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EWS brings long-term benefits to Tweed Valley

Hundreds of mountain bikers come to Peebles for a week for the Enduro World Series, but organisers claim it also has a long term impact on the local economy.

The race on the Tweed Valley's famous biking trails in Innerleithen and Glentress attract riders from around the world.

Enduro World Series Managing Director Chris Ball says that means it brings added benefits:

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Mountain biking to give Tweed Valley tourism a push

Credit: JONATHAN HAYWARD

A new group aimed at boosting tourism in the Tweed Valley on the back of the mountain biking industry has been formed.

The Tweed Valley Mountain Biking Stakeholder Group - made up of representatives from a wide range of organisations including Scottish Borders Council, Scottish Enterprise and Forestry Commission Scotland - held its first meeting last week.

By developing the opportunities associated with mountain biking in the area the group, which will meet regularly over the coming months, hopes to encourage more tourists to visit the Tweed Valley and enhance the local economy.

Glory for Glentress

Glentress has been voted 2014 UK Trail of the Year Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

The Scottish Borders is home to the best bike trail in Britain, according to the mountain biking public.

Glentress, which is one of the 7stanes, was crowned 2014 UK Trail of the Year.

There was more success for 7stanes in the Scottish category of the awards with Glentress, Innerliethen and Kirroughtree finishing top three in the Scotland Top Trails and Bike Parks category.

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Teenage biker injured

A teenage mountain biker has suffered a serious head injury after an accident in a Borders forest.

The 14-year-old boy from Bathgate, West Lothian, fell from his bike on the cycling track at Glentress Forest near Peebles, on Sunday afternoon (19th November).

He was airlifted from the scene by heli-med and taken to Glasgow's Southern General Hospital where his injuries are described as " serious" but not thought to be life-threatening.

Glentress Forest is one of the UK's most popular downhill mountain biking venues and attracts hundreds of visitors from all over the country each week.

Vote supports plans for mountain bike lift

People in the Borders have backed plans to build a giant mountain bike lift near Innerleithen.

The lift will help bikers reach the top of a popular mountain used for the sport.

More than 90 percent of those who voted were in favour of building the lift, which means it can now go on to the next stage.

It's hoped the project, which includes a visitor centre and toboggan run, will bring a hundred jobs to the area.

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