A project to promote the Scottish Borders as a destination for mountain biking and cycle touring has secured £175,000 of funding, reports the BBC.
The two-year package is funded by the European Union and Scottish government.
The Scottish Borders Recreational Cycling Group (SBRCG) hopes to “maximise the potential” of high-profile events such as the Tour of Britain, when it visits the region in September.
The SBRCG initially secured funding support from Scottish Borders Council, Leader and Scottish Enterprise in 2009 and has promoted cycle tourism to the area.
This has included training and workshops for businesses involved in catering to cyclists, as well as route guides.
Councillor Vicky Davidson, SBC’s executive member for economic development, said events like the Tour of Britain had enhanced the region’s reputation.
“The Grand Depart of the tour will be in Peebles this year and events like this provide an amazing platform to showcase road cycling in the region,” she said.
“The SBRCG, supported by the council’s economic development team, will work with local businesses so that as much of the expenditure as possible is retained in the local economy.”
“This second phase of funding provides an excellent opportunity to generate even greater impact on the progress made so far.”
Photos are of Hermitage Castle, near Newcastleton, Liddesdale.