Singers saddle up for New York trip

InChorus cycle team at the Falkirk Wheel.
InChorus cycle team at the Falkirk Wheel.

MEMBERs of InChorus choir put their lungs to a different use cycling 66 miles in one day in aid of their 9/11 10th anniversary New York trip.

Eleven cycling singers from the Peebles group took on the route from Glasgow to Edinburgh via towpaths alongside the Forth, Clyde and Union canals.

Supported by their back-up white van team, they were able to stop frequently for bacon rolls, coffee and other goodies provided by fellow choir members.

After a welcome lunch break at the Falkirk Wheel, they were off racing towards the capital, briefly stopping in Linlithgow.

The weather until then had been kind, but after torrential rain, thunder and lightning, the party limped into Ratho very wet and tired.

Bananas and hot chocolate were called for, and with only a few miles to go the group battled on to Edinburgh.

And with the end in sight, the team produced an enthusiastic finish at the Lochrin Basin.

Celebratory champagne was followed by a quick change out of sodden and dirty clothing, so that they could get back to Peebles for a welcome hot bath.

The event raised £1,500 towards InChorus’ fundraising target for their Big Apple appearance as part of the 9/11 concert, with the choir grateful for the support of its sponsors.