Cyclists in a spin during off-season

GALA Cycling Club held their end-of-season prize presentation dinner in the Kingknowes Hotel when racing members, family and friends met to congratulate the past season’s winners.

They also looked forward to the new campaign, which starts in March with the Gordon Arms mountain time trial.

The past 12 months saw the introduction of new races and awards, as well as some old favourites reintroduced.

During the year the club grew from strength to strength with new members joining – most encouraging is the youth side where the youngsters have tripled in number.

The evening started with a meal, followed by the presentation of awards, performed by Christine Johnstone.

Winners – BAR, Gary Robson; Vets 40+, Gary Robson (club champion); Vets 50+, Ian Pearson: Vets 60+, Bill Lowes; Time Trial League, David Johnston; Gordon Rout Hilly, David Johnston; 2up Series, Gary Robson and Jim Logan; Sporting Courses, Alistair Meikle; Continental Series, Bill Hamilton; Handicap Champion, Jeremy Weston; Hill Climb Champion, Jeremy Weston; Most Improved Rider, Jeremy Weston; Audax, Dick McTaggart; Lantern Rouge, Billy Watson; Youths, Toby Dawson and Gareth Murray.

Despite the dark winter nights, there is no rest for members.

Meeting on a Wednesday in the squash courts in Abbotsford Terrace, they bring along either their static turbo or rollers and follow training exercises.

There has been a turnout of around 12 members at every session. Anyone interested can take part for £1.

There are club turbos for use – contact the club for availability. Members also meet at the Old Town Cross on Sundays, with groups leaving at 10am.

The Braw Lads Ba’ Breaker Cycle Sportive returns on June 23, giving participants a choice of two challenging Borders rides.

Club news can be found at or on its Facebook page, where members post comments, pictures and organise meeting up for a ride.