This just in!
Raleigh NC, February 27, 2012:
Dust off your leather loafers and tune up your penny farthing. Raleigh will hold it’s first ever Tweed Ride on Saturday March 3rd, 2012.
You may be wondering, what exactly is a tweed ride? Already popular in more bike friendly cities like D.C. and Philadelphia, a “tweed ride” is a metropolitan bike ride with a flair of fashion. The dress code of the ride detours from spandex and encourages the “old world” style of the 19th century. Riders typically dress in tweed coats, dresses, and knickers for a slow, social ride to display themselves on the streets of their city.
Local cyclist Kristy Jackson is the mastermind behind the Triangle’s inaugural Tweed Ride. Before moving to Raleigh in 2010, she has been involved in promoting cycling as mode of transportation in cities throughout the Midwest. “I’d like to draw attention to how cycling as a culture has increased in the Triangle,” she said. “Also, I think it’s valuable to show people that riding a bike doesn’t have to mean wearing a suit of spandex. Biking can just be a normal, enjoyable, every day means to get to work or a social event in your normal clothes.”
The upcoming Triangle Tweed Ride has taken it a step further and partnered with the Raleigh Rescue Mission to incorporate a charitable component to the ride. As part of this year’s “Tweed n’ Feed” theme, riders are required to donate four non-perishable food items or $10 to the mission. Redress Raleigh and Raleigh Vintage have also partnered to bring sustainable fashion to the event by assisting riders with finding used clothing, upcycling materials, and fashioning their own accessories.
The leisurely ride is estimated to last about 1 hour, stretching 10 miles through downtown Raleigh. After the ride, participants are invited back to Benelux Cafe for refreshments supplied by New Belgium Brewing. Prizes will also be awarded by Raleigh Vintage for the most stylish riders.
Benelux owner Steve Halaszi is excited to further his support of Raleigh’s cycling community, “Cyclists bring a positive light to our city. I’m proud to have them in and around my business, and I think there is no more fitting location for this ride than the cobblestone streets of Historic City Market.”
The ride will begin from the Benelux Cafe at noon on Saturday March 3rd, with rider check in beginning at 10:00 am. Riders are encouraged to arrive early as there will be photographers on site to document their tweedy attires as well as mechanics from Oak City Cycling Project to assist with minor mechanical issues. Riders are asked to arrive with tires pumped up and bikes tuned up, ready to ride. For more information and to register, visit www.sites.google.com/site/triangletweed.