|Article on page 36 Saturday EDP, note ironman race sticker on helmet|
I had calculated it takes approximately 5 miles to burn the necessary 300 calories so had designed my route accordingly. I used my Garmin 910XT to measure calorie consumption on the day and Garmin Edge 810 to show me the route which I carefully followed to Expresso the first cafe stop in the centre of Norwich.
|Expresso first cafe on the route|
My scheduled allowed for 12 minutes to order, consume cake and drink drink at each stop and I completed the first one in under 10 minutes enabling me to set off again feeling good with time to spare and only 19 more cakes to eat.
The ride continued smoothly as I now seemed to have my calorie and route distances in sync so did a 5 mile loop to Warings cafe.
|2nd successful stop at Warnings|
|Beautiful day for a calorie neutral bike ride|
|Stop 4 Pandora's kitchen|
|Excellent salted caramel brownie at Pandoras Kitchen|
|photo shoot in action|
|Picking up my faster time trial sort of bike|
|Acorn tea room at the back of the Royal Oak pub in Poringland|
As I had been tweeting progress all morning I was worried that I could have gone viral meaning that large crowds might start to gather and potentially slow my progress. Fortunately I had a plan for this possibility as my friend John joined us with his motorcycle in order to provide an escort.
|About to set off with Motor Cycle Escort from Brooke to Loddon|
|Outside Rosy Lees|
|At EDAP to face a cake choice dilema|
|Surprised everyone by having some cake at Earsham Street Cafe|
As I set off, slightly late, towards Harleston I was not aware of the drama that was about to unfold and potentially derail the whole event. Before the start of the ride I had managed to contact most of the cafes on twitter or facebook and as a result had had to change the route slightly due to a closure and changed opening times. Unfortunately No.5 cafe at Harlseton had no social media presence although this was probably because on arrival I discovered it had shut down.
Fortunately there are lots of other cafes in Harleston and so, despite having never been there before, I headed to the nearest one. For reasons that will become clear I will not be naming the cafe or ever planning to return as it was the worst cup of tea I can remember and the cheese scone was almost inedible.
|Possibly the worlds worst Cheese scone ever|
Now feeling rather ill it was off to the Pennoyer centre at Pulham st Mary where I knew I would be getting excellent cake baked by one of the ladies from the village. On arrival my support team were soaking up the afternoon sun as I went inside to order a cup of tea and request the smallest slice possible of the apple and raisin cake.
|Preparing to have tea and cake at the Pennoyer centre|
|With stomach growing, quickest stop of the day at Goodies cafe|
|Arrived at Garden Tea rooms in nick of time, |
apparently display in the window was for the tour of Britain but I pretended it was for me
My target cafe was Lincoln's but on arrival my support team informed me it was closed. Fortunately on a Friday and Saturday evening Lincoln's reopens again as a Bistro. It was now almost 5 o'clock so I hatched a plan to swap the timings with my other Hingham venue of Chalfonts, which I had planned to visit in two cafes time. Then on my return to Hingham, at 6:30, I would go to the now open Lincoln's Bistro instead of Chalfonts where I assumed they would still give me a cup of tea and some cake even in Bistro mode. So with potential disaster averted, or so I thought, I went to Chalfonts where I waved off my support team as Peter (student son) had had enough free food and now had had a better offer.
|Earlier than planned visit to Chalfonts|
|School boy error resulting in the biggest mug of tea of the day|
However not so lucky was that Yaxham Waters only had one cake left today, a giant Victoria sponge which was again very nice but took a lot of effort to work through being my 17th piece of cake that day.
|Big drink and large cake were for once not good news|
To my horror, on arrival back in Hingham, we discovered that Lincolns was still shut despite it being 30 minutes after the advertised opening times. I had to think fast to keep the record on track. I checked the calorie neutral bike ride world record official rules and decided there was some ambiguity as to if a cafe could be visited twice during an attempt. In order to clarify this I decided to insert rule 1 subsection 1 which stated:
"if on arrival at a planned cafe stop the cafe is closed, despite it being at time contained within the cafes clearly advertised opening times, then a previously visited cafe may be revisited as long as it is within 1 miles radius of the closed cafe. In no other circumstances can a cafe be visited more than once on a world record attempt"
As luck would have it my situation exactly matched the circumstances described in rule 1.1 and as Chalfonts was within the 1 mile radius laid out in the ruling I was able to return there with the record attempt still in tact. Lady luck was clearly on my side today.
Chris had returned in the support car so to celebrate my good fortune I bought Jim a cup of tea and her a bag of BBQ hula hoops. I didn't make the mug of tea mistake again and got a much smaller cupful this time.
|smaller cup of tea at Chalfonts|
I arrived at Janey's Village cafe to be meet by Dom (old school cyclist) who had come to join me for the final leg. However before then there was more tea to be drunk and cakes to be eaten.
As it was getting late and there was no one else inside I checked they were still serving. Fortunately they were but I was warned it would be a long wait for food as he was on his own (although as we were the only customers I couldn't quite understand what difference it made). Luckily cake doesn't count as food as he confirmed we could have the cake just as quickly as he could slice it, which was pretty quick. I thought a fruit scone would be easier to eat at this point but I had made yet another cake selection error as the worlds biggest fruit scone turned up which, although perfectly nice, took some effort to eat on top of the previous 18 cakes already consumed.
|Enormous scone to go with 15th cup of tea of the day|
|Arriving at Station Bistro in Dark|
With the final cup of tea drunk and excellent fruit cake eaten my work for the day was done.
|Last cake and cup of tea consumed|
Now the world record is in the bag I will be getting out my colouring set in order to make myself a homemade world record certificate to add to my growing certificate collection. A big thanks to my support crew, guest riders (John, Jim and Dom) and all the wonderful cafes I went to.
I have already decided to never try and repeat the feat again so if anyone wants to break the record then fill your boots and I will make and send you a home made world record certificate if you are successful.
Calorie neutral bike ride record attempt rules
1. The holder of the record will have visited the highest number of different cafes during a single day.
1.1 If on arrival at a planned cafe stop the cafe is closed, despite it being at time contained within the cafes clearly advertised opening times, then a previously visited cafe may be revisited as long as it is within 1 miles radius of the closed cafe. In no other circumstances can a cafe be visited more than once on a world record attempt.
2. All cafes must be independent and not part of national chains
3. All cafes must be visited within their normal opening hours and not open early or kept opened late for a record attempt
4. At each cafe a standard portion of cake or a scone (fruit or cheese) must be consumed. Biscuits, flapjacks, tiffin or anything pre-packaged will not count.
4.1 Danish style pastries are acceptable but only during the breakfast part of the day, before 9.00am, when cakes are not always available
5. At each cafe a standard hot drink must be consumed. (Tea, coffee or hot chocolate). If served in a pot or jug than one cups worth must be drunk.
6. From the time of arriving at the cafe 300 calories must be burnt off before the next cafe can be visited thus making the ride calorie neutral. (300 calories is based on in-depth internet research on average calories of cakes and scones plus average calories of a hot drink (Tea, coffee, hot chocolate).
7. If extra calories have been used up between cafes then that is tough as they can not be credited against other legs of the ride.
8. Calories burnt to be counted on a generic calorie counting device using only cycle speed, rider weight and age to calculate calorie usage. No heart rate consideration is required.
For calorie neutral bike ride world record attempt stats fans here are the ride stats for you to check out.
In summary I cycled 126 miles, spent 9 hrs 38 mins on the bike and 4 hrs 24 mins in cafes burning 8267 calories.
|Calories Burnt||time (min)||miles||av speed mph||calories
|At Exspresso||11||9.75||1.13||Danish||Hot Choc|
|At Warings||16||12.9||1.24||Orange (gluten free)||Tea|
|To Brittania Café||305||25.33||4.63||11.0||65.87||12.04|
|At Britania Café||20||19.5||1.03||Fruit Scone||Tea|
|At Pandoras||20||22.05||0.91||Caramel Brownie||Tea|
|At Stephanies||12||10.6||1.13||Blackberry Bakewell||Tea|
|To Acorn tearooms||452||30.51||6.6||13.0||68.48||14.81|
|At Acorn tearooms||36||9.6||3.75||Choc and Orange||Tea|
|To The Café||389||23.95||5.87||14.7||66.27||16.24|
|At The Café||25||15.16||1.65||Lemon Drizzle||Hot Choc|
|To Rosy Lee||389||21.25||5.58||15.8||69.71||18.31|
|At Rosy Lee||22||13.83||1.59||Fruit Scone||Tea|
|At EDAP||9||7.40||1.22||Banana cake||Tea|
|To Earsham Street||365||25.35||5.39||12.8||67.72||14.40|
|At Earsham Street||24||17.88||1.34||Ginger cake||Hot Choc|
|To ?? At Harleston||504||34.89||8.26||14.2||61.02||14.45|
|At ?? At Harleston||13||10.6||1.23||"cheese scone"||Tea|
|To Pennoyer Centre||307||22.9||5.08||13.3||60.43||13.41|
|At Pennoyer Centre||15||15.25||0.98||Apple And Raisin||Tea|
|At Goodies||7||4.78||1.46||Millionaire shortbread||Tea|
|To Tudor Bakehouse||300||21.58||5.05||14.0||59.41||13.90|
|At Tudor Bakehouse||7||6.45||1.09||Brownie||Tea|
|To Garden tearooms||729||53.94||11.3||12.6||64.51||13.52|
|At Garden tearooms||16||14.2||1.13||Cheese Scone||Tea|
|At Chalfonts||20||13.96||1.43||Cup cake||Tea|
|To Yaxham Waters||405||27.1||6.8||15.1||59.56||14.94|
|At Yaxham Waters||28||24.01||1.17||Victoria sponge||Hot Choc|
|At Chalfonts||19||14||1.36||Cup cake||Tea|
|To Janeys Village||544||40.25||9.16||13.7||59.39||13.52|
|At Janeys Village||11||10.1||1.09||Fruit Scone||Tea|
|To Station Bistro||362||26.25||5.5||12.6||65.82||13.79|
|At Station Bistro||13||12.08||1.08||Fruit cake||Tea|