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.
A Cumbrian cycle group - that helps disabled people to enjoy biking - has been celebrating the opening of its new track.
The Watchtree Wheelers have raised £132,000 to re-surface part of an old runway at a former military airbase at Great Orton near Carlisle.
Matthew Taylor reports:
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.
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 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.
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.
Over 140 people helped to cycle the distance of the Tour de France in Penrith to raise over £1500 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Carly Winder's 24-years old and from Aspatria. When she was 20, she was diagnosed with cancer. The charity helped her through. She's grateful for the cyclists' help.
Over 140 volunteers cycled around 20 miles each on spinning bikes at Penrith Leisure Centre to raise money for Cumbria's Teenage Cancer Trust.
Here's what some of the cyclists said about the 24-hour challenge:
The Teenage Cancer Trust's 24-hour spinathon in Penrith has raised over £1500.
Malcolm Logan's from the fundraising team. Our reporter Fiona Marley Paterson spoke to him half way through the challenge:
Over 140 people did their time on spinning bikes at Penrith Leisure Centre to raise money for Cumbria's Teenage Cancer Trust.
They cycled the equivalent of the Tour de France in 24 hours.
Their hard work has raised over £1500, which will be used to support more teenagers-only wards in cancer units.
Hundreds are taking part in a Spinathon for the Teenage Cancer Trust at Penrith Leisure Centre.
They'll cycle 3656km, the equivalent distance of the Tour de France on spinning bikes.
The Teenage Cancer Trust provides specialist units where young people can be treated together.
After a journey that covered 950 miles, 81 year old Tony Rathbone and his friend Billy Skipper have finished their cycle from Lands End to John O'Groats.
Tony, from Cumbria, cycled with Billy from South Shields to raise money for cancer care charities.
Tony may even be entered into the Guinness Book of Records for being the oldest cyclist to complete the journey.
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