Entries are now open for the second year of the Braw Lads Baw' Breaker. The event will this year feature two distance options of: 50 mile and 109 mile.
Hosted by the Gala Cycling Club the event starts in the Scottish Borders town of Galashiels. The route rolls along the quiet back roads to Innerleithen, Heriot, and Stow. From Stow you encounter the famous hill climb used for the club's Time Trial and 2012 Scottish National Hill Climb Championship. From the top you continue to Langshaw where the two routes split. The short route heads home via Ellwyn Glen, Bottle Bridge and back to Galashiels. The long route goes over the climb at Mosshouses heading for Earlston and adding an extra climb through Redpath before heading for the stunning vantage point of Scotts View. The descent through Dryburgh and head for St Boswells and Maxton.The route now winds itself past Nisbet heading for Morebattle and Hownam. From here you have some significant climbs over to Jedburgh and Lanton. Finally the route heads home via Denholm, Lilliesleaf, Midlem, the Eildon Hills and Melrose.
Full details can be found here:
- Long route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/26851600
- Short route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/26850848
Start and Finish at Focus Centre Galashiels, with parking, changing rooms, and showers post event. Feeding stations on both routes and also available after finishing the event. Suitable for all with a basic level of fitness.
Short 50 mile route £15
Long 109 mile route £15
You will need appropriate clothing including helmet, adequate food and water plus a bike repair kit.