THE Borders has long been considered walking country.

However, cycling is now fast becoming just as popular a pastime.

And a group of Galashiels business owners have come together to support the town's two-wheeled visitors this summer.

Among the businesses are Tartan Plus Tweed, Zola’s Bakery and Café ReCharge.

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All of them offer free water bottle refills, while Bulldog Bakes, TIJ Barbers, Quins and the Salmon Inn will have repair kits available for use, should cyclists need them.

The next few months have several exciting cycling events taking place in and around town and further afield, with each event offering unique opportunities to Galashiels.

The Galashiels triathlon last week proved to be a great success with a record number of entrants and included a taster session to encourage the next generation of athletes.

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Other notable upcoming events include Muck and Mac Fest on May 5–7 at Traquair House and the Doddie'5 Ride on July 2.

The town is also anticipating thousands of cycling enthusiasts over the summer thanks to the UCI Cycling World Championships, with its Border leg held between August 6-12.

The Coast to Coast 250 also offers a unique opportunity for Galashiels to encourage visitors. Our rail links to Edinburgh – and, in turn, the rest of the UK – ensures that Galashiels works perfectly as an entry or exit point to the route.

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The businesses are keen to encourage cyclists by providing a friendly welcome and a helping hand when needed.

Any business interested in participating in the scheme can contact McGowan Marketing, who will be happy to discuss how to get involved.