Hello friends of Three Speeds! While this event isn’t three-speed specific (they allow derailleur’d bikes, so long as it’s British) it is very much in the vein of what we like! And it is put on by Jon Sharratt of Gentlemen Cyclist and the Lake Pepin Three Speed Tour!
Here’s what Jon is saying:
Facing the terrifying prospect of a comfortable and quiet retirement, many of us have turned to rusty English bicycles as a diversion. Perfect for making your escape, they are cheaper and faster than digging a tunnel and far more dignified than most any “modern” activity.Other Rolls and Royces:
- Every year we claim Barley John’s “In the name of the Queen and for all the Riders of the Realm”. Well enough; this year we simply must remember to give it back.
- The events and times remain mostly unchanged this year with a couple of exceptions. The Saturday Gentleman’s Tour will feature an alternate route to Swede Hollow in St. Paul. A bit of an embarrassment, this, since this is an “All-British” event after all but with the help of Rick “Sven” Paulos, we will split at the City House on the riverfront. Those wishing to return to Merlin’s Rest may do so and the rest can carry on to the Hollow.
The All-British Cycling Event (ABCE) will happen on the weekend of September 13-15, 2019 in and around Minneapolis.
More from Jon:
We will have tours, tea, a banquet, presentations, displays, prize drawings, hub gears, plus fours, treats and awards along with stories both true and otherwise. We will not have lycra, path racing, pass storming or massed start races and instead we focus on the social aspects of English cycling for the Gentleman Cyclist or cycling hobbyist. The Gentleman’s Tour on both Saturday and Sunday will be a relaxed pace; Saturday we will take in the sights of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The shorter Sunday tour will wind through the streets and parks of St.Anthony and include the Gravity Race and Day-Old Pastry Joust.
Sounds lovely! I hope to make it out there someday. For full deets and registration, go here.
Here is a video about the 2017 event.