Feeling as stuffed as a Christmas turkey? The beginnings of cabin fever starting to set in? Fear not, here five cyclists from across Scotland share their top rides for blowing away the Christmas cobwebs.

Gareth Montgomerie, mountain biker

The route I would choose is one that heads from Castle Douglas down to the Solway Coast, follows the coast road and then cuts back to Castle Douglas. It's a 60km (37 mile) route that features undulating roads many of which were used when the Tour Doon Hame was in the region.

Highlights of the route are reaching the top of the 3km (1.8 mile) climb on the B793 and knowing it is all downhill to the sea. The route then follows the coast road back around to Dalbeattie with highlights being the views of the coast and across to the Lake District as you drop down into Sandyhills.

From Dalbeattie the route heads west through the village of Palnackie (venue of the World Flounder Tramping Championships) and on to Orchardton Tower (built in the mid-15th century) via some very quiet farm lanes. The route then continues back to Castle Douglas on more quiet roads.

This was a route I used a lot in the build up to the Commonwealth Games and throughout my racing days. It's full of punchy climbs that replicate mountain bike racing pretty well. I always knew if I was riding it in sub two hours that I was going well. Now I can take it at a steadier pace and enjoy the views a bit more.

Gareth Montgomerie is a two-time Commonwealth Games athlete for Team Scotland and the owner of Studio Velo bike shop (studiovelo.co.uk) in Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway.

Sandy Gilchrist, bike mechanic

My Boxing Day ride is approximately a 25-mile route from Peebles to Broughton over Dreva Hill and return by Stobo. I guess the reason why I find the ride so special is because it encompasses the roads of my youth when I first discovered the joys of riding a bike. Interestingly, it is a favourite ride of my wife Kathy as well.

Starting from Peebles proceed on the A72 via Neidpath Castle towards Lyne Station, passing Edston Cottages (where I was born). Turn left onto the B712 towards Dreva. During the spring, there is a beautiful display of daffodils along this stretch.

Take a slight right near Dawyck to start the climb. Dreva Hill actually has a few separate climbs on it. The road flattens out a bit before you have another short sharp rise. The road is rolling after that as it drags up to a farm where you have a fantastic view of the surrounding area, well worth the climb itself.

You get a little respite from the climb as the road drops quite rapidly leading to a right turn again towards Broughton. The real test begins as the steepest part of the climb comes before you enjoy another descent into Broughton.

The choice then is to visit the Laurel Bank Tea Stop Cafe for a welcome break (best homemade bread) or turn left towards Moffat on the A701. After about a mile you take a left towards Drumzelzier passing over the River Tweed. After another short climb you drop you down past Dawyck Gardens - which has another good cafe stop - if you missed the one at Broughton.

Cross the River Tweed again and continue on the B712 passing Stobo Castle. At the T-junction turn right at what is known as the four mile bridge onto the A72 towards Peebles. You pass Neidpath Castle, which is the signal to start the set up for the sprint into town. The 30mph signs are on the descent which adds a bit of speed and craziness to the finish of the ride.

Sandy Gilchrist has attended eight Commonwealth Games - three as a competitor and five as a mechanic - and seven Olympic Games. He was a mechanic for Team Scotland at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Sally Hinchcliffe, cycling campaigner

It was a few years ago that we discovered the in-laws still had a couple of working bikes in the garage and suddenly our Christmas visits were transformed. They live in Pueblo, Colorado, a city that seems actively hostile to cycling with a sprawling layout and massively wide roads crammed full of giant pick-up trucks.

But Pueblo has one huge advantage when it comes to cycling: its high desert climate. After the endless grey of a Scottish winter, pedalling anywhere under deep blue skies in the sparkling winter sunshine feels like a Christmas miracle.

And it has one brilliant piece of cycling infrastructure: the river trail, which just happens to pass a few blocks away from the house. Together, they make for the perfect post-Christmas outing.

With a little ingenuity, the trail takes us almost anywhere we need to go. Boxing Day is not a holiday in the States so we can stop off on the way for second-hand books, the best coffee in Pueblo, peanut brittle and deli sandwiches so large you need to dislocate your jaw to bite into them.

Running through the heart of the city, the river is a haven for wildlife as well as for bicycles. We've spotted red-tailed hawks, buffleheads (look them up - they're the coolest-looking ducks ever), foxes and even a dead skunk, which smells better than a live one. Fishermen stand motionless in the water, one every half a mile or so. The people we pass all say "howdy" and after a while we start saying it too.

The path runs for miles and miles and once started it's difficult to stop. Only the thought of the long ride back and the short winter days reminds us to turn round before the sun sets and the temperature starts to plummet. We return refreshed, happy that we've earned an evening collapsed on the couch. It will be a sad day when we arrive one year and discover that the bikes have finally been scrapped as my father-in-law has long been threatening to do. Christmas just will not be the same without them.

Sally Hinchcliffe is one of the organisers of Pedal on Parliament. The next event takes place in Edinburgh on April 25. For more information, visit pedalonparliament.org

Chris Ball, managing director, Enduro World Series

Some of the finest singletrack in Scotland is deep in the forests and glens but once in a while, it's great to get above the tree line. Given a cold, dry and frosty Boxing Day, I'd head for Gypsy Glen above the River Tweed.

As one of the longest descents in Southern Scotland - albeit pretty mellow and easy - it's a great place to relax and take in the beautiful rolling Borders' hills and gives you a great 360 degree view across Peebles, Cardrona, Traquair and beyond.

The climb up through Cardrona forest is a relatively easy one and as a simple up and down ride. With only one long climb followed by one long descent, it makes for a good way to take in your surroundings and look across at the densely packed trails in Glentress forest on the other side of the river.

To make it even better, the descent takes you all way into Peebles itself making it easy to unwind with a good coffee in Coltman's Deli if you've got out early, or a late afternoon pint on the High Street if you've been chasing the sunset.

The 2015 Enduro World Series gets underway in New Zealand this March and visits the TweedLove festival in Peebles on May 30/31. For more information, visit enduroworldseries.com

Suzanne Forup, family cycling blogger

On Boxing Day I'd love to be heading out along the John Muir Way, which conveniently passes my front door, to North Berwick. I first did this ride with my friend Morag early on a spring Sunday morning a couple of years ago. I'd not long been back on my bike after a hiatus in my cycling following the premature birth of my son and the stressful months afterwards.

The first few miles were filled with trepidation as I feared that I wouldn't be able to manage the hills or the miles, but my legs felt strong as we climbed up towards the cool shade of Binning Wood and on towards Berwick Law.

It's a low traffic route, provides several opportunities for consumption of cake and you are rewarded with a glorious view of Bass Rock as you come to the end. In winter you can skip the off-road section and stay on the road - unless you want to arrive in refined North Berwick mud-spattered.

I've done this route many times since that first morning with Morag, with friends or my husband and once with my son in his toddler seat, who loved commentating on all the animals we passed in the surrounding fields. My son will be receiving his first pedal bike for Christmas this year, so perhaps next year we'll be able to do this ride together.

Suzanne Forup is Assistant Head of Development (Scotland) at CTC, the national cycling charity. For more information, visit ctc.org.uk/scotland