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Businesses set to meet over Tour of Britain

The last time the cycle race was in Cumbria was in 2013 Credit: ITV Border

Business across the region are being encouraged to take advantage of the Tour of Britain, which is here for three days in September.

Last time the cycle race was in Cumbria, in 2013, it brought more than £4 million to the local economy.

A meeting of Allerdale businesses will be held in Cockermouth next week to discuss the possible spin offs.


Dumfries man attempts record breaking bike ride

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A man from Dumfries is going to attempt to break a world record by cycling 18,000 miles around the world in less than125 days.

Peter Adam Smith will cycle around 200 miles a day and will pass through countries like China and New Zealand.

It's the ultimate challenge.

"For someone who's not a professional cyclist - I'm no Bradley Wiggins - it's the ultimate challenge."

– Peter Adam Smith

WATCH: cycling safely

Thousands of Cumbrian school children benefit each year from bike safety lessons in their school playgrounds.

But more than 100 secondary pupils are currently participating in a new advanced training scheme.

Trained professionals have been taking small groups of students out onto main roads to teach them how to deal with other vehicles, junctions,and roundabouts.

Samantha Parker reports

2015 Tour of Britain route unveiled tonight

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World class cycling is returning to the region this September with two stages of the 2015 Tour of Britain taking place in parts of Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

In 2013 over 70 thousand people turned out to watch some of the world's best cyclists tackle the course including the 3000 metre climb up Honister Pass. As well as boosting the local economy by £4 million, cycling events like this have increased people's passion for amateur cycling.

Exact details of the routes won't be officially unveiled until later this evening.


Cyclists disappointed by lack of bike space on Borders Railway

Cycling enthusiasts across the Scottish Borders have been left disappointed after it was confirmed that only two bikes per train will be allowed to travel on the new Borders Railway.

The region has become one of the UK's top biking destinations, and some say it's an opportunity missed:

Dumfries and Galloway to host Tour of Britain

The Tour of Britain in 2013 Credit: ITV Border

Dumfries and Galloway council says it has secured a "high profile" stage of next years Tour of Britain cycle race.

No details of exact locations and dates have yet been released.

The race, Britain's best attended outdoor sporting event, last came to Dumfries and Galloway in 2013 and was hailed a great success, despite bad weather affecting spectator numbers.

"Members of the Policy and Resources Committee are being asked to approve funding allocations for the Major Events Strategy at committee next week. One of the recommendations is funding to host the Tour of Britain.

The detailed work with the Tour is required to remain confidential at this stage however we can confirm that the region will host a high profile stage of the Tour 2016. If funding is agreed, discussions will continue with the Tour to identify the best regional locations for the route".

– Spokesperson, Dumfries and Galloway Council
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