Posted Wednesday 23th May 2012 –
On Saturday almost 300 road enthusiasts turned up to enjoy the fantastic roads around the greater Selkirk area. The route took the riders through the Yarrow and Ettrick valleys starting with a long yet gentle climb following the Tweed River upstream. But it wasn’t all easy going. Our course designer Pete Laing had some ‘proper’ climbs up his sleeve to turn what appeared to be a gentle stroll into a real challenge. Each route made the most of the network of narrow hill roads linking the river valleys that the Scottish Borders is so famous for. The climb tot-up for each distance is… 47 mile: 4 climbs, 95 mile: 8 climbs. None of the climbs were Alpine in scale but only one is less than 100m vertical and if you check the course profiles, there isn’t a flat road in between, so the ascent total soon builds up. After 2 hour and 41 minutes the first 47 mile rider came into the event village while the last 95 mile rider made the most of the day and took 8 hour and 28 minutes to complete the course.
The Selkirk round was the 1st round of the VITUS Road Sportive in 2012. The next sportive will take place at the upcoming Marshbrook round on the 14th July. Details can be found in our sportive calendar event listings –
The next Marshbrook event is followed by two further rounds, Abergavenny on the 5th August and Ruthin on the 15th September –