Scottish Climbs: The Law, Dundee

The Law features as a hill climb prologue of the Dundee Stage Race, run by Dundee Thistle Road Club. Dundee’s skyline is dominated by the Law, and standing 175m above sea level it provides a focal point for the start of the stage race. The Law is no stranger to top flight racing – it hosted the prologue for the Kellogs Tour in the late 80’s.

From the start in Law Crescent, the first part of the route is rolling as it circles the base of the Law with a fast downhill section along Kinghorne Road. The turn into Law Road is sharp and kicks up immediately, holding a steady 1 in 9 for a few hundred metres before the gradient eases. As the road circles north, and then east towards the top, the gradient steepens again until the final bend, where a view of Dundee is visible laid out below.

Taking the yellow jersey in 2009 was Steve McIntosh of Granite City with a time of 4 mins 4 secs. However Rob Wilkins of Stirling Bike Club went on to to establish a lead in stage 2 in the afternoon, which he defended the next day to win the race. The road has been resurfaced for 2010, and the 4 minute barrier is expected to be broken.

In 1989, the Law was the prologue to the Kellog’s Tour of Britain, with riders such as Laurent Jalabert, Martin Earley, Phil Anderson, Sean Kelly and Robert Millar.

Thanks to David Martin for inspiration on this one.