Cyclists Support Doddie

The Scottish Borders reverberated on Sunday to the sight and sounds of lycra and pedal power as around 650 cyclists took part in Doddie’5 Ride, the latest mass fundraising adventure for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.

Cyclists of all ages – and fitness levels – from across the country, from the far north of Scotland to as far away as Portsmouth and Ireland, made light of the torrential rain that greeted everyone at the Greenyards, home of Melrose Rugby Club, for the ceremonial start, with Doddie flagging off the riders for the two events.

The first, the Doddie Challenge, was set over a course of 11-miles, taking in Tweedbank then back to Melrose, via Selkirk, designed for families and kids – and the more recreational biker – to take part in the day.

The more serious and adventurous cyclists however, could enjoy the Doddie Classic route, at 60-miles, visiting Earlston, Kelso, Jedburgh and Hawick before returning to Melrose, with various stops around the way to allow for refreshments and punctures.

Having seen everyone off, including many former players and team-mates from over the years, Doddie joined the Classic competitors for the home run on his specially-designed powered bike, a battery helping him with the uphill sections.

“What a great turn out and what a fantastic day,” said Doddie after completing the course. 

“I think there were a few who struggled on the last hill climb – especially when this old man flashed past them. Wasn’t good for moral that,” laughed Doddie.

“I was so taken by the technology that was going to help me compete in the event that I told everyone, when in hindsight, I should have stayed quiet and let them believe it was me who was riding like Geraint Thomas!

“I would just like to thank everyone who took part, Melrose Rugby Club for hosting the start and finish, and especially Peter Winterbottom and his Ride With The Legend team for all the event planning an organisation.” 

"I'd also liem to thank the other Borders clubs who played a big part in supporting the day."

For his part, Peter was delighted with how the day went. “I think everyone enjoyed the course and the cause,” said Peter. “I think when people are saying they are looking forward to coming back, that’s great to hear for this area and for the Foundation. We’ll see what happens.”


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