Dig In at the Dock -Press Release
Words: John McComisky
Images: Velo Sportive
Within only one minute of the Dig In Around the Dock Cyclocross race going live on the internet, it sold out of all it's 100 places. The popular season ending bike race returns to Bo'ness on an earlier date of January 4th 2015 for the fourth year in succession.
Last year saw riders from all over Scotland attend the off road, hour long race around the dock area and woodland of the shore-front in the town. This year as well as riders from England, Scotland and Ireland, there will be riders from France and Sweden competing in now what is dubbed as “Scotland's Favourite Bike Race”.
The depth of field in the race is also very impressive with a host of Commonwealth Games athletes on the start list as well as World Cup Mountain Bikers, World Masters Track racers, Scottish and British Champions, all keen to lift the coveted Dig In Golden Cowbell at the end of the race.
Event Organisers David Hamill along with John McComisky will have to open up further fifty places in the race, such is the demand for a slot in the most anticipated cross race of the new year. On the subject of a race entry, the organisers came up with a great fund-raising idea for the town of Bo'ness. After an E-bay auction the boys raised £100.00 for the local Storehouse, and wish them all the very best with all the great work they provide within the community of Bo'ness.
“ We have been completely overwhelmed by the interest in the event, every year the event grows in stature around the UK, and with so much interest on things like Face-book and Twitter, countries such as America and the heartland of Cyclocross in Belgium all sit up and take notice of the event. Bo'ness should be really proud that it has landed on the cycling map, and we are hoping that the local residents come down to support the race just as they did in 2014. Our aim has always been to encourage a healthy sporting event in the town, and something for all the family to enjoy, and it is free of charge”
The event has also retained major sponsorship from Pedalpower in West Calder, one of Scotland's largest retail cycle shops, who will be bringing down their full cycle clothing range at January Sale prices.
Along with this presence, a full list of Bike Shops from all over Scotland will be displaying bikes and their wares on the day in a bikers village, with manufacturers such as Cannondale, Giant and Ridley all displaying the latest kit. There will also be demo bikes available on the day to try before you buy..
There are further entertainments on the cards in the shape of live samba music, commentary and music. And just for the kids the lads are again providing free face painting, fun competitions and healthy hot and cold food available on site all day from 10am.
There will also be the handing out of the sought after Pedal Power cowbells and a race programme full of Cyclocross articles and pictures which will be on sale for £3.00 in the main arena.
The organisers will release further information as the event draws nearer, but so far here are some of the top riders who will race for the King and Queen of the Dock titles in 2015:
- Robert Wardell (Orange Monkey Pro Team)
- Isla Short (Team Thomsons)
- James McCallum (whatsyourmeta.com)
- Iain Paton (Scott/Syncross)
- Jough Watson (Charge Bikes UK)
- Gary Mac Donald (Hope Factory Racing)
- David Lines (Velosure-Starley Primal)
- Gary McCrae (Leslie Bikes/Bikers Boutique)
- Madeline Robinson (V.C Moulin)
- Conner Johnstone (Leslie Bikes/Bikers Boutique)
- Emma Borthwick (Edinburgh Road Club)
Further information available here: https://www.facebook.com/diginatthedock?fref=ts