The Scottish Borders has long been considered walking country; however, cycling is now fast becoming just as popular a pastime, and a group of Galashiels business owners have come together to support the town's two-wheeled visitors this summer.
All of the businesses offer free water bottle refills, while Bulldog Bakes, TIJ Barbers, Quins, and The Salmon Inn will have repair kits available for use that promise to get cyclists on the road again in no time, should they need a quick repair.
The next few months have several exciting cycling events taking place in and around town and further afield, with each event offering unique opportunities to Galashiels.
The Galashiels Triathlon last week proved to be a great success with a record number of entrants and included a taster session to encourage the next generation of athletes.
Other notable upcoming events include Muck and Mac Fest on 5th – 7th May at Traquair House and the Doddie'5 Ride on 2nd July.
The town is also anticipating thousands of cycling enthusiast visitors over the summer thanks to the UCI Cycling World Championships, with its Border leg held on the 6-12th August.
The Coast to Coast 250 also offers a unique opportunity for Galashiels to encourage visitors. Our rail links to Edinburgh – and, in turn, the rest of the UK – ensures that Galashiels works perfectly as an entry or exit point to the route.
The businesses are keen to encourage cyclists by providing a friendly welcome and a helping hand when needed. Any business interested in participating in the scheme can contact McGowan Marketing, who will be happy to discuss how to get involved.
For further information on the business currently taking part, click each link below:
Photo (left to right): Mike McGarvey, Tartan Plus Tweed; Portia Legge, Zola’s Bakery; Amy Wight, Café ReCharge