The Borders first Inter Schools Mountain Biking Championship will take place at Scott Park in Galashiels on Saturday September 29.
The event’s joint organisers: Borders Sport & Leisure, the Scottish Borders Cycle Development Group and Scottish Cycling are encouraging schools from across the region to put forward students to take part and capitalise on the post-Olympic enthusiasm for cycling.
Richard Lord, Scottish Cycling said: “Since the success of the Olympic Games, interest in Cycle Sport has never been higher and working with the Development Group and Borders Sport and Leisure, we are planning to harness this and give young riders the opportunity experience a taste of competitive racing. We are building some really strong clubs across the region that will be delivering regular coaching sessions with the aim of planning more races in the future.”
The Championship will feature races for pupils from Primary five to S6 and schools are being invited to enter as many riders as possible in each age bracket with the aim of achieving overall “Champion School” status. The riders will initially undertake a skills element in Scott Park and the results from this will be used to grid the start line for each race – a Dirt Crit (short off-road race) through the Gala Policies Community Woodland.
Borders Sport & Leisure has arranged a series of coaching sessions in Hawick, Jedburgh, Duns, Kelso Gala, Innerleithen and Peebles to help the riders prepare for the Championship.
Ewan Jackson, Chief Executive of Borders Sport and Leisure, the social enterprise, not-for-profit company that runs many of the sports and leisure facilities and programmes in the region said: “The Borders has been producing world-class mountain biking talent for a number of years now and this is an opportunity for us to inspire and encourage the next generation of riders. We hope to make the Championship an annual event and to use it to help to keep alive the great feeling of achievement that has been derived from the recent Olympic Games.”