Launceston Tweed Run turns Prince's Square into Bath for a day

Prince’s Square resembled an English village on Sunday thanks to the annual Tweed Run.

Based on a similar event conducted each year in London, the Tweed Run sees cyclists do a lap of the city in traditional British cycling attire. 

Unlike the lycra worn by middle-aged men on Saturday mornings, traditional cycling gear consists of head-to-toe tweed.

Tamar Bicycle Users Group representative Malcolm Cowan looked like a true English gentleman thanks to his brown wedding suit.

“I got married in 1971, so that’s 46 years,” he said. 

“The suit’s held up well, and so have I. That’s because I ride a bike.

“Riding a bike helps you get into the suit you got married in.”

To go along with the traditional bike-riding attire, their were also a number of traditional bikes on display at Prince’s Square.

Evandale’s Matilda McLintock rode on top of a special kind of penny-farthing during the event.

“[My bike] is a re-production of a penny-farthing tricycle, which was the ladies version of a penny farthing, because it’s a lot harder to fall off,” she said.

Her younger sister Meg is the junior girls national penny-farthing champion after taking out the 2017 crown at Evandale.

Meg rode next to her sister throughout the race on a children’s version of a traditional penny-farthing. 

Contestants enjoyed Pimms, lemonade and cucumber sandwiches at the finish of the leisurely race.