Borders Brake-away Cycling Group

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Borders Brake-away Cycling Group

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BORDERS BRAKE-AWAY CYCLE GROUP

Review 2019

 

Fiona Hunt

01721 720557

07936 110218

bordersbrakeaway@gmail.com

 

 

During 2019 a baker’s dozen of rides was offered:  a medley of scheduled, changed routes and ad-hoc rides. We welcomed five new riders into the mix and enjoyed the company of many of our core regulars.  

 

Between six to eight cyclists attended the majority of rides. This is a very sociable number, allowing us to get to know new riders and presenting no problem when visiting cafes. Three scheduled rides were cancelled but three ad-hoc rides were added. Two rides were changed in terms of route. The added or changed routes had similar number of riders to the scheduled rides.

We currently have 82 people in our Facebook group and 26 in our Yahoo group which represents 95 individuals (13 are in both groups). 51 have never ridden with the group. This year, 27 different individuals rode with Borders Brake-away.

 

We explored a new route for the Durisdeer teas which proved successful as it was more adaptable for poor weather and there were fewer miles to cycle at the end with a belly full of cakes!

A pop-up café in Heriot on Sundays was very popular and we understand the local community will be running this again next summer. It was so good we had two rides to it!

My personal highlight of the year was probably the ride across to Eskdalemuir in fabulous ‘heatwave’ weather (see photos). As it is an ‘out and back’ route, there is a choice of 3 distances (from 40 to 70 miles), each of which was chosen by someone.

 

For the remainder of 2019, we will organise additional rides appropriate to the weather. Our year will culminate in our usual pre-Christmas ride & lunch in December which normally proves very popular.

 

For 2020, we expect to change the emphasis to more ad-hoc rides as these are more flexible for weather conditions and changing diary commitments of our small core group of leaders.