THE country's biggest mountain bike festival is celebrating its 10th birthday - by going ELECTRIC.

TweedLove has been a remarkable success story ever since its foundations in 2010.

From a small 'free for pals' event it has steadily grown into a major, award-winning festival which attracts riders from all over the world.

More than 200,000 people of all ages and abilities have taken part in TweedLove over the past decade.

But organisers are set for the most controversial addition yet to their line-up, e-bikes.

Festival founder Neil Dalgleish explained: "TweedLove has played a major role over the last 10 years in underlining the area’s reputation as a world-class place to ride bikes, so positioning the Tweed Valley as a switched-on-e-bike venue puts the area at the front of the e-bike revolution in the UK – exactly as it should be.

“The really exciting thing about all this is pretty simple though – it’s about getting more people on bikes and letting more people enjoy the hills and trails who maybe thought they weren’t able to.

"It’s a win-win situation for cycling.

"We can play our part in bringing new participants into the sport - a huge variety of people with different levels of fitness and abilities can now have access to these experiences."

The 10th Peebles-based TweedLove Bike Festival is set to take place on the last weekend in May.

The 2020 festival programme will look back at the last decade and look forward to the next one.

Classic events will remain, favourite ones will return and electric bikes will take centre stage with a new element of the festival, Electric TweedLove.

Over the festival weekend TweedLove will be hosting the UK’s biggest e-bike demo and staging a major European eMTB Challenge as well as introducing e-bike categories into their introductory enduro ‘Enjoyro’.

There will also be e-bike skills sessions and an e-bike test track into the programme.