Retro-themed ride back for third year - 2010 edition sold out in 45 minutes!

Best get that vintage Harris jacket out of mothballs and down to the dry cleaners – now firmly established on the London cycling calendar after its first two hugely successful editions, The Tweed Run returns for its third edition on Saturday 9 April, and organisers promise that the event will this year be better than ever before.

Registration opens at 11am on Saturday 26 February at www.tweedrun.com, and with only 400 places up for grabs, you’d better be fast because we’re sure they’ll disappear quickly – last year’s edition sold out in a Glastonbury Festivalesque 45 minutes.

Entry costs £5, with proceeds going to designated charity Bikes4Africa, which sends refurbished bikes to secondary schools in Africa as well as providing training on bike maintenance.

Once registered, participants will be able to pick up their registration pack from various locations in London, the pack including “a map of the route, a small humorous booklet with dress suggestions and ride etiquette, a commemorative gift and race style numbers.”

Organisers say that “The Tweed Run, with its gentile retro demeanour, glamorous outfits and ‘try not to break a sweat’ mantra has quickly earned its reputation taking London and the world by storm. While the outfits captivate the cameras and the tourists alike, it is the Tea Break which this year will be hosted by Aubin and Wills that the participants seem to favour. The end party, will be a bit of a traditional British knees up.”

Supporters and sponsors include include Aubin and Wills, Brooks England, Pashley Cycles, Southwark Cyclists, London Cycling Campaign, H Huntsman & Sons, Geo F. Trumper and The London Fixed Gear Forum.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.