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.”
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!
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.
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.
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.