By Nick Hussey, 21 May 2013 | Comments (0)
Mon dieu, Le Francais Vulpine Cycling Fete et ici la la la, madames et monsieurs...
Pushing the tongue in cheek Franglais for a sec, we went all Francophile because:
Bastille Day, July 14th 2013, Francais Vulpine Cycling Fete. Watch the Tour as it climbs Ventoux, whilst devouring the best French food and cycling culture.
12-6pm, Free Entry!
La Cloche at The Lion, 27 Wick Road, Teddington, TW11 9DN. 020 8977 4779
DOGS, GIANT SUNFLOWERS AND ENTIRE FAMILIES WELCOME. NON-CYCLISTS HAVE PERMISSION AND INDEED OPPORTUNITIES TO ENJOY THEMSELVES TOO! CRIPES.
The concept is, and will always be the same. A fun, dynamic, inclusive way to enjoy all aspects of cycling and keep non-cyclists entertained too. There's no snobbery, just great creativity, atmosphere, booze and British entrepreneurial cycling companies that do what they do to a very high standard indeed.
Nobody pays to attend. Vulpine doesn't make any money from them. This is not a trade show. We just ask that each artist or brand donate to our two nominated charities, and thus everyone feels warms and fuzzy. This fete we're all supporting Rollapaluza Outreach, encouraging cycling and sport in schools. And Syria Relief, providing essential shelter and medical care to children and families caught up in the Syrian civil war. Ordinarily we support cycling charities only. But friend of Vulpine, the hugely brave and talented artist George Butler managed to sneak into Syria to document what is happening there and is raising money to support victims there. We had to help. George did the design for the first ever Vulpine Cycling Fete.
Our venue for this fete is La Cloche at The Lion. A lovely big friendly French/English pub with a massive pub garden. Its just across the river from Richmond Park, practically next to Bushy Park and is a great base for some lovely cycling along The Thames.
THE FUN STUFF:
How could we not? Spin those pins as fast as they'll go and try not to fall over at the bar afterwards. Kids roller racing. Adults racing. Childish adults racing. Whatever you want. Gurning compulsory.
Live frame building as you drink! Check out the people who can show you how to (literally) build your own bike. Sparks may (will) fly.
The lovely bunch behind all things newsprint will launch what some might describe a 'revolutionary product' in association with Vulpine to help make riding in the rain that bit easier. Some of the best minds in design, journalism, advertising and technology have joined forces to improve wet rides home for ever. Make sure you get one!
Serving up friendly live bike maintenance demonstrations and quick quizzes to win prizes. London's friendliest and most empowering bicycle-fiddling emporium shows you how to fix your own steed.
More bike parking than ever (it was always getting slammed before, we know!) from the creators of the funkiest bike park solutions in the Galactic Empire (true fact).
Your green-hued hosts will of course be touting their stylish yet high performance garb. Check out all the new gear, try it on, and buy it. Sartorial.
Illustrator and artist to Team Sky & Rouleur, Rich is a fixture in British cycling culture. His prints of cycling's greats, past and present, are a delight. You can even have your own portrait commissioned. He'll be selling his Team Sky and Team GB mugs along with Rouleur:
High-end writing and photography. They changed the way we see road cycling. An honour to have them.
Fine fine framebuilding and shiny things from famous South Coast bike builders. Expect steel and titanium. Did we say shiny? (SHINY).
Cute contemporary but classic town bikes from the friendliest people in the Milky Way (another mild exaggeration).
Amazingly intricate framebuilding on bikes of all kinds. Just mind blowingly detailed stuff from Matthew Sowter, who'll also be representing Made In England, photographic porn for framebuilding freaks.
Really exciting new kid on the block Jake Rusby shares a framebuilding space with Saffron and they'll be duking it out for top honours. Clean subtle classic road bikes with a twist.
Tasty new cycling mag. Fantastic design (notice a theme here?) with the feel of a high-end cycling fanzine. Top chaps.
Graphic artistry from bearded regular and all-fete veteran Ant.
Nick's ex-training partner, skilled cyclist and whippet owner. Bit weird in a nice way.
Gorgeous illustration and t-shirts. Check out her pro cycling series.
Opulent but practical leather cycling bags for the urbanista.
Beautifully designed website for finding cycle touring stop offs. Touring got a lot cooler when they arrived. They have treats in store.
Officially* Britain's coolest bike shop, Kinoko in Soho bring their own range of bikes. And they stock Vulpine!
Super sociable fixie riders with ace cult blog. Expect green things. Green? Mmmm.
FANCY MEDIA PARTNERS
What are media partners exactly? Who knows. But these guys represent great design and inclusive writing. They love cycling and they'll spread the word. They're in.
Launched in 2012, Cycling is what road cycling needed. All beautiful photography (thanks in large part to Vulpine photographer Paul Calver) and articles we want to read.
Months old, TWC is the proof that women's cycling need by maligned no more. It's rise has been stratospheric. They represent the inclusivity we love of all cycling. They have a voice we believe. They're fun too.
All cycling is good. But we want to get the word out there to everyone that cycling is THE thing. We want to convert every Women's Fitness reader. Beware, cycling evangelism!
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