It’s that time of year again, shorter days, damper climates, and coffee-incentivised cycling is just around the corner. The rules have now been posted for Coffeeneuring 2017, and I’m planning on taking part again for the third year running. My mileage has really taken a dip recently, so this is looking like a great way to get back into the swing of things and get out pootling more and more.
There are only a handful of rules for coffeeneuring, all listed on the site, so I won’t go over them again here. Instead, I’m going to go over my plans for this years set of seven:
1 – Keep the theme running
My coffeeneuring ‘theme within a theme’ has always been related to keeping things local and supporting local businesses. This isn’t changing this time around, but I’m going to aim to take on a second theme – brew with a view. In drawing up a list of prospective coffeeneuring stops there were a few that don’t really make for ideal stopping places – bakeries with no seating being one – so I’m thinking that I may take a coffee maker of some kind with me and go make a drink somewhere scenic.
This is particularly important this time round, as I’ve got two international trips during the period. Maybe, if I’m lucky, I’ll be able to rent a bike and have an overseas leg of the challenge, but I’m likely going to need to be creative and double up some weeks.
2 – Enjoying the rides
What’s the point in cycling if it’s not fun? Part of that, in regards to coffeeneuring, is taking easy-going, relaxed rides on suitably equipped bikes. To that extent the Randofurb bike – normally reserved for vintage rides – is going to be seeing quite some action in autumn, plus I’m working on a few more little fixes to make it that much nicer. My new bike (that I’m still waiting on) is also going to be very coffeeneuring-suitable, and I’ll share more about it when it actually turns up.
3 – A change of pace (and format)
One of the stipulations of the challenge is that it has to be recorded somewhere, typically in the form of a blog post. This has been my habit in the past, and I’m going to continue to do so this year, but rather than wait til the very end to write it up, I’m going to try live-blogging the challenge. I’ll have one coffeeneuring post that I’ll publish on my very first ride that will then, as time goes on, be updated with additional rides. I’m hoping this will make the writing a little fresher, as I’ll be updating (most likely) on the day I rode, rather than weeks afterwards.
Coffeeneuring has been something I’ve looked forward to each year. It can be a challenge finding suitable places, but it serves as a brilliant excuse to get out, take in the autumn scenery, and enjoy just being out on a bike. See you on the other side.