Tweedlove festival is gearing up to be one of the best

Tweedlove Cycling Festival
Tweedlove Cycling Festival

RIDES are booking up in next month’s Peeblesshire’s cycling festival, TweedLove, even as organisers unveiled the 10-day event’s programme last week.

Festival director Neil Dalgleish said: “This year’s festival is the biggest in our four-year history. There’s been a huge amount of interest from across the UK and Europe.”

The festival features over 20 events from pro-level racing to family rides and beginners’ skills sessions and it retains its popular free on and off-road rides guided by local enthusiasts.

Non cyclists can enjoy film and photography competitions and party night, the Love Club on last Saturday of the festival.

Last year’s first bivvy night out was so successful organisers are once again staging a night out under the stars in bivouac bags, though biking a little further this year.

Also new last year was the mountain biking enduro competition for the titles King and Queen of the Hill. Sponsored this year by POC, the event has sold out already.

Organisers say online: “We’ve tweaked the format of this year’s race to increase the grin factor further by including even more of the valley’s fantastic descents. The course makes the most of the massive variety of trail riding here”

The headquarters – and start and finish – for the race this year will be in Peebles this year.

The popular Glentress Seven – a seven hour MTB race for individuals and teams of two or three over trails and usually closed singletrack of around 11km with 450m of up and down – is back again.

Festival regular the Hawaii slalom has been reinvigorated into what organisers promise will be “a massive gravity slalom party” at Glentress, featuring new tracks and berms, features and tabletops. There will also be a separate kids event, sound system and barbecue adding to the exciting atmosphere.

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