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Cycle the Tweed... in tweed

Cyclists in the Scottish Borders are being urged to don their tweeds for a new biking event.

The Tweed Ride launched today as part of the annual TweedLove festival, in association with Homecoming Scotland.

Cyclists in their Tweeds join young cyclists to launch the Tweed Ride Credit: ITV News Border

The 10-mile ride will take place on 8 June, and will start in Peebles town centre and finish up at Traquair House, where there will be a mini-festival.

Tweed Ride launches at Traquair House Credit: ITV News Border

Organisers are encouraging those that want to take part to come decked out in tweed or period clothing.

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Tweed Ride gets approval from pro

The latest cycling event to be included in the programme for the TweedLove festival has got the approval of former national mountain biking champion, Andy Barlow.

Tweed Ride is a 10-mile route through the Tweed Valley, and cyclists are encouraged to wear tweed.

Barlow said: "TweedLove is not just about the mountain biking, there is a lot of decent road cycling, there is a whole vibrant scene on the go just now, and the festival just celebrates all of it.

Andy Barlow Credit: ITV News Border

It's the finale of the two week TweedLove biking festival.

He continued: "Whole families can get involved, everyone takes something away from the day and it is just a great way to get involved with the countryside and the area."

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Osprey chicks tagged in Tweed Valley

One of the ringed Osprey chicks Credit: ITV News Border

A bird of prey that was near extinction is being helped back to healthy numbers in the Scottish Borders.

The Tweed Valley Osprey conservation project looks after ten nests in secret locations near Innerleithen.

For the tenth year running a pair have returned to the same spot to breed.

Three chicks have been tagged this morning, to prepare for them flying the nest.

An osprey chick Credit: ITV News Border

Osprey chicks ringed in Borders forest park

Three six-week-old osprey chicks are being ringed in the Tweed Valley Forest Park as part of a conservation project.

Around 160 chicks have been ringed since the Tweed Valley Osprey Project began in 1999.

"Every year, we ring the new osprey chicks so that we can track them for years to come and this helps us monitor the success of the project. We can get an insight of where they travel to and where they nest back in the UK.

"During the ringing process, Forestry Commission Scotland's conservation managers also take the time to give them a thorough health check, making sure they are a good weight and show no signs of ill health.

"The Tweed Valley Osprey Project is proving a great success and we are thrilled also that members of the public can watch the birds closely at our two live viewing centres at Glentress forest and Kailzie Gardens, near Peebles.

"It's a great advert for the Year of Natural Scotland."

– Diane Bennett, Osprey Information Officer

TweedLove Bike Festival underway

TweedLove Bike festival underway.
TweedLove Bike festival underway. Credit: ITV news

A festival for bike enthusiasts is now underway in the Tweed Valley.

TweedLove is a 10 day event and includes guided rides, demonstrations and competitions.

The two day POC King and Queen of the Hill Enduro challenge gets underway on Saturday May 25.

Organiser Neil Dalgleish said: "Tweedlove bike festival has been growing a lot in the five years it has been running. We now reckon it is worth half a million pound to the local economy.

"We bring lots of visitors in. Over the ten days of the festival I think we will have about 2,500 people actually riding bikes in events and a good number more watching and spectating and taking part."

"Pedal power" in the Borders

Francis and Finn Watkins with their bikes Credit: ITV Border

The Scottish Government want to make 2013 all about cycling.

The Tweed Valley boasts 250 miles of Europe's best biking trails.Father and son Francis and Finn Watkins visited Glentress.

Francis said:

"We come here regularly, it's a great way to spend time with my family and get fresh air. There are great facilities here and at Innerleithen. What better way to get fit?"

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