10th Anniversary Tweed Run Checklist
In 2 weekends time, hundreds of tweed clad cyclists will take to the streets of London at the 10th Anniversary year of The Tweed Run. With not long to go, we’ve provided you with a handy checklist to make sure you’re prepared for the occasion.
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WHAT IS THE TWEED RUN?
The Tweed Run is the brainchild of Ted Young Ing who, in 2009, managed to get permission for the first event when 300 tweed-clad cyclists gathered at the top of London’s Savile Row on a chilly February morning. The spectacle of 300 cyclists, some on vintage bikes and all dressed in their finest tweed caught the imagination of both the press and the public, it epitomises a certain elements of British culture; an eccentric, well-mannered celebration of two wheels, tweed and tea.
The day will start off at a specific meeting point, make its way through some iconic London landmarks before reaching the tea and lunch stops with a group photo! In the afternoon, we make our way back through London to the closing ceremony, with awards, live music, food stalls and lots of dancing. Be prepared for looks from bewildered London tourists as well as a mass of photographers and press giddy at the site of so many vintage bikes and tweed clad cyclists.
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WHAT TO WEAR?
Apart from the 2, 3 or 4 wheels beneath you, the next most important thing is what you wear. Each year, we give away prizes for the best dressed, our Dashing Dame and Dapper Chaps awards. You’ll see the Cordings team throughout the day, weaving their way around everyone during the tea break and in amongst the cyclists as we judge the competition. Announced at the end of the day during the awards ceremony, each lucky winner will receive a trophy and prize. For newcomers to the ride, make sure you read all about the Tweed Run etiquette here and visit our outfit ideas for Dashing Dames and Dapper Chaps.
You can see the photos taken over the years of the most incredibly dress on our Pinterest boards by clicking here. Below are a few of our favourites from over the years.
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PREPARE YOUR BIKE
This year, the Cording’s team will also be riding the event. Our resident Cordings bike experts, Tim and Charlie, have been busy preparing our vintage rides, dusting them off and making sure they’re all oiled up and ready to go. For help and advice on your bikes and renting them for the day, speak to our good friends at Pashley and Tally Ho! Cycles.
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WHAT TO EAT AND DRINK
With all that energy spent on looking fabulous and cycling all day, you’ll definitely need some sustenance. At the picnic stop expect to see sumptuously filled hampers, pork pies and sandwiches are the order of the day, and make sure you bring some revitalising tipple to help you along your way. Previous years have seen cocktail making hampers and tweed hip flasks being passed around the cyclists as well as vintage tea caddies.
At the end of the day, we’ll be heading back to the closing ceremony where the Cycle Revolution Festival will be in full swing. There will be a bar and food stalls to whet your appetite.
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COLLECT YOUR RIDER PACK
The Tweed Run have now announced where the collection points for the rider packs are and as always, we are one of them. If you’re planning to collect your packs from us, please make sure you bring with you a printed or digital copy of your ticket confirmation, you’ll also be asked to sign your waiver in store. If you’re picking up on someone’s behalf, you’ll need to bring a copy of their ticket, their signed waiver and a photocopy of their ID.
Whilst your collecting your press pack, why not take the opportunity to purchase one of our exclusive Tweed Run 10th anniversary handkerchiefs. Don’t forget you’ll have your 15% discount voucher inside your tweed run pack.
We look forward to seeing you all there and fingers crossed for the Dashing Dame and Dapper Chaps award!