Cyclists swap lyrca for flat caps on The Tweed Run bike ride

The Tweed Run in 2014. Picture: Matt Shaw

The Tweed Run in 2014. Picture: Matt Shaw - Credit: Archant

Too posh to cycle? Think again, because the annual Tweed Run is back for an eighth year on May 14.

The Tweed Run in 2014. Picture: Matt Shaw

The Tweed Run in 2014. Picture: Matt Shaw - Credit: Archant

Once again, cyclists will ditch the lycra in favour of flat caps, silk cravats and – of course – their finest Tweed jacket as they leisurely pedal 12 miles around central London.

Starting in Clerkenwell, sharply dressed bikers will ride a variety of two-wheeled contraptions, from penny farthings and vintage bikes to modern-day cycles.

Expect to see plenty of Merino wool jerseys, bow ties and other retro attire as entrants bike in view of famous landmarks and hidden gems, with stop-offs for tea and a bite to eat.

The scenic route will finish back in Clerkenwell’s Spa Fields for the garden party and closing ceremony, where a free gin cocktail, live music and a barbecue will await thirsty cyclists.

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Tickets to ride for £25, including a £5 donation to the London Cycling Campaign, are now sold out but those who have already signed up who want to ensure they set off on a full stomach can indulge in the Tweed Run brunch at Bourne&Hollingsworth Buildings for an extra £25.

Riders and guests can also reserve a gourmet hamper full of classic treats for the picnic break halfway through the ride.

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If you want to dress up without getting sweaty, you can still buy tickets to the after party for £10, which lets you watch the last leg of the ride and cheer the cyclists over the finish line.

The Tweed Run is organised by Bourne&Hollingsworth.

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