London riders turn back the clock on Tweed Run

A spiffing day out

Some 400 riders took to the streets of London at the weekend dressed in 1920s and '30s cycling attire for the 2010 Tweed Run.

Kitted out in plus-fours, Harris Tweed jackets, wool team jerseys, silk cravats and jaunty flat caps, and on bikes of all shapes and sizes, they rode a leisurely 14-mile route past landmarks including Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Starting at the Chelsea College of Art & Design, there were stops along the way for best moustache and best dressed competitions and a spot of tea in Kensington Gardens, accompanied by a three-piece string orchestra.

The ride ended at The Bathhouse in Bishopsgate with a party featuring DJs and a swing band. "All in all, an absolutely spiffing day out!" reckoned the Tweed Run website.

The event raised almost £1,500 for Bikes4Africa. Organisers Ted Young-Ing and Jacqui Shannon were so pleased with how the day went that they are planning on holding a Tweed Run in Toronto, Canada.

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