After weeks (read: one afternoon the week before last) of training, four of us from Precedent Edinburgh donned our Lycra and went down to Melrose in the Scottish Borders to take part in the 90km, 4 Abbeys Cycle Challenge - on tandems.
Raring to go
Organised annually by Tesco Bank, the event takes in a route that passes by four of the Borders most famous abbeys: Kelso, Jedburgh, Melrose and Dryburgh in order to raise funds for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation. Sporting bright orange Lycra and riding in pairs, we caused quite a stir, though sadly this did not translate into a podium finish, as 80km round we suffered three punctures, a split tyre and a seat that kept falling off.
Tyre issues take two...
As the sweep up truck trundled along behind, we finished the final 10k through a combination of running and free-wheeling the bikes home.
90km later - heroes! John Campbell, Ryan Sackett, Jamie Lemon and Mark Baillie with their medals...and a broken saddle.
All was not lost though, as raucous cheers and first dibs on the BBQ greeted us at the finish line, as well as a well earned burst of sunshine. Well done team!