We're pretty big fans of cycling at Extract. Most of the team cycle in each morning, rain or shine, and it's their preferred method of transport at the weekend as well. Now the weather has turned consistently more temperate, albeit a bit soggy, it seemed like a great time to share 5 of our cycling favourites with you.
Located in Keynsham, a bike ride away from the roastery, is the very new 73 Degrees and ESP. Coffee Bar. 73 Degrees is an independent bike shop offering services, repairs and plenty of new bikes to peruse. At the rear of the shop, surrounded by box fresh frames to look at, is the ESP Coffee Bar serving up delicious and beautiful coffee. Unlike a lot of bike shop and coffee collaborations, this one isn't two separate areas, the coffee bar is part of the bike shop. You can grab a coffee and have a look round, watch a race on the screen or take a seat outside and soak up some rays.
Dave (the ESP side of things) gets up at 5am every Saturday so he can serve up Extract coffees to Salt and Sham who have a 150 strong club ride that leaves from behind the shop. Tim (73 Degrees) isn't far behind as he cycles the 20 miles from his home to open the shop for post ride repairs and TLC. The SaS rides take place weekly; but the duo have more ideas up their sleeves with local demo days at the Odd Down Cycle Track and winter workshops for bike maintenance WITH coffee tasting. When cycling and coffee go hand in hand so well, it's great to have somewhere like 73 Degrees and ESP. Coffee Bar just down the road!
Broadway Tower sits atop Fish Hill and is on the Cotswolds Way, so it's great for walkers and...you guessed it, cyclists. When they say hill they mean it though, it's a mere 302 meters above sea level and you can take a gruelling road route up the infamous Fish Hill. It's been a sprint section in the Tour of Britain more than once if downhill is more your thing.
Luckily once you reach the top you are rewarded with amazing views of the Costwolds and great coffee from the Morris & Brown Cafe. It's a perfect pitstop to work into a rides for a delicious lunch, stellar coffee and views of up to 16 different counties on a good day!
If you are down West Sussex way then saddle up for a club ride with Proper Cycling in Hassocks. Friends Rachel & Ross set up Proper Cycling as a place to get a new bike or accessory, relax with a coffee or grab a pre or post ride snack whilst your lights & GPS recharge.
Proper Cycling cater for all levels of cycling love, from sponsoring up and coming stars and organising performance bike fittings to have club rides to suit all levels. They also have a healthy selection of live music, and plenty of great drinks (especially the coffee) and tasty treats
If you can't make it out on two wheels for whatever reason, then bring the cycling to you! Paniagua are designing a range of products that show their passion for cycling that they hope cyclists will love as well. In the mix is their cheekily named coffee, EPO. Paniagua was a word used by the peloton to refer to riders who rode ‘clean’; so, EPO coffee is their tongue in cheek nod to their nemesis, if you like. Their espresso is a Guatemalan with a big mouthfeel with taste notes of maple syrup and walnuts with an extremely clean and cutting lemon/lime acidity and it's roasted by yours truly!
Ever find yourself cycling in the Surrey Hills? Then you may have come across Allez Nutrition. Owned by Caroline Dabney, a qualified Nutritionist, Allez Nutrition bucks the mobile catering trend of serving up burgers and chips and instead offers the right foods to people with sporting lifestyles. They pitch up in the Surrey Hills at the weekends keeping cyclists (and horse riders!) fuelled with delicious and nutritious food and Extract Coffee.
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