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The 4th Annual Victoria Tweed Ride was held last sunday, and what a lovely day it was! The ride itself was quite long this year, beginning at the St Ann’s Academy grounds downtown and finishing at a perfect picnic spot at Esquimalt Gorge Park.┬áMore than 200 riders enjoyed an ideal day out.

Waiting to take off! GJ built an amazing wind-powered flying machine for the front of his Raleigh. It worked so well, spinning propellers and flapping wings! Video coming soon.

Waiting to take off! GJ built an amazing wind-powered flying machine for the front of his Raleigh. It worked so well, spinning propellers and flapping wings! Video coming soon.

One of my favourite bicycles: a vintage Sparta tandem ridden by a lovely couple.

One of my favourite bicycles: a vintage Sparta tandem ridden by a lovely couple.

My picnic: tea sandwiches, cream scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, lemon cake and plums.

My picnic: tea sandwiches, cream scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, lemon cake and plums.

This bicycles and trailer are a mobile library! Well done!

This bicycles and trailer are a mobile library! Well done!

Our friend Francis took this pic of me and the picnic I prepared. Thank you Francis!

Our friend Francis took this pic of me and the picnic I prepared. Thank you Francis!

David's Tea, one of many sponsors, provided the tea service this year.

David’s Tea, one of many sponsors, provided the tea service this year.

So many beautiful bicycles!

So many beautiful bicycles!

Many large trees provided welcome shade to the picnickers.

Many large trees provided welcome shade to the picnickers.

GJ on the left, looking so divine, handing out a prize from Fairfield Bike Shop, where he works, to the always dapper, always a gentleman, Simon. Simon was one of the organizers of the first three Tweed Rides and gave much support this year to the new team.

GJ on the left, looking so divine, handing out one of the prizes from Fairfield Bike Shop, where he works, to the always dapper, always a gentleman, Simon. Simon was one of the organizers of the first three Tweed Rides and gave much support this year to the new team.

The lovely Marion always creating. I wish I had gotten a better shot of her dress which she sewed herself from vintage fabric.

The lovely Marion always creating. I wish I had gotten a better shot of her dress which she sewed herself from vintage fabric.

Our friend Riley having a post-picnic snooze. His fabulous mustache won him a prize again this year!

Our friend Riley having a post-picnic snooze. His fabulous mustache won him a prize again this year!

Such a beautiful spot, right on the Gorge Waterway, and a perfect sunny day.

Such a beautiful spot, right on the Gorge Waterway, and a perfect sunny day.

One of my favourite bikes.

One of my favourite bikes.

One of the especially nice picnics, gramophone and tweedy teddy included.

One of the especially nice picnics, gramophone and tweedy teddy included.

Beautiful bicycles, picnic hampers and trailers.

Beautiful bicycles, picnic hampers and trailers.

In spite of the torrential rain and a shortened ride, a wonderful time was had by all at Tweed Ride Victoria 2013! Instead of a nice long ride to Gorge Park, a few of us took a shorter ride from St Ann’s Academy to the old railway roundhouse in Esquimalt. Many more came by other routes and means and we all picnicked together. It was nice to be dry for the afternoon. And, I won in the Best Lady’s Bike category! The coordinators of this event always do an amazing job. The proceeds support Bicycles for Humanity, Victoria. I didn’t take too many photos, but in the weeks ahead there should be lots to view on the Tweed Ride website.

Riley, Frasier and GJ having fun as twits. We'd all had a lot of tea by then.

Riley, Frasier and GJ having fun as twits. We’d all had a lot of tea by then.

GJ (right), in his fabulous hunting trousers,  beret and Welsh wool tweed jacket, chats with two other tweedy gents.

GJ (right), in his fabulous hunting trousers, beret and Welsh wool tweed jacket, chats with two other tweedy gents.

The rain! It actually wasn't bad while we were riding, but really opened up later in the afternoon. Still a very beautiful day!

The rain! It actually wasn’t bad while we were riding, but the sky really opened up later in the afternoon. Still a very beautiful day!

The "art" shot of a rain-soaked window with our friend Riley (who won for Best Men's Facial Hair) seated on the left.

The “art” shot of a rain-soaked window with our friend Riley (who won for Best Men’s Facial Hair) seated on the left.

Our tweedy picnic at the roundhouse.

Our tweedy picnic at the roundhouse.

My little picnic: sandwiches, fresh farm cherry tomatoes, pickles made by our friend Rebecca, and in the tin, orange coconut macaroons. And of course, tea, this year supplied by Murchies.

My little picnic: sandwiches, fresh farm cherry tomatoes, pickles made by our friend Rebecca, and in the tin, orange coconut macaroons. And of course, tea, this year supplied by Murchies.