Think of the Scottish Borders and think of big spaces: heather-clad hills rising to over 2700 feet, hundreds of square miles of forests and woodland, lochs and rivers. Wherever trees and hills abound, mountain bikers and cyclists won‘t be far away. With a population of just 100,000 and plenty of roads that carry very little traffic, you‘ll soon realise the Borders is a real paradise for cyclists.
There are plenty of casual off-road trails for beginners, although many bikers soon graduate to the more specialised sides of the sport. Cross country can involve big bumps and substantial climbs while the downhill sees bikers speed down steep and often exceedingly narrow slopes in full body armour and cushioned by serious suspension. The forests of the Scottish Borders provide some of the best mountain biking in the country.
There’s a whole variety of routes to choose from for all types and abilities, with its quiet roads the Scottish Borders has many developed waymarked cycle routes that can be explored in part, in a day, or a series of days.
Having recently hosted The Grand Depart for the 2011 Tour of Britain in Peebles, why not check out the official Tour of Britain website for all the latest news on the race and riders.
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You can also find some great cycling routes in the Scottish Borders and in other parts of southern Scotland on the VisitScotland Active website.
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