So yesterday (Sept 2014) I took the opportunity to take my plan forward by having a trial run and fact find to see how a world record attempt might work.
Since the Guinness Book of so called World Records washed their hands of me I consider myself the self proclaimed arbiter of this record so I have come up with the following rules.
1. The holder of the record will have visited the highest number of different cafes during a single day.
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 or anything pre-packaged will not count.
5. At each cafe a hot chocolate must be consumed.
6. From the time of arriving at the cafe 400 calories must be burnt off before the next cafe can be visited thus making the ride calorie neutral. (400 calories is based on in-depth internet research on average calories of cakes or scones plus calories of a typical hot chocolate).
7. If extra calories have been used between cafes then that is tough as they can not be credited against other legs of the ride.
Using the simple set of rules set out above I planned a 5 stop trip visiting some of my favourite cafes to see what I could learn about high speed cafe cycling and to be able to set what I believe a challenging number of cafes would be for an acceptable world record.
So yesterday morning I skipped my breakfast, so as to start the day on zero calories, and at 8.30 I set off to my first destination which was the Box Tree cafe in Brooke.
|Early morning sun ruining my photo at the Cafe in Brooke.|
The Hot Chocolate was very hot, which normally I approve of, but made it hard to drink quickly. The cake was very tasty and made a nice breakfast.
|Hot chocolate and Orange cake for Breakfast at the Cafe in Brooke|
|Calorie counting watch showing I was well ahead calorie wise.|
I took the opportunity to ask if the owner knew the calorie content of the drink and scone. She didn't but appeared to be a bit of a calorie expert and was more than happy to perform some energy estimating. Her conclusion was that it would be about 180 for the Hot chocolate, which is from Holland although it wasn't clear if Dutch calories are the same as British ones, and 200 for scone plus butter. This seemed in line with my in depth on-line research so I happily went to the outside bench seating area where once again the hot chocolate was too hot to drink quickly.
|Hot Chocolate, which is Dutch, and cheese scone refilling my calorie bank|
The next stop was a ride up to Mattishall, and Tabnabs. On arrival I was very pleased to hear from Mrs Tabnabs that she had had several cyclists visit her after reading the recommendation from my blog.
|Outside Tabnabs where I got to use the outside seating for the first time.|
|Thick and hot hot chocolate with peanut cake|
I decided to go to Reepham railway station as on the last visit I had had a very tasty and infeasibly large cheese scone which I really fancied again.
|There were several cyclist at Reepham Station.|
|Fourth hot chocolate plus infeasibly large scone|
5. At each cafe a standard hot drink must be consumed. (Tea, coffee or hot chocolate)
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).
With the new rules in place it was back to Norwich and my local Cafe; Stephanie's cafe in Eaton.
|Round the back of Stephanie's cafe|
|Refreshing tea and Muffin round the back of Stephanies|
All 5 of the cafes I visited today performed really well and will definitely be on my final list when I do the world record attempt.
|calories||time (min)||miles||av speed mph||calories/mile||calories/min|
|The Café, Brooke||34||17||2.00|
|The Hen House||59||26||2.27|
Click here to download 60 mile 5 cafe tour route gpx file for your gps