Guvnors Assembly Tweed Run 2013
Starting in 2009 the Tweed Run is now on it’s fifth birthday, in what has became the un-official start of the jolly nice cycle season the event was as usual massively over subscribed. We have all seen people riding through the winter months but really, is there any need?
The turnout for the GA was really rather good, the kind donation of a few spare tickets, a few back room electronic mail messages passed around and not forgetting to mention a few international flights purchased, we managed a jolly respectable head count. It was also jolly nice to see our friends from Velo Vintage and finally meet Nic from Vickers Bikes, and it should be made clear this was not just because he promised us alcohol.
This years ride set off from the University College of London heading off on possibly one of the best routes to date, for the out of towners and the not so cynical London types it was jolly nice to see some of the sites, and I think it may be said judging by the crowds of people lining the roads we provided a rather pleasant aspect for onlookers.
A slightly longer lunch than usual was held at Lincoln’s Inn Fields, with a spiffing picnic provided by Fynch and a jolly pleasant sounds of a quartet in the central bandstand. Inevitably, when the words “picnic” and “England” are mentioned in the same breath, along with the incantation “it doesn’t look too bad” it started to rain, little did we know compared with the later offering from the Rain God’s they were merely toying with we mere mortals.
After lunch we were marshalled by the err… marshals, thankful the drizzle had eased off and set of on the final part of the run. Then, about with about one mile to go it rained with enough force to have got Noah reaching for his brolly. Rain Capes were quickly un-packed while the more (fool) hardy pushed on to the Star of Kings public house and final destination.
It must be said at this point that I have never smelt so much damp vintage tweed in one place at the same time, it was quite an assault on the olfactory senses. The rather close atmosphere was made somewhat more bearable by the liberal quantities of Gin and Soda being handed out.
To cap the ride off at the after ride awards our very own Mr Corky won a rather nice Pashley bag for “Best Bike”. Congratulations Sir! I think given the circumstances that the bike was not technically a Guvnor can be overlooked as we shall claim the Silverware for our virtual trophy cabinet.
Thanks must go to the organisers of the Tweed Run, at times it must seem like a thankless task but it really is appreciated.
Finally, as is only polite, welcome Dr Jon. You are a Gentleman and near to being an English man a fellow from across the Pond can be. If the Tweed Run was offering a prize for “Most Flag Waving” you would have cycled away with it.
The little montage that made the little clip up is now on Flickr, and available for download from here