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Volunteer Opportunities with the Toronto Tweed Ride

Thanks to all those who have offered to volunteer to help with the Toronto Tweed Ride taking place on October 15th, leaving the Trinity Bellwoods Park Gates (registration is open from 12:00 – 2:30 at the Gates that day, or you can register NOW online)

We’d like to ask once more for your help, this time to assist in promoting our Tweederific event to Torontonians. We’re looking for volunteers who are able to spare one, two, or three hours of their time to dress in tweed and help spread the word. To learn more, we will be having a special volunteer orientation on Tuesday September 27th at 6 pm at the ING Direct Cafe located at 221 Yonge Street (across from the Eaton Centre). If you are interested in helping out with this specific opportunity and are able to attend this orientation, please email: volunteer@bikingtoronto.com


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Toronto Tweed Ride announces first Contest!

We’re working furiously on the Toronto Tweed Ride (Sat. Oct. 15), and have announced our first contest, aimed at getting groups of friends / co-workers / neighbours registering in groups for the most stylish, most debonaire, and most fun event of the fall!

Via TweedRideToronto:

Contest #1: Tweam Captain Extraordinaire!

Hear ye, hear ye!

Gather your fellow tweedy friends! Be the first to register a Tweam of 10 people or more and the Tweam Captain will win a fabulous tweedalicious prize package consisting of a Basil Memories Basket, a Brooks D-Shaped Tool Bag, and a Yakkay Helmet!

Get started on your Tweed Ride “Tweam” by clicking here!

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Join BikingToronto on the Tweed Ride!

In case you don’t know, BikingToronto is bringing a Tweed Ride to Toronto on Sat. Oct. 15, and generous sponsorship by ING Direct is making it possible.

It’s going to be, quite frankly, amazing, with people dressing up in Tweed and other fashions of a bygone era, and riding through downtown Toronto, stopping for high tea, and ending it all with a big party.  It’s only $15.

One thing we’re allowing people to do is create “Tweams” (or Tweed Teams) to allow for friendly fundraising rivalries between groups of friends, groups of co-workers, or any other groups that form.

You can sign up to be a Tweam Captain on the registration site.

Or… if you’d like to join the BikingToronto Tweam I’ve set up, just click here.  Joining a team only costs you $10 instead of $15!

Want to know what a Tweed Ride is like? Check out these great videos:

Tweed Run London:

The Tweed Run from Studiocanoe on Vimeo.


Tweed Ride Victoria:

Victoria Tweed Ride 2011 from duncan gidney on Vimeo.

Tweed Ride D.C.:

Tweed Ride 2010 from Steven Greenstreet on Vimeo.

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The Tweed Ride Toronto Press Release and Photos!

You may have already gleaned this from past entries, but for the past few months, BikingToronto has been working to bring Toronto a Tweed Ride on Sat, Oct. 15!

Here is our press release, as well as some fabulous photos of dapper Mayor Miller (yes, it’s still appropriate to call him Mayor, etiquette-wise, I’ve been told), cycle-goddess Yvonne Bambrick, the always stylish Casie Stewart, and others.

(ps. register for the ride HERE. It’s $15 and worth every penny.  You’ll see why in the description below!)

Party Like It’s 1899!

Tweed Ride Toronto to Celebrate Fashion, Cycling and a Bygone Era

Sep. 10, 2011 (Toronto, ON) BikingToronto.com is proud to announce Tweed Ride Toronto, the most dashing and fashionable cycling event to hit Toronto streets in decades.

On Saturday October 15th, over 400 participants will take part in the first annual Toronto Tweed Ride. Cyclists, dressed in their finest tweeds and old-time clothes, will leisurely take in some the city’s finest landmarks, break for high tea with renowned cycling co-operative Urbane Cyclist, and end the day with a jumping two-floor big band party.

Tweed Rides are a worldwide phenomenon, started in London in the fall of 2009 as “Tweed Run London.” This past year London registration sold out in seven minutes with more than 500 participants and celebrities such as Ewan MacGregor taking part.  Similar rides have taken place in New York, Paris, Sydney, Tokyo and other locations.

Any efforts made to recreate the spirit of a bygone era will be appreciated, and while all bicycles are acceptable, Penny Farthings are especially welcome.

Prizes (including Brooks saddle bags) will be awarded in several categories, including Most Distinguished Chap, Most Lovely Lady, and Most Awe-inspiring Moustache.

Tickets cost $15, and include ride, swag bag, high tea, a light dinner and party.

Participants are encouraged to do additional fundraising, and each participant who raises $1500 or more will receive a free Bobbin bike (courtesy of Curbside Cycle).

The event is sure to be a sellout, so get your tickets early!
 

Remember… Rock Out with Your Tweed Out!

 

 

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Planning a Toronto Tweed Ride

Tweed Rides are getting immensely popular around the world… and if you haven’t heard of them before – here’s a description of London’s “Tweed Run” from wikipedia:

“The Tweed Run is a group bicycle ride through the centre of London, in which the cyclists are expected to dress in traditional British cycling attire, particularly tweed plus four suits. Any bicycle is acceptable on the Tweed Run, but classic vintage bicycles are encouraged. Some effort to recreate the spirit of a bygone era is always appreciated”

There’s been some talk of a Toronto Tweed Ride in the past… but the organization has not really happened, so we thought we’d help organize one by bringing together people who are interested and go from there.

We’ve established a Facebook Page that you can “like” if you’re interested in helping plan one… or merely want to participate when it happens.

We are in the beginning stages now… we still need to decide the when, where, how… not to mention tweed resources in Toronto… but enough people are interested that this will happen sooner or later.

Like the Toronto Tweed Ride on Facebook!

Possible slogans:

  • Tweed is the new neon spandex
  • Yeah, it’s cool, bow ties are cool.
  • Party like it’s 1899.
  • I say, dear chap, where did you get that absolutely smashing velocipede?

For some visual interest… here are some promotional graphics from Tweed Rides from other cities!

[also, if you can spot the Doctor Who reference in this post, you shall receive geek points! yay!]

[ Many of these posters are linked on this RidingPretty post - which links back to the original artwork, designers, and event listings]

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