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By Fiona Reid
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HUNDREDS of cyclists enjoyed a well earned break in the region this week as they took part in the London-Edinburgh-London cycle challenge.

Moffat Academy was the rest and snack stop for scores of weary bikers on Monday night on their way up to the Scottish capital.

And they were fed and watered by volunteers at Eskdalemuir on their return leg on Tuesday.

COFFEE BREAK . . . volunteers, Victoria Long, Angie Ball, Anne and Ian ludlam

By the time they hit upper Annandale, they had already clocked up 637 miles, rising to 879 miles at Eskdalemuir, from where they headed to Langholm then Brampton.

The challenge, which runs from August 7 to 12, is a 1500km self-supported cycle ride across the United Kingdom, between the iconic capital cities.

It’s not a race but participants have just 125 hours to make their way to Edinburgh and back to London.

The organisers describe it as a ‘test of your mental and physical resilience’, adding: “If things go wrong, it is up to you to use your skills and experience to put them right. If you are tired, or cold, or hungry, we will not rescue you! But when you make it to the next control, you are guaranteed our total support and attention.”

Approximately 2000 cyclists are taking part.

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