Organisers of TweedLove bike week have unveiled an innovative and action-packed programme for 2011. This year's expanded programme of both free and paid events will be staged throughout the cycle-friendly Tweed Valley in the Scottish Borders from Saturday 11 to Sunday 19 June.
Major new events have been added to last year's busy roster of popular open races, big guided rides (both on and off road), a film night (including a film-making competition), a dual slalom and barbecue and a series of informal ride-outs, where local riders host visitors on some of their favourite (and lesser-known) trails.
New events for TweedLove 2011 include:
- The Glentress Seven - the event Glentress has been waiting for. This is a seven-hour open endurance mountain bike being staged at Forestry Commission Scotland's 7stanes Glentress, on Saturday 11 June. Aimed at both the more casual trail rider and seasoned racers from all over the UK it will combine the best of the man-made and natural trails with loads of normally off-limits tracks and some specially built sections.
- The Peebles Sprint is an exciting Belgian style 'kermesse' town centre road race to be staged in Peebles on the evening of Tuesday 14 June. This spectacular showcase of closed circuit road racing will see 40 riders battle it out at high speeds over a number of laps of a short, fast and furious course in the town centre. There will also be an opportunity for families to enjoy a taste of this spectacular showdown by riding a lap of the course before the start.
- Crosslove is an evening of racing with a difference, and features a summer cyclocross race, where riders of all ages will have to cover the most laps of a short, challenging off road course. Riders of all skill levels will have the chance of racing each other over ten laps of one track and in a velodrome style pursuit on the other.
The many informal ride outs and guided rides on both fat tyres and skinny wheels, hosted by passionate local riders throughout the week, encapsulate the true spirit and ethos of the festival - 'a special week of bike riding and good times on and off the bike in the Tweed Valley'. Local Ride-Outs, Skinny Tweed and Natural Tweed, so popular in 2010, showcase some of the best on and off road riding throughout the UK whilst promoting the area as a spectacular must-visit active and adventure destination.
For further information and to book your place on some spectacular free and paid cycling events go to: http://tweedlove.com.
Photo credit: Ian Linton