Brave cyclists undeterred by poor weather

Cyclists brave the poor weather to take part in the seventh annual SEStran Megacycle from Penicuik to Musselburgh
Cyclists brave the poor weather to take part in the seventh annual SEStran Megacycle from Penicuik to Musselburgh

Cyclists braved some pretty foul weather on Sunday to take part in the seventh annual SEStran Megacycle.

Dozens of riders faced unseasonal wind and rain as they pedalled their way from Penicuik town centre to Musselburgh.

The event, which is one of South East Scotland’s biggest all-abilities cycles, starts the cycling year in the region.

The cycle follows a 20-mile route to Musselburgh racecourse on a course chosen to suit riders of all ages and abilities.

SEStran chairman Russell Imrie said: “I would like to thank all participants for turning out and braving the extreme weather to take part in this year’s ride. Scottish cyclists are a hardy breed, but many participants were complete novices, including many very young riders who still managed to complete the course with ease. They really earned their medals.”

“Hopefully next year’s event will not have to face such extreme conditions, but, of course, in Scotland the unpredictable weather is a major feature that has to be factored into plans for any outdoor event.”

Thanks go to Grease Monkey Cycles for organising the ride.