Cycle spectacle planned for Peebles

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A NEW closed road race will be included in the Tweed Valley cycling week in June.

The organisers are staging a Belgian style “kermesse” cycling race in Peebles on June 14 in the second week-long TweedLove cycling festival.

TweedLove organiser Neil Dalgleish said: ‘TweedLove 2011 is shaping up to be a really unique cycling festival and one of the highlights will be the Peebles Sprint, a spectacular showdown of town-centre racing for riders and spectators.”

For the Peebles Sprint 40 of Scotland’s fastest road riders will compete in the short circuit town centre criterium race.

There will also be a chance for families to ride a lap of the course before the race to enjoy a taste of the race action.

The organisers have also been fine tuning the Glentress Seven course, the festival’s flagship event designed to give cyclists seven hours’ riding on man-made and natural trails, using off-limits tracks and new sections at 7Stanes Glentress.

The routes for the free Natural Tweed on Saturday 18 and 19 June are nearly finalised say the organisers: Big is Beautiful will be a big loop-out starting and finishing at Innerleithen and on June 19, the Back Country High will leave Peebles for a long climb which will eventually give riders a long descent.

Registration for the high-demand event will open soon.

The Peebles Sprint is being organised by TweedLove, the Peebles Cycling Club and John Anderson from Edinburgh-based bike shop Bicycle Works and is supported by EventScotland, Scottish Borders Council (SBC) and cycling apparel company Renner Sport.

Mr Dalgleish said: “We are really pleased with how the Tweed Valley community is supporting TweedLove 2011, everyone from SBC and Lothian and Borders Police to local businesses, cycling clubs and organisations and biking enthusiasts.

“TweedLove is not only going to be a great week of riding and socialising with like minded people, we hope it will also be a great showcase for successful community-run events in Scotland.’

The week-long event, organised by local people, starts on Saturday June 11 with the aim of showcasing the best of on-road and off-road riding in the Tweed Valley.

For more information see http://tweedlove.com