TweedLove Bike Festival, which has successfully hosted the two previous UK visits of the Enduro World Series, is including a new international enduro event in their 2016 festival events line-up.

The TweedLove International Enduro will be on a Tweed Valley course ‘worthy of an EWS event’, and will be held on Sunday 22 May, with a potential prologue stage the day before. The race is timed to headline the central weekend of TweedLove Bike Festival, which is also the weekend after the Ireland round of the EWS. The TweedLove organisers have contacted all the teams who raced the UK EWS event in 2015 to guage levels of interest in the event.

bigquotes Of course we’d love the EWS to come back to the Tweed Valley. There was a strong feeling of disappointment around the UK with the EWS not returning for 2016, so we’re very, very happy that there will be a chance to see some of the world’s top trail riders back at TweedLove. I think we’ve proved we can put on a world-class event, on some of the best trails you’ll find anywhere on the planet.

We’ve had a very positive response from many of the pro teams and it looks like media interest will be very high too. We’re not pretending it will be on the scale of the EWS itself, but it will be a top quality race on awesome trails, maybe a bit more relaxed than the World Series, but still a good challenge for everyone.

It’s going to be another chance for the ‘normal’ riders to practice and race with the stars. TweedLove has always been about having a good time and a sense of inclusiveness, so races like this are in our DNA. We’re all sharing the love of great trail riding and bikes in general.

There has always been an enduro at TweedLove, and in 2016 it will be a bit different again. We can’t wait to welcome everyone back to the valley. – Neil Dalgleish, TweedLove Festival Director

Dropping over the edge on Stage 3.

Prize money is still to be announced for the event, which will use the same Peebles town centre location for event village, expo and pits areas as at the EWS. This should give fans another chance to soak up the atmosphere and rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in the sport.

TweedLove Bike Festival has just won Singletrack Magazine’s hotly contested UK Event of the Year Award, coming in ahead of the Fort Williaim DH World Cup among others, so the event is now very much established on the industry’s calendar. Organisers promise another full programme of bike events at TweedLove 2016, with visitors and spectators are strongly encouraged to bring along their bikes, mates and kids to enjoy the the great riding and other events on offer in the Tweed Valley in early summer.

Jerome Clementz admits that he s still not feeling 100 - in practice he said he was taking it easy. His easy was over 2 000m of climbing on the first day of practice...

The event will be part of a series of three Tweed Valley enduro events in 2016, kicking off with Vallelujah at Easter, TweedLove International in May, and the Scottish Open Champs in late August. The full TweedLove programme will be announced soon.

Public entries for all three events will open later in the autumn, with places retained for the pro riders in the International, so demand is expected to be high. All of TweedLove’s 2015 enduros sold out within a few days.

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