The Cappuccino Cycling Club was formed back in 2009 by James Lovell and Rob Minors. At the time, there was a clear gap in the town for a road cycling club that focused on the non-racing aspect of road cycling, where riders could enjoy the amazing North Yorkshire countryside in a non-competitive environment. This gap was filled by the forming of the club.
Many people ask where the club gets its name. It actually has nothing to do with drinking large amounts of milky, frothy coffee, but instead has its origins in Italy. Rob with his now wife Sarah, frequented (they got married there) the Belvedere Cycling Hotel in Riccione on the Italian Adriatic coast. The hotel organised daily rides to cater for varying abilities and one of those rides was called a “Cappuccino Ride”, which was a format that involved a ride of around 60-70km including a cafe stop halfway round. We took this format as the basis of the Sunday Club Run and the Cappuccino Cycling Club was formed.
After a couple of rides with just Rob, James and maybe the odd other person, James took to blogging the rides under the name of the club and soon other riders in the area found us and started to join us. We quickly realised that the ethos of the club and format of the rides was proving popular, so James started to formalise the club and took on the day-to-day running.
As a result of the massive increase in popularity of cycling since Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de France, the Olympics and the Tour coming to Harrogate, the club now has around 200 members and the club jersey has found itself in all corners of the world.