London riders turn back the clock on Tweed Run

A spiffing day out

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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.

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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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