Oi, Guv’nor! The Canberra Tweed Ride
by The Editor
Canberra: The home of democracy and ground zero for MAMILs (Middle-Aged-Men-In-Lycra). It’s a sight that pollutes the most pleasant of cafes in the morning hours – however there is a more refined, better dressed and less crotch-bulgy alternative that takes to the city’s bike paths this weekend.
Fittingly held on a long weekend celebrating Ma’am (or ‘Her Maj’ if you prefer), Monday sees the fifth installment of the Canberra Tweed Ride hits the streets. It’s a simply beautiful concept that emphasises serenity over speed and pleats over cleats. What better than a collective of finely clothed Canberrans rolling by on their collection of bicycles old and new, getting to know each other at many of the Capital’s finer cafes (and – eventually – pubs and bars) and riding slowly enough to smell the roses and fully absorb the streets we love.
The Canberra version is the local variant of yet another worldwide movement (think Le Diner En Blanc or Worldwide Knitting in Public Day) that has found a place within our little mountain village. We at The Canberran heartily endorse such participation; it brings an analogue feel to our increasing online world. More importantly, establishing local outposts requires a committed group of locals with a common interest to provide momentum to such events. To use a horrifically Canberran phrase – the key metric of the success of the Tweed ride is that the event has had the energy to embark upon a fifth year – a success by any measure.
If your interest is piqued, but feel you are in need of some sartorial inspiration, head on over to the event’s FaceBook page and peruse some of the efforts from last year’s event. In 2013, the fun commences from Glebe Park at 11.00am on Monday 10 June. There’s also the chance to win yourself a gorgeous Papillionaire bicycle via a raffle, which would set you up beautifully for another spin in 2014.