It’s ‘strictly no lycra’ at this Seaton Cycle Festival event, just tweed

PUBLISHED: 09:02 26 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:22 29 June 2017

Sebastian (left) and  Alistair Cope at Seaton

Sebastian (left) and Alistair Cope at Seaton


Velo Vintage is coming to Seaton as part of the town’s cycle festival.

Father and son partnership, Alistair and Sebastian Cope have held similar events in Exeter, Exmouth, Sidmouth and Barnstaple over recent years but this is the first on their home turf!

It will take place on the first day of the cycle fest – Saturday, July 1. Organisers stress that people don’t need a vintage bicycle to take part. Although, over the years, many riders have turned up with some magnificent machines, cyclists are encouraged to join in the social day on any age of bicycle, which can easily be transformed with a few flowers or flags.

One strict rule is the attire. No tight-fitting lycra on this ride - tweed and tradition rules!

It is expected that about 100 riders travelling from all over the country will attend and take part in what is very much a full day’s vintage activities.

They will gather at Seaton Jurassic from 9.30am with the Grand Depart at 10.30am. They will cycle via the seafront and Seaton Wetlands to the White Hart for a little refreshment.

At about 1pm, they will take tea and cake at Seaton Wetlands, before cycling back into town, passing Fisherman’s Gap at about 2.15pm.

From there, they travel up to Cliff Field Gardens to join in the vintage fayre, enjoy a picnic and listen to La Vie en Rose, a Gypsy Jazz Band.

Alistair said: “You do have to buy tickets if you want to ride with us, but otherwise we’d encourage everyone to come along and meet the riders at one of our venues.”

He said that because they are trying to keep the friendly feel of a group of friends getting together numbers are restricted, but some tickets are still available.

The ticket price includes a £2 donation to Headway Devon and further fundraising takes 
place during the day for the charity.

Said Sebastian: “In a way, we are stepping back in time as our motto explains: ‘Time to cycle, take tea, converse and dress with style’.”

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Alistair lives in Seaton and RNLI crew member Sebastian lives and works in Lyme Regis.

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