Local spring cycling 
programmes saddle up for new rides

The Borders Brake-Away and Berwick and Borders Cyclists, informal groups of the Lothian and Borders branch of the national CTC cycling club, recently launched their combined 2014 programme.

Upcoming rides include a 53-mile section of the Borders Loop from Peebles to Tweedsmuir, the Gordon Arms and back via the ‘Paddy Slacks’ C road to Innerleithen and Peebles on Saturday, April 12.

And on the Sunday, the group will pedal 39 miles from Berwick to Etal and back via Barmoor. For more information on the rides, text 07763169896 or email bordersbrakeaway@gmail.com.

A spokesman said: “We enjoy cycle rides at a sociable, leisurely pace across the Borders or further afield, mainly on quiet country roads or good tracks, stopping at scenic spots and places of interest.

“Although we can’t guarantee the weather, we can guarantee friendly company, healthy exercise, great scenery and usually a tea room or two for lunch or cakes.”

And Kelso Wheelers Cycling Club’s Sunday rides resumed at the end of last month with any cyclist aged over 14 meeting for coffee at 9am at the Cross Keys Hotel in the town’s Square, before leaving at 10am to ride about 25 miles, with one longer ride a month.

The club says: “These rides suit all abilities and no-one will be left on their own.“

Anyone interested should contact Barrie on 07769 515555 or email him on sales@all