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Bikes boost for Lochaber's Nevis Range

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Image caption Mountain biking drew almost 20,000 spectators to Nevis Range

A mountain resort has had its best June since it opened in 1989, after thousands of people turned out to watch world cycling and motorbike events.

Nevis Range in Lochaber hosted stages of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup and 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship.

Hundreds of riders and almost 20,000 spectators gathered for the mountain bike competition.

The resort also had its busiest snowsports season since 2001, with 35,000 people taking to the slopes.

To widen its appeal further, Nevis Range has opened a high ropes course with sections aimed at youngsters and older people.

Managing director Marian Austin said the figures for winter and summer visitors were impressive.

She added: "Despite fears that the recession and the football World Cup may have a negative impact on Scotland's tourism sector, we're determined to continue to deliver a unique and memorable mountain experience to our customers."

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