Tweed trip to Petersburg
• Tweed trip to St. Petersburg
Russia's first vintage bicycle race was held in St. Petersburg. Retro cyclists from France, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Sweden and Finland, as well as residents of St. Petersburg and founders tweed voyages from London - Ted and Jackie swept through the historic center of the city.
Dress code for the rally participants was limited to British fashion 1920-40-ies, the preference for tweeds and wool. If possible, use the recommended rare bicycles, or the corresponding era replica.
With the organization of run until the last moment it was not clear, one week before the event in the media there was information that the organizers have received all necessary approvals from relevant committees of the Smolny for mileage. The main cause of congestion declares selected days (22-23 September), sports activities in the city center, and therefore the increased time of overlapping highways, and as a consequence - the discontent of motorists.
In the end, after the personal guidance of vice-governor Vasily Kichedzhi heads run the same Committees agreed, but to unite it with the route veloparadom Europe Day, only different in 20 minutes time.
The original run was planned from Palace Square through the Champ de Mars, the Petrograd side, and finish at the icebreaker "Krasin". As a result, he has gone through the Field of Mars gardens and Gorokhovaya street, Nevsky Prospekt, and finished at the Mikhailovsky Castle.
Some misunderstanding among rally participants caused the desire of the organizers to give Georgy Poltavchenko and Vladimir Putin replica bicycle penny-farthing 1890s, resulting in the discussion of these gifts in the group VKontakte removed and more tried not to publicize their initiatives.
It is noteworthy that the donation of bicycles servants of the people occupying prominent positions is becoming a trend, a couple of years ago, the Kingdom of Denmark gave the then governor of St. Petersburg Valentina Matvienko and President Dmitry Medvedev Citybikes of Copenhagen. The governor then gave up a gift, and it is gathering dust in the office of the Consul of Denmark, and the fate of the bicycle conveyed to the President - is unknown.
Start of the run a little long, the organizers were busy until the last room with the distribution to registered participants, carefully checking their compliance with the dress code. Move the column activities with any club symbols, except the organizers companies and unregistered participants without number, the organizers banned. That particularly in the media has caused bewilderment, t. To. The even register, people fotorazgruzkah still did not pass on the dress code.
Due to the fact that two of the bike ride actually merged into one at the start, even the organizers could not figure out who goes first, or Tvidran felts Evroparad. Fortunately we understood, despite the fact that the participants in Tweed voyage crowd blocked his departure for traveling the first members of the European veloparada. However, as a result in Tvidrana column were people with Evroparada hung with flags of the participating countries, and do not fall on the dress code.
At the head of the bike ride went a penny-farthing. Unfortunately, the traffic police as always forgot to block the adjacent streets, and occasionally velokolonnu wedged disgruntled motorists that somewhere in a hurry. Usually the elimination of such shortcomings in cycling organizations are marshals who ensure the safety of such places of travel, but for some reason they were not involved in this event. Only VeloPiter club chairman and a member of the board of the club closed the velokolonnu.
After the finish of the Mikhailovsky castle and the total photo event participants dispersed on fourchette table and arranged a photo shoot.
Unfortunately, some participants are not waiting for the official end of the event, which organizers planned to organize in the beer pub, began warming up on the spot. That is now a sporting event with the support of the city administration.
In general, if you do not pay attention to the usual shortcomings of people who undertake the first time to organize velomeropriyatie, a run was successful. It is noteworthy that more and more urban events are held in veloformate ranging from bicycle races opposition with white balls and ending with parades retro costumes. This means that more and more people are becoming aware of the bicycle as a means of easy movement, and then St. Petersburg is becoming the bicycle capital of Russia.