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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.


It’s official – Gary and Emma rule May 26, 2013

Today’s preliminary results have been checked, verified and given the nod by none other than Mr TweedLove himself and it’s official – Gary Forrest and Emma Guy are the new King and Queen of the Hill. Gary was the bookies favourite from the start and given Emma’s incredible career in downhill it’s no surprise that these two made it on to the top step of the podium. After such an incredible day’s racing it was great to see two such weel kent faces take the win. The full results from today can be found here.King and queen2


There’s a new king and Queen in town May 26, 2013

Despite over 400 riders taking part from across the UK, it looks like local talent will reign supreme at this year’s POC King and Queen of the Hill. There are still riders on course, but they’re going to have to do something superhuman to oust the current leaders. Hot favourite Gary Forrest looks to have taken the win in the men’s race, winning all five stages to take the overall. The team Ibis rider had a point to prove after a frustrating start to his Enduro World Series campaign last weekend in Italy – so he probably enjoyed beating Enduro World Series Director Chris Ball into second by nearly a minute. Third was Gary’s Ibis team mate and living legend Crawford Carrick Anderson. In the women’s race it was Innerleithen’s Emma Guy who’ll be gracing the top step of the podium, whilst last year’s Queen Katy Winton has to settle for second with Lesley Ingram in third. The results are still unofficial, and there is always the chance a wild card could pull something spectacular out the bag so keep an eye on @tweedlovefest on twitter for confirmation of the podium.photo (3)