A SHUTTLE service has been set up in Innerleithen for mountain bikers.

Run by cycling entrepreneurs Gary Anderson and Gordo Hodge, the new service will provide 'uplifts' to riders in the town.

And they hope to eventually widen the service so that transport will be available between Glentress Forest and Innerleithen.

As part of the project, a new season pass, the first of its kind in the UK, will allow users to make bookings and offer a range of discounts for regular users.

Mr Hodge, who works for Adrenalin Uplift who are leading the programme, said: "Both Gary and I are super stoked to have the uplift contract and cannot wait to spin the buses for both downhillers and enduro riders looking to get more descents in a day."

Bookings are expected to go live this week and the company has also secured agreements with the local bike shops to provide priority mechanical services or spare part rentals to keep riders riding.

Malt Iden, recreation forester with Forest Enterprise Scotland, who have also been involved with the launch, said: "We’re very keen to keep mountain biking at the top of its game in the south of Scotland in order to continue supporting the tourism sector. 

"The guys at Adrenalin Uplift are very enthusiastic and have plenty of new ideas to keep bikers coming back again and again."

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