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About 200 people are expected to don seersucker clothes for the upcoming Seersucker Ride by Sacramento Tweed, where a bicycle ride, a picnic and culture will intersect.
The ride was delayed from this weekend to June 26 due to unusually wet weather.
“I love that it allows people to come together and meet each other,” said organizer Rick Houston. “Lots of people in town are interested in cycling ... and this gives everyone an opportunity to meet.”
The riders will meet at 11 a.m. June 26 in front of Revolution Wines and Temple Fine Coffee and Tea at 29th and S streets.
Riders bedecked in their finest seersucker outfits – summer is (usually) too hot for tweed, after all – will assemble, though seersucker is not required.
“We’re not a fashion ride, we’re a costume ride,” Houston said, adding that the idea was hatched in London in 2009 before spreading to Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Sacramento. “The emphasis is just to have a really good time.”
“Even if Sunday turns out to be a gorgeous day, with us having a picnic, we don’t want the ground to be all wet,” Houston said.
The ride will leave 29th and S at noon June 26 and head to William Land Park, where the hour-and-a-half to two-hour picnic will be held. Cupcakes from Icing on the Cupcake and gourmet popsicles from Fat Face will be available, and local band The Alkali Flats (for music samples click here) will play, Houston said.
Riders will then take the riverside trail to the Crocker Art Museum, Third and O streets, where a group rate of $8 per ticket has been worked out, and the courtyard will be open to bicycle parking. Finally, the ride will conclude at de Vere’s Irish Pub, 15th and L streets.
The ride is free, and for those who don’t want to pack a picnic lunch, Revolution Wines is opening an hour early to sell sandwiches to the cyclists.
“It’s great exposure for us, and it’s a unique, fun thing,” Revolution Wines co-owner Gina Genshlea said. “The whole thing is to be part of the community and be a part of something everyone enjoys.”
The ride is not strenuous, and in other events over the past two years, people have come who have not been on a bicycle in 15 years, said Erin Houston, Rick Houston’s wife.
“The ride is free, and it’s open to everyone,” she said. “We try to make sure that at all of our stops people can bring their kids, and we have a wide age range as well as families and single people.”
Brandon Darnell is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press. Follow him on Twitter @Brandon_Darnell.