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Coffee, cake and cycling - new website aims to log Britain's best cycling cafes

Reviews invited of your favourite bike friendly cafes

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.

In keeping with the site’s social aspect, Patisserie Cyclisme also has a page on Facebook as well as a Twitter feed. Happy cycling, coffee drinking and cake munching!

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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