Cream of the cycling crop in Bo’ness

Dig in at the Dock
Dig in at the Dock

A bumper 150-strong field will turn out on Sunday to contest the fourth ‘‘Dig in at the Dock’’ cyclocross.

The one-day, one-off event has already become a firm favourite New Year clash which pitches top pro riders against the cream of the amateur ranks in a no holds barred chase around the Bo’ness foreshore.

Organised and promoted locally by John McComisky and his team, this is a cycling event which promises thrills, spills and action for all the family.

And for anyone with even a slight interest in cycling it is a ‘‘must see’’ event.

Sponsored by Pedalpower, West Calder, the ‘‘Dig’’ also offers trade stalls from manufacturers Giant, Cannondale and Ridley who will be showing the best goods that pro cycling can offer.

There will be li ve commentary of the race and the Sambalistic band will drum up the crowd to support the riders.

A collectable event programme - complete with free cowbell - will be available and there are side events for the young and not so young as well as a grand raffle to finish the day off in style.

Renowned former Scottish cycle champion Jimmy Smellie of Bo’ness has put up a prize for the best young rider and is keen to see that prize stay in the town.

Said John McComisky: ‘‘Bo’ness foreshore is the place to be on January 4.

‘‘It’s a fast and challenging course and we are looking forward to an exciting race.’’

The fun starts at 11am with the main race being flagged off at 1pm.

The presentation of prizes will be made immediately afterwards.