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Championship bike race receives financial boost

Press Release   •   May 21, 2018 16:00 BST

The British Mountain Bike Enduro Championship held in the Glentress and Tweed Valley Forests will benefit from EventScotland funding

The British Mountain Bike Enduro Championship, the headline event at this year’s TweedLove Bike Festival in Peebles, will benefit from support from EventScotland for its 2018 event.

The championship – known as the most important race in UK mountain biking – has been awarded £10,000 in round 37 of EventScotland’s National Funding Programme.

It is one of twelve events and festivals across Scotland to have benefitted from a share of £100,000 in the last round of funding from EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate which aims to enhance event delivery and ensure a diverse portfolio of events for Scotland

The Championship event taking place during the main weekend of Tweedlove Festival between June 8th and 10th will feature race stages in Glentress and Tweed Valley Forests, designed to test technique, endurance and stamina.

TweedLove Festival began nine years ago with some cycling friends organising events for friends to take part in, and has grown into one of the UK’s biggest cycling festivals, contributing an estimated £750,000 towards the local economy* and attracting thousands of visitors to the region, now recognised as a leading cycling destination in Scotland.

Event Director, Neil Dalgleish of TweedLove Festival, said: "The Tweed Valley has an incredible offer for mountain biking and cycling in general. We’re delighted to host the British Champs race – the most important Enduro race of the year - in what is now seen as the UK’s spiritual home for Enduro riding. The appeal of our assets is clear, as we regularly have twice as many riders attending our races than events elsewhere in the UK. They always get a very warm Tweed Valley welcome and have a fantastic time on and off their bikes.”

Paula Ward, VisitScotland Regional Leadership Director, said: “I am delighted that the British Enduro Bike Championship has been selected as a funding recipient in Round 37 of EventScotland’s National Funding Programme.

“Hosting the British Enduro Bike Championship during Tweedlove festival, Scotland’s premier festival for mountain biking, helps affirm the region’s reputation as a world renowned destination for mountain biking, as well as providing a major boost for the local economy.

“Scotland is the perfect stage for events and our National programme plays a crucial role, not only in maintaining our vibrant and diverse portfolio, but in developing domestic tourism and generating beneficial impacts to all areas of the country.”

National Programme funding supports the strategic development of events which occur outside of Edinburgh and Glasgow, with the aim of driving domestic tourism, delivering economic impact for local communities and generating media profile for Scotland.

Building upon existing event activities, extending marketing reach and enhancing the on-site food and drink offer are just some of the ways national programme funds are often put to use.

The full list of events receiving support from Round 37 of EventScotland’s National Programme Fund are:

Event Date Funding Local Authority Website
Bonfest 4 – 6 May £9,332 Angus Council www.bonfest.com/
Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival 4 – 6 May £6,680 Argyll and Bute Council www.obanfestival.org/
Etape Caledonia 19- 20 May £8,500 Perth and Kinross Council etapecaledonia.co.uk/
Oban Live 8 – 9 June £11,250 Argyll and Bute Council obanlive.com/
BEMBA British Enduro Mountain Bike Championships 9 – 10 June £10,000 Scottish Borders tweedlove.com/2018-event-info/british-enduro-champs
St Kilda Challenge & Festival 14 – 16 June £5,750 Comhairle nan Eilean Siar www.calmac.co.uk/stkilda/challenge
Cream O’ the Croft 15 – 17 June £5,000 Perth and Kinross Council www.creamothecroft.co.uk/
North Atlantic Fiddle Convention 11 – 15 July £10,500 Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council www.abdn.ac.uk/nafco/
Run the Blades 20 – 21 July £4,000 East Renfrewshire Council www.breakingstrain.co.uk/run-the-blades/
Dundee Summer Streets Festival 21 – 22 July £7,400 Dundee City Council www.dundee.com/event/dundee-summer-streets-festival
Eliminator Mountain Bike Festival 31 August – 2 September £5,000 Fife Council www.muckmedden.co.uk/our-events/the-eliminator/
Findhorn Bay Festival 26 September – 1 October £15,760 Moray Council findhornbayfestival.com/

For more information on Tweedlove festival, visit: http://tweedlove.com/

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  • Scottish Borders Council, December 2017

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