A retro-themed fun ride around Stoke's bike trails was a classic hit with Nelson cyclists.
More than 100 cyclists, some old some young, some dressed-up and others down, huddled along the starting line at the Honest Lawyer Country Pub in Monaco at 11am on Saturday.
They headed toward Richmond along the coastal track, back to Annesbrook along the Railway Reserve, and then pedalled alongside the airport and back to the pub to finish the 10km trip.
Retro Fun Ride organiser Belinda Crisp was stoked to see so many turn out, especially as she and her husband only dreamed up the idea for a retro-ride a few months back.
She said it was loosely modelled on London's "Tweed Run" ride through the central city, although was less formal and more about Nelson's cycling community having fun and getting out to experience the range of tracks that criss-cross the region.
Prizes were awarded to the most "dazzling dame" and "fabulous family", and Nelson man David Burr was, on his 50th birthday, the most "dapper chap".
"He was stunning,", riding a 1950s Italian bike which he got when he was 16, Mrs Crisp said.
After earning his title, Mr Burr offered to donate $460 to the Great Taste Trail, matching funds raised by the Retro Fun Ride.
Registered-nurse Jan Gillanders was perhaps the most appropriately-dressed, donning her antique nurse's outfit from decades past.
"I've been a nurse for 42 years," she said. Unlike her outfit, she wasn't yet an antique and would be working in the emergency department over the weekend, she said.
She wore an original nurse's outfit, issued before nurses were made to wear modern scrubs, she said.
"It seemed like the logical thing to do. Not that I ever rode my bike in it."
Senior constable David Cogger also joined in the festivities on his police-issue bicycle, equipped with its own siren, although he said he's never used that " 'coz it's silly".
Mr Cogger said community events like the Retro Fun Ride were a great opportunity for police to break down barriers that existed between them and their community.
"See how many people have stopped to have a chat already," he said, happy with his day's assignment.
Without being the fun police, Mr Cogger was also gently reminding people to wear their safety helmets.
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