If, like us, you’re a bit partial to a mid-ride stop for a caffeine hit and a slice of cake, you’ll be interested in a new website, Patisserie Cyclisme, that aims to chart cyclist-friendly cafés throughout the UK, with reviews, directions and more.
The website is still in its infancy, but according to its creator, who on Twitter goes by the name Louise McCake (hmmm… - ed), “Everyone who cycles understands that at the very heart of our dear beloved sport/obsession are the fundamental components of coffee and cake.
“For many cafe stops are an integral part of the life of a cyclist, it not only gives the weary legs a break but after burning oh so many calories we can top up with cake and chat technical stuff or the pro scene and be generally social.”
Obviously to provide as comprehensive coverage as possible of the UK’s bike-friendly cafés, user input is crucial, and there is a handy review template allowing you to flag up your local coffee stop, or perhaps somewhere new you’ve come across while trying out an unfamiliar route.
There are of course other tools out there that log details of cycling cafés – the Bike Hub iPhone app, for one, allows you to find ones nearby while you are out and out on the bike – but none as far as we are aware that make coffee, cake and cycling as central a part of their proposition.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.