Following in the footsteps of London and San Francisco, Sydney had it’s very own Tweed Ride.
I crawled out of bed for an early start, participants gathered at 8am on the steps of Sydney Town Hall for a 9am ride. The weather was icy and it was starting to rain, “oh no!” better get the thermals on.
Riding into town hall was interesting, Tarn’s very dapper hunting style outfit and my veiled hat, black cape and knee high lace ups were catching a few confused looks. Riding along Oxford St resulted in catcalls, tourist photos and some lycra clad cyclists pulling up and asking ‘where ARE you going?’ I was feeling excited and slightly paranoid that there was only going to be a few of us turn up, ‘oh well, it will be fun anyway’ I thought.
Turning the corner to Town Hall I couldn’t believe my eyes, almost 75 people! Wow! It was incredible, so many amazing outfits! I milled about taking snap shots and catching up with friends, this was definitely going to be fun.
After a burst of rain, we headed off towards the rocks (the oldest part of Sydney with lots of beautiful sandstone buildings, terrace houses and small lane ways), it really set the scene for all the vintage bikes and old school finery. Some snaps under the Harbour Bridge and in front of the Opera House and we were off again, 2 abreast on the road, trailing almost the length of some streets. Luckily enough the clouds dissipated and the sun burst through as we got to Observatory Hill, it turned into the most magnificent day. A short stop before we headed off to the domain, up Oxford St and onto Centennial Park where we stopped for a spot of refreshment, and to award the prizes. There was a best dressed male and female award, best bike; a gorgeous old Harry Quinn in perfect condition and best moustache and chops.
All up the ride took around 2 ½ hours, it was at a very leisurely pace with lots of stops along the way to take in the general atmosphere and tally-ho, chap chappiness of it all. I had a super time, it was great chatting to new people whilst riding, then you’re off or drop back to chat to someone else. Susan and her team did a fabulous job oganising the event, thanks Susan and everyone involved! I can’t wait for the next one.
See some pics here on Flickr.