Some years ago I was lucky enough to get an entry in the second charity bicycle run called The Tweed Run which took place in London in 2010 and what a fun day it was.
I was reminded of this today when listening to Harry and Edna on the wireless with his radio show on the event. https://www.mixcloud.com/harryandedna/tweed-run-2017/
Ever since I did the event I have thought how much fun it would be if there was a similar type of run near where I live and to this end I am putting out the request for slightly eccentric tweed wearing bicyclists who live near Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire.
I have over the years put out feelers to various cycle clubs and cycle shops to see if I can find like minded people who may want to organise such an event with no luck, so I am now working on plan B.
The Flitch Way is a local walking and cycling path from Bishops Stortford to Braintree and at 15 miles would seem an ideal route for a tweed clad bicycle ride.
Having given up temporarily on a full blown event with hundreds of riders I am now looking at a much smaller gathering of perhaps half a dozen slightly eccentric men and women who may wish to join me and hopefully set a trend whereby many others may join us on future rides.
Should any old bicycle owning, tweed wearing, slightly eccentric individuals wish to join me please don’t hesitate to contact me, for you never know, from little acorns large oaks do grow.
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I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work due to losing my agent when I became a full time carer to my mother who had dementia. and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent.
Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work.
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I spent many years looking after my aged mother and shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013.
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Sounds like a plan. I hope you manage to gather enthusiasts.
Strangely enough it is not as easy as it seems, I know quite a few eccentric old car people but I don’t know any old bicycle enthusiasts.
Mmm, I see your problem, you might need to look at the word OLD!
The London Tweed Run was awash with young people and most had bicycles of character and proper vintage bicycles. I’m not sure if your comment OLD refers to the people or the bicycles, I’d be happy whatever anyone turned up on.
It was a joke Joe!
Perhaps that’s where I’m going wrong, people think I’m joking too. You wouldn’t think it hard to find six slightly eccentric people with tweed clothing and a bicycle to go for a ride. The funny thing is where I live at the weekend you cannot move for “serious” cycling clubs on the roads but modern cycles and Lycra isn’t the look I’m aiming for!
I like the idea tweed clothing and like you I’m surprised you haven’t got more takers.
Perhaps they think it’s a tad too eccentric?
What ever the reason the are missing out on a heap of fun!
Oddly enough I met a woman today whose husband is a serious cyclist so it might be a contact worth pursuing.
Oh I do hope so, all the best with that. 🙂
That actually sounds fun! Unfortunately, I’m too far away to sign up. But I wish you all good luck. Hopefully, you’ll get more than half a dozen to join in.
I’d be happy to start with six and work upwards from there.
What a wonderful idea.