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Wednesday April 24th, 2013

Posted at 12:00pm

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File photo from tweed Run 2012 by Jay Verspeelt

The Tweed Run returns to city streets on May 11th and about 200 people are expected to take part.

Cyclists, dressed in their finest tweeds and old-time clothes, will leisurely take in some the city’s finest landmarks.

The event kicks off from a breakfast starting point of Willistead Manor, off to enjoying a bespoke ‘Windsor Tweed’ cocktail in CanadianClub’s riverfront gardens, onto drinking tea from Hiram Walker’s original tea service, visiting Maiden Lane’s Squirrel Cage, and culminating with a shindig outside of The Willistead Restaurant with pints of Walkerville Brewery’s finest, live old-time music, posh variations on classic English dishes and mush revelry.

Tweed Rides are a worldwide phenomenon, started in London in the fall of 2009 as “Tweed Run London.” The inaugural Windsor Tweed Ride, last October, surprised organisers with three times the cyclists joining in the event.

Organizers say efforts made to recreate the spirit of a bygone era will be appreciated, and while all bicycles are acceptable, Penny Farthings, of which we are expecting a few, are especially welcome.

Riders will have the opportunity to win one of two brand new bicycles from Bobbin Bicycles of England, courtesy of City Cyclery. Additional prizes will be awarded in several categories, including Best Dressed Gent, and Finest Dressed Lady.

Admission is on a by suggested donation basis, with none turned away for lack of funds. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Restoration of Willistead Manor.

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