Bride and groom brought together by shared passion for bicycles

Church bells were replaced by ones on bicycles as a couple in Cleveland, Ohio used the occasion of the city’s monthly Critical Mass ride yesterday to tie the knot in front of 300 fellow cyclists.

It was a shared passion for bicycles that brought graphic designer Amy Hawk and artist Bob Peck together, and one of the pair’s first dates was to attend a Critical Mass ride last year, with Cleveland on of more than 300 cities throughout the world that hosts the monthly event.

"It was one of those love at first sight things, which you never hear about," the happy couple told WKYC, which also has a short video report of the occasion.

With many of their friends also attending the Critical Mass ride, the pair thought it would provide the perfect backdrop to their wedding.

"We all hang out together and have a great time," explained Bob.

Amy's mother conducted the ceremony in front of the city’s Public Square fountain, and told the couple: "Enjoy the great adventure that this is. Each day is a new beginning and a new day of love for each other."

They were then whisked around the park as passengers in a bicycle rickshaw to begin married life together, before getting back on their own bikes and leading their fellow cyclists off to the reception venue.

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.