Skinny Tweed Sportive opens for entries

Skinny Tweed sportive will take in some beautiful Borders back country.
Skinny Tweed sportive will take in some beautiful Borders back country.

ENTRIES are now open for TweedLove’s latest event, Skinny Tweed, a relaxed sportive taking in the quiet back roads of the beautiful Scottish Borders.

The flagship road event of the TweedLove festival has been given an upgrade for 2014, with the former self-guided ride being promoted to full sportive status thanks to popular demand.

Entrants to the event will enjoy a 45-50 mile route designed to accommodate all levels of road cyclists. TweedLove organisers are in the process of finalising the course, and more details will be released soon.

TweedLove, the UK’s biggest cycling festival, is part of the 2014 Homecoming Scotland programme, a year long showcase of events designed to promote Scotland to an international audience.

Although a non competitive event, entrants to Skinny Tweed will get their own personalised number board and timing, and there will also be marshals and a free feed station along the way.

TweedLove’s Director Neil Dalgleish said: “This year’s Skinny Tweed will be in the form of a sportive and features a completely new course.

“Over the last couple of years I’ve had lots of requests for TweedLove to put on a sportive, and as we’re in included in the 2014 Homecoming Scotland programme, it seemed the natural time to give Skinny Tweed a makeover.

“Skinny Tweed will be a relaxed event, with a friendly vibe and a course that suits all levels of riders. If you’ve never done a sportive before, this is the perfect opportunity to have a go in a good-humoured atmosphere.

“If you’re training for a bigger event such as the Endura Tour O’ The Borders, it’s a good way to see how the legs are doing. Either way, Skinny Tweed is about a fine road ride in good company through some stunning scenery.”

Skinny Tweed takes place on Saturday, June 7 and will start in Peebles. Entry to the event costs £15 and is available through www.tweedlove.com where you will also find the event’s terms and conditions.