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Sisters in the saddle blog: New Scottish C2C route launched

May 17, 2014

It’s twenty years since the opening of the UK’s favourite cycle challenge – and now the two men behind it have come up with a new challenge which could prove even more popular.


The C2C, running from the Irish Sea to the North Sea across the Pennines, was the work of John Grimshaw and David Gray and now the pair have teamed up again for the Firth to Firth.

This new route runs for 122 miles through some of the loveliest scenery Scotland has to offer.

Starting at Annan on the Solway Firth, it heads north through Annandale and Tweed-dale to the Firth of Forth at Edinburgh.

It’s hilly, taking in the classic climb of the Devil’s Beef Tub and the long ascent of the Moorfoot Hills.

And, yes, it really does head north! Check a map to confirm a geographical surprise – Edinburgh, on the east coast of Scotland, is further west than Carlisle in Cumbria.

Most cyclists will want to cover the route in two days, with Peebles the ideal stopover destination.

A special pocket map has been produced to cover the whole route, and there are links to already well-established routes such as the Border Loop. If you don’t fancy going it alone then David and his company Chain Events will be running supported rides from April onwards. What’s stopping you?

Danielle Sellwood, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine


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