The Manor & Meadow Tour 2012

by Adam on 27, June, 2012

Group Photo

Mr Slyred, our friend from the Rebellious Colonies recently helped to organise the Manor & Medow Tour. Mr Slyred has been good enough to provide a little write up and share a few photographs of the day. It looked like a rather spiffing day out and a nice reminder to those of us in the Homeland what summer should look like

It started out as the loveliest spring weather in Chicago, but as the week progressed the temperatures got hotter every day.  Nonetheless over fifty riders braved the heat to come out for The Manor & Meadow Tour at Mayslake Hall in Oak Brook, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.  On the day it was about 93F (~34C), which precluded tweed of any kind.  The typical attire was seersucker, linen and short trousers.

There was vintage steel of all pedigrees at the manor that Sunday.  All were welcomed.

Our esteemed Ride Captain, Alan Lloyd, had chosen a route that took us from the manor through Fullersburg Wood.  The trails were mostly shaded from the harsh afternoon sun.  Our first stop was the picnic area at Graue Mill.  Riders took the opportunity to take photographs at the nineteenth century grist mill and rest a bit from the first leg of the ride.

 We set out again, bound for the meadow that would serve as the turnaround point of the ride.  The Guvnors’ Assembly was represented by the extra tall Dr. Raybot on his extra tall Guv’nor.

No British Bicycles of Chicago ride would be complete without a least one pub stop.  York Tavern, the oldest public house in DuPage County, was our stop for libations during The Manor & Meadow Tour.

The ‘ever dapper’ John Ladner exits the pub ready to continue the ride back to the manor and prepare for afternoon tea.

Despite the temperatures, everyone was keen for tea back at the manor.  During the ride our dedicated tea ladies had prepared the tables for the hungry masses.  The Ace of Clubs bicycle for the raffle is in the foreground.

The riders in The Manor & Meadow Tour were quite generous in their donations.  The lovely Siobhan Gregory was on hand to accept our check for $1000 (~£650) benefiting Working Bikes Cooperative, Chicago.

All in all a very successful event.  We all had a great time and raised a nice sum of money for our charity.


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The Cycling Photographer June 28, 2012 at 8:04 am

“Braved the heat……” You haven’t seen our summer!
Tell me, does the York Inn sell proper beer?
Thank you for the report. Being short of leg the double tube
Guv’s terrify me!


SlyRed June 28, 2012 at 10:35 am

I actually didn’t go into the pub and indulge, but I’d imagine that all the beers were American and icy cold ;^D

Yes, I’m a short’un too. That Guv was really tall. This is me next to Dr. Raybot.


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