You voted in your thousands – and now Giro Cycles in Esher, Surrey has been named the UK’s Best Coffee Shop for Cyclists, with the award sponsored by road.cc.
Founders Jordan Addison and Neil Goodman set up the business on the town’s High Street to provide a meeting place for growing numbers of road cyclists taking to the county’s roads in recent years.
Here’s Jordan holding the award – based on the blue plaque often found on buildings of historical or cultural interest – after receiving it from road.cc’s Elaine Curtin at the Caffè Culture Show at London’s Olympia on Wednesday.
They’re flanked by Vulpine’s David Hemming on the left, and awards organiser Chris Ward on the right.
Jordan also wins a complete set of Vulpine kit, as will one lucky voter – we’ll let you know who that is as soon as organisers tell us whose name has come out of the hat first.
Tens of thousands of cyclists voted for their favourite coffee shops, with strong competition for the top prize led by Bicicletta in Saffron Walden, Essex, and Velo House in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
More than 300 coffee shops across the UK received votes, with others receiving solid support including Velocity Cafe and Bicycle Workshop in Inverness, Ronde Bicycle Outfitters in Edinburgh, Pedalling Squares in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Harrogate’s Prologue Performance Cycling, Eureka Cyclists Café in Chester and Maison du Velo in Reigate.
Elaine said: "Cycling and coffee go hand-in-hand - we all love a nice coffee stop on a ride, and if there's cake thrown in, so much the better. It's why we sponsored the award.
"It's great to see so many independent businesses that aim to give their customers quality product and service recognised in the voting - businesses indeed similar to road.cc and Vulpine that aim to go that extra mile.
"Congratulations to Jordan and the rest of the team at Giro Cycles, as well as to all those whose customers demonstrated their loyalty by voting for them."
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.