Recce-ing of routes is underway

country road in autumn

Cyclist near stone bridgeCarolyn and Richard were lucky to get beautiful weather for most of their recce ride (for Cycle against Torture 2019) along the valley of the Tweed, from Melrose to Biggar, on Sunday 14 and Monday 15 October. The tree colours were at their best, the river was blue in the sunshine, and cheeks were a rosy autumnal hue also at times from tackling the rolling countryside! But on the whole this is a relatively flat and certainly very scenic stretch, almost all on quiet little roads, and has the added bonus of three lovely Borders towns: Melrose, then Peebles, then Biggar, each well stocked with cafes! Your recce riders concluded it will be one of the most lovely sections of the whole ride. Tweedbank station near Galashiels is near the start with connections to Edinburgh. 

We’ll be putting up general descriptions of each stage on this site with more detailed route information when the ride leaders have decided on the exact routing.

Cake for Freedom from Torture

cake and bikesTraining for next July’s Cycle against Torture ride has started! Heidi and Moira cycled 25 miles from Edinburgh to a wonderful cafe in the village of Gifford – the Lanterne Rouge. Their scones are spectacular but this blueberry cake was even better. What a view we had out the window as we sat contemplating the 25 miles home. We took the train a bit of the way, so that was all right for this stage of the training. Send us your training stories and pics!