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Coming Up: the Peebles Sprint 2012

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The Peebles Sprint is fast and furious street racing for a summer evening in Peebles, and it’s happening tomorrow evening (Tuesday 29th May).

It’s really three events in one – first the families (and anyone with a bike who wants to join in riding round the course for a ‘victory’ lap), then a full-on women’s race, before the headline men’s racing kicks off.

Peebles Sprint
Robbie Hassan heads for first place a year ago. Photo©Martin Williamson

The circuit is short and spectacular, with high speeds and tricky corners for the top riders, and big crowds and a party atmosphere to shout them on. It’s run as a Belgian-style Kermesse event, with lots of the community involved.

Peebles Sprint
The podium placings from last year’s event on the Tontine Hotel’s steps. Photo©Martin Williamson

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Family Ride

Peebles High Street 6.15pm.
For children and their parents.
Free entry – just turn up with your bike.

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Peebles Sprint – Women’s Race

Peebles High Street, 7pm. A fantastic new town centre race for women (over 16s). Prizes: 1st – £50; 2nd – £30; 3rd – £20.

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Peebles Sprint – Men’s Race

Peebles High Street, 7.45pm.
Entry by Invitation only. If you’re keen to enter please contact info@tweedlove.com.

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Schedule

Changing rooms are available at the Gytes Leisure centre until 5.30pm.

  • 5.30 – 6.30pm: Women riders sign on at Tontine Hotel
  • 5.30 – 7.15pm: Male riders sign on at Tontine
  • 6.10pm: Family riders called to start & riding marshals in position
  • 6.15pm: MC announces start of family ride
  • 6.35pm: Women’s brief at Tontine
  • 6.35 – 6.40pm: All family riders to have completed 20 minutes and then onto the grass at Tweed Green
  • 6.45 – 6.55pm: Women’s warm up
  • 7.00pm: Women’s race begins (40 riders max)
  • 7.25pm: Final 3 laps of women’s race
  • 7.30pm: Race finish
  • 7.45pm: Men’s race begins (40 riders max)
  • 8.30pm: Final 5 laps of men’s race
  • 8.40pm: Race finish
  • 8.50pm: Podiums

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Organised by TweedLove, Peebles Cycle Club and Rennersport.

Sponsored by Rennersport. Women’s race sponsored by Innerleithen MTB Racing. Family ride supported by SEStran.
Special thanks to everyone who’s helping with the Peebles Sprint: Scottish Borders Council, Lothian and Borders Police, all the local businesses and members of the community.

Martin Williamson
Martin is our Editor, Web site Designer and Manager, and concentrates on photography. He's been involved in cycling for over 42 years and has raced for many of them, having a varied career which includes time trials, road and track racing, and triathlons. Martin has been the Scottish 25 Mile TT and 100 Mile TT Champion, the British Points Race League Champion on the track, and was a prolific winner of time trials in his day, particularly hilly ones like the Tour de Trossachs and the Meldons MTT.

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