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Event sponsors Whyte riders off for a practice

Event sponsors Whyte riders off for a practice

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Tweedlove has grown majestically in its six years of existence, from holding just a few events for locals to becoming the UK’s biggest bike festival.

It kicks off at 9am on Saturday, May 16, with a Teenage Dirtbags free ride-out on the trails around Peebles and Innerleithen, for 12-18-year-olds, accompanied by qualified local helpers and volunteers.

That’s followed on Sunday by the ever-popular Skinny Tweed road ride. It’s billed as one of the friendliest road event of the year, a 75km course on quiet Borders roads, with breath-taking scenery ... a perfect introduction to sportive riding, with a free food station, in which, we are told, cakes are involved.

Three more family events take place next week.

The Love Cross event and Family Ride are on Tuesday, May 19, and Peebles Cycling Club’s Dirt Crit at Glentress is on Thursday, May 21.

The Love Cross, at 7.15pm, is a brand new event, with a Le Mans-style running start and incorporates many disciplines and obstacles in an action-packed pedal to the podium.

The Family Ride is a big favourite, in which anyone can take part. Just bring along a bike and enjoy a car-free pedal through the course. This event starts at 6.15pm.

And the Dirt Crit, held on the Glentress trails, is a free race open to all under-16s. To enter in advance, visit www.peeblescycling.org

There are many more events throughout May to keep the bike fan happy, whether it is on their own two wheels or watching the best practitioners of downhill mountain biking in the world ply their trade.

From Wednesday to Sunday, May 27-31, the Enduro World Series hits Glentress and Innerleithen trails.

It sees world champions lined up against local amateurs to take on one of the most exciting races on the planet – loved by the best of the best, it is sold out faster than any race in the series, worldwide.

Top stars such as Jerome Clementz, Nico Lau and Tracey Mosely are set to rub shoulders with local riders Gary Forrest, Katy Winton and Ruaridh Cunningham, who have had success on the world stage as well.

What’s more, it’s free to spectate, and you can mingle with the stars of the sport in the expo village.

After the thrills and spills of the EWS races, cyclists can try out the same tracks themselves in the EWS Extra event on Monday, June 1, at Alpine Bikes, Glentress and Innerleithen.

And if you’ve had enough of pedalling and mingling, there are many social events and competitions to take in as well, from the Tweedlove Film Night to a photo competition, both held on Thursday, May 28, and a film competition.

For more information on any of the above events, visit the Tweedlove website on www.tweedlove.com