We don’t know about you, but after the Tour de France came to England, we got in a bit of a bicycle buzz. The UK lends itself to cycling with fantastic scenery to explore. However, us Brits also like to quirk things up a bit, and for one weekend each year we don our best 1920s Tweed cloaks and knickerbockers to join in the Tweed Run. This social cycle through London’s historic streets is quite a spectacle: Participants can expect a day of leisurely riding in the company of fellow ladies and gentlemen exceptionally dressed in plus-fours, Harris tweed jackets, merino wool team jerseys, silk cravats, bow ties and flat caps. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a penny farthing among other vintage bicycles. The Tweed Run has quickly gained international success, with The Times’ street style photographer, Bill Cunningham quoted as saying it was “re-inventing the catwalk” when it visited New York in 2011. And don’t worry – there’ll also be plenty of opportunities to recharge with a good, proper cup of tea. Spiffing, what! For details see tweedrun.com
A very British cycling event
Tuesday 13 May 2014
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