Bike action returns to Bo’ness foreshore

280112 "Dig in at the dock" cyclocross event at boness.
280112 "Dig in at the dock" cyclocross event at boness.
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MAKE tracks to the Bo’ness foreshore this Sunday, January 6, for the popular Dig In Around the Dock cyclo-cross race, featuring several illustrious riders and offering free family fun.

The original 100 entry spots were snapped up online in just four hours, with organisers David Hamill and John McComisky opening up 38 extra spaces on the start grid.

They hope there’ll be a great local crowd to cheer on the competitors in the off-road, hour long end-of-season race, who hail from Linlithgow, Torphichen, South Queensferry plus as far afield as New Zealand!

Among them are several 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games hopefuls, including former Scottish champion David Lines from Falkirk.

Under starters orders will be last year’s male and female champions, Commonwealth Games bronze medallist in Melbourne, James McCallum, and Eileen Roe, who races for the Commonwealth Games team.

Also lining up is Robert Wardell, who does cross country mountainbike racing all over the world and is one of the top competitors in Britain.

Entertainment starts at noon, with the race from 2-3pm followed by an awards ceremony.

It’s free for spectators and 100 cow bells will also be distributed by headline sponsors Pedal Power of West Calder to help spur the performers into action!

Trackside entertainment includes free facepainting and music from Sambalistic plus a DJ.

Local bike riders can take advantage of a free tune up service plus complimentary safety lights from Edinburgh cycle charity Bikestation.

There’ll be a January sale of cycling goods in the trade village with a host of top Scots bike shops present. Refreshment providers include Absolutely Sweet of Bo’ness.

Rob Storey is opening up the Bo’ness Chiropractic and Sports Massage practice in Market Square for anyone with pre or post race strains to get a free check.

Bo’ness cycling legend Jimmy Smellie – as well as helping organise the event – has put up a best junior rider cash prize, and the best male and female riders will go home with £100.

There will be course crossing points that will be marshalled and dog walkers are advised to have their pets on a lead for the race 
duration.

Event details and a course map are online at http://www.facebook.com/events/433919666670808/