Cyclists celebrate their first decade

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A Borders cycling group celebrates its 10th birthday this weekend, with a 50-mile bike ride and cake.

Borders Brake-away started after Tweeddale hikers realised they cycled too. And on Saturday the group will cycle a loop from Peebles to the Ettrick Valley.

Group secretary Fiona Hunt said: “Borders Brake-away came about when a few members of Tweeddale Ramblers realised that we all cycled and perhaps we should trying cycling together in a group for days out in the area.

“The first ride in summer 2004 was much enjoyed and a programme of rides was put together for the rest of the year.

“Over the last 10 years we have gathered other folks with no connection to Tweeddale Ramblers. There is no formal membership, though we now operate as part of the CTC. I maintain an email list of 46 names to notify riders about what’s going on, plus I also keep a Facebook page Borders Brake-away Cycle Group.”

She said: “We typically get between six to 12 riders out, cover maybe around 50 miles, visit a cafe or two for lunch or cakes, chat a lot and enjoy the healthy exercise.”

The birthday ride leaves Peebles at 10am for RIKS cafe in the Ettrick Valley, returning via the Yarrow Valley.

For more information visit www.ctclothians.org.uk.