Photography by Ingemar Magnusson

Veteran cycle rally in Sölvesborg May 16 – 2015

Solvesborg, Sweden - May 16, 2015: International Veteran Cycle Association (IVCA) 35th rally. Costume ride through public streets in town. Man in white holding hat.

Solvesborg, Sweden – May 16, 2015: International Veteran Cycle Association (IVCA) 35th rally. Costume ride through public streets in town. Man in white holding hat.

The 35th International Veteran Cycle Rally (IVCR) was held in Sölvesborg, Sweden this year. Naturally I had to be there to take some pictures for the international press. Sölvesborg is only about 67 km from where I live, so I could not miss it. The day I chose to visit the rally was on a Saturday and the day of the costume ride through town. I met up with the organizers outside a place called Slottslängorna (castle longhouses), very close to the ruins of Sölvesborg castle. The place was full of anticipation.

Veteran cycles and lots of smiles

As the participants of the costume ride traveled through Sölvesborg that saturday, they really lifted the town with joy and smiles. Not only did they show their veteran cycles. They did it dressed in contemporary clothings and with so much happiness. There where smiling faces all over town. I managed to get some great photos from the event, most of which where taken on the new footbridge across the bay of Sölvesborg. I also took som fine pictures of the velocipedists as they traveled in the park area along the railway by the castle. You can see a couple of photos here in the blog, but if you want to see more, you can look at my collection over at Shutterstock.

Solvesborg, Sweden - May 16, 2015: International Veteran Cycle Association (IVCA) 35th rally. Costume ride through public streets in town. Two female on high wheelers.

Solvesborg, Sweden – May 16, 2015: International Veteran Cycle Association (IVCA) 35th rally. Costume ride through public streets in town. Two female on high wheelers.

It all began in 1981…

The first IVCA Rallies was held at Grantham, England in 1981. The National Cycle Museum, then located at Belton House near Grantham, sponsored the event together with Trust House Forte. Since then the event has been held almost all over the world, with the 35th here in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The next will be held in Moscow in 2016.

External links with more information

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My collection of veteran cycle rally photos at Shutterstock.

International Veteran Cycle Association

National Cycle Collection

 

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