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.
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.
As the Tour De France comes to the North of England, a different type of cycling is taking hold in the South of Scotland.
A national centre for mountain biking has recently opened in the Borders, aiming to help businesses cash-in on growing enthusiasm for the sport. As Joe Pike reports:
A 40-foot bridge has been put into place in Newcastleton to improve access for outdoor enthusiasts.
The bridge, which has cost more than £130,000, has been funded by local community, the Forestry Commission and the Borders Council. The bridge is expected to be in operation in May.
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.
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.
Local residents have voted yes for a mechanical uplift for mountain bikers at Traquair Forest.2488 people voted yes, compared to 184 voting against the uplift.It means the community group AIMUp can now submit an application to go ahead with building the lift.
They now need to raise £5.5million to finance the development.Total votes:
- 2722 cast a vote at a 66% return
- 2488 yes votes: 91% of vote
- 184 no votes: 6.8% of vote
- 50 spoilt ballot papers
The community are 'confident' they have enough yes votes for uplift for a mountain bike lift. Counting has place in Innerleithen, to determine how many yes votes were recorded in a ballot to see a mechanical uplift built in a Borders forest.
2722 out of a possible 4100 took part in the ballot.
It's not yet known how many of those are yes votes just yet, but it looks likely that there are more than the 50% needed to proceed with the next stage of getting a lift built for mountain bikers.
Votes are being counted in the Scottish Borders as to whether or not a lift should be built on a mountain bike course.
A community group hoping to have a chair lift built on a Borders mountain biking route will find out if they have enough local support for the project.
A ballot has taken place among residents of Innerleithen, Walkerburn, Cardrona, Traquair and The Glen, over proposed plans to build an uplift in Traquair forest.
Community group AIMUp need half of the 4100 residents to vote in order to secure a lease of the landThe results of the ballot will be clear by Friday afternoon.AIMUp chairman Ian Campbell says:
"This is a great chance for this community to say yes to a proposal that would bring jobs, visitors and an economic boost to the Tweed Valley".