Government cash boost to cycle festival

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THE Scottish Government is boosting a popular cycling festival in Peeblesshire with £35,000 this year as part of Homecoming Scotland.

The cash will be a boon to the successful TweedLove event in the year the small organisation also hosts the first UK run of the Enduro World Series.

Government funds are also going into the renowned Selkirk MTB Marathon from May 9-11, the Return of the Ridings from June 1 to August 30 and the Peebles Highland Games on September 6, among others.

A VisitScotland spokesperson said: “These events will benefit from aligning themselves to the Homecoming brand being marketed by VisitScotland on a worldwide scale.”

The tourism organisation hopes the year-round programme of Homecoming Scotland events will complement this year’s Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games.

Scottish Borders Council’s executive member for culture and sport, Vicky Davidson, said: “TweedLove is a fantastic celebration of everything fun to do on a bike and it is fast becoming the must-attend event for bike lovers across the UK. It has grown at phenomenal speed and showcases the tremendous bike-riding country we have here.”

VisitScotland’s regional director Paula McDonald said: “The Borders is playing an important part in the impressive Homecoming Scotland 2014 programme which will help entice even more visitors to this great part of Scotland next year.”

Tweedlove, which started in 2010, runs from May 24 to June 8.