The 2020 edition of the Tweedlove mountain bike festival, which is held in the Scottish borders, has been rescheduled due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
Almost all events have been moved back to later in the year, with the full details available on the Tweedlove site.
If you cannot make the rescheduled dates, entrants are being offered a full refund up until 31 March.
Statement from Tweedlove
In response to the global CV-19 outbreak, TweedLove organisers Hillside Outside have announced a huge rescheduling of their 2020 events calendar.
Many of the Peebles-based organisers’ biggest events, including the MTB enduro race Vallelujah, which was also scheduled to be Round One of the British National Enduro Series, will now be held later this year.
Other events affected include the TweedLove Bike Festival weekend, Bosch E-MTB Challenge, Glentress Seven endurance race, Gritopia off-road adventure, Skinny Tweed road sportive, TweedLove Family Day and more.
Riders who can’t attend on the new dates are being offered a 100 per cent refund on all the events but as a TweedLove spokesperson says: “Obviously we’d rather people didn’t cancel – everyone knows bike events are a marginal business activity at the best of times but for now it’s going to be a grim fight for survival.
“The events industry is being hit very hard and it looks extremely unlikely that insurance will cover any loss of income from this.”
A statement from TweedLove explains: “It’s obviously a huge disappointment and comes with significant impacts for many – both personal and financial – but these issues seem trivial compared to the potential health impacts. This includes you (the riders), our crew, staff and volunteers, members of the local community and of course the families and friends of all these groups. It’s also the only sensible decision in order to support our emergency services and NHS.”
Our original article from the 28 February runs below
TweedLove, the Scottish festival of mountain biking and all-things-two-wheeled, celebrates its tenth edition this May with a host of races and rides during an action-packed weekend in the Tweed Valley.
The 2020 event marks a decade of much-loved festivals. Since the start, TweedLove has been a true celebration of off-road riding and has always had a schedule packed with races, ride-outs and more.
As the festival organisers put it: “Our award-winning festival is 10 years old and what a decade it’s been… 310 events, 34 enduros, 17,830 riders and 1,000,000 good times, at least!” The 10 years of the event have seen some classic racing and 2020 will be no different.
The weekend’s “Tenduro” race will combine five of the best stages from the last decade of enduro battles into a not-to-be-missed race (which is also part of the Valley’s Triple Crown enduro series).
If you want to record some stage times without the pressure of the Tenduro, there’s also a fun “Enjoyro” race, which will include an e-bike category as part of the festival’s new “Electric TweedLove” element.
Here’s an idea of what to expect this 29-31 May:
- Fun and more serious races
- Ride-outs around the Tweed Valley
- Talks, workshops and films
- Skills sessions
- Music, DJs, comedy and more
- Gravel rides
- Demo bikes and exhibitor area
- E-bike test track
- Food stands and bar on-site
Basically, TweedLove is everything that is great about riding bikes crammed into one action-packed weekend: top-class community, great trails and beautiful surroundings with tasty food and a beer afterwards.
It’s good to see Scottish company Endura, which was TweedLove’s first sponsor 10 years ago, getting behind the festival as its official clothing partner. To celebrate the distance both brands have come in that time, Endura is making a special “10 years of TweedLove Bike Festival” jersey, which is available now.
Entry into TweedLove festival is free; events are charged individually over the weekend. Camping costs £5 per night and parking £8 for the weekend. You can register and reserve your places on the TweedLove website now.