Broughton and Back
It came as a bit of a blow to realise I had entered this event on the Sunday that the clocks went forward. This meant an early start from Kirky for my Son in Law and I. However the weather was clear and promised a good day for the event.
We arrived in Galashiels in good time to find 24 bodies had entered the 117km ride with an astounding 60 riding the 200km route.
The event started at the Focus Centre near the Swimming Pool at 9 am. Turning left out of the Centre, right onto Scott Street and right at the Monument took us on to an unclassified road over Gala Hill. About 1.5km after Hollybush we turned right at a T junction to the B 7060. Here we turned right onto the Sustrans Cycle route 1 which we followed through to Cardona via Traquair. Mountain bikes were much in evidence here do to the number of trails in this area. Judging by the number of cars in the car parks they were being well used and we had one or two friendly two fingered waves as we steamed by.
From Cardona we continued on Cycle Route 1 to the back end of Peebles were turned left and headed for Cademuir. Once again following Cycle Route 1 until we reached the A72.
Here we turned left onto the main road and almost immediately turned left to pick up the Cycle route again on the B712. We pushed on past Stobo Castle forking right at the sign post to Dreva. Up to this stage I had stayed with the bunch that had kept at relatively a sensible pace. However, I was about to suffer as they put down the hammer on the climb into Dreva. I was soon shelled out the back, reverting to type by dropping to my lowest gear and creeping up the hill.
Over the top it was into the big ring down into Broughton to the control in the Laurel Bank Cafe. I arrived just a minute after the bunch.
After soup, a scone and tea it was out of the Cafe to the right on the A721. 1km after the John Buchan museum it was left on the B712. Through Drumelzier and Stobo we picked up our route out, retracing to the A72. Here we turned left and cycled into Peebles from where we linked up with Cycle Route 1 again, to Gala.
I don’t know what they had put in my Son in Law’s tea but he was going like a bat out of hell; about 10 miles from the finish my knee conveniently started to play up. I sat up and let him go.
This allowed me to enjoy a relaxed ride back into Gala with two guys who’d had enough at about the same time. We arrived back at the start 4 minutes after the bunch and Son in Law.
A fantastic ride in great weather, fewer pot holes and boy racers. Free soup tea and sandwiches at the end
For those that might be interested Gala CC are running a Sportive on Sun July 3rd called Braw Lads “Baw Breaker”. Sounds interesting-they were telling me that there is to be a 1in 3 climb out of Jedburgh. Two distances 108 and 50 miles