Sunday 6 May 2012

Event: TweedRun 2012: London Edition

I heard about TweedRun 2012 a couple of weeks ago and I said to myself I would luv to join it. Didn't have time to get any tweed type clothes as that was the rules/dress code but I'd thought I atleast cheer on a couple of people that I knew was riding @OrangeBrompton & a few others that I have met before & take photographs. Well I jumped on a bus to Oxford Street as I was running late and didnt want to miss them. Finally ended up at Piccadilly and started to monitoring #TweedRun on twitter as it looked like the whole route was a secret only known to the marshals.

Kept monitoring twitter & worked out they where just leaving The Royal Albert Hall and coming to Hyde Park etc, I rode down there and spotted @OrangeBrompton & I kinda tagged along. I wasn't wearing any tweed and thought in time I would have been asked to leave or something but no one did. I tried to keep out of the way of other peoples photo ops but also kept with the whole thing taking photos of my own in the mean time. I took my dSLR with me and basically rode the whole route 1 handed taking photos as I rode, which isn't easy. (Don't try this kids, I'm a professional)

 We went past Hyde Park Corner, up to Piccadilly Circus, Parliament Square, Buckingham Palace, Horse Guards Parade, & a few other I didn't know & ended up at the Imperial War Museum for Tea & cakes. While having tea & cake everyone went around having a good look at everyones tweeds and their bikes etc. There was a few penny farthing bikes (1 HUGE front wheel & tiny back wheel) & other different types of old style bikes as well as the modern bikes and a good few Bromptons and other folders in the mix too. A couple of what looked like custom bikes that people had made, 1 guy even had a  old style speaker hooked up to an iPhone playing old WWII music.

Stayed there for awhile, chatted with a few folks I knew from the "Love London, Go Dutch" ride a just over a week ago & met a few people too.

London TweedRun 2012

London TweedRun 2012

There was a guy there who had some really awesome looking bike & was getting interviewed alot by some folks.

London TweedRun 2012

Anyways after about an hr or so they where off again, can't remember the route as it was mainly back streets but we ended up at "The Blacksmith & The Toffeemaker" pub in  Islington which looked to be the end of the TweeRun 2012.

London TweedRun 2012

Saw @OrangeBrompton again and chatted abit about the whole thing and then looked towards going homeward bound.

London TweedRun 2012

A great day of cycling & good to see people I have met before. But next time I will join it properly with a Tweed suit etc, I've got a year atleast so I should be able to come up with something. So thats 2 suits I gotta get, 1 for the TweedRun 2013 & Brompton World Championships in August ;)

My TweedRun set on flickr

~ B ~

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