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Critical Wedding Mass - Cleveland couple tie knot in front of 300 fellow cyclists

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.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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