. Smith (KW) 23.15; 7, J. Logan (G) 23.32; 8, D. Walker (KW) 23.36; 9, S. Balfour (Edinburgh RCC) 23.39; 10, D. Kirkham (Musselburgh RCC) 23.41.
Gala: G. Robson (G) 21.51; 2, K. Darling (KW) 22.01; 3, M. Burgher (KW) 22.18; 4, R. Laidlaw (KW) 22.28; 5, H. McLean (Lab Rats) 22.37; 6, D. Burgher (KW) 22.45; 7, J. Logan (G) 22.50; 8= J. Smith (KW), D. Walker (KW) 22.57; 10, S. Rowley (BW) 22.03.
First 10 riders overall: 1, Kelso Wheelers (3 hours, 58 minutes 43 seconds + 3.52.03 = 7.50.46; 2, Gala CC (4 hours, 8 minutes 32 seconds + 3.58.58 = 8.07.30).
ON Sunday the club is holding its Braw Lad Ba’ Breaker Cycle Sportive, where a choice of two distances – 50 miles and 109 miles – will see the riders take on some breathtaking quiet country roads, with the added challenge of interesting climbs.
Starting in Gala and heading towards Peel and Innerleithen, they ride past the Piper’s Grave to Heriot. Then it’s down to Stow where they climb the infamous Stow Hill Climb, this years National Championship Climb, over Langshaw to Earlston, through Redpath and up Reppith Rig towards Scott’s View. They then continue to Nisbet, then it’s to Morebattle and Hownam to Jedburgh and up Lanton Hill – a real toughie – Denholm, Lilliesleaf, Midlem, passing the Eildon Hills, Melrose and back home to Gala. Entry and more details can be found at www.galacc.co.uk, along with full results from the Border Trophy Races.
Next Wednesday is a 25-mile TT on the A7, sign on from 6.20pm, numbers 6.45pm, race at 7pm.
ON Monday night, 15 riders took part in the Continental Hill climb on the Hume Castle route in perfect conditions. Kenny Darling made the most of it, finishing with a time of 15.22.
Other results: 2, R. Laidlaw 15.49; 3, C. Stevenson 16.03; 4, J. Smith 16.07; 5, D. Burgher 16.17; 6, M. Burgher 16.47; 7, I. McKenzie 17.06; 8, D. Richardson 17.45; 9, A. Pogson 18.18; 10, G. Ford 19.08; 11, R. Connell 19.19; 12, I. Fairley 20.06; 13, A. Ker 22.39; 14, R. Smith 24.49; 15, D. Whitecross 26.39.
On Monday riders converge on the 10-mile Birgham Course, please sign in no later than 6.30pm at Woodside Park.