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

POC enduro pics May 27, 2013


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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



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 (3)

Practice over – tomorrow it’s showtime… May 25, 2013

The weather gods were shining on TweedLove today – the POC enduro HQ looked a little like this… Here’s hoping tomorrow brings more of the same as we knight our new King and Queen of the (2)photo (1)

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._ICL1228

Dirtbags are go! May 24, 2013


The first ever teen specific ride took place on the first Friday of Tweedlove. The sun had just started to come out as the riders left Peebles unsure of where the route was to take them! The leaders decided to make the run more of a natural tweed than the usual trail centre ride. So up the Meldon hills they went. After a meander through the town the route took a steep climb up in the basking sun to give great views over the town and into the valley. After a small decent and one more climb the ride took a fast flowing decent down onto the Meldon road. There the welcome surprise of the night: bacon butties was very well received with I’m sure some packing 3 rolls away! This gave the young riders energy and they flew down the next section with thankfully no fallers in the burn crossing..just a couple of wet feet! The final section was thankfully pretty flat and an enjoyable way to finish what was a super ride with the teens proving they are much fitter than many would have you believe. Well done to all and spread the word for next year so it’s even bigger and better!


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Teenage Dirtbags.

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…