Cyclists soldier on towards Leuchars

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After 1800 kilometres, much of it in wet and windy conditions, a team of cyclists from the Scots Dragoon Guards are set to arrive at their new home in Leuchars on Monday.

The team set off from their former base at Bad Fallingbostel in northern Germany on June 13 and travelled through Belgium.

Whilst there the soldiers stopped off at commemorations being held to mark 200 years since the Battle Waterloo and met up with members of the Scots Greys.

After that the team headed for their half way point at the Hook of Holland and a brief rest on the ferry on its journey to Harwich.

Pedalling up to 120km a day, the team have encountered some wet conditions as they made their way towards York.

The team said the hills were also getting bigger as they headed north through Yorkshire and on to Northumbria national park and into Scotland.

They are due in Edinburgh for homecoming parades this weekend and will then head on to Fife via the Kincardine bridge.

They will then take the coastal route through Fife via the East Neuk and St Andrews before reaching their new base, Leuchars Station.

The cyclists, which comprise a mix of ranks and cycling abilities, should be accompanied by locally-based members of the Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry (SNIY) on the final leg of their 17 day-long journey.

Speaking to the Citizenbefore they set off Lieutenant Will Brazier said the cycle challenge would mark the regiment’s return ‘home’.

He said: “The cycle is all about our rebasing at Leuchars and coming into the area. We are all looking forward to getting there and getting started.

“Scotland is our home and everyone in the regiment is looking forward to finding out more about the area, meeting new people and becoming part of the community. We have friends and family who will be there to meet us when we arrive.”

Although not a charity event the cycle has raised over £250 for ABF, The Soldiers Charity. To donate visit virginmoneygiving.co.uk