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Mountain biking cash boost.

A huge expansion of mountain biking facilities is expected to bring more visitors to Dumfries and Galloway.

The Scottish Government recently unveiled grand plans to develop adventure tourism, and ministers believe the region is perfect for developing mountain bike sports.

A further PS185,000 has been pledged to expand the sport across Scotland, on top of PS1 million invested by the Holyrood government and by Forestry and Land Scotland last year.

Tourism Secretary Fiona Hyslop said:"Scotland has much to offer those who want to enjoy physical, exhilarating challenges in a beautiful setting and the Tourism Scotland 2020 Strategy highlights the growth potential of adventure tourism.

"By using our natural terrain and the expertise of organisations such as the Mountain Bike Consortium, we can further develop mountain biking opportunities to grow the sector and attract even more visitors, particularly to our rural areas such as Dumfries and Galloway, and the Borders.

"This funding - alongside the strategy it supports - will unlock a number of benefits, getting people more active and increasing the economic contribution of mountain biking to Scotland.

"It is particularly timely as we build up to hosting the UCI CyclingWorld Championships in 2023 - the first time all 13 cycling disciplines will be held in one place at one time."

Recent research confirmed that the gross value added impact of the mountain bike industry in Scotland could grow to PS158 million by 2025.

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Publication:Dumfries and Galloway Standard (Dumfriesshire, Scotland)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 3, 2019
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