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Peebles Cycling Club, sponsored by Sealskinz, held their annual road cycle sportive, Tour of Tweeddale in the beautiful Scottish Borders on Sunday 11th September. The 300 riders were offered a choice of either a 50 mile or 100 mile route with the draw of the 100 mile challenge proving most popular with this year’s participants.
The 50 mile route, with its two feed stations on route at Tweedsmuir Hall and Gordon Arms, took in the infamous 20% climb of Talla Linn. Meanwhile, the 100 mile route, new for 2016, set out from Peebles to Selkirk with a cycle up the Yarrow and Ettrick valleys to Moffat returning via Devils Beef Tub back to Peebles.
The Tour of Tweeddale is recognised as a true sportive organised by a local cycle club with great routes, great hospitality, great food, great organisation and above all great value. Unfortunately, they don’t do medals, electronic timing nor t-shirts recognising the majority of their riders prefer the former to the latter.
This year the riders set out from Peebles on Sunday morning, on their respective routes at 07:45, onto quiet roads but with a strengthening wind. The wind was to prove a particular challenge on the 100 mile route as the riders rode alongside St Mary’s Loch onwards towards Moffat into an unforgiving headwind. The route, although being promoted as a self-guided, was well sign-posted and marshalled to ensure everyone stayed on course. The use of mobile motorcycle marshals on both routes offering encouragement, mechanical support and communications was greatly appreciated by both the riders and organisers. The two routes came together at Gordon Arms, Yarrow where Peebles CC had laid on a near banquet for the riders understanding that it takes more than a banana and water to keep cyclists going to the end of the ride. Wanting to fuel the last riders as well as the first Peebles CC have “never knowingly under-catered” for their event.
The first riders began to arrive back in Peebles by 11 o’clock followed by a constant stream of finishers throughout the afternoon after a grand day out in the beautiful Scottish Borders. The feedback received by Peebles CC after the event was magnificent recognising the huge success of Tour of Tweeddale 2016.
A small sample of feedback gives a flavour of the day…………..
"What's not to like about this event"
“Brilliantly organised, great and happy food stops, cheery motorbike support guys, well signed, and a happy atmosphere in the beautiful Scottish Borders. Doesn't get much better”
“Brilliant sportive, old school, very refreshing, see you next year :-)"
“Be proud PCC, really well done, will be back again”
“Your volunteers were a credit to the club”
“Last but not least the amazing value for money”
For more of the photographs from the PCC's Tour of Tweeddale check out their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/PeeblesCyclingClub