Cyclists tackle A Bridge Too Far

Cyclists took to the roads for an autumnal stretch of the legs in aid of a good cause.

Sunday, 30th October 2016, 07:00 am
Cyclists enjoy the A Bridge Too Far sportive.

With winter approaching, and the prospect of perpetual indoor training looming on the horizon, cyclists from near and far took advantage of the ride out.

Organised by Norham resident James Blythe, and backed by British Cycling, the A Bridge Too Far sportive saw entrants embark on a pedal through the rolling roads of Berwickshire and Northumberland, traversing the border at a number of its picturesque crossing stages.

For frequent riders, a 45-mile route guided them via Kelso and Coldstream back to the starting point of Norham, while for those looking for a gentler workout, or perhaps trying a sportive for the first time, there was a shorter 15-mile option to have a go at.

All profits from the event have been donated to the Great North Air Ambulance Service, which provides vital and often life-saving care, particularly to those in rural areas.

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With valuable mechanical assistance on hand from Belhaven Bikes, from Dunbar, and refreshments available along the route, competitors were able to relax and appreciate their surroundings, while the presence of a chip van at the finish provided a very popular and tasty conclusion to the day’s events.