Adele Mitchell lifts the coffee pot lid on what makes a cycling café our favourite ride destination.
1. Location, location, location
Your favourite cycling café might be anything from the hub of cycling hipness that’s a stone’s throw from your office on Shoreditch High Street or a converted barn on a Welsh hillside. It might be purpose built by the National Trust, or might be the bus shelter next door to the village store that sells coffee and great snacks. It may be designed for cyclists, or you may share it with walkers, office workers or the WI. So what do all these wonderful temples to tea have in common? They’re perfectly positioned to make your ride even more enjoyable.
2. We feel welcome
Some cafes welcome cyclists with open arms: walls artfully plastered with Tour de France posters, your double espresso (imported and exclusive Italian blend) arrives in a cycling themed cup and the baristas have not only cycled to work, but have also ridden most of the Alps as well (though probably not that morning). The unofficial customer dress code is Vulpine, Rapha or Castelli and, if you are a gentleman, you’ll probably favour a beard.