Kingscavil Hill Climb: traffic free racing for kids and adults
Posted On: 22nd September 2011
Article by: Matthew Ball

West Lothian Clarion have secured a road closure for their race up the toughest climb in the Bathgate Alps on Sunday 16th October

The club wants to build on last year's impressive event where over 70 kids and adults raced up the 0.9km lung-buster, cheered on by hundreds of supporters.

Organiser Angus Gallie says "The road closure means riders and supporters will be on a safe traffic free road, the only thing they have to worry about is not rolling down the steep climb!

"Kingscavil is a week before the Scottish Hill Climb Championships so it will be the last chance for competitors to get their legs into shape.

Supporters will be encouraged to bring bells, whistles and horns to make some noise and cheer on the riders with the bag piper at the top of the hill.

Last year's winner Arthur Doyle says "It was great to go to this as a family. It's the first time we've all been able to compete in the same event. Including kids and youths in these totally safe closed road events is too rare. The kids (7 and 10) want to go back and do it again already! There were some really focused faces on the kids facing the start, but they were lifted all the way by the cheering crowds, cow bells and then the music of the bagpipes to cross the line."

This year's race will be the final stage in the year long Skinny Tyres youth series with a presentation at the event HQ afterwards.

The closing date for the race is 9th October, there will be no entires on the day.

More details on the SC website:

The race would not be able to take place without help from Visit West Lothian, West Lothian Council and Linlithgow Round Table.