Bike Chic - The Anjou Vélo Vintage Ride

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Anjou Vélo Vintage Ride: The Best of Bike Chic

The very best of vintage bike chic must be in France. Specifically the Anjou Vélo Vintage: a throwback ride in the spirit of the Tweed Run or L'Eroica.

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For two days at the end of June, enthusiasts gather in Saumur, in the Loire Valley. A veritable vintage village pops up. Throughout the weekend there are wine-tastings, picnics, even a jazz soirée. The big ride is on the second day.

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To maintain the proper spirit, only pre-1987 bicycles are allowed on the ride. Most riders also choose to wear vintage clothing. The favored style is somewhere around the 40s, give or take a decade.

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Somehow they even fit in a beauty pageant for men, women, and bicycles. Contestants are judged on rarity, design, beauty, glamour, coherence between rider and bike, and attitude.

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This time-honoring tradition only began in 2011. But the Anjou Vélo Vintage has exploded in popularity. Last year there were 1300 participants.

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