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Tweed Run in London is the most well-known group bicycle ride in the world. The annual event first began in 2009 with cyclists dressed in traditional British cycling attire. The success of the phenomenon has seen similar rides copied worldwide. This year I was in the UK capital, fortunate to have one of the limited tickets on hand.

It has been described as a metropolitan bike ride with a bit of style. There was plenty of stlyin’ and profilin’ with participants decked out in Harris Tweed suits featuring brogues, argyle socks, bow ties and flat caps. While any type of bike is accepted, vintage rides are encouraged in an effort to embrace the spirit of the classic British era.

The event began at Trafalgar Square where the tweed-clad celebrants huddled en masse for some posing and schmoozing. After being corralled for a group photo, it was time to breach the throngs of observers and roll into gear.

Tally-ho! was the phrase of the day as the group coiled around iconic landmarks in central London. Volunteer marshals did an admirable job keeping everyone on route while leading the ensemble to its first stop for a Tea Break at Red Lion Square.

In short order, everyone was back on the road again before settling down for a picnic at Saint Pancras Gardens. After some moustache curling and bladder relief, the casual ride continued to our final destination. The day came to a fitting end at the stunning Bloomsbury Ballroom for the closing ceremonies.

It was a perfect time to reminisce with a complimentary glass of Pol Roger. My mind wandered back to a question I heard while on the street. Is it about the tweed or the bikes? I never heard the response but the simple answer could be both. But today, any form of bike advocacy takes a back seat to having fun and riding in style.

Tweed Run on Route

Tweed Run on Route

Big Wheel Little Horn

Big Wheel Little Horn

Bike n’ Pipe

Bike n’ Pipe

Monocle man

Monocle man

Service with a smile

Service with a smile

Curling

Curling

Tea Break

Tea Break

Two cups please

Two cups please

Tongue Action

Tongue Action

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

Tweed Run on Pause

Tweed Run on Pause

Bike Bus Race

Bike Bus Race

Waiting on Red

Waiting on Red

Quick break on Waterloo Bridge

Quick break on Waterloo Bridge

Tweed on Route

Tweed on Route

Ride in Luxury

Ride in Luxury

Golden Owl

Golden Owl

After-party

After-party

Pol Rogers or two

Pol Rogers or two

Pol Rogers or two

Pol Rogers or two

The Days End

The Days End

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