Riding with style

Karl and Stephanie Bossler dance to stay warm outside W & J Wilson clothing store on Government Street during a break in the inaugural Tweed Ride. The duo were among approximately 200 cyclists who dressed in their stylish best to take part in the ride.

Approximately 200 cyclists dressed in their stylish best to take part in the inaugural Tweed Ride.

The group had their costumes judged by Wilson’s owner Tom Thomson, then made several stops including tea on the lawn of Government House before winding up at Penny Farthing Pub in Oak Bay.

The Tweed Rides are a worldwide phenomena, started in London in 2009 to raise money for Bikes 4 Africa and to have a “cosmopolitain ride with a bit of style.” Proceeds from the Victoria ride went to Bikes Without Borders for stretcher bikes for the African nation of Malawi.

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