Bike ace Peat rolls in to Peebles

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The world’s most successful downhill mountain biker will be at the Tweedlove cycling festival in Peeblesshire next week.

World champion (2009) Steve Peat, a three-time World Cup and nine-time British champion, is taking part in a question-and-answer session in Peebles next Saturday night.

His appearance follows the launch of a film advertising his sponsors’ – mountain-bike makers Santa Cruz – new bike. Peat will be joined at the event by co-founder and owner Rob Roskopp who said TweedLove was the obvious choice for the launch.

“We filmed the video a few weeks ago and can’t wait to share the results at TweedLove,” he added.

“The riding I’ve experienced in Scotland is some of the best in the world. From the events, to the trails, to the people who are riding them every day, it’s an honour to have a major Santa Cruz launch be a part of it.”

Earlier in the day, Roskopp, originally from Ohio, and eight of his team plan to take part in the festival’s Glentress Seven, a seven-hour MTB race round the famous Peebleshire trails. TweedLove is now the UK’s biggest cycling festival and estimated to be worth around £500,000 to the local economy, claim organisers.