Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Coffee, Cake and... Cycling!

For those of you who haven't already heard about Bikeminded, it's a three year scheme launched by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to encourage residents to give cycling a go, thereby clearing some traffic from the borough's roads and hopefully reducing the inches on the borough's waistline!

So whilst my cycling ability can at best be described as 'novice', I do rather pride myself on my ability to gorge on patisserie. Given that another (obvious) hobby of mine is to explore the local area, after hearing about Bikeminded's latest programme of events, I confess I did rather think I'd died and cycled to heaven!

This weekend, Bikeminded are following up on their successful Blue Plaque tours with a Coffee and Cake Cruise from Notting Hill to Chelsea. Taking in the borough's most prestigious and delicious cafes and cake shops, including the famous macaroons at Pierre Herme in Knightsbridge, the group will be guided through the borough's roads by a group of trained marshalls, with bike-minders on hand to look after their 'wheels' whilst they re-ingest some of the calories they've worked off! If there was ever a way to ease yourself into the rigours of cycling gently, this is eat, and I know where I'm concerned a sure fire way to embed cycling into my heart is via my stomach.

And if you can't make this weekend, Bikeminded have also come up with an eerily fun way to celebrate Halloween locally - with a Ghost Cycling Tour around the borough! Nothing like a few ghoulish sightings to get you pedalling faster!

For more details, check out the Bikeminded website and blog at

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