The Tweed Run
Spetses enjoys the vintage rhythms of the Tweed Run for the 5th consecutive year, in partnership with Hendrick’s Unusual Gin
For the 5th year running, the Tweed Run brought its unique retro aesthetics to Spetses, creating nostalgic images reminiscent of a sepia picture-postcard. This special event, inspired by the elegance and romance of the past, was organised once again by the Poseidonion Grand Hotel, in collaboration with the Hellenic Bicycle Museum and with Hendrick’s Gin as Grand Sponsor.
Starting on the Friday afternoon, participants from across Greece began arriving at the lobby of the Poseidonion Grand Hotel, sporting their best vintage apparel and accompanied by a range of classic bikes, the oldest dating back to 1897. On Saturday morning, the beautiful ladies and moustachioed gentlemen were pampered and groomed in the hotel, whilst any finishing touches were applied to the bikes.
With the October sun bathing the island of aromas in a golden light, the carefree cyclists began to pedal down the picturesque narrow streets of Spetses town, continuing onto the coastal road with the whimsical ‘tooting’ of horns sounding at every turn. The first stop for refreshments took place at the Old Port, overlooking the traditional Spetsiot shipyards.
Suitably replenished, the cyclists pedalled onwards toward the Faros where, beneath the green pine trees and besides the glittering blue sea, a British-style picnic was laid out by the Poseidonion catering team. Hendrick’s Gin & Tonics were served, creating one of the most atmospheric moments of the whole weekend and starring the beauty of the natural autumnal landscape. The picnic was finished with hot donuts and tea, and the cyclists were ready to start again and pedal back to the historic hotel.
The next event was a vintage beauty pageant, held in the elegant lobby of the Poseidonion Grand Hotel. One of perennial the highlights of the Tweed Run, participants strutted their stuff in categories including ‘Best Dressed Man’, ‘Best Dressed Woman’, ‘Best Group Outfit’, ‘Best Moustache’ and a special ‘Young’ category for the children in attendance. The jury was composed of Marianna Chalkiadaki from the AMVYX PR team, Diana Grigoropoulou, style editor of Madame Figaro, Panagiotis Gregoriou, owner of 1900 The Barber Shop, Iliada Klangou, founder of the blog Kiss Laurene, and Dimitris Tsakoumis, founder of the blog Dimitris Goes. The awards were handed out by Magda Vardaxi, Senior Brand Manager of Hendrick’s Gin.
Saturday culminated in a fun-filled party at the Poseidonion Grand Hotel, with cocktails by Hendrick’s Gin. Opera Chaotique provided the live music, taking guests on a journey through swing, jazz, rock ’n’ roll, blues and cabaret, as well as classics from Greek repertoire of the past.
The next day, the most daring participants tested their cycling skills with a series of challenges in the Poseidonion square, whilst the rest enjoyed a late breakfast on the hotel’s terrace, accompanied by Hendrick’s Punch.
The weekend finished off with a Concours d’Elegance at the Cine Titania, with Mr Thanasis Sinaloglou, owner of the Hellenic Bicycle Museum, and Magda Vardaxi of Hendrick’s Gin, handing out prizes to the best bikes. A mini-workshop with tips from professional collectors and bicycle restorers was also held.
The 5th Tweed Run offered guests a unique journey through time, reviving memories of decades past and providing ample incentive to sign up again next year!
The Grand Sponsor of the Tweed Run Spetses was Hendrick’s Gin. The event was attended by 1900 The Barber Shop who provided the moustache grooming services, the Poseidonia Hairworks by Loizos Ioannou who supported the organisation of the event and the Saturday evening music, Orloff Restaurant who provided the space for the Old Port stop, Vikos Natural Mineral Water who provided soft drinks for the picnic, Tarsanas Restaurant and Water of Love, who provided the donuts, and FreeWheel Bikes, who provided bicycles’ check-up in the Poseidonion Square. The 5th Tweed Run was held under the auspices of the Municipality of Spetses and the Spetses Trade Association. Media sponsors were Fay's Control and Greek Travel Pages.