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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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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

The printer powered by peddling pupils.

A pupil cycling to power the printer Credit: ITV Border

A school in Southern Scotland has come up with a novel way of saving energy while teaching pupils about the environment.

St.Michael's in Dumfries has started using a bike to power one of their printers.

The school hopes it will help its pupils, who take turn cycling, learn how much energy is needed to power a single piece of technology.

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Borders biking brings in a million

TweedLove Bike festival in the Borders is aimed at all ages Credit: ITV Border

More than a million pounds has been brought in to the Scottish Borders economy by two major cycling events held earlier this year.

TweedLove Bike Festival, which was held in May, and the Tour O’ The Borders which took place in August, had a combined direct economic impact to the region of £1.7 million. Both were based around the Tweed Valley town of Peebles.

“We’re delighted with this level of success”, says company director Neil Dalgleish. “The events have been recognised as a success at an international level, and visitors have gone home very impressed with our bike trails and our incredible cycling community. There’s something really special happening here.”

Dates for next year’s events have now been released, TweedLove Bike Festival will run from 17 to 31 May, 2015, with the Tour O The Borders, a closed road sportive event, to be held on August 9.

Wheelers celebrate five years of opportunities

A cycling club with a focus on riders with disabilities, is celebrating its fifth birthday by officially opening a new track.

Watchtree Wheelers was set up in 2009 and now has 3,000 members.

To continue to support its expansion, a purpose built training area, set in the Watchtree Nature Reserve near Wiggonby, Carlisle, has been built.

About 200 people took part in a mass ride to celebrate Credit: ITV Border
The club boasts Little Wheelers and Junior Wheelers training in association with British Cycling Credit: ITV Border
It's hoped the new facilities will improve sporting opportunities for everyone Credit: ITV Border

Cycle group aims to a-track-ed more members

A Cumbrian cycle group that's trying to get people of all ages and disabilities into the sport celebrated the opening of its new track today, Wednesday 6 August.

The Watch Tree Wheelers have raised £132,000 to pay for the facility at Watchtree Nature Reserve near Carlisle.

The club hopes to get as many people involved as possible Credit: ITV Border

The group's aim is to get as many people with disabilities cycling and today's event includes a mass ride out by up to 200 cyclists.

The facilities are being officially opened by Paralympic silver medalist Karen Darke, who's paralysed from the waist down after a climbing accident.

Karen Darke will opened with new facilities Credit: PA

The Watchtree Wheelers have 3,000 cyclists a year who come to cycle with the club and use it's facilities.

It's bikes are specially adapted for people with disabilities, one of the only clubs in Cumbria to do so.

200 cyclists are taking part to mark the opening of a new track Credit: ITV Border
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