Media Release: TweedLove sets off with a sprint


ORGANISERS of TweedLove, the Tweed Valley cycling week in June, have today (Friday 25 March) announced details of The Peebles Sprint, an exciting new road cycling race to be staged in Peebles town centre.

On Tuesday 14 June 2011, 40 of Scotland’s fastest road riders will compete in a Belgian style kermesse town centre criterium race.

The circuit is short, fast and furious and the riders will battle it out at high speeds over a number of laps for almost an hour for pride of place on the podium.

There also will be an opportunity for families to bring along their bikes and ride a lap of the course ahead of the race in order to enjoy a taste of the race action.

The Peebles Sprint will be organised by TweedLove, with the Peebles Cycling Club and John Anderson from Bicycle Works, Edinburgh’s bike repair centre and race team; and will be a spectacular showcase of closed circuit road racing for both riders and spectators.

This exciting new event is supported by EventScotland and Scottish Borders Council together with cycling apparel company Renner Sport.

TweedLove organiser, Neil Dalgleish, owner of design and marketing firm Hillside Agency, said: “TweedLove 2011 is shaping up to be a really unique cycling festival with a whole week of great events. One of the highlights will be The Peebles Sprint, a spectacular showdown of town centre racing for both riders and spectators.

“We are really pleased with how the Tweed Valley community are supporting TweedLove 2011; everyone from Scottish Borders Council and Lothian and Borders Police to local businesses, cycling clubs and organisations and biking enthusiasts.

“TweedLove is not only going to be a great week of riding and socialising with like-minded people, we hope it will also be a great showcase for successful community-run events in Scotland.”

TweedLove is a week of bike riding and good times on and off the bike in the cycle-friendly Tweed Valley in the Scottish Borders from Saturday 11 – Sunday 19 June 2011.

Tweedlove is organised by locals and showcases the best on and off road riding in the area.  For  information on TweedLove go to:

Other news and developments for TweedLove:

Glentress Seven

The flagship event for TweedLove 2011 on Saturday 11 June.

Seven hours of fantastic trail-riding at Forestry Commission Scotland’s 7stanes Glentress, the UK’s best trail centre.

Organisers have been fine tuning the the Glentress Seven course. Glentress is consistently voted the UK’s best trail centre.  You can mix and match trail sections easily, so organisers have combined the best of the man-made and natural trails, with loads of normally off-limits tracks and some completely new sections. Please note the new sections and the secret trails will only be open for the day of the event.

Course statistics as requested by various riders: 11km approx, with 450m of ascent and descent.

TweedLove Promo Film

MTB Cut ( are working on a new promotional film for TweedLove. The short film will feature a number of local riders showing off their favourite trails routes and chatting about the riding in the Tweed Valley. Riding bikes is a major part of life for so many people who live in the area. The film will give a taster of riding from both road and mountain bike riders.

Celluloid Tweed: Call for entries

The 2010 TweedLove film night was a sell-out success and organisers are expecting another great event in 2011. The headline film is still to be announced.

The amateur short film competition was a major star of the show last year.  Entries are now open for this year’s competition. The theme is ‘Bikes’. Films have to be under three minutes long. Submit films in DVD format to TweedLove Film Comp, c/o The Hub, Glentress EH45 8NB. Entries must be submitted by 31 May 2011.

Last year’s winners were brilliant and well worth another look. Celluloid Tweed is sponsored by The Hub in the Forest. See last year’s winners here –

Natural Tweed 

TweedLove’s great big epic monster of a free mountain bike event on Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 June 2011 will take you places you probably haven’t been before (but you’ll want to go back to), and onto some fantastic natural trails around the Tweed Valley.

Organisers have nearly finalised the routes for these two big days out:

Day one: Big is Beautiful – a fantastic big loop out starting and finishing at Innerleithen.

Day gwo: Back Country High – This monster route leaves Peebles and after a long climb gives one of the longest descents you can imagine.

There will be big climbs and great trails on both routes.

Natural Tweed is a free event. However, early registration is essential due to high demand. Entry registration opens soon.

Further programme information will be available in the coming weeks.

Media contact:

Paddy Cuthbert | Podge Publicity | M: 07968699636 | e:

Organiser contacts:

Neil Dalgleish | Hillside Design Agency | M: 07796 173939

Emma Guy | The Hub In the Forest | M: 07872 991721

Notes to editors:


A Week of Bike Riding and Good Times in the Tweed Valley. -

11- 19 June 2011

Background to TweedLove

The first TweedLove bike festival was held in the summer of 2010 with the aim of reinforcing the Tweed Valley’s reputation as the premier cycling destination in the UK. It was a real success with well over 1,000 cyclists taking part, from across the UK and as far afield as Spain and Sweden. Some events sold-out and others were over-subscribed.

In 2010 the festival received no public agency funding and was organised on a voluntary basis, with most of the events free to take part in. The two main organisers were design firm Hillside Agency and the Glentress-based Hub in the Forest with huge amounts of essential local volunteers. There was also support from the Tweed Valley Consortium, several local businesses, the Borders Recreational Cycling Project and cycling brands Kona, Endura and Orange.


The Year of Active Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative being delivered by EventScotland and VisitScotland which begins on the 1st January 2011. For more information go to

Paul Bush OBE, chief operating officer, EventScotland said:“TweedLove is an exciting event which encourages and inspires the people of Scotland and its visitors to get active.

“We’re delighted to see that the event, which showcases some of Scotland’s most breathtaking landscapes, is promoting the benefits of an energetic and healthy lifestyle. It’s a fantastic example of why Scotland is the perfect stage for the biggest and best active events.”

EventScotland is the national events agency. EventScotland is working to make Scotland one of the world’s leading event destinations. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland’s international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors.

For further information about EventScotland, its funding programmes and latest event news visit

EventScotland in partnership with Volunteer Development Scotland is delivering Event Team Scotland, a new web – based portal which matches volunteers across Scotland with exciting sporting and cultural events.  For more information please visit

Scottish Borders Council

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