London Tweed Run cyclists ditch lycra for 'style ride'

Participants in the Tweed Run Image copyright Reuters
Image caption The event is described as a bike ride with "a bit of style"

Hundreds of cyclists swapped lycra for flat caps, trilbies, berets and their sartorial best during a 12-mile ride.

Up to 1,000 people dressed in Harris Tweed jackets set off from Clerkenwell to take part in the annual London Tweed Run.

The event, which took in the major landmarks, is described as a "bicycle ride with a bit of style".

Cyclists stopped for tea in Tavistock Square and lunch in Kensington Gardens.

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Image caption Many participants toured the capital on vintage bicycles including penny-farthings

'Jolly knees-up'

Crowds took photos as the well-dressed riders, some on vintage bikes including penny-farthings, toured the capital's streets at a fairly leisurely pace.

The riders, who also finished in Clerkenwell, were warned that "proper attire" was expected but bowler hats were a "spot more aerodynamic than top hats".

"We take to the streets in our well-pressed best, and cycle through the city's iconic landmarks," a spokeswoman said.

"Along the way, we stop for a tea break and a picnic stop, and we usually end with a bit of a jolly knees-up."

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Image caption Prizes were awarded to the best dressed men and women
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Image caption Up to 1,000 people took part in the Tweed Run according to the organisers
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Image caption Some participants packed refreshments for the end of ride celebrations

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