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2014 Programme update – first events opening soon! November 14, 2013

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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 info@tweedlove.com.  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.

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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

Tour O' the Borders.

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.

 


Enduro World Series event announced for TweedLove August 24, 2013

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We’re delighted to announce that the first-ever UK round of the Enduro World Series will be hosted by TweedLove Bike Festival next year. An announcement from the Enduro des Nations in Val d’Isere, France, confirmed that the Enduro World Series will be staged on the weekend of 31 May – 1 June 2014 in the Tweed Valley, in the Scottish Borders.

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We’re thrilled to be putting this event on, and it will build from the very successful POC King and Queen of the Hill race we’re put on for the last two years. Everyone at TweedLove is incredibly excited to welcome the world’s best riders to come and ride the Tweed Valley’s big network of trails.

The series includes many of the world’s finest mountain bike destinations and we’re proud to have joined that list – we’re looking forward to putting on a great event which will provide a fantastic and unique Scottish Borders experience for everyone. The EWS events are a great celebration of mountain biking in themselves, so this fits well with what TweedLove Bike Festival is all about – having a great time riding bikes.

We’re sure the big community of riders living here will help provide a massive, warm Scottish welcome when the world comes next May.

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More information is available on the event page of this site, and full details will be released when finalised, but you can get the news as it comes by signing up for updates and on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Here’s a video edit of what TweedLove is all about.

 


2013 – Loved Up August 23, 2013

TweedLove 2013, sponsored by Alpine Bikes, was a big hotcha from start to finish, with great weather, amazing riding and a stack of visitors all getting the bike-love valley vibe. Before going any further we need to say a huge thanks to everyone who got involved – all you riders, racers, kids, parents, volunteers, media, marshals (especially you amazing marshals), spectators, sponsors – you all made it the best ten days of bikey celebrations this country has ever seen…

AFTER WEEKS of cold and wet weather, somebody finally hit the ‘on’ switch for summer – on enduro practice day. Awesome!

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So the POC King and Queen of the Hill weekend arrived with wall to wall heat and blue sky. If practice day was hot, the race day action was hotter, but great fun and an incredibly friendly vibe start to finish. (more…)


TweedLove Ride-outs August 20, 2013

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Diaries out – here are the dates for the next bunch of TweedLove Ride-out dates.
We’ve got more trails than ever to choose from, and we might be doing some skinny rides too – but more on that soon.
So get the diary out for fat tyres, good friends/new friends and some sweet singletrack.
Sunday 1 September 2pm, starting at Kingsmeadows car park in Peebles. It’s likely we’ll have a few groups going out, given it’ll be so sunny and all. There’s a moderate route planned, and a women’s easy ride too. Depending on how many/who turns up we might split the moderate ride and go scout some enduro trails for some steeper fun too.
After that it’s looking like an enduro trail special on 27 October, and a cool ride (very cool probably) on 7 December. See you there.

Remember these are free to join rides, where you can join us for a friendly, informal ride, generally on non-trail centre routes. You’re responsible for yourself, your bike, your snacks and your own safety.


TweedLove Crew Q&A July 19, 2013

TweedLove just wouldn’t work without all the fantastic volunteers and helpers who get involved. We asked some of them to do a quick Q&A – so here’s the first: Ladies and gents, meet the one and only Dawn Derbyshire…

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Name: Dawn Derbyshire

Where are you from? Innerleithen

What have you helped with during Tweedlove? 

Marshalling at the  enduro, course marking, leafleting, sign on for Crit and Dual Slalom, guided Innerleithen rideout.

Why do you volunteer to help with Tweedlove?

Love the social and riding vibe , being involved and seeing Tweedlove  go from strength to strength.

How would you describe Tweedlove in 3 words: 

Awe so me


TweedLove Crit results June 17, 2013

Women’s Race

Peebles Criterium Main Race Result 28 May 2013 Peebles Criterium Main Race Result 28 May 2014
     
Position Name Club/Team
1 Louise Borthwick Edimburgh RC
2 Maddy Robinson Velo Club Moulin
3 Flora Gillies Team ASL360
4 Louise Haston City of Edinburgh RC
5 Katie Lukas Cyclewise
6 Claire Martin Edinburgh RC
7 Zara Mair  
DNF Sandra Scally Hervelo

Men’s Race

Peebles Criterium Main Race Result 28 May 2013      
           
Position Name Club/Team Cat Race No.  
1 Mark Stewart ASL 360 J2 24  
2 Rob Freil Santa Cruz 2 35  
3 Craig Hardie Hardie Bikes 3 12  
4 Rab Wardell Trek Factory/Alpine Bikes E 33  
5 Steven Lawley Bicycleworks Race Team 3 28  
6 Dougie Shaw Bicycleworks Race Team 3 25  
7 Tom Anniston ASL 360 2 30  
8 Callum Wikinson Bicycleworks Race Team 2 26  
9 Dave Henderson GT Racing/Muck-Off 3 34  
10 Lewis Grieve Spokes Cycles J3 21  
11 Graeme Neagle Velocity 44 3 59  
12 Allan Clark Leslie Bikes 3 7  
13 Stuart Balfour Ronde YA 22  
14 Ross Crook Edinburgh RC 3 13  
15 Bradley Stokes Pedal Power 2 37  
16 Creig Brown Dooleys Race Team 2 4  
17 Jack Barret Velocity 44 2 20  
18 Ben Forsyth Edinburgh RC YA 14  
19 Franco Porco Leslie Bikes 3 5  
20 Drew Sharkey Bicycleworks 3 38  
21 Craig Dale Bicycleworks 3 10  
22 Gary Macrae Leslie Bikes 3 6  
23 Simon Kirkness Bicycleworks 4 40  
24 Ayerton Pellet Edinburgh RC 2 15  
25 Gavin Shuttleworth ASL 360 J2 23  
26 Keir Greatorex Edinburgh RC 3 16  
           

 


Tweedlove Dirt Crit Report June 12, 2013

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Report by Pete Johnson

With a record 87 riders entering, this year’s Tweedlove Dirt Crit was an exciting evening of racing around Glentress’s Blue Velvet trail. Spurred on by the Family Ride and Peebles Sprint on Tuesday night we had riders from a wide range of biking backgrounds; some on cross country lightweights and others on balance bikes, we even had someone on a Fatbike with 5 inch wide tyres!  But the one thing they all had in common was a night of fun and enjoyment. Well done to all those who took part, particularly if it was your first experience of racing.

At the serious end of things there were some amazing races with some of cream of local and not so local talent ripping up the smooth course. Full results will be posted on the PCC website www.peeblescycling.org in the Kids Club section, but those on the podium were:

Under 8’s Boys

1st Billy Birks

2nd Ally Birks

3rd Kallen Salmond

Under 8’s Girls

1st Lottie Grahame

2nd Esmee Walkingshaw

3rd Iona Laing

8’s Boys

1st Rory Laidlaw

2nd Angus Carlyle

3rd Jonny Watson

8’s Girls

1st Emily Carrick-Anderson

2nd Christina McGorum

3rd Esmee Minto

9-10’s Boys

1st Corran Carrick-Anderson

2nd Calum Thornley

3rd Murray Lawson

9-10’s Girls

1st Eleanor McGorum

2nd Megan Hobbs

3rd Rachael Anderson

11-12’s Boys

1st Calum Johnson

2nd Russell Brown

3rd Tommi Ivalo

11-12’s Girls

1st Anna McGorum

2nd Anna Flynn

3rd Emily Wilkinson

13-14’s Boys

1st Sean Flynn

2nd Tom Aiken

3rd Max Bloor

13-14’s Girls

1st Millie Hanlon-Cole

2nd Louisa Watt

3rd Megan Wilkinson

15-16’s Boys

1st Calum Grant

2nd Iain Innes

3rd Thomas Mannissey

15-16’s Girls

1st Eve Hanlon-Cole

2nd Heather Trainer

The next five rounds revert back to our usual Thursday night slot on 13th June, then the 8th, 15th & 22nd August. Enter online at www.britishcycling.org.uk/events or turn up on the night, registration in the Buzzard’s Nest car park 5.00-6.00pm.


Kids dirt crit May 31, 2013

Ever wondered what the future of Scottish mountain biking looks like? Well judging from the talent on show at the Kids dirt crit on Wednesday night, its future is in very safe hands. Over 100 youngsters took to Glentress’ hallowed trails to show the adults how it’s done. kids crit 2kids crit4kids crit1kids crit 3


Peebles turns out en masse for sprint and family ride May 29, 2013

The streets of Peebles were packed last night as crowds turned out for the Peebles Family Ride and Sprint. Over 400 cyclists from the very young to the young at heart made the most of the closed roads in Peebles town centre to cruise round on two wheels. The fun, non-competitive ride, supported by SEStran, was the prelude to something altogether different – as some of the UK’s fastest road racers then took to the same course. First up was the women’s event, which saw a triumphant Louise Borthwick of Edinburgh Road Club cross the line first, closely followed By Maddy Robinson of Velo Club Moulin with Flora Gillies of Team ASL 360 in third. The men’s race was equally spectacular, with no let up in the speed on the short, tight course. It was Team ASL 360 junior rider Mark Stewart who took the win – who delighted the crowds when he took to the podium and refused to pop the champagne as he was ‘saving it for his Mum.’ Second was Santa Cruz rider Rob Friel with Craig Hardie of Hardie Bikes coming in third.

Kids get ready to take part in the Peebles Family Ride

Mark Stewart crosses the line first at the Peebes Sprint race, part of the TweedLove Cycling Festival
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POC enduro pics May 27, 2013

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Crawford Carrick-Anderson celebrates his 43rd birthday with a win in the Vets. Full focus on Cademuir’s sweet DH track.

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Emma Guy showed she’s still the gravity boss-lady in the valley. Great battle with last year’s winner Katy Winton – 3 seconds yesterday, but about twenty years separate them. Emma was on it.

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Man on a mission. Gary Forrest was up for this and it showed. He won every stage and showed the kind of form that, if he’s able to sustain it, will make a serious impact in the World Series enduros.

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The new King on a charge on stage 4. This was a race dominated by Ibis bikes – by far the most prominent bike on the podiums.

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Katy Winton has a big future in enduro – she’s already on the World Series reserve list and has her sights set high. She took the Seniors win and second overall woman.

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All hail the newly crowned and robed POC King and Queen.

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Exit stage left. First off the ramp were 2012 King and Queen. Andy Barlow chasing Katy off the stage. Some awesome battles were soon going to unfold. What a day, what a race. Event HQ in the middle of town had Peebles buzzing – bikes everywhere! Welcome to Bike Valley.