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In year two and subsequent years, the start and finish point was moved to Melrose rugby club and the event became a single discipline cycling event with 45k or 90k route options collecting two or four Abbeys respectively. The event was renowned as one of the hilliest in the challenge calendar with over 4000m of ascent. A hub was built on the council owned “Greenyards” adjacent to Melrose RFC and provided a fully inclusive service of breakfast, Hog Roast BBQ, award ceremony and after party. In the final year in 2014, Jamie Andrew, a quadruple amputee, completed the 90k 4 Abbey Route.
- Cycle event
- Two routes of 45k or 90k
- 10k Eilden Hills hike available
- Three fully supported check points
- Three beneficiary charities nominated by Tesco Bank
- Costs sponsored by Tesco Bank allowing all money raised to go directly to the charities
Who Was it For
Initially, the event was exclusive to Tesco Bank employees, friends and family. Tesco Bank have four locations. A head office in Edinburgh and three call centres in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle. In 2014, the event was opened up to the wider public.