AROUND 500 mountain bikers will race into Peebles this weekend for the first major enduro of the year.

The Whyte Vallelujah Enduro kicks off the 2017 season of cycling events which make up the highly successful TweedLove Bike Festival.

And all 500 places for Saturday practice and Sunday's racing were sold out well in advance.

Neil Dalgleish, from organisers Hillside Outside, told us: "Race day is Sunday, with riders practising on the course on Saturday, and spectators only need to head up Janet’s Brae a short way to watch the high speed mountain bike action.

"There are also race stages all over Glentress forest."

TweedLove is now one of the most important tourism events for the Scottish Borders, bringing in £1million for the local economy every year.

This year's festival will be headlined by the largest cycle demo event and expo in the whole of the United Kingdom – to be held on Tweed Green from June 9 to 11.

This weekend’s enduro will start and finish in the grounds of the Peebles Hydro Hotel and will feature local vendors and high end cycle equipment on display from the likes of Whyte, Shimano, and Alpine Bikes.

The Hydro hotel will also be putting on a BBQ for all attending.