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.
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.