TODAY, Tuesday 31 May 2011, organisers of TweedLove bike week, in the Scottish Borders, have confirmed the entry list for The Peebles Sprint, an exciting Belgian style ‘kermesse’ town centre road race to be staged in Peebles on Tuesday 14 June 2011 at 19:15.
David Lines, Martin Lonie, Graham McGarrity, Greg Imlah, Ali Robinson, David Martin, Ken Russel, Andy Mathison, Robbie Hassan and Matt McDonald are among the stellar line-up of Scotland’s fastest and most skilled Elite amateur road racers who have been invited to take part in the spectacular showcase of closed circuit road racing in the Tweed Valley.
The impressive entry list is a whose who of top Scottish road riders – past, present and future regional, national and international champions; some of whom are destined to ride in the Commonwealth Games, British Championships and even as professionals both at home and abroad.
On the 14 June, 40 riders will battle it out at incredible speeds over a number of laps of a half mile, fast and furious course (1 min 30 seconds per lap) in the town centre for almost an hour (45mins plus 5laps) for pride of place on the first Peebles Sprint podium.
The 40 riders will be made up of four man teams from leading Scottish Clubs – Team Endura, Dooleys Cycles,The Bicycleworks, Velocity44, Leslie Bikes, Edinburgh Road Club, Musselburgh Road Cycle Club, Team Young Renners, Peebles Cycle Club and the Scottish Mountain Bike squad.
Team tactics will be the order of the evening as the riders jostle for the best positions throughout the race. The teams will also work for and against each other to wind up the pace.
This will be guaranteed to produce some spectacular super fast sprint action down Peebles High Street; the finish of every lap, directly in front of the large enthusiastic crowds.
To make the action even more thrilling lapped riders will be taken off the circuit, keeping the course clear for the faster front-runners to continue to pick up the pace.
The Peebles Sprint will be preceded by an open family ride of the full race circuit at 18:30, where everyone will be welcome to bring along their bikes and ride the course to get a real feel of what the Elite will have to contend with.
TweedLove organiser, Neil Dalgleish, from Hillside Agency, said: “It’s going to be a really special night in Peebles. It’s fantastic to be able to stage such an exciting event in the middle of town. It’s going to be unbelievably fast, with non-stop action all the way through the race.
“Many thanks to all the organisations, businesses and members of the public who are pulling together to make this happen.”
TweedLove bike week, in association with Endura, has a packed programme of free and paid events being staged throughout the cycle friendly Tweed Valley from Saturday 11 to Sunday 19 June 2011; reinforcing the Tweed Valley’s reputation as the premier cycling destination in the UK.
Following funding awards from EventScotland and Scottish Borders Council some 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.
For further information on TweedLove and to book your place on some spectacular free and paid cycling events go to: http://tweedlove.com/
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Notes to Editors
TweedLove,in association with Endura – A Week of Bike Riding and Good Times in the Tweed Valley from 11 to 19 June 2011.
TweedLove was started in 2010 by local riders Emma Guy (from The Hub in the Forest at Glentress – http://thehubintheforest.co.uk) and Neil Dalgleish (from Hillside Agency – the guys who do all the Fort William World Cup graphics among other bike design projects – http://www.hillsideagency.com/) 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.
Endura is a leading brand of technical cycle clothing and has substantial and growing sales in over 20 countries around the world. It is also based in Livingston, just along the road from Tweedlove’s home. As a long-time supporter of inclusive and social cycle events, Endura is delighted to be headline sponsor in supporting Tweedlove and hopes to be involved for many years to come as part of its general support in promoting cycling culture in general. Tweedlove got off to a fantastic start in 2010 and we hope to help it build on that success in 2011 – http://www.endura.co.uk/
TweedLove has been awarded funding from EventScotland, the national events agency, to boost the event programme. The huge potential of the festival has also been recognised by Scottish Borders Council, who are also supporting this year’s activity as one of a number of cycling events they are backing in the area.
- 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.
– 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 www.eventscotland.org/activescotland
– For further information about EventScotland, its funding programmes and latest event news visit www.EventScotland.org
– 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 www.eventteamscotland.com
Scottish Borders Council – http://www.scotborders.gov.uk/
The Tweed Valley is an area with hundreds of miles of the country’s best trails, tracks and roads. So, it’s not surprising that in the valley there is an astonishingly high percentage of cycling enthusiasts, of both the mountain and road variety, to whom biking is a big part of life. Many of them have moved to the area specifically for the trails and roads available direct from their back door. At one local primary school, 20 per cent of the pupils ride to school every day – the national average is two per cent.
Locals have formed an organisation called TweedLove Trails to promote cycling in the area and invest in the trail network. Part of their vision is to see the valley developing into a year-round biking version of the ‘ski towns’ in the alps. The belief is that there’s nowhere else in the UK so well endowed with mountain bike trails and good road rides.
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