Posted on: 27th March 2012
Event: 26 May - 05 June 2012
Organisers of TweedLove Bike Festival, in association with Alpine Bikes, have unveiled what they believe to be the biggest and most comprehensive programme of events ever seen at a UK cycling festival; all being staged across the cycle friendly Tweed Valley in the Scottish Borders from Saturday 26 May to Tuesday 5 June 2012.
The extensive programme of free and paid events aims to reinforce the Tweed Valley's reputation as the UK's premier cycling destination. Some major new events have been added to last year's busy schedule of races, guided rides (both on and off road), and cultural events. Many events are free, and the choice is wide and varied, with events for children, families and beginners, right through to cutting-edge races for expert riders on fat or skinny tyres. Above all TweedLove is about getting out there and having fun on a bike.
New events for TweedLove 2012 include:
POC King and Queen of the Hill, Glentress - Sunday 27 May - A major new all mountain enduro, with riders competing on a series of timed stages throughout Glentress Forest and featuring a very long and varied final descent stage, of which organisers say; 'If you don't love this stage, you probably don't like mountain biking!.'.
Bivvy Night - Sunday 3 June - For the bikers' 'bivvy (bivouac) night' riders carry lightweight camping kit with them on an overnight adventure up into the hills.
Mountain Bike Skills Sessions & Events Programme for Women - A number of subsidised skills sessions, as well as more advanced training for prospective racers; and a schedule of free women-only classes and guided rides.
Women's Town Centre Criterium, Peebles - Tuesday 29 May - A women's race has been added to last year's popular Peebles Sprint.
Kidzone - A huge variety of events for children of all ages. From a full-on kids' downhill race at Innerleithen to the spectacular new Mini Mash-Up - a town centre balance-bike race for the under fives, to a kids cross-country, a pumptrack and fun skills sessions.
In addition there is a buzzing programme of other activities, both on and off the bike; including:
Glentress Seven - Saturday 2 June - The headline cross-country seven-hour endurance race returns to some of the best tracks and trails at Forestry Commission 7Stanes Glentress Trail Centre. For teams and individuals riders.
Crank It Up concert night - Saturday 2 June - Peebles Burgh Hall. We Were Promised Jetpacks, one of the hottest Scottish indie rock acts of 2012, headline the perfect cultural climax to TweedLove.
Skinny Tweed and Natural Tweed - Sunday 3 and Tuesday 5 June - Two big rides on fantastic routes around the Tweed Valley - one on the roads and one on tracks across the hills. Free and hosted by resident enthusiasts with the all-important local knowledge.
TweedLove Bike Festival director, Neil Dalgleish, said: 'There's so much riding on offer at TweedLove this year, you'd be totally exhausted if you tried to do it all.
'There's nothing like this festival anywhere else in the UK, and there's nothing like some of the events we have on offer either. More than anything, TweedLove is about how good riding a bike makes you feel - and what better way is there to spend that precious extra time we have off for the Queen's Jubilee?
For further information on the 2012 TweedLove programme and to book your place on some spectacular free and paid cycling events go to: www.tweedlove.com