2014 Programme update – first events opening soon!November 14, 2013
Enduro World Series Update
We’ve just heard back from EMBA that their entry system is scheduled to go live mid February. There will be plenty of places available for non-elite/pro categories, but get in quick when it opens – in Finale there was a waiting list of 300 riders. The international media have started talking about it already, and local accommodation is starting to get booked up. More info from us on accommodation soon too.
Glentress Seven 2014: May 24
With a tweaked course to keep all the best bits, and add even more best bits, this event’s all about the trails. Entries opening very soon, discount code will be set up for early entries. We’ll email it to you a day or two in advance. Picture quiz: Who’s the most relaxed rider on the 2013 GT7 start line? Second from right, in black – Santa Cruz Bicycles owner Rob Roskopp, who’s clearly seen all this before!
TweedLove extra weekend:
There’s so much happening next year, we can’t actually fit it all into two weeks, so we’re having an extra weekend of enduro race action on August 23-24. Ladies, gents and shredders everywhere, we’re delighted to unveil a new version of the Tweed Valley classic:
King and Queen of the Hill – The Scottish Open Enduro
Using some of the valley’s finest trails, and with a nod here and there to the EWS course, we’re aiming to make this Scotland’s finest, most enjoyable homegrown enduro. This is a big, one-off belter of a race to decide who will wear the crowns as Scottish Open Champions for 2014. More info and entry places all coming soon, but all nationalities and all kinds of riders welcome – the course will be a winner.
Threads for shreds
We have some great TweedLove riding tops and tees available on our new online shop – both men’s, women’s and some kids tops too. Check it out here.
New Cat on the team
We’re delighted to welcome Cat Smith, the better-looking half (sorry Trev!) of the very popular SummitDown riding trips partnership, who has joined us to work on TweedLove 2014 and other event plans. Fresh back from a long summer in the Alps and Europe’s best riding spots, Cat’s getting used to lactic burn and pas de uplift again – she’ll be back on the Strava glory trail soon though…
The Valley needs YOU!
Since we’re going to be hosting one of the biggest mountain bike events in the Europe, we’re gonna need some extra help! We’re going to need more marshals and volunteers to do a stack of fun (really) jobs. Put your name down on the website and we’ll tell you more about it and what we can give you back as thanks. For a start you’ll get a limited edition TweedLove t-shirt and a chance to win Alpine Bikes vouchers and other goodies.
In Good Company?
We also need support from local businesses to help put on a great show next year. We might not have the kind of financial support that some of the world’s other great bike venues do, but we do have an amazing local community. There are a few specific things we need help with, like:
• Broadband/technical expertise and support.
• 4 x 4′s/vans/vehicles for use during the event.
• a limited amount of timber supplies (ramps etc).
• Joinery help.
• Outdoor site power expertise/electricians.
• Volunteer security.
• Stage & lighting provision
If you’d like to help please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be benefits for your business as well as helping the festival. And if there are any sponsors out there who’d like to join the story, please get in touch.
New TweedLoveride-out date is up. 10am, Saturday 7 December, but venues to be decided. Weather and conditions dependent, but we’re planning two groups, one will be mostly more natural, enduro-type trails, and the other will probably be a social ride round the blue at Glentress, or similar. More details on Facebook and Twitter soon.
Red hot and skinny
Congratulations to the mighty Endura Tour o’ the Borders, relaunched for 2014, with aforementioned new sponsor, closed roads and a summer date (August 10). Great idea folks, summer tarmac is where it’s at for skinny wheels… Seems ra people have spoken in agreement, at time of writing the event had only been open for entries for a few days and already heading for over 1000 riders. We hear it will have over 3000 heading out of Peebles next year, which will feel incredible to be part of. Early discount code available at the mo too.