Tweed Ride Kicks Off Its Third Annual Ride To Celebrate Bygone Era

Tweed Ride Kicks Off Its Third Annual Ride To Celebrate Bygone Era

The Vancouver Tweed Ride Committee along with presenting sponsor, JD’s Barbershop is proud to announce the third annual organized Vancouver Tweed Ride, the most fashionable cycling event to roll through Vancouver.

The Vancouver Tweed Ride takes place Sunday, September 20. Hundreds of Vancouver cyclists dress in their finest tweeds and turn of the century attire to parade along the sea wall and through the boroughs of the downtown core. Starting at The Vancouver Club, riders gather for a spot of coffee or tea, enjoy tweed era live entertainment and a charity cheque presentation before setting off. The ride offers a historical style group photo under the Burrard Street Bridge, a period themed lunch and reception at the Roundhouse Community Centre, and finishes with a British style after-party for prizing and celebration, courtesy of The Terminal City Club at the The Lions Pub Tweed rides are a worldwide phenomenon started in London in the fall of 2009 as “Tweed Run London”. The popular event has been known to sell out in minutes with celebrity participants and hundreds of cyclists in attendance. Similar rides have taken place around the world including Toronto, New York and Sydney.

Riders are asked to recreate the spirit of a bygone era by dressing in tweed or other British cycling attire, and where possible bring classic vintage bicycles.

“The Vancouver Tweed Ride gives bike enthusiasts a chance to take part in a unique event that already happens around the world” says Daniel Patching, spokesperson for Vancouver Tweed Ride. “We are extremely excited to provide riders with new opportunities for the third year of the Tweed Ride, including the opportunity for Team Rides. We also have some great new features at the midway point of the ride that we are positive that riders will be excited about”

New to this year’s ride is the opportunity for “Team Rides”, which provides corporate groups or friend groups the opportunity to participate in a healthy team-building event. Charity Teams are provided with a midway point historical style team photo to profile their involvement and charity support

This is the third year of the event with proceeds going to Power To Be Adventure Therapy Society (Power To Be), a charity that inspires youth and families living with a disability or significant barrier to discover their limitless abilities through accessible and inclusive nature-based programs.

“We are extremely grateful to be the partnering charity for the Vancouver Tweed Ride” says Kevin Chapman, fundraiser with Power To Be. “The event brings important awareness to a growing demand for accessible outdoor programs, and the money raised helps provide some life changing experiences for many youth, adults and families living with a disability to get outside and enjoy nature, who might not otherwise have the opportunity.”

Prizes will be awarded for best-dressed tweed, best group and best bike.

The registration fee for the event is $40 and includes the ride, a swag bag, high tea, and entrance into the after party. Additional sponsors include PortLiving, Canadian Western Bank Group and Sysco.

WHAT: Vancouver Tweed Ride
WHEN: Sunday, September 20, 2015
WHERE: Vancouver Club – 915 W Hastings
TIME: 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM (Ride takes off at 12:30 PM)

For more information about the Vancouver Tweed Ride or to register please visit: www.vancouvertweedride.com

James Chung

Founder & Editor in Chief of Hello Vancity magazine. Email james@hellovancity.com

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