Tweed Ride Victoria

In recent years, it’s been difficult not to notice that style and cycling have seemingly come together in a way that’s almost interchangeable. In 2009, a group of cyclists across the pond in London capitalized on this notion and organized the first Tweed Ride. Four years later the event is certainly picking up traction in North America.

Rochester Tweed Ride

Photo: Joe Philipson on Flickr

What’s a Tweed Ride? Groups of bicycle enthusiasts assemble for a slow-paced ride in the hopes of raising money to purchase bicycles for African children. Access to bicycles allow African children the ability to more easily travel to school, thus allowing them the education opportunities they might not otherwise receive.

Tweed Ride has gone global and rides can be found in communities from Japan to Finland and all points in between. The second annual Victoria Tweed Ride is only 10 days away. Participants are encouraged to dress in classic tweed, “smart”-styled outfits or anything else that evokes a by-gone era.

Rochester Tweed Ride
Photo: Joe Philipson on Flickr

This year’s Victoria Tweed Ride will take place at noon on Saturday, May 12th and is open to the first 350 registrants. The cost to register is only $8 and promises to be a jolly good time as the riders weave through downtown Victoria after meeting on the front lawn of the Fairmont Empress Hotel.

Tweed Ride will happen, rain or shine, and will wrap up with “tweedy tea” at the end of the ride. Prizes will be awarded for Ladies’ and Men’s Best Tweed as well as Tweediest Child. For more information on Tweed Ride Victoria, or to register as a participant, visit Tweed Ride Victoria online.

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2 Comments on “Tweed Ride Victoria

  1. Dear Miss Keira-Anne,

    Many thanks for passing along the news of our upcoming Ride on the 12th! Very handsome of you, I must say!

    I would like to correct just one thing – the “tweedy tea” takes place mid-way through the Ride up on the Craigdarroch Castle lawn and at the end of the Ride we repair to The Bard and Banker Scottish Pub for a libation.

    Warmest regards,
    Simon Sobolewski
    Tweed Ride Victoria

  2. I initially misread the post title as “twee ride” and, hilariously, the images below still made sense in that context.

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