A tweedy bike tootle
On Sunday the 19th of June the Loyal Haumoana Cycling Club has once again organised the annual Mid Winter Tweed cycle ride.
Cyclists wearing tweed or tartan will start the ride at 11am at West Quay Ahuriri in Napier and follow a trail around the streets and pathway viewing the 31 Sea Wall murals in Ahuriri and the city.
They will stop for lunch in the city then will gather once again at 1.30pm in front of one of the murals in the Cathedral car park for a group photo, before making their way back to Ahuriri where they will finish the ride at Speight’s Ale House.
There are huge annual tweed rides in London, New York, Sydney and other overseas cities. The London ride last month had a limit of 1000 riders and entries were sold out within days. In New Zealand tweed rides are held in Auckland and Christchurch and soon in Hamilton.
The Loyal Haumoana Cycling Club expects at least 30 riders wearing tweed or tartan on a variety of vintage and modern cycles to join this fun free ride in Napier but organisers say they would not be surprised if there were more, as this is the fourth year it has been held in Hawke’s Bay and the ride is growing in popularity, in line with the growing number of recreational cyclists in the region.
One of the riders, a member of the Oamaru Ordinary Cycle Club, will be riding an Ordinary (penny farthing) and Judy from the Loyal Haumoana Cycle club will be riding a 1918 ladies’ Rudge safety cycle. Many other cyclists will be riding vintage cycles dating from the 1920s to 40s. The ride is open to any cyclist and they can ride any age or type of bike they have as long as they are wearing something tweed or tartan.
TWEEDY TWOSOME: This dapper duo are about to depart for the Loyal Haumoana Cycling Club’s Annual MidWinter Tweed Ride.