If you know me at all (and I suspect you do, you creep) then you’re probably aware that the more pretentious and absurd an activity is, the more interested I am in pursuing it. This is why I decided to dedicate my life to the study of English literature, after all. Pretentious behavior is my God-given gift, and I intend to use it freely. Notable exceptions include reading The Economist and attending Ivy League sporting events. Obviously.
Now, I’m not a fan of exercise. I’m pretty sure even those who only know me only minimally can pretty much figure that out on their own. However, when the sport in question dictates I wear a snappy wardrobe, my interest levels elevate about 30%. And that’s not just me talking- it’s a scientific fact.
The Philly Tweed Ride is an annual biking event that encourages riders to wear traditional British cycling attire while cycling around the city in ridiculous, dapper unity. We’re talking tweed jackets, pants, driver caps, the whole shebang. It’s basically Downton Abbey: X-treme Bike Edition, without the whole influenza thing. The fun will begin November 17th at 11:00 am at the Water Works (located behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art) and will circulate throughout the city, stopping at Penn Treaty Park for a bring-your-own-picnic, then ending at Rembrandt’s in the Fairmount neighborhood.
And with prizes for participants like ”Dapper Chap”, “Snappy Lass”, “Marvelous Mustache, “Magnificent Millinery”, “Stylish Steed” and “Picturesque Picnic” all being awarded, it’s pretty much a given that even if you can’t mount a bicycle without clutching an inhaler after 10 minutes (hello), you’ll at least get a nice view to help you forget the fact that you’re actually exercising.
So just in case you’ve been blinded by my wit and humor that you can’t remember any concrete information about the event at hand, here’re all the stats again. Hope to see you there!
Philadelphia Tweed Ride V
When: Saturday, November 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Ride begins at the Water Works, 640 Water Works Drive
Cost: $1 Donation to Philabundance
More info: www.tweedride.phlbikes.com
The pleasure’s all yours,