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Tweed Ride 2019

What is the Tweed Ride?

The first Tweed Rides were in the 1990’s in London where an event these days attracts 1000 participants! Rotorua has been running a Tweed Ride since 2017. The ride will commence in the Central city, and from there the route will take in some of Rotorua’s iconic landscapes and cycleways. A gentle ride will see us finish in town at a warm and cozy pub where light refreshments are provided.

Proper attire is encouraged. The term "overdressed" does not exist on the Tweed Ride. Do your best for the highly-prized Best Dressed Man and Best Dressed Woman prizes. Suggested attire: woollen plus fours, tweed jackets, v neck wool jumpers, merino wool team jerseys; cycling skirts and perhaps a sporty cycling cape for the ladies. Finish your outfit off with a cravat, bowtie or scarf.

We do our best to avoid inclement weather, but our Fair Isles can sometimes be less than desirable. A full-sized umbrella is difficult on a bicycle, but a sturdy macintosh or cape might not go amiss. The event will be cancelled if Mother Nature throws us a real horror.

Dust off your vintage velocipede for the ride; prizes awarded for Best Vintage Bicycle. If your bike isn’t quite a classic, try your hand at the Best Decorated Bicycle competition. And of course don’t forget our world-famous Best Moustache prize – open to both men and women, of course.

To register please contact the Safe and Sustainable Journeys team at:

Two of our finest dressed Tweed Riders in 2018.


The prize categories for which all participants are eligible are:

- Best dressed man -

- Best dressed woman -

- Best vintage bicycle -

- Best dressed bicycle -

- Best moustache -


How fit do I need to be?
A moderate level of fitness is required. The ride will be between 5-10 km.

Will we be riding on mountain-bike tracks?
Heavens no! The ride will remain on lime-chip paths.

Will we be riding on the road?
At times the ride may take in small portions of rod riding. These will be managed appropriately by the ride leaders. In the main the ride stays on the cities cycleways.

How far is the ride?
The ride will be between 5-10 km.

Can children come on the ride?
All children must be accompanied by an adult. If you are confident your child can ride up to 10km then they are welcome to participate.

How do I find out where the start is?
You will be advised of the start when you register for the event

Will there be any stops on the way?
We may stop at points of interest along the way.

Large numbers at Frocks on Bikes Summer Ramble '19..

Great weather and great company set the stage for the best attendance we have had at a Frocks on Bikes in a looooong time. We had 35 people register with more turning up on the day. Riders enjoyed a refreshing mocktail at the Blue Baths on completion of the ride, as well as a complementary swim if they so desired! Frock On!