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Thousands expected at Peebles cycling festival

Children on bikes Image copyright Ian Linton

More than 4,500 riders are expected to take part in events during the TweedLove bike festival in the Borders.

The seventh edition of the Peebles-based festival starts on Saturday and runs until the end of the month.

Riders from around the world as well as hundreds of children will take part in a wide range of events.

One of the highlights is the Shimano TweedLove International endurance race which should see 650 riders on the start line.

Festival director Neil Dalgleish said: "We can't wait to welcome bike riders from around the globe to the Tweed Valley over the next two weeks.

"We have some of the world's best riders coming to race and enjoy some of the world's best trails, we have the largest children's programme ever, with hundreds of kids signed up for some two-wheeled fun.

"It's really exciting seeing how many talented cycling athletes the Tweed Valley is producing and we're chuffed we're part of making that happen."

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