PEEBLESSHIRE'S promising young cross-country mountain bikers have enjoyed a fantastic summer of racing across the UK and Europe.

Anna McGorum and Jonte Willins had strong results in the Junior World Series in Italy and Switzerland, respectively, at the end of June, and Corran Carrick-Anderson managed a third in the Youth category of the Internazional d’Italia Series.

The UK National MTB Cross Country Championships were held at Cannock Chase on July 21 and the Peebles Cycling Club riders put in some epic performances.

The first medals of the day were won in the Juvenile (Under 14) Female category with a gold and silver.

Emily Carrick-Anderson attacked from the start and held her place for her first National Champs jersey with Christina McGorum recovering from a poor start to power into second for her first ever podium at the National Championships.

In the Youth ( Under 16) Females, Christina's sister Elena found the technical features suited her skill set. She had a battle with another rider but Elena attacked on the final climb to also become British champion.

Corran followed his sister’s lead by going from the front to win gold in the Youth Male category .

There was a full set of medals in the McGorum household as Anna, in the Junior (Under 18) Females, brought home bronze after a battle with the legendary Harriet Harnden of TMO racing in the first lap.

Finally, in the last race of the day, Jonte Willins in the Junior Male race, for once, had a great start and kept the crowds guessing with a sprint finish into the silver medal position - his best National result to date.

Local Elite riders Grant Ferguson and Isla Short also gained silver medals with strong performances at Cannock Chase.

The following weekend, closer to home, the same Youth and Juvenile riders, along with Callum Thornley, swept the boards against teams from across the UK at the Glentress Youth Stage Race as part of the Scotland team.

Meanwhile, another PCC rider Calum Johnson is dominating the Under 19s British and Scottish Enduro Scene. The teenager showed his class at the SES in Pitfichie in Aberdeenshire on July 28 to not only win his category but also take a Stage Win and fourth overall.

There was also a stage win along with second overall for Callum Thornley at the Youth Tour of Errigal in Ireland last weekend.

And more success may be on the way for Peebles Cycling Club.

On August 15 most of the club's young guns will line up at the SXC Scottish Championship at Lochore Meadows,.

And several riders will head for the European Youth Championships in Italy later this month.

Jonte Willins has already been selected to represent Scotland in the Arctic Race of Norway on the last weekend before returning to school and Anna McGorum will finish her summer before starting university by representing GB at the World Championships in Canada at the end of August .

A spokeswoman for Peebles Cycling Club told us: "These fantastic opportunities come through hard work all year long and the club are very proud of all of the riders."

The Peebles Cycling Club XC riders are supported by Clubsport Tweeddale and LiveBorders.