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

Tweedlove Trail Building

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

TweedLove Dual Slalom

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.

Two Massive Weekends of Riding January 29, 2013


It’s awesome. The Tweed Valley is hosting two consecutive huge weekends of MTB action for 2013. Some of the best UK events of the year are happening here, and all in the space of just nine days. A top class enduro, dual slalom, trail and XC racing, a free epic across the hills… oh, and the best downhillers on the planet are coming too. More here…

TweedLove Mega Weekend No 1

First up on 25 & 26 May it’s the POC King and Queen of the Hill, enduro with a capacity field of entrants shredding the forests, followed by Natural Tweed on (Bank Holiday!) Monday 27 May. This is a FREE event with riders (150 last year) enjoying 50k or so of natural trails all around the valley at their own pace – it’s a cracking, friendly and non-competitive ride, perfect to compliment the open throttle wide-eyed trail blasting of the previous two days.

TweedLove Monster Weekend No2

The weekend of 31 May to 2 June is going to be one of the biggest weekends in UK mountain biking in 2013. Here’s the lowdown:


Sweet Protection TweedLove Dual Slalom
Glentress hosts a huge festival afternoon and evening of dual slalom racing like never before. Expect some big names, big tunes on the PA, a BBQ and an awesome night of bike life.


Glentress Seven
In three years it has become one of the country’s biggest and best-loved trail/XC races for solos and teams of two or three. A seven hour trailfest with a friendly festival atmosphere and most important – a superb race course featuring some prime Glentress trail and many sections of natural dirt which are opened specially for the day. It’s all about the riding!


BDS Downhill and more
As well as a ton of fun bike racing and events for families (both kids and adults) in Peebles, Innerleithen is hosting a major round of the British Downhill Series this weekend, with race day on Sunday. It’s a week before the opening UCI World Cup DH of the season in Fort William, and many of the biggest names in pro DH racing are lined up to shred Inners as a warm up for the Fort. Expect Gwin, Peaty et al riding the valley in a way you won’t see often – free for spectators.