For the 4th year running the roads in Spetses were filled with classic bikes and vintage attire.
The now established Tweed Run was organized by the Poseidonion Grand Hotel in Spetses in collaboration with the Hellenic Bicycle Museum. Once again a great interest was shown in this particular event with reference to days gone by with Spetses being the ideal canvas for participants to fill the hotel and village square, to showcase their bicycles and vintage attire.
Early on Saturday morning participants gathered at the Poseidonion Hotel. The men were able to enjoy moustache grooming and shoe shining whilst the ladies were pampered in the hotel salon. Every last detail on these valuable classic bikes was taken care of and there were lots of smiles between friends and celebrities as everybody mingled in the hotel lobby.
The start of the race, as tradition demands, began with a family photograph on the steps of the Poseidonion Grand Hotel and then the first stop was in the courtyard of the Anargyrios and Korgialenios school. Everybody was invited to partake of tea and sugary doughnuts, surrounded by the imposing pine trees and majestic school buildings.
Continuing on to the Old Port with a pit-stop at the Orlof Restaurant set against an impressive backdrop of contrasting colours in the cloudy Spetses sky. The hotel chef, Stamatis Marmarinos had prepared a traditional British picnic which was enjoyed in an area known as Faros, overlooking the old Captain’s Houses and the waters of the Argosaronic.
The final stop was at the Bouboulina Museum, where the antique bikes were awarded in four categories; Classical Bikes, City Bikes, Racing Bikes and Best Decorated Bike. The awards were presented in the Museum courtyard where the bikes were all lined up along the exterior of the historical residence.
The event culminated in a vintage beauty pageant held in the lobby of the Poseidonion Grand Hotel, with men’s, women’s and children’s clothing to impress the judges. Lydia Zanni, PR & Marketing manager of Notos. Com, actor Natalia Dragoumi, Kelly Desipri Web Editor of Madame Figaro, Harri Davlas, founder of the blog “In Icons we Trust”, Chrysianna Andriopoulou, Founder of the blog Shoprano and Panagiotis Gregoriou, owner of 1900 The Barber Shop, were the judges who enjoyed the task in the warm, fun filled atmosphere.
Participants were judged in the categories Best Men’s Clothing, Best Women’s Clothing, Best Team, Best Moustache and Youngest in the Children’s group. The award ceremony ended by presenting an honorary plaque to the local authority and to the Hellenic Bicycle Museum, paying special tribute to its founder Ioanis Sinaloglou for his contribution in the field of cycling. The evening continued in the lobby of the hotel with cocktails and sounds of rock and swing from Johnny Vavouras & the Cadillacs.
Antonis Bordonis, Managing Director of the Poseidonion Grand Hotel, said
‘The 4th Tweed Run’ confirmed that we are now talking about a well established event on the island of Spetses. From the first year we could see how local people embraced the event, as well as visitors from all over Greece, giving us the motivation to take more initiatives to promote Spetses as a destination with further events of this kind.
Events such as the Tweed Run are harmonious not just with the character of Poseidonion Grand Hotel, but also the area, its nature and architecture and above all else its values, such as the kindness and nobility of its people which are evident in such events’.