TweedLove Race Team
April 18, 2018
The Tweed Valley is currently producing some incredibly talented young riders and the level of talent seems to be increasing all the time!
The current depth and breadth of local talent in the Tweed Valley is staggering, and last year TweedLove launched a new race team, with the aim of encouraging a few of those talented young riders and giving them some insight to what’s involved for sponsored riders.
The team is supported by Whyte Bikes and Alpine Bikes are also providing mechanical support and backup, with WTB helping out with quality tyres. Big shout out to Out of Office, the Tweed Valley’s leading video production and aerial imagery team, and to bike action photography legend Ian Linton for helping out too. The team will be proudly representing the Tweed Valley and the whole TweedLove set-up on their travels throughout the season. Check out their race reports on the tweed love.com blog page, or follow us on social media.
Callum’s started the season with a win in his category at the Whyte Vallelujah enduro. He’s also riding and competing in other disciplines and is proving himself as a very strong and talented all- round rider.
New to the team this year is Calum Johnson, who comes from an XC background but is aiming at enduro success too this year. Just turned 16, Calum’s times in his first enduro of the season were very impressive – his second place in Juniors would also put him high up the ranks in the overall men’s placings.
Other team riders will be announced soon.
Meanwhile TweedLove team rider Ben Balfour is currently out of action with an injury/wrist problem. Get better soon Ben!
TweedLove Race Team launched to support emerging talent
January 17, 2017
The Tweed Valley in the Scottish Borders has a reputation in the world of mountain biking for good reasons. Spread across its hillsides and forests is an impressive collection of quality trails which, by no coincidence, also serve as the back garden of some very talented bike riders. Witness, for example, that 66.6% of the recently-announced Trek Factory Enduro Racing Team (namely Katy Winton and Lewis Buchanan) were home-grown here in the valley.
Since 2010 TweedLove has played a part in the growth of the bike community and reputation of the area, and has now stepped up to support a new team of young riders, starting with local shredders Ben Balfour (16) and Callum Thornley (13).
“Everyone knows bike events aren’t the big bucks players in this industry,” says TweedLove’s main man Neil Dalgleish, “but nevertheless we can help support and promote some of the incredible talent that’s been emerging out of the woods here.”
TweedLove is probably best known for enduro, a discipline with issues around insurance and lack of a co-ordinated structure in the UK, mainly as it’s not supported as a race format by British Cycling. This causes problems for younger riders aiming to progress and build enduro race experience. “We’re interested in working with talented riders in any discipline, but enduro is what a lot of the young riders are most excited about,” says Neil. “We’re hoping to provide more races for younger riders this year, and we’ll be adding one or two other riders to the TweedLove Race team soon. Ben has already raced our enduros and wiped the floor with a lot of the adults – it’ll be exciting to watch how he does this year. Callum’s got less enduro experience but rides incredibly well for such a young dude, and has shown his ability in a lot of disciplines.”
But it’s not all about immediate results though, as Neil explains, “We’re not really selling products like most sponsored teams, so there’s not so much pressure for results. We just want to do our bit in this fantastic community to promote some of the amazing riders who are growing up around us now. At the same time, the team can help promote the area, our community and our events.”
Local bike shops Alpine Bikes have also agreed to support the riders and Whyte Bikes have offered to help with the race bikes. “It’s great that other brands and organisations are getting involved too”, says Neil. “Ian Linton has offered to do some snapping for the team, and the guys at Out of Office have given a heap of time to make an intro video edit.
“We don’t really know where this will go in the end,” says Neil. “But these guys are worth watching, and we’re very proud to announce and support a new race team out of the valley.”
Check it out here!
Photos: Ian Linton
Video: Out of Office
The future’s looking rad for these two.