14 May 2012

Put on your Sunday Best: Tweed Run 2012!

Official group photo, courtesy of Tweed Run.

Sunday 6th May saw the return of the London Tweed Run. Five-hundred of us gathered together with our steeds for what still remains the most sartorial cycle in the city. There were some excellent surprises throughout the day, including a celebrity rider taking part for the first time...

When The Boy & I were confirmed as having places, we both excitedly started wardrobe planning for the event. He put together a splendid outfit this year, which made me happy...
Cycling Cap: Vélobici
Tanktop & Tie: Tweedmans Vintage
Breeks: Courtesy of @thefixedfactor
Argyle Socks: J. Alex Swift
Brogues: Clarks Shoes

My planned attire for the day was a beautiful dress from Anthropologie. As that adage goes, "the best laid plans of mice & men go oft awry"; the man in this situation was fine, making me the mouse... the dress didn't happen! A last moment shopping trip (and the odd piece from previous TR outfits) resulted in an alternative outfit, which was a tad more boyish...
Vintage LV Scarf: Borrowed from Mamma Vélo
Rose Earrings: Massimo Dutti
Bicycle Necklace: Alex Monroe
Shell Ring: Massimo Dutti
Jacket: H&M
Jumper & Loose-fit Capri Trousers: Mango
Mocacasins: Massimo Dutti

With the threat of rain holding out, we rode across London to the registration point, Princes Gardens in Kensington, where we met our good friend and first-time Tweed-Runner Chloe. She looked stunning with her brand new Pashley Sovereign!

Assembling for the group photo infront of the Royal Albert Hall was brilliant. It was such an inspired choice & provided a spectacular and fitting backdrop for the occasion. Posing duties done, we all set off on the ride - bells dinging and caps doffing! The various bicycles taking part in the ride came in all shapes, sizes and interesting guises...

It's never the same route for each ride, and the one plotted out for this year certainly didn't disappoint. It involved some of London's best known landmarks, including Buckingham Palace to the delight of bemused tourists and Tower Bridge. What I really enjoyed about this one was the wonderful little side streets it included & cycling though the City on a Sunday when the traffic is lighter was perfect...

Of course, coming from a cycle-style point of view, the best sights on the Tweed Run for me had to be the Dapper Chaps, Dames & the adorable Dogs who turned out in their best attire!

Coming to a halt for the the legendary Tea Stop, we arrived at the Imperial War Museum. Cakes and brews were kindly served to riders indeed of warmth and refreshment...
There was also a surprise of hot food provided by super-marshall Briggsy... the man is a genius!

Not only is the Tea Stop a chance to refuel, it's always a marvellous opportunity to meet new people taking part! It's always a joy to meet new Tweed Runners and get their opinion on the day.
Of course there is the chance to catch up with friends and familiar faces including the gorgeous Jeni Yesterday and Beth Gwenllian of The Vintage Mafia...

Teas done and cakes demolished, we all set-off for the last leg of the ride heading towards our final destination... The Blacksmith & The Toffeemaker pub in Islington! I was certainly in need of something a little stronger to drink...
... as was the ever stylish Miss Fleur de Geurre who met us all at the Pub... after doing a half-marathon that morning!
A well deserved Pint if ever I saw one! Now, if I could look even half as good as this after running a marathon, I'd be a very happy Lady indeed!

In between drinks, there was the very important business of the competitions to attend to. Judging commenced for the two biggest titles of the day: "Most Dapper Chap' and 'Most Dashing Dame'... with none other than Graham Coxon on the judging panel!
It was an absolute pleasure to meet Graham (and his Piggy!) - and he most certainly looked the part for the day! 

Once again, it was absolutely wonderful to be part of the Tweed Run - well organised, immense amounts of fun and another Ride that won't be forgotten. Massive love goes to all of the Marshalls who volunteered for the day and got us through the streets of London unscathed... 
and of course to the team behind the Tweed Run, Ted and Jacqui for a brilliant event and for inviting me and The Boy along...


Photography provided by Ian James* - further pictures can be viewed here.
*a.k.a 'The Boy'... thank you x

9 comments:

mondomulia.com said...

I don't have a bicycle, I don't own a single piece of tweed clothing, but I do want to attend a Tweed Run one day! The photos from this one and the previous look so wonderful!! Thanks to you and Ian for sharing!

Alex said...

Glad to see so many people out there, and all different kinds of bicycle! Last year, I went to a tweed ride (in tweed) on my Montague bike - but almost everyone there was on a vintage style steel frame. Made me feel a bit out of place (despite the outfit). Hopefully ours will open up to other bikes a bit more this year too.

Momtaz said...

A fine post! I enjoyed reading last year's, and this year's even more! Plus none of the photos look cold or grey!!! Must have been an amazing atmosphere - I love the Penny Farthings & great pic of you & Graham!

Tweedmans Vintage said...

Great post and pics Jools, glad we could be of assistance with "The Boys" outfit for the day, you both look great : )
Denise @ Tweedmans Vintage

Dottie said...

These photos are amazing - your tweed outfit is fab! This American is awed that your group gets to bike over the London Bridge. :)

Elovelo said...

That awesome idea! I will also join tweed run some day somewhere and for sure we must run similar event in Poland :)

Emma said...

Lovely pics, Jools. Ian looks like a cheeky schoolboy! (In a good way, of course). One day, I'll be able to take part, too. Maybe next year with baby in the basket* Can you get tweed babygros?


*Clearly I will put the baby somewhere much safer than that

Felicia said...

Damn, I love your blog!

Felicia, This Time Now

Ohlala mavie said...

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