No Tweed Ride for 2015 : Seeking Sponsor

Every year Bikes Without Borders and their hard working dedicated volunteers put into motion the plan for the Toronto Tweed Ride.  Alas, in 2015 we are sad to announce we will not be able to organize the ride.   This year, the ride has run into some set-backs and we have decided to defer the 2015 Ride until 2016 pending a new official corporate sponsor relationship. Aside from the monumental grass roots support we get from the Toronto cycling community, the ride is ultimately dependent on our big corporate sponsor.  For many years the great folks down at ING Direct and more recently Tangerine have generously supported the ride with direct funding and a group of amazing volunteers. Sadly sometimes great things and great relationships have to end.  Tangerine has decided to refocus their support on other worthy charitable initiatives.  We would would like to thank Tangerine for their support of the 2014 ride. Bikes Without Borders is seeking an official sponsor relationship for the Tweed Ride. Interested parties should contact:  

The 2011 Toronto Tweed Ride

Video and Photos from the 2011 Toronto Tweed Ride

This past Saturday was Toronto's first Tweed Ride.

It was immensely successful (we estimated about 200 people showed up) and this will be an annual event. We kept hearing again and again how much fun everyone had and how they can't wait until next fall when we do it all again (and hopefully bigger and even better).

The best part is the event raised over $10,000 for the fantastic work that Bikes without Borders does, which is currently sourcing and buying bicycles and bicycle ambulances for health workers in Malawi.

If you missed the event (or even if you were there, looking dashing and lovely in your tweedy best), you're probably interested in seeing videos and photos from the event. This post is for you.

Let's start with a great video put together by Xander of 416CycleStyle: Tweedride Toronto on Queen St.

The next video is also from Xander... of the massive tall bike (complete with propeller) on the ride. :) It has a funky soundtrack, that somehow mashes Tweed with the 1970s. haha.

After the ride, we all stopped at Dovercourt House (on Dovercourt, north of Bloor) and parked our bikes at the BikeValet provided by the Toronto Cyclists Union and Autoshare, and proceeded to have dinner and a swinging 2-floor party.

Here's a video of Tweedsters and Swing Dancers cutting a rug to "Sly Blue", a swing band from NYC.

Finally, there are hundreds and hundreds (maybe thousands) of photos out there of the absolutely astounding fashion on the ride. Here's a few from our TweedRideTO Flickr Group:

20111015-tweedride-6 'Stache Tandem Taxi #tweedtweeters DSCN1903 DSCN1888 DSCN1898 DSCN1907 Dapper Derek IMG_6183 IMG_6200 IMG_6193 IMG_6214 IMG_6235 IMG_6306 IMG_6298 cyclecouture If you're looking for more photos, you can find them just about everywhere: