This synergy has been greatly seen in the road cycling world with the likes of the Federacion de Cafeteros de Colombia sponsoring a Latin American cycling team in the 1990’s and the Café de Colombia team’s Luis Herrera winning the Vuelta a Espana in 1987.
Now that we have well and truly confirmed to ourselves that cycling and coffee do definitely go together, now let’s answer the question – why am I bothering to write a blog about the relationship of cycling and coffee? Well, the two really do seem to dominate the passions of a bike rider.
For many years now the morning coffee before a long slog of a ride has become commonplace on a Saturday or Sunday for cyclists up and down the country. Whether it is at home or in one of the many cycling cafes that are springing up all over the place, coffee and cycling is a match made in heaven.
Italian based US cyclist Ted King once stated in an interview;
“Cycling and coffee simply go hand in hand. The first few hours of a ride are fuelled by the morning cup. Easy coffee shop spins are the standard on the cruisy days, no matter if you’re in America, Australia, Italy, Spain, or Belgium. From the amateur through to the professional ranks, seeing a sleek, road bike parked outside of the bike shop just makes sense.”
A couple of weeks ago, CycleSurgery was lucky enough to attend to the London Coffee Festival, the largest and greatest of its kind in the world right here in London. It was clear to see the ‘coffee culture’ influence on Capital right from walking into the festival. As soon as we walked we set to work on finding the best coffee inventions that we thought could give your cycling a boost.