Tweedlove Kicks Off This Week!

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More news from our pals up at Tweedlove as they launch the fortnight of fun up in Peebles and surrounding hillsides. According to them, over 4,500 riders are booked in to take part in TweedLove events including around 650 children. There’s even the Kid-duro taking place on Friday afternoon (entries now sold out, but come and cheer). As for the other events, riders are flying in from all over the world including from New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Abu Dhabi, Jamaica, Spain, Poland, Italy, Germany, Sweden, France and a large contingent of Americans.


As you’d expect, the organisers are saying “The jewel in the TweedLove crown is the Shimano TweedLove International endurance race on 21 and 22 May. This is the biggest UK MTB enduro event of the year, with the biggest start line (650 riders), the biggest prize money and some of the fastest riders on the planet. Setting off from Peebles, the race will take in some of the best trails the Tweed Valley has to offer and some great spectator sport. Current world champion Tracy Moseley will be defending her title and some world class riders will be riding for victory, including the Tweed Valley’s Katy Winton, Gary Forrest and Ruaridh Cunningham, plus Mark Scott, Iago Garay, Robin Walner, Ed Masters and loads more.”

And sun? There will be sun, right?
Speedy folk will be everywhere

There’ll also be a big expo area, with title sponsors Shimano putting in an appearance, as well as er, ours truly, Singletrack Magazine, displaying on the green. Come and say hello!

EWS Video
Tracy will be riding high after this weekend’s EWS win

The public can soak up the vibe of the big race at a busy and exciting event HQ on Tweed Green in Peebles – grab a beer, check out the bling bike kit, hang out with the riders, get something to eat or drink or just enjoy the unique bike festival atmosphere by the River Tweed. Radio Borders will be broadcasting live onsite from 2 – 6pm on the Saturday.

Don’t get run over by this lot either

There will be lots of chances to eat, drink and be merry too with festival food including wood fired pizza, flatbreads, risotto, ice-cream, cakes and of course loads of coffee. We heartily endorse all of those options. There’s even a beer sponsor in the form of Tempest Brewing Co.  bringing their funky beer tent to Tweed Green, so there will be plenty of opportunity to sample their beer – the beer tent will be open till 9pm from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd. You may see our editor in there.

Tweedlove 2016


First though, is tomorrow’s Love Cross – an urban on/off road, fun ‘cross race that takes place through the middle of town. It’ll be hard to miss.

You know you’re popular with the crown when…

Here’s last year’s video


Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (5)

    Damn, I thought this was going to be an event for us older gentlemen who like wearing our Harris Tweed for velocipedal rambles on our Sunbeams.

    I’m sure there’s probably some of that going on too… 🙂

    Dam I picked to work this weekend I forgot about this.

    I took part in the skinny tyre sportive yesterday and had a great day, makes a change from working at it.
    I’m looking forward to marshalling and watching the Enduro 🙂

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