This Saturday I was one of 500 lucky people who got an entry to the third annual Tweed Run, ‘a metropolitan bicycle ride with a bit of style’. For those that don’t know, the Tweed Run is a bike ride around central London with all the participants wearing their finest Tweed attire. It takes in all the capitals sites including St Pauls, Big Ben, Westminster, Trafalgar square, Saville row, and back out to East London.
Saturday for me was the first day of summer so we were greeted with a beautiful sunny day, what better than a leisurely jaunt around London. Start was at St Pauls from 11:45 but most gather early to check out other people’s bikes and style. Needless to say some of the outfits were very smart, but wow, the bikes were amazing! Penny farthings, tandems, and some beautiful vintage cycles graced the London streets that day with many people eyeing up others rides with envious looks. Showing the popularity of the ride we were quite amazed when Ewan McGregor rode past in his finest tweed ready to join the other riders!
A mandatory photo is taken on the stairs of St Pauls and it was then when I realized how great this event really is and everyone was so into it! We jumped on our bikes and started the ride around London. The route was down from St Pauls, over to the South bank, back over Westminster bridge, though Hyde park, Trafalgar square, Saville row (where the moustache competition is judged), down regent street, High Holborn (for tea and cucumber sandwiches) and then the home stretch along Clerckenwell rd, through Old st roundabout, along Bethnal Green rd to the Bethnal Green working mans club for some after ride beverages courtesy of St Germain liqueurs. It was about 10 miles in total but taken at a leisurely pace.
This was a great ride and really well organized. A devout group of marshalls spent the day zooming up to the next intersections to stop the traffic. Most of the motorists loved the ride going past – and it was quite a spectacle seeing 500 plus people riding through in their tweed!
The tweed run supports bikes4africa, you can check out what they do here. But I would definitely recommend getting an entry for this next year (they sold out in about 5 minutes this year) as it was a great day out. Many thanks to the tweed run team for such a great day!