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Carlisle charity cyclist aiming to raise money for rescued horseriders

Neil Foster, of Rockliffe, Carlisle, is aiming to cycle 180 miles for charity Credit: GNAAS

A Carlisle cyclist is hoping to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance Service by riding a 180-mile coast-to-coast route.

Neil Foster, of Rockcliffe, Carlisle, is undertaking the arduous journey in support of rescued horse riders, and the work the GNAAS does to rescue those injured in remote and rural areas.

In July of last year, Neil's step-daughter Molly was seriously injured when she was thrown from her horse, fracturing her vertebrae. She was airlifted to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary where she went on to make a full recovery.

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The number of horse-related incidents the GNAAS was called out to last year.

Neil, a former horse rider who now builds show jumps and courses for British Showjumping, will set off from Walney island, Cumbria, and cycle his way across to Whitby in North Yorkshire.

Borders routes for Tour of Britain launched

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Further details of the Scottish stages of this year’s Tour of Britain have been confirmed today with British Cycling’s premier road cycling event set for a spectacular route through the Scottish Borders on two consecutive days in September.

Scottish professional cyclist Evan Oliphant of Team Raleigh GAC joined members of Kelso Wheelers Cycling Club at Floors Castle to unveil the route details.

On Tuesday 8 September, Floors Castle in Kelso, the home of the Duke of Roxburghe, will host the Stage Three finish. It will be the fourth visit for the modern Tour of Britain to the Scottish Borders, but the first time that the area has hosted a stage finish.

Stage Three in Scotland will begin south of the border in Cockermouth, Cumbria, crossing into Scotland at Gretna Green in Dumfries and Galloway. The route then passes through Newcastleton, where there will be an intermediate YodelDirect Sprint, sponsored by parcel delivery company Yodel.

The first SKODA King of the Mountains climb will come on the B6357 in Wauchope Forest, with a second following soon afterwards on the A7 outside Hawick.

The route then takes in Selkirk and Tweedbank before the third and final SKODA King of the Mountains climb takes the riders from Melrose to Bowden Moor. Stage Three then descends down to St Boswells for the run in to Kelso along the A699.

Crossing the River Tweed and past the remains of Kelso Abbey, riders will tackle a short section of cobbles through The Square inside the final kilometre before the finish in the grounds of Floors Castle.

“The Scottish Borders is Scotland’s leading cycling destination, and it is therefore fitting that the Aviva Tour of Britain visits our area on two consecutive days this year, including the sensational spectacle of some of the world’s top cyclists racing over Kelso’s cobbles and into the grounds of Floors Castle for our first ever stage finish.

“The Tour arrives in our area just days after the first commercial services run on the Borders Railway and this will enable more visitors than ever to come and see this world class event.

“Research carried out after Peebles hosted the Tour of Britain Grand Depart in 2013 revealed that the event led a net total expenditure of over £365,000 in the town. We hope that with having the stage finish this could potentially be even higher in Kelso and we are engaging with local businesses to make sure that embrace this wonderful opportunity.”

– Cllr Stuart Bell, Scottish Borders Council’s Executive Member for Economic Development

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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

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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:

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