Australian’s love link between cycling and coffee
More and more Australians are replacing steering wheels with handlebars as Australia’s cycling culture booms. To meet growing demand, cafés are connecting the sport and passion for coffee.
Every Thursday morning at 6.30am, a sea of 60 spandex-clad riders from the Albany Cycle Club pedal to Bay Merchants after a gruelling hour-long ride. The colony of riders sprawl over the street’s pavement and park themselves at the café’s tables as they indulge in a morning coffee. They discuss bike chains, time trials, the hill they conquered and the working day ahead.
Bay Merchants’ Owner, Ralph Flowers, says this vision of colour is a regular spectacle he enjoys waking up to. “There’s a real atmosphere here,” says Ralph. “The guys go fairly hard on the bikes so they don’t talk much. But when they’ve finished their ride they like to wind down and they do that over a coffee. They just love it.”
Twelve years ago when Ralph first established Bay Merchants in Middleton Beach, Western Australia, he started a Cappuccino Ride where eight riders would finish their cycle with a coffee. At the time, Ralph says it was more common for riders to go for a drink at a distillery. Ralph says, however, the cycling and coffee culture has grown at an exponential level.
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