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Success of Selkirk mountain biking events is hailed

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Image caption The start line for the British Cycling Mountain Bike Marathon Championship was in Selkirk

Some of the best mountain bikers in the country were in the Borders at the weekend to take part in the British Championships.

Almost 100 set off from Selkirk town centre on Saturday before the real race took place on 75km (46 miles) of forest track on Bowhill estate.

The event coincided with the Selkirk Mountain Bike (MTB) Marathon, a non-competitive event for 500 riders.

On Friday the sport was celebrated at The Selkirk Mountain Bike Festival.

Organiser Paul McGreal said the events created a real buzz in the area.

"We're extremely happy with how Selkirk MTB Marathon went at the weekend, " he said.

"The riders enjoyed the fantastic trails we have in the Borders, both natural and man-made, though it's fair to say a few of them were pretty shattered by the end of their rides. Most even got round in the dry.

"The presence of the British Championships brought an extra buzz to the event, as 'regular' riders got to line up against stars from the Commonwealth Games and elsewhere - seeing Scots on the podiums was particularly pleasing."

The results of the championships can be found here.

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Image caption Team GB mountain biker Isla Short was among the elite riders on the start line
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Image caption Stunt riders entertained the crowds on the high street at The Selkirk Mountain Bike Festival
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Image caption A giant airbag was in place during the festival for stunt riders
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Image caption Ben Thomas, in the red jersey, beat Dan Freeman by 10 seconds in the men's event
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Image caption Amateur riders took part in a marathon event through Borders countryside

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