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Swap your lycra for tweed and flat caps: The Tweed Run is back

Swap your lycra for tweed and flat caps: The Tweed Run is back IMAGE: Matt Shaw

Fancy yourself a stylish cyclist? Are you loath to the lycra and prefer to don your tweed, flat cap and brogues and stop for a picnic en route? It would appear that the Tweed Run is right up your alley then. Taking place on Saturday 14th May for its 8th annual event in London, the Tweed Run is world renowned for being the most sartorially impeccable event ever to take place on two wheels.

The British public bicycle ride meanders through 12 miles of London’s historic streets, beginning and ending in Clerkenwell with breaks at some points along the way — suitably, at London’s finest landmarks and hidden secrets. The Tweed Run has been lauded as ‘the metropolitan bicycle ride that brought sartorial elegance back to the bicycle’, and has gained international success.

Tweed-Run-2014-Matt-Shaw-Press-5170640 Swap your lycra for tweed and flat caps: The Tweed Run is back

IMAGE: Matt Shaw

The best part is, you needn’t be a speed demon with your hipster fixie or road bike either —no, no. This is for the chaps and chapesses and the only requirement is that you dress in your best tweed 1920s and 30s cycling attire. We want to see Merino wool team jerseys, silk cravats and flat caps. There are prizes on offer throughout the day to the most perfectly dressed, best moustaches and those with the finest vintage and best decorated bicycles.

If you prefer to cheer the dapper participants at the finishing line, then behold for a terrific Garden party and Closing Ceremony that will be held in Clerkenwell’s Spa Fields. Whilst applauding the riders over the finish line you can feast on a delicious BBQ being fired up by Bourne & Hollingsworth, indulge in refreshing cocktails from Hendricks Gin, watch live music and soak up the peachy atmosphere. It’s bound to be fabulously fancy.

Tickets to the party are available for £10 for those not participating in the ride, which includes a welcome cocktail. Purchase your tickets here

The Tweed Run takes place on Saturday 14th May, with the Garden Party & Closing Ceremony commencing at 4pm

Clerkenwell Spa Fields Park, Northampton Road, EC1R London

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