“I’d always wondered where this road went,” I say as we turn out of Peebles and onto a stretch of single-track.
I’m pedalling alongside my guide for the day, Neil Dalgleish, director of TweedLove, the Tweed Valley festival of all things cycling that runs from the 24thof May to the 8th of June.
We’re on a cracking valley climb. The sun is out, the sky blue; fluffy white sheep pepper the verdant hillsides. Biking bliss.
I’m previewing the Skinny, a 45-mile sportive that’s new to TweedLove. The £15 entry fee gets riders a free feed station and official timing along the marked and marshalled course.