TWEEDLOVE is gearing up for its biggest year yet – as final preparations are underway for Britain’s fastest-growing bike festival.
The ten-day celebration of all things two wheeled takes place in the Tweed Valley in the Scottish Borders, with the action kicking off this Friday (May 24).
Now in its fourth year, TweedLove has grown from a small, local festival to one of the biggest cycling events in the UK that attracts competitors from across the globe. As a result, TweedLove is now estimated to be worth £500,000 to the local economy.
TweedLove is one of the few festivals in the UK that embraces all forms of cycling, and caters to every level of rider. From balance bike races for toddlers through to high level road races that attract some of the biggest names in the sport, TweedLove is one of the most inclusive bike events around. As well as road and sell-out mountain bike races, there are also plenty of non-competitive events such as skills sessions, free ride outs and film and photography exhibitions.
The festival’s popularity has helped cement the Scottish Borders, and the Tweed Valley in particular, as one of the world’s leading cycling destinations. Cycling is a way of life in the region – Peebles Cycling Club has a waiting list of 300 local children desperate to join. As you’d expect from an area with such a strong cycling pedigree, the Borders has produced more than its fair share of success stories. From downhill world champion Ruaridh Cunningham to no less than three young mountain bikers from Peebles currently training on the Olympic Development Programme; Grant Ferguson, Katy Winton and Lucy Grant.
But the local talent will face some serious competition this year – with the announcement that iconic bike brand Santa Cruz are flying in from California especially for the event. Santa Cruz has chosen the festival for the world premiere of a new film launching their latest product. The film was devised, shot and edited in Scotland – the first time the country has been chosen to host such a major launch.
The film will be shown on Saturday, June 1 in Peebles and will form part of An Evening with Santa Cruz. After the film, Santa Cruz will take part in a short question and answer session. Sitting on the panel will be none other than Steve Peat – the most successful downhill mountain biker in the history of the sport, with over 50 world cup podiums and a world champion title to his name. He’ll be joined by Joe Graney, head of engineering at Santa Cruz, along with Stu Thomson of Cut Media who made the film and Chris Ball, its producer.
Also at the festival will be Santa Cruz staff, including the brand’s founder Rob Roskopp, who will take part in one of TweedLove’s flagship events, the Glentress Seven. Nine of Santa Cruz’s finest will take on the seven hour trail race at Glentress, the UK’s busiest mountain bike centre.
Rob said that Scotland and TweedLove were the obvious choice for the launch: “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 out there riding them every day, it’s an honour to have a major Santa Cruz launch be a part of it. We filmed the launch video up in the West Highlands a few weeks ago, and can’t wait to share the results at TweedLove.”
And Neil Dalgleish, director and founder of TweedLove, thinks 2013 is undoubtedly their biggest event to date.
“In just four years TweedLove has gone from being a small, local festival to attracting some of the biggest names in international cycling. It’s a testament not only to the fantastic riding there is in the valley, but also the passion for cycling there is in the local community. Cycling really is a way of life for people here – I can’t imagine there are many other areas in the UK with such a thriving scene.
“TweedLove 2013 is our biggest and most ambitious programme to date – there are over 25 events this year. Especially exciting is the Santa Cruz launch – to have such an iconic team travel all the way from California to take part in the festival shows just how respected Scotland is in the international world of cycling. To offer local riders the chance to race against the heroes of the sport is phenomenal – it really is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
The full TweedLove 2013 programme is as follows;
Friday, May 24
Teenage DirtBags – Teen MTB rideout
Photo Exhibition Launch
Skills Sessions: Enduro Intro/Women
Saturday, May 25
POC King and Queen of the Hill Practice
Sunday, May 26
POC King and Queen of the Hill race
Monday, May 27
Tuesday, May 28
Peebles Sprint and Family Ride
Local Ride Outs: Peebles 10am, Selkirk 7pm
Wednesday, May 29
PCC Dirt Crit
Local Ride Outs: Innerleithen 2pm
Thursday, May 30
Photo Comp Winners
Skills Session: Beginners
Friday, May 31
Sweet Protection Dual Slalom
Skills Session: GT7 Skills
Saturday, June 1
An Evening with Santa Cruz
The Love Club
Sunday, June 2
Family Bike Day,
BDS Downhill Race
For more information about any of the events and how to enter, visit www.tweedlove.com.
Kate Ball | Tweedlove | M: 07966525333
Neil Dalgleish | Hillside Agency | M: 07796 173939
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