This is the second of four weekly notices updating Riders on this week’s events and information.
1. We are delighted that we can now announce the Official Tweed Ride Route. Click here to see map of Route.
2. We are also very pleased to now announce the times relating to this years’s Ride:
11:00 am – Tweed Ride Registration opens on the steps of St. Ann’s Academy. Riders will have 45 minutes to arrive, make their way to the Table to check-in and then time for photos and general swanning about with other like-minded individuals until we assemble at:
11:45 am – Tweed Ride Group Photos. This is the chance for all those hangers-on who are holding damp children and/or cameras to take those memorable snaps that make all the other Tweed Ride green with envy…
12:00 pm – The Ride sets off. Riders should be aware that as we ARE taking over the streets , that riding in single file is just not cricket. This means that we then get spread out for blocks and blocks. We earnestly desire Riders to ride in Columns of Fours whenever possible and keep the distances between Fours rather tight. Ride Marshals will be spread throughout the Ride to chivvy along the laggards (and you know who you are…)
12:30 pm – Headline: “Hundreds of well-dressed people in tweed stop traffic on Government Street”. We will pause in front of that Venerable shop – W and J Wilson – for the traditional judging of Best Tweeds; Best Facial Hair; Best Hairdo and Best Hat – with prizes given out by our sponsors until…
12:50 pm – Tweed Ride and Blue Bridge – the one and only time that Tweed Ride will get to ride over that wonderful span before it is demolished. We then swing onto the Galloping Goose Trail. Be aware that as the Trail narrows, we will be asking Riders to shift from Columns of Fours down to Three’s, Twos and at one point Ones.
Again, just listen to the mellifluous tones of your Tweed Ride Marshals and all will come off swimmingly.
1:30 pm – Tweed Ride meets the Gorge. The Ride will wind itself through the Autumn colours along the Gorge waterway and finally come to rest in a pastoral spot where a steaming cup of tea awaits and the lawns prepare themselves to be kissed by tartan blankets and wicker hampers filled with delicacies.
3:00 pm – Tweed Ride ends. Please take care riding home, dear friends….