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After the shenanigans down South I'd like to say a thank you to the TOURO organisers and fellow riders on Sunday at the ride out of Peebles. Conditions were terrible but everyone kept a smile and riders I tagged along with were very friendly and moderated their descending to allow for the wet conditions. The feed stop at Ettrick had great soup and the mac-cheese at Peebles at the end was very welcome. It's a good length for this time of year as many Sunday riders are still finding our legs. There was also some local support and encouragement - I think the Borders sees cycling as a significant economic resource to be encouraged - no sign of NIMBYism yesterday. Bring on 2014 - I just hope the closed road status does not push the cost up too much.

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SamShaw [265 posts] 3 years ago
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I'd agree with the comments about the Borders - they're a fantastic place to cycle, quiet roads and the locals are more than welcoming. I've done the Ken Laidlaw sportive twice now and both times have been impressed.

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laraichean [1 post] 3 years ago
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Epic day - check out the pics. Who'd have thought a sportive could become an extreme sport...

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tour-o-the-Borders/107260996067798?id=107...

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srphotos [9 posts] 3 years ago
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What a ride!

Definitely the harshest conditions I've ever ridden in, but I will certainly be back next year.

The organisation was fab, the welcome at Etterick Bridge was just what was needed and the spirit of all the riders made it a great experience.

Here's my blog from Sunday.

http://wp.me/p2n3g3-6g