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Fancy a cup of coffee this Friday afternoon? Come and join us at Rapha's Mobile Cycle Club…it's gonna be epic...

Rapha are coming to visit us at road.cc this Friday and they're bringing their Mobile Cycle Club with them… so we thought you might like to ride out and join us for a Friday afternoon coffee*… the man in charge makes a mean espresso, we might even run to some cakes. You're going to have to earn them though we've arranged to meet Rapha and their mobile club on top of one of the bigger hills in these parts… there is though a cracking descent back down in to Bath.

The hill in question is Bannerdown; Bath's own version of the Kemmelberg which is the old Roman Road heading NE towards Cirencester from Batheaston on the outskirts of Bath. It isn't straight though except for the run along the top which can get a quiet er, blowy. Target time is 2pm and we'll be there for a couple of hours or so, hanging out and talking interlocked seams if you fancy joining us. At the moment we're torn between meeting the van at the top of the hill or further along the straight…depends how many people look like turning up, 'cos obviously we want to keep things safe… so we'll keep you posted on it's exact location during the week.


It'll be here or hereabouts, anyway...

If you're planning to come comment in below - it'll at least give us an idea of how many biscuits to bring. Oh and there will be some sort of prize** for anyone (who isn't us) turning up in road.cc kit.

Rapha have been driving their Mobile Cycle Club around Europe's big races all season, and we were lucky enough to catch up with it for an excellent round of espressos at Eurobike recently. Last week it was in Copenhagen for the Road World Championships and it really is something special - definitely worth the price of a hill.

Rapha Mobile Cycle Club, Bannerdown Hill, Bath, Friday October 7th 2011 from 2pm-4pmish
  


* If hundreds of you turn up, or possibly even tens coffee might be on more of a first come first served basis… there's only so much caffeine based goodness one man and an espresso machine can be expected to produce in two or so hours.

** not sure what it is yet

Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.

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x8swift9x [14 posts] 4 years ago
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Target time is 2pm? So where do we meet... not much info given!

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dave atkinson [6214 posts] 4 years ago
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We'll put more info on later when we're sure, but i've added a map with the approximate location for you

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G-bitch [322 posts] 4 years ago
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I'll be there... unemployment has to have SOME advantages!

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Tony Farrelly [2868 posts] 4 years ago
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Most likely the Mobile Club will park up in the lay by at the top of the climb… and that's where we'll meet it's easily big enough for the van my only worry was the unlikely event that hundreds of riders turned up and were spilling out on to the road… but that's not going to happen is it

Look forward to seeing you there G-bitch!

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bumsonbikes [23 posts] 4 years ago
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Coffee and a cap? Wouldn't miss it for the world - see you there...

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Skardy [89 posts] 4 years ago
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Working from home friday so planning on a late lunch break to join you for some caffeine  4

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Becci S [1 post] 4 years ago
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myself and another will be along- advantage of working in a bike shop!

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dansymonds [1 post] 4 years ago
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sounds great, will definitely come along. no excuse really as i live in batheaston!  16

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Simon E [2681 posts] 4 years ago
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Modern fabrics, technical garments, but that photo looks like it was taken with a 19th Century camera and an uncoated lens that has been kept in a damp cupboard.

Crappy road surface too. Perhaps they're pushing some cyclo-cross gear this season...

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BikerBob [116 posts] 4 years ago
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Shame it's on a Friday and I've got to work  2 Would've liked a look at their kit close-up.

Make it a weekend next time..........

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Large_Pista [52 posts] 4 years ago
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I'll come up the hill for coffee!

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Powerman61 [6 posts] 4 years ago
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I LOVE Coffee and I can realy need a Cap for the coming winter. Yeas Pleas  26

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jalmaak [1 post] 4 years ago
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Hi Dave. Jez at CS here; I'll be there on Friday. Can't miss the opportunity to neck a free coffee at the top of my favourite climb in Bath.

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Oosels [26 posts] 4 years ago
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Free stuff??? Yessssssssssss!!!

And a joke? Ok then....

Cyclist goes to the doctor:

Cyclist : Doc, I have a sore knee.
Doc : Hmmm, you are going to have to stop masturbating.
Cyclist : But doc, why??
Doc : Because I am trying to examine you.

Du dum tish  1

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road slapper [87 posts] 4 years ago
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I'll be there as long as:
1. I can slope off work early
2. the other half lets me out
3. I can get to the top of the hill

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john.berry [22 posts] 4 years ago
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Yep I think I have made a slot of time available in my busy day to slope off for a cycle ride  16

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youngoldbloke [109 posts] 4 years ago
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Could well be there, living close by.

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sneakerfrfeak [99 posts] 4 years ago
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Will be there if I can slope off from work early. Drove up there tonight on the way home to scope it out, it goes on a bit doesn't it!

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rich_c [6 posts] 4 years ago
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Looking forward to it.

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john.berry [22 posts] 4 years ago
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Great ride out, great to meet you all..

Really great that you arranged such nice weather  1

See you all next time  16

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Large_Pista [52 posts] 4 years ago
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Bugger– work strikes again...