Steady Away Training and Beers in Mallorca

For the first time, Cappuccino’s steadier section launched an assault on the roads and bars of Mallorca to help build the early season form.  Here is a short report of our exploits between 16th and 20th April…

Day 1

After much anticipation, the first Mallorca Training and Beers Camp for a mixed ‘steady’ group left from Leeds Bradford on April 16th, 12 eager travellers joining new members Phill T and Nicky who had been there a few days already. The trip ran on time so all riders gathered at the Pollensa Park Hotel and managed to assemble their bikes or pick up a hire bike, ready for the opening day ‘leg stretcher’, a 28 mile hilly ride to the lighthouse at Cap Formentor. This proved an eye-opener to the type of riding to be expected from Mallorcan roads, and gave everyone’s lungs and legs a good workout. That evening we were grateful for the buffet-style half board menu in the hotel, though quickly discovered that the hotel beer was vastly inferior to that at Pro Cycle Hire; this being a “Training and Beers Camp”, the important matter of our preferred watering hole was unanimously decided.

43km, 831m of climbing.

Day 2

This saw the first big challenge, the iconic Sa Calobra (“The Serpent”) ride. After a morning coffee at the nearby Pro Cycle Hire, the whole group set off; everyone showed good group riding skills on the approach to the first climb, Coll de Femenia, though on that climb, the riders soon got strung out. Phill T and Nicky had set off an hour before us, not intending to do the whole ride, but weren’t caught up with until Coll Sa Bataia, where coffees and snacks were had. As the group had become a bit fragmented, nobody visited the monastery at Lluc. The roads were busy with riders all heading for Sa Calobra. After a long, spectacular descent with much arm-ache inducing braking, we regrouped at the bottom in the picturesque coastal village of Sa Calobra; unfortunately one of the hundreds of riders was lying in the road after coming off near to the bottom of the descent, serving as a reminder to us all of the need to take it easy. After a short pause at the bottom we took the only decision open to us, to point our bikes uphill and begin pedalling. Dave and Jean had quickly emerged as the strongest riders in the group, so made short work of the climb, even more remarkable considering Dave had been suffering with a lengthy respiratory problem – chapeau! Dave also made scurrilous allegations of half-wheeling by Jean, which caused much good-humoured café stop banter. The rest of us emerged at the top at our own pace and gathered at the pre-arranged café on the way back towards Sa Bataia for a late lunch. Excellent chicken & chips was served, though our esteemed DS, James, was struggling with his nutrition and was feeling the effects of the climb. We descended via Caimari and rode via the flat lands back to Puerto Pollensa, although managed to get a bit lost and added a few unintentional km by riding to Alcudia and having to return on the coast road. The beers at Pro Cycle Hire tasted good on our arrival back.

111km, 1,948m of climbing.

Day 3

Saturday’s ride was designed as a ‘day off’ between two days of hills, so we set off after a leisurely breakfast, then coffee, towards the town of Petra. This route took us inland on flat roads, where we practised our group riding skills with shouts of ‘change!’ to rotate the burden of riding on the front. We found a very friendly and accommodating café in the heart of Petra town, where lunch was ordered and enjoyed by all. Nicky had been baptised into group riding though dropped back with Phill T before reaching Petra, but they soon found us and joined for lunch. A few people paid the Rapha shop a visit, but only Elaine succumbed to its temptations, buying Merv a pair of Assos bibshorts and carrying them back in her jersey pockets. Petra was heaving with cyclists of all nationalities, wearing a wide variety of hideous, lurid kit (especially German cycle clubs, we noticed); we decided that the Cappo kit ruled them all. Feeling relaxed, we headed back on the shorter return leg, and had the coast road from Alcudia to negotiate, so we decided to hammer home as best we could. At this point, much to his partner Nicky’s annoyance, Phill T’s heart was stolen by another – Dave’s bike! Phill had a test ride on Dave’s excellent Tarmac S-Works machine; and was seen flashing past the bar at high speed (and emitting loud whooping noises, allegedly); Dave began to worry if he’d ever see his pride and joy again, and Nicky began to see big ££££pound signs coming on!

89km, 391m of climbing.

Day 4

Sunday was the ‘biggie’, a planned assault on the climb of Puig Major, Mallorca’s highest point and longest climb. Phill T and Nicky had plans for a more leisurely ride together, so with some nervousness, 12 riders set off on the flat opening kilometres, soon establishing a good rhythm as we wound up towards Orient. James, Luke and Cathy opted for a shorter day, splitting off and going up to Sa Bataia again, while the remaining 9 riders fuelled up on pasta at Orient after a stiff first climb of the day with a nasty little headwind at the end. Jean nearly came to grief when the group singled out too quickly and she clipped the wheel in front, causing her to get a nasty twist in her foot. Fortunately she was able to ride on but suffered with a swollen foot for the rest of the day.

On the descent to Bunyola, we suffered the only significant mechanical of the trip and that was only a burst sidewall on Andy’s rear tyre; we fortunately found a cycle shop in Bunyola town and Andy bought a new tyre, expertly fitted by the day’s ride captain, Dave. The next climb was the picturesque Coll de Soller, with numerous switchbacks, before a swooping descent into the very pretty town of Soller. Dave rode up ahead and took ‘action shots’ (!) of us making the ascent, trying to smile for the camera. The big Puig Major climb commenced steadily enough, passing through Fornalutx, before opening up into open country. Dave had been champing at the bit so he went off ahead, leaving 2 groups to follow; the chaps (Andy, Pete, Martin and Phil C), with the girls behind (Catherine, Elaine, Rosie and Jean). Nobody was too sure where the climb finished, though both groups soon ran out of water and were having to resort to gels to get up there. It was a monotonous plod through wooded hillsides, and different in character and scenery to the Sa Calobra climb. After a tunnel, Dave was waiting and informed us that this was actually the top, much to everyone’s relief. The guys waited at the top for the girls to get there, and then we quickly pushed on as it was quite chilly up there at around 1,000m altitude. A quick coffee at the stone aqueduct café, then some stellar descending followed, all the way down from Coll de Femenia. Dave, Pete and Phil C led the flat last 5km from the front, at a good clip into a stiff onshore headwind, before we completely emptied our legs on the 100m Strava segment back to the hotel – joint honours to James and Andy for their time of 14 seconds! 136km, 2,290m of climbing. (Cathy snuck out for a ride with Elaine the next morning and bagged the QOM with a fine time of 18 seconds – allez allez!!)

The day before, Jean had had the forethought to book us into Tolo’s for dinner, Bradley Wiggins’s favourite café and cycling Mecca. Most people were craving steak, so we did a lot to support the local beef industry, washed down by some excellent wine and DS James’s generous contribution of a round of the local ouzo-style aniseed firewater. More drinks at the beach-side bar followed to round off a tiring but rewarding day and see out the trip in fine style.

Day 5

The only hitch came on the last day when Pete lost his passport at Palma airport having checked in but before going through passport control. Despite efforts to find it he had to stay in Mallorca and apply for an emergency passport the next day. So it didn’t feel quite right saying goodbye to each other at LBA with one rider missing; but we hope for a speedy return for Pete.

Massive thanks to DS James for researching the trip and putting it together, and to all riders for making it a memorable one. Great cycling done, good friendships made, and pride at being part of this great club. With Leeds to Paris in 2014, Mallorca in 2015, the expectation is for this kind of trip every year – what have we started!

Total trip stats:

Distance ridden: 379km (235 miles)

Ascent 5,460m (17,913 feet)

Puncture count: Nil

Burst tyre count: 1

Calories consumed: too numerous to count

Riders left in Mallorca: 2 Pete (see above) and Jean (who extended her trip)

KOMs / QOMs achieved : 1 (kudos to Cathy)

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Cappuccino Cycling Ride Leeds 2 Paris

“Merci beaucoup pour le Grand Depart…”

The Cappuccino Cycling Club is based in Harrogate and we’ve just had the best weekend ever experiencing Le Grand Depart in Yorkshire.

We are now planning a little ride to say a big “thank you” to the Tour de France Grand Depart Organisers and Teams.

Along the way we are raising money to support the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, a cause that is very close to our hearts.

40 of our riders will set off from Harewood House to ride the 530Km to Paris in time to see the riders arrive on the Champs Elysees.

If you would like to support us, please donate via this link

The club would also like to thank the ride sponsor, Prologue Performance Cycling, for fuelling the Cappuccino’s throughout their journey with energy bars and gels supplied from their new store in Harrogate.

Etape 2012 report

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Sunday Club Run – 22nd June 2014

On 22nd June this year, we were asked by ITV Tyne Tees to film a feature about the club in the run up to the Tour de France Grand Depart.  This video footage was shot by one of the club members using their Go Pro camera.

<p><a href=”″>Cappuccino Club Ride 22nd June 2014</a> from <a href=”″>James Lovell</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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Team Sky ride with Cappuccino Cycling Club

So far, 2014 has been an amazing year for the club, but I don’t think you can top it when the current Tour de France champion comes to town on a recce with a few of his team mates and allows a few members of the Cappuccino Cycling Club the chance to tag along for a few miles.

Well, this is what happened on the first weekend of June when Chris Froome, Richie Porte, David Lopez and Mikel Nieve visited Harrogate as part of a reccon of stages 1 and 2 of this years Tour de France Grand Depart.  As luck would have it a few members of the club knew where Team Sky were staying and turned up one morning to see what they could see and ended riding a few miles with the esteemed quartet under a police escort!

Our thanks go out to Chris Froome and all of Team Sky for letting this happen, it will go down in club history and brought many smiles to the membership.

From L to R: Mikel Nieve, Sarah Cave, Mervyn Wilson, David Lopez, Karl Moseley, Richie Porte, Stuart Newton, Andy Cooper, Chris Froome

Team Sky meeting Cappuccino Cycling

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Cappuccino Calendar Girls

As seen on BBC1’s Countryfile, Ellie visited number 13 on the list of Yorkshire icons – Bolton Abbey.  She discovered the secret and most cherished parts of the estate and met the Cappuccino Cycling Club Ladies section, who love nothing more than to cycle and stop for a piece of cake.  They revealed their own secrets around the estate to raise money for charity.

Visit to learn more about it!


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Cappuccino Cycling rides Leeds 2 Paris

Cycling is coming home.

We are the Cappuccino Cycling Club, and we plan to celebrate with panache.

The Cappuccino Cycling Club was founded just 5 years ago in Harrogate, North Yorkshire and in that time we’ve grown from 3 to over 150 members, such is the enthusiasm for our sport in this spa town.

It’s in our blood here. In 1848 Harrogate was the birth place of the world’s first ever cycling club, the Cyclists Touring Club …… and now in 2014, Harrogate will play host to the Grand Depart of Tour De France 2014, the biggest sporting event in the world.

So how do we plan to celebrate cycling coming home ?

The idea is for 37 riders to cycle from Harewood House, Leeds, to the finish line, on the Champs Elysees in Paris, arriving there the day before the professionals race down the most famous finishing straight in world cycling.

The Cappuccino Cycling Club have organised two rides. A 4 day ride setting off on Wednesday 23rd July, and a 3 day ride setting off a day later. Both rides will meet on the Saturday afternoon just outside Paris, so they can cycle to the finish together as a club, resplendent in their special edition Leeds2Paris jerseys. By the time they reach Paris all the riders will have covered in excess of three hundred and thirty miles and will have earned their celebratory glass of bubbly!!

The club aim to raise as much money as they can for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance charity, a cause very close to a lot of cyclists hearts. There is a Just Giving page set up where any contributions will be very welcome.

The web address is

The club would like to thank the ride sponsor, Prologue Performance Cycling, for fuelling the Cappuccino’s throughout their journey with energy bars and gels supplied from the new store, opening in Harrogate on Saturday 22 March.

The club would also like to thank the support drivers, who will be manning the food and water stops, as well as providing mechanical help. Without them all the ride will not be possible.


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For L2P Ride press info: e-mail Alex on

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CCC Christmas Party 2013

It’s amazing how quickly things come around, and it was hard to believe another year had past when we walked through the doors of the Crown Hotel in Harrogate on Saturday 30th November, for our annual Christmas party.

This year there was a change of venue, as we had out-grown the previous one.  this year we had over 90 folks attend the party, which for 2013 paid homage to the Giro d’Italia.  It was safe to say that pink was the colour of the night, with most people incorporating the colour into their party outfit somewhere.

The evening went extremely well, with food and drink going down very easily.  Speeches were delivered by DS James Lovell and DSL Sarah Cave, who both reflected on an amazing years cycling for both the club overall and the Ladies section.

The highlight of the evening was the awarding of the Golden Handle Bars Award, which this year went to Pete Flynn.  Unfortunately Pete was not able to make the party, so Karl Moseley stepped in to accept the award on Pete’s behalf.

Pete’s riding statistics were quite phenomenal, and as such was a deserved winner of the award.

Here are Pete’s year to date stats:

YTD – 4,370 miles and climbed 374,131ft

July – 1,052 miles and climbed 102,415ft

Big Rides:

La Marmotte, Raid Dolomites, Raid Majorca, Dales Grimpeur, Etape du Dales, Fred Whitton in appalling conditions

Summitted the following Cols:  

Col du Glandon, Croix du Fer, Telegraphe, Galibier, Alpe d’Huez, Passo du Giau, Tre Cime, Tre Croci, Passo Stelvio, Passo di San Bernandino, Orient, Soller, Puig Mayor and Sa Colabra

The evening was rounded off by more drinking and dancing.  A great end to a great year for the club, as we all look forward to what promises to be an amazing year for cycling in Yorkshire in 2014.

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Leathley Bank and Barrowby Bank – 25th July 2013

Thought it was about time to right a report about a ride as I have not done this for a while.

Club rides have become increasingly popular over the course of this year and this report is from the steady group ride.

Martin P called the route for tonight with both the steady and fast groups taking the same route.  We kicked off by rolling out towards Burnbridge and up Brackenthwaite Lane, which is always good for getting the legs and lungs going early on in a ride.  We climbed to the Otley Road, where we took a left and descended very swiftly down Leathley Bank to Pool.  Jacko’s chain hopped off at one point, but was quickly fixed and we were all on our way through Castley.

Instead of taking the obvious turn to Weeton we headed over the A658 in to Huby before crossing the A658 once more to go under the railway and into Weeton.  The pace was fairly swift for the steady group on the run across Kearby, where we turned left and climbed Barrowby Bank, before turning left again towards Kirkby Overblow, along Walton Head Lane and down to the Black Swan at Burnbridge for a well deserved pint.

A great 25 mile route, with an average of just over 16mph.

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Cappuccino Cycling Club Ride – 17th February 2013

This video was shot during a club ride recently.  It includes some stunning scenery around Greenhow Hill and Nidderdale in some late winter sunshine.

Check out the descent of Greenhow Hill into Pateley.

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Manchester Velodrome Trip – January 2013

After much waiting and organising the day finally arrived when the Cappuccino Cycling Club would be hitting the boards once more at the Manchester Velodrome.

On this occasion we were the guest of Out of the Saddle Cycling Club and thanks go out to Ben Werth from OOTS for inviting us and for organising the evening.

Here is a video shot by our Directeur Sportive, James capturing some of the moments from the evening.


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