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The first ever Tweed Ride arrived in Amsterdam this past weekend. It brought along unprecedented weather helping to make for a memorable experience.

The event, much like the glorious summer sun came out of nowhere. I had only learned about the ride the evening before and acquired tickets at the last-minute. I was moderately ill-prepared.  My dress shirt was at the dry cleaners getting washed and pressed for Tween Run in London next week.

The wait before the ride

The wait before the ride

Coffee Break

Coffee Break

The day began in suitable fashion at the Tommy Page vintage store in Jordaan.  Roughly 80 participants met up to register and receive their tote bag filled with sublime swag.  Among the items were a bottle of Dutch gin and tonic, a sweet tweed pen accompanied with a notebook, cucumber sandwich and a voucher for a coffee at Winkel 43 to help get us started.

Gin & Tonic

Gin & Tonic

Tweed Notes

Tweed Notes

Decked out in tweed and argyle socks, the group was led by the Marshall on a battery-powered fat bike.  While the the ride would hardly be a blip on a radar in a bicycle dominated city like Amsterdam, there were plenty who took notice as a parade of bicycles rolled over canals in vintage style.

We would loop around the heart of Amsterdam, passing by memorable sites before stopping in Vondelpark.  After an extended break, we peeled ourselves from the grass and continued the ride to our final destination.

Vondelpark

Vondelpark

Park break

Park break

The day came to a close in Westerpark for the closing ceremonies.  Awards which included Brooks accessories were given out for the best dressed man and woman. A bonus award, certainly exclusive to the day was handed out for the best sunburn.

Amsterdam is the third city in the Netherlands to host  Tweed Ride.  Utrecht and Rotterdam were the first.  But there is little doubt this global event left a distinct stamp of approval for a return next year.

 

Registration at Tommy Page

Registration at Tommy Page

Glorious Sunday

Glorious Sunday

The Pedersens

The Pedersens

Tweed Ride Vondelpark

Tweed Ride Vondelpark

Colonial Ride

Colonial Ride

Soldier & Nurse

Soldier & Nurse

Vintage Cyclist

Vintage Cyclist

Drinks at days end

Drinks at days end

Always looking to shoot

Always looking to shoot

The Marshal

The Marshal

Smiles

Smiles

Best Tweed Man

Best Tweed Man

Best Dressed Lady

Best Dressed Lady

Best Sun burn

Best Sun burn

Birds Eye View

Birds Eye View

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