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Bikers from around the world in the Scottish Borders

One of the biggest downhill mountain biking races in the UK is to be held in the Borders this weekend.

The opening round of the iXS European Downhill Cup comes to Innerleithen on Saturday and Sunday.

Around 300 competitors, including some of the world's best riders, will take part in a specially constructed track through Traqhuair Forest.

Organisers expect around 3,000 spectators to watch the event.

A top level cycling event is also being held in Dumfries, as the British Cycling criterium takes to the streets on Friday.