This weekend I had the pleasure of witnessing the Tweed Ride in Victoria. What began in 2009 as Tweed Run London, where a small group of smartly dressed people took a leisurely ride through the streets of London, England to raise money to buy bicycles for children in Africa, has now morphed into a world-wide event.
Tweed Ride Victoria is a fundraiser for Bikes Without Borders, which will help send ambulance/stretcher bikes to Malawi. There are also tweed rides in Tokyo, Paris, Sydney, Toronto and major cities throughout the States with similar goals.
So, on Sunday, hundreds of riders showed up at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, dressed to the nines and armed with vintage bikes and teacups.
Encouraged to dress in classic tweed, the riders looked awesome, or should I say smashing. In high spirits, they set off up Government Street and toured the city for three hours, stopping for afternoon tea in the gardens of Government House and ending the ride at The Penny Farthing Pub in Oak Bay.
The beautiful tree-lined streets of Victoria made for the perfect setting to this meandering, English style event. It definitely looked like a lot of fun and I think next year I would like to be part of the action. It only cost $5 to register for the Victoria ride so check out the rides in your area, find yourself a spiffy tweed jacket and some knee-high argyle socks and join the ride!