JUST why do you love riding your bike so much?

That's the question being asked by the Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland as it launches its Schools Innovation Competition for 2018.

Developed after the success of last year’s competition, which asked Tweed Valley primary schoolchildren to describe what a mountain bike would look like in 2020, the competition has expanded to include the whole of Scotland.

The centre – which is a joint initiative headed by Edinburgh Napier University and Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland – wants both primary and secondary schoolchildren to creatively tell them why they love to ride their bike in either a short film - of up to 30 seconds - or a poster.

And they have developed four award sections - 30 second film primary school, 30 second film secondary school, A4 poster primary school, A4 poster secondary school.

Professor Geraint Florida-James from Edinburgh Napier University is the lead academic at the Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland.

He told us: "We hope this year the entries will be as wild and wonderful as 2017.

"It is great to engage with children to encourage them to ride their bikes and show the different benefits that we all know are very important for our mental and physical health.

"Last year while judging the entries we all had grins from ear to ear, we’re hoping for more of the same this year."

The competition forms part of the Centre’s continued support of TweedLove, with Edinburgh Napier University the festival’s official education partner.

And both Professor Florida-James as well as PhD student Lewis Kirkwood will be taking part in this weekend's British Enduro Championships at the festival.

The competition will run until July 31.

More information and entry forms are available at http://mtbcos.co.uk/competition-2018