Monday, 27 September 2010

2010 Kingscavil closed road hill climb

The notoriously steep Kingscavil hill will be the scene of a hill climb hosted by West Lothian Clarion and will be on a traffic free road. The road closure, funded by tourist agency VisitWestLothian, will encourage the riders and spectators and helped to make the event unique in Scotland.

Organiser Bill Young said: "I'd like to thank VisitWestLothian for generously paying for the event and West Lothian Council for agreeing to the road closure; This is the second year we've had a road closure and many participants who raced last year, commented on how it made the event special and have already signed up for this year."

This year the club is adding to the programme and including a runners hill climb and a kids GoRide (ages 6-11) hill climb to accompany the cycle race.

Matthew Ball, organiser of the Kid's race said "This is a unique opportunity for children to race on the road in a traffic free environment, we're hoping it'll encourage parents to bring their kids and let them experience racing with a big crown to cheer them on"

The club is hoping for a big turn out again, in 2009 competitors travelled from as far afield as Lancashire and the Scottish Borders. Organisers want to encourage an enthusiastic crowd, complete with bells, horns, whistles, banners and cheers to add to the bag piper who'll be playing at the top of the hill.

Bill Young said "I'd like to open the invitation to the rest of the UK, make it a weekend visit and enjoy cycling along our local lanes including the Bathgate Alps"

The running event, organised by Angus Gallie, will add to he competitive sprit - an unofficial cyclists against runners race. Gallie said "I'm a runner and a cyclist and reckon it'll be close run thing between the two events" Competitors can enter both running and cycling races or enter as a team of two (runner and cyclist)

Competitors can enter either the running and cycling event or both. There will also be a prize for the fastest team of two (runner and cyclist)

Mid Scotland Cycle Association have generously donated £50 for the best placed Mid Scotland rider and Michelle Gregory, the 2009 women's champ, is offering a bottle of champagne to the best placed woman (in addition to the event prizes)

Runner: Male & Female
Cyclist: Male & Female
Nominated Team (One Runner + One Cyclist)
Individual Duathlon (Run + Cycle)

Run entry fee is £5 for Scottish Athletics members (£7 non-members)
Cycling Event entry fee is £8, Youth £4
Individual Duathlon Entry: - £10/£12(non-SAL) - includes Run & Cycle entry fees.

The entry fee for the cycling hill climb is £8. The SCU calendar says £10 but we decided to reduce the price because we felt a tenner was a bit steep (forgive the pun) for a hill climb

All the cycling entry details are here:

Download a Scottish Cycling event entry form here (first one on list):

And send with a cheque made out to "West lothian Clarion" to:

William Young
EH48 4NL

Closing date for the Senior running and cycling races is Sunday 10th October.

The kids hill climb will use the easier climb on the north side of the valley. It will cost just £1.50 and competitors are asked to register beforehand with a maximum of 45 entries

Age categories:
6-7 (inclusive)
8-9 (inclusive)
10-11 (inclusive)

Kids races details

1. Kids Race for Youth riders (under 12) (categories E, D, C)

Still Enter on the day, but we are restricted to 45 entries, so please sign up before hand and pay on the day.

The entry fee has had to go up to £1.50 to cover the levy for members (must show British Cycling Federation (BCF) membership card)

Non BCF members will need to take out a day membership for an additional £1.50 when signing on

Alternatively if you are a member of an BCF affiliated club (eg West Lothian Clarion) you can get free bronze membership beforehand here:

Apply online at (using the Promo code: CLUB4)
Contact membership services on 0161 2742010 (using the above promo code)
Obtain a promotional leaflet from your club secretary and post this to the address below

1. Senior race including:
Youth riders (Under 16) (Categories A, B) (entry fee £1.50)
Junior Riders (under 18) (entry fee £4.00)

Competitors must enter before the closing date (October 10th)
Day membership for Juniors is £5.00, Youth £1.50 unless you take up the BCF offer as outlined above

Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Run: Angus Gallie: ag011c7699[AT]
Cycle: Bill Young: bill.young[AT]
Kids: Matthew Ball: secretary[AT]

Many thanks to:
Visit West Lothian For funding the roasd closure and to Pedal Power and Rapha for donating prizes

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