Last Saturday (29th November 2014) Exeter saw a rather unusual gathering of bicycles.
It wasn’t for a kind of alleycat race or skidding contest for fixed gear but… something already embedded in the Southwest outdoors activities, as this was the 6th Velo Vintage Occasion and Ride.
About 100 cyclists all smartly dressed for that day out gathered on Exeter Quay. The weather was ideal for such fun day.
There was a retro feel in the air and what a visual treat it was – especially when the penny farthing convoy reached Exeter Cathedral where all traders and buyers from Exeter Christmas Market could actually discover something from another era… A beautiful and peaceful spectacle without any high-tech gadgets…just bicycles well kept and polished for the event.
The dress code wasn’t “smart casual” but just what Velo Vintage is about: “dress with style“.
…All that we ask, is that riders dress in the period from about the 1920’s to the 1950’s. It doesn’t have to be original, far from it... Source
As the cyclists reached Exeter city centre, on a busy Christmas shopping day, all managed to find their way without any incident – which is the main thing.
It was then mince pies stop – supplied by Hidden Treasure Tea Room – in the privately owned Barnfield Crescent (https://www.facebook.com/BarnfieldCrescentExeter), courtesy of Turner Locker Barnfield. The property consultants already hosted something “vintage” back in September 2014 – TLB Revival, a real homage to Goodwood Revival.
All participants followed the movement and it was obvious that everyone had a good time… there was a natural buzz from a spectator point of view too. Pedestrians/shoppers had a smile on their faces and naturally stopped to admire the unusual procession.
Then from there it was off to the final destination: The Exeter Globe-inn located in Newtown… a few pedal rotations away.
There was live music and prizes too.
And if you missed this year’s events… no panic as there are more to come in 2015.