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.
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.
Practice over – tomorrow it’s showtime… May 25, 2013
POC King and Queen of the Hill – Day One May 25, 2013
Last year’s POC King and Queen of the Hill was blessed with blue skies, warm sunshine and 400 of the most enthusiastic riders you could hope to meet. Fast forward a year and it looks like history is about to repeat itself. The sun is shining, there’s hardly a cloud in the sky and the banks of the River Tweed are flanked by hundreds of very happy riders. Today is practice day and what a day it is – the trails are drying out nicely and the consensus amongst the riders that this year’s course is the best yet. Talk in the event village has turned to tomorrow’s race with local hero Gary Forrest the firm favourite to take the crown, although the Ibis UK rider will face some tough competition from none other than last year’s King Andy Barlow. Ruaridh Cunningham is out of contention after breaking his collar bone a couple of days ago in Fort William, but the former Junior World Champion is still here to cheer on the riders. What a trooper. In the women’s competition, last year’s Queen Katy Winton is the name on everyone’s lips after coming 16th in the first ever World Enduro Series race in Italy last weekend. We’ll be posting regular updates here throughout the weekend so watch this space. You can also keep up with all the action on Twitter at @tweedlovefest on our Facebook page and on Instagram at @tweedlovefest and @tweedlovefi. Right, we’re off for an ice cream.
Dirtbags are go! May 24, 2013
The first ride-out of TweedLove 2013 was one for the teens of Peebles High School and friends. They chose a nice route out over the Meldons. Report coming soon. Meanwhile the big build-up’s been underway for the POC enduro. Lots of bikes arriving in town for what should be an amazing weekend of riding – in the sunshine – yay!
TweedLove Stories 7: Jake Hood and Friends May 2, 2013
Jake Hood is away to Whistler for the season so we went out for his final ride in the Tweed Valley. One of those rides that didn’t stop till it got dark and nobody could really see anymore.
Riders: Jake Hood, Katy Winton, Drew Carters, Daniel Taylor, Daniel Carrigan (punctured!)
Secret trails April 10, 2013
Men at work
Big shout out for Dan Cathcart and Scott Gourlay (Trail Perfection), hard at work in secret locations, heading up the trail work for The Glentress Seven and POC King & Queen of the Hill courses. The enduro is now sold out, but both courses are going to be superb to ride. Each has a big variety of riding, from the best in man-made to the epitome of natural dirt, and they’re all about big riding smiles. Can’t wait til they’re finished! Get your teams sorted and entries in!
TweedLove Stories 6: Step Into My Office April 4, 2013
Flick it to full screen and relax. Calum Darling’s been out shooting some nice footage for us. Expect a few cracking edits over the next few weeks. First up it’s POC King of the Hill himself, Andy Barlow, showing us round his workplace and explaining why it’s really rather good actually…
New Site and 2013 Event Programme goes live 4 April March 28, 2013
2013 TweedLove Programme and new website goes live Thursday 4 April, with entry details for all the events, a new video and loads of news from the valley.
Full programme coming soon January 29, 2013
TweedLove events hq is buzzing at the moment, but we’re still getting out on our bikes between the snow storms. Planning is in top gear for the full TweedLove Bike Festival programme announcement, along with a revamped website, new brochure and some awesome new videos. Stay tuned it’s all coming soon. We’d like to say a big thanks to Alpine Bikes, POC, EventScotland and Scottish Borders Council for their support.