Monday 29th May 2017
Free Event. Limited places.
Open to all riders over 16 years old.
Registration is from 8:45am-9:30am in Kingsmeadows Road car park, Peebles, EH45 9EW
Riders must also sign back in when they finish (Victoria Park, Peebles, EH45 9AD)
Rider briefing 9:45am
Ride starts 10am
This year’s route is circular – you can choose to do the full route or you can use one of the escape routes if you feel tired. The route is approx. 50km in length, and you should allow about five hours to complete (the super fit will be quicker). Maps and full route description will be provided at registration.
Natural Tweed is all about getting off the beaten track and exploring what the Tweed Valley backcountry has to offer. Andy Weir at Ridelines has used his local knowledge to hand-pick a route that will take you up some big hills, down some fantastic descents, and almost certainly take you to places you haven’t been before.
Most reasonably fit riders should manage this friendly ride, but the route does take you out into some remote locations so please don’t underestimate the ride. Please come prepared for some less than friendly weather (we’ve had it in previous years!) and follow any advice given to you by the organsiers both before and during the event. There will be support from qualified guides on the day, however, this is fundamentally a self-guided, self-sufficient day out so you should come prepared – you’ll be given a printed map and a full route description on the day.
Please note as this ride is self-guided and you’re responsible for looking after yourself. The route may go into high and remote country so carry sufficient clothing and food. Riders are responsible for signing back in when they finish. This event may not be suitable for novice mountain-bikers. You should also carry a mobile phone.
Some basic rules for the event:
– Make sure you have sufficient food and spare clothes. Dress for the weather
– If you’re in doubt of your fitness, cut the route short at one of the escape routes
– Check the map regularly. If bailing out, all roads will get you back to Peebles safely if needed
– RIDE RESPONSIBLY, close all gates and be courteous to all other land users. Help us portray an exemplary image for mountain biking
– Respect all farm land and animals. There will be young calves and lambs around so slow down to when necessary to avoid frightening them. Natural Tweed is not a race and respect (Scottish Outdoor Access Code) is the order of the day.
– Leave no litter.
– Take extra care on all road sections.
– SIGN BACK IN AT THE END.
– HAVE FUN!
This ride is possible due to the co-operation of local landowners and the Scottish Access Outdoor Code. Please respect the countryside and ensure that you follow all the guidance provided at the event briefing to ensure a successful event for everyone.
Natural Tweed is sponsored by skills and tuition company Ridelines.
Thanks to Tweed Valley Bike Patrol for helping out at this event.
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