The Quad Cities Annual Tweed Ride will be held on Saturday, October 19, guaranteed to be a day of bicycle riding and silly fashion fun. Inspired by the original Tweed Run that takes place in London, it is one of many that have sprung up around the world over the past few years; from cities in Russia to Seattle, Des Moines to Buffalo, New York, Tweed Rides are catching on as a fun way to spend a day.
The ladies and gentlemen that participate in the Tweed Ride don their finest vintage apparel, made of the soft, woolen fabric and go on a bicycle ride together though Davenport, stopping at various places along the way for different events. Many of the participants are bicycle enthusiasts, and have old-fashioned bicycles as well to complement their outfits for the day. “The term ‘overdressed’ does not exist in our vocabulary.”
The ‘our’ of the QC Tweed Ride labels itself the Friends of Tweed Social Club, a group who wishes to celebrate the history of and culture surrounding the bicycle. They will be hosting contests that day.
The ride is free for anyone who is interested, though you can register to help support River Action, the local group that protects and restores the Mississippi River and the environment. The registration will get you a commemorative armband, lunch, and admission into all the fun.
The Quad-Cities Tweed Ride is a leisurely bicycle ride along the Davenport riverfront. It will launch from the Village Theater in the quaint Village of East Davenport and riders will travel to Schwiebert Park in Rock Island for a picnic lunch with live music provided by Lewis Knudsen.
Following a picnic lunch, riders will be free to “gallavant around the town” before winding their way back to the Village Theater for the Awards Ceremony, Door Prizes, and Tweed Bike Raffle.