Mountain bikers battle heavy rain and mud

Hawick Teviotdale MTB members who saddled up for the Langholm 25-mile event on Saturday
Hawick Teviotdale MTB members who saddled up for the Langholm 25-mile event on Saturday
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A SEVEN-STRONG contingent from Hawick Teviotdale MTB took part in Saturday’s inaugural Muckle Toon Adventure Festival at Langholm, where the 25-mile off-road event provided a gruelling challenge in pretty horrendous conditions due to the heavy rain and mud.

The Hawick team – which comprised Mick Brown, Derek Campbell, Stuart Cuthbert, Ged Smith, Brian Ford, Kenny McAllan and Chris McKay – made it to the top of four hills around Langholm as well as tackling the steep single-track descents. They also had to negotiate natural marsh/grassy terrain while exposed to the elements on open moor and hillside.

A club spokesperson said: “The route was not for the faint-hearted but thoroughly enjoyed by our members, and we’ll definitely be back next year.”