AROUND 20,000 people are expected to descend on the Tweed Valley next month.

The Enduro World Series (EWS) mountain biking event is returning to the region from June 2-5.

A spokesperson said: “The racing will take centre stage, bringing international elite riders from around the globe, including ten times downhill champion Nico Vouilloz; three times EWS Series champion Tracy Moseley; plus reigning EWS champions Jack Moir of Australia and Melanie Pugin of France.

“The free EWS Tweed Valley Festival and its accompanying Fringe programme will attract biking fans and outdoor enthusiasts from all over the UK, as it gears up to host a global film premier, live music, bike demos, fun races, a makers market, racing and coaching for over 300 children and a host of food, drinks and bike brands to visit.

“The event has a strong link to the local community, where during the event week there will be guided walks/rides, historical talks, SEStrans E-bike rides and the launch of a Cycling Without Age Trishaw.”

Last year’s event reached more than six million people globally.