This is unusual. Eddy Merckx and Miguel Indurain are sitting at the next table with Ernesto Colnago and Vittorio Adorni, Greg Lemond is standing chatting to Andy Hampsten and, just as we’re about to tuck into dessert, in walk Felice Gimondi and Mario Cipollini.
We're back, a bit jaded, from Core Bike Show 2013. The early season show has just drawn to a close, and we've returned with mermory cards bulging with photos. We brought you a quick glimpse of some of the new bikes on Monday, and here's another whizz around some of the hottest brands that were on show.
Most bike brands have a Shimano Ultegra Di2 equipped bike in their range for 2013 and Merckx are the latest to offer such a bike in the shape of the Merckx EMX-3 Ultegra Di2. We got the chance for an exclusive first ride recently.
The legendary Tour de France cyclist Eddie Merckx has praised Kent's countryside and cyclists, and urged young people to take to their bikes.
The five-time Tour winner rode through Maidstone with fellow Belgian riders and said the reception the group got showed the enthusiasm for bikes in the county in the wake of Olympic and Tour de France successes.
Last month, Merckx rolled into town at the head of a group ride from Brussels, his arrival timed to coincide with the opening of Belgium House and the Belgian Cycling Paradise in Middle Temple.
UK distributor i-ride.co.uk, who look after such brands as Merckx, De Rosa, 3T, Northwave, Fulcrum and more, invited Road.cc to their inhouse show to get a first glimpse of some of the 2013 products that will be making their way into your local bike shop later this year.