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On a sunny afternoon (Sunday 16 September), over 50 people gathered at Belfairs Woodland Centre in Southend-on-Sea for the annual Tweed Ride. They arrived in style, wearing their best tweed attire and cycling on vintage bikes. There was a great atmosphere from the start. For some it was their first Tweed ride, for others they had been attending the event since it first launched in 2008. Everyone was keen to talk to other riders and share stories. Participants had the opportunity to get their bikes checked for free by Bikeworks before setting off.
The Tweed Ride participants were waved off at the start of the ride by Councillor Brian Ayling. They began the journey along the scenic Prittle Brook Greenway. The 5.7km route links the Woodland Park to the centre of Southend and is an enjoyable route for cycling and walking.
Bikeworks were on hand again at the end of the Prittle Brook Greenway in case of any punctures or loose saddles. Fortunately, all the vintage bikes were in fine fettle still and their services weren’t required.
A chorus of bike bells could be heard throughout the ride, especially as the group made their way along Southend seafront towards Southchurch Park and were greeted by lots of excited day trippers.
Once at Southchurch Park, which was the destination for the ride, people enjoyed the last of the afternoon sunshine with a well-deserved cream tea or ice cream from the Southchurch Park Café. It had been a fabulous day from start to finish.
Thank you everyone who helped to organise and participated in the ride.
Be sure to join us at next year’s Tweed Ride!