We are closed Bank Holiday Monday

Hi,. We are closed for Bank Holiday Monday…. Family time for us

See you as normal Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday 😁


We get all sorts at Caffè Velo Verde

No two weekends are the same really …… we get so many people through the coffee shop – we only wish we had the time to have a proper chat with everyone!

Over the last few weekends we have had some unusual visitors though!

Sammy the parrot came in sitting on his owner’s shoulder recently. Sammy is an incredible 52 years old and after studying his surroundings was sitting quite happily chirping away in parrotspeak.

He seemed to quite like our Granolajack -which is no surprise as we all do.

We had a private hire event recently on a Monday ….. and on the Sunday previous a smartly dressed guy arrived wearing a blue shirt and tie. He was very hot and drank a few glasses of water before starting to tell us in his German accent that he had just arrived having set off from Germany hitch hiking the day before! He had remarkably done the journey in a day. He doesn’t own a car and regularly makes such journeys across Europe attending environmental events whilst minimising his carbon footprint!

Red Bull sponsor many sporting events and adrenalin sportspeople. Local Red Bull athlete Nathan Watson called in whilst on a training ride recently with a friend. Nathan is a world ranked motorcycle Enduro rider and lives locally when he is not travelling the world competing in the KTM factory team with the support of Red Bull. Nathan’s carbon footprint may just be a bit higher than our German visitor!

Nathan Watson

We also get a massive range of cycles and even stand up ElliptiGo machines, but one type of machine that we hadn’t actually seen before in the flesh was this slightly half and half recumbent tandem! A couple were riding by and called into see us. They have ridden across Europe touring on this fabulous machine before and it certainly caused a few looks whilst it was at the coffee shop …….

So overall yes….. we have a lot of visitors on foot, car and, of course, cycle……. but sometimes we just can’t predict who is going to turn up !

Team CVV

Megmeister Summer baselayers with a special CVV discount!

Our tame model ‘Johan’ in the coffee shop is now wearing the fabulous white summer base layer from our friends at Megmeister……  and pretty cool he is looking too.

The Drynamo short sleeve is designed for high tempo riding in hot climates and like the whole range features incredibly light weight and excellent wicking to move moisture away from the body and mesh sections for ventilation.

We love these cycle specific base layers – and they are just as valuable when the sun is out !

The guys at Megmeister had a simple mission: to create the best possible base layers for men and women! We wanted to be the best in 3 key areas: better fit, function and comfort.

We think they smashed it !

Check Out the website here for more details ;


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Help Joe Porter and Support Teenage Cancer Trust

Joe Porter has beaten cancer and is now going to be riding to Paris to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust – an organisation close to his heart.


In Joe’s words…

In late 2017 I got the scare of my life. I got diagnosed and had testicular cancer! I got the all clear in February 2018 THANK GOODNESS!. I am having to have regular check ups now for the next 5 years. But now I’m ready for my next challenge. Cycling from London to Paris! This will be the ultimate challenge for myself but I AM READY!

Many people my age (mid 20s) are more commonly diagnosed with this cancer but the survive rate is high if caught earlier enough!

I will be part of the incredible inspiring bunch of people also known as TEAM TELEPERFORMANCE !! You guys are amazing. LETS DO THIS

With your donations you can help support me in giving back so much to an amazing charity. You don’t have to donate a lot! 🙂


So please take a minute to support Joe’s efforts for this great cause and continue to raise awareness


Support him at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/joescyclingtoparis1

Open Farm Sunday – June 10th 2018

This Sunday June 10th at the Eco Farm is Open Farm Sunday – the national event welcoming visitors to farms.

There will be lots to see around the farm but we wanted to let you know that with up to 1000 people expected on the day we will only be offering a very limited menu with none of the normal hot foods.

If you were thinking of coming this weekend please bear in mind we are likely to be full to bursting pretty much all day with farm visitors and families, and there will be limited cycle space

We regret that we are unable to accommodate groups this Sunday due to the sheer volume of people who will be around on the farm 😮😮😮

😪😪😯Normal service will be resumed next weekend!

See you soon!

Megmeister Base Layer-First Review

A couple of months ago the guys at Megmeister very kindly gave me one of their base layers to test. Some of you may know that I’m riding from John O Groats to Lands End later this month, a great opportunity to see how they perform over long distances.

My first impression of the Drynamo Winter Long Sleeved Cycling base layer was that it’s unlike anything I’ve tried before. There are no seams at all, and the neck and cuffs appear to be unfinished but that is all part of the smooth seam free design.

Very light and soft, it’s clearly a very technical garment with areas to keep you warm and cool in all the right places. It has mesh panels under the arms to keep things fresh and, as this is a cycling specific base layer, it’s longer at the back.

Trying it on for the first time two words that immediately sprang to mind were ‘body sock’. It’s very stretchy and takes a few pulls here and there to get it all in place but once on is extremely comfortable, in fact I actually forgot I was wearing it on my first ride.

Most of the rides I’ve done so far wearing the Megmeister have been fairly chilly but it certainly kept me warm and dry enough. When I was working hard and perspiring I could tell that the moisture was being wicked away from my body so that when I stopped I did not feel cold. I’ve also done a couple of 100 mile rides wearing it and it is definitely the most comfortable base layer in my wardrobe. In fact it has quickly become my ‘go to’ base layer.

I should be getting a few more Megmeisters for the big ride itself and, with fingers firmly crossed for warm weather, I’m really looking forward to trying a short sleeve version. This is definitely not a base layer just for winter .

You can buy your Megmeister base layer here and, as a CVV customer, you can get a 15% discount!


Andy – CVV

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Caffe Velo Verde CC ….. Coming soon

Now the weather is gradually (!) Getting better we are starting to make some plans for Caffe Velo Verde CC rides and activities .
Keep an eye on our Facebook page and web site for updates….. But here are a few things we have in the pipeline

First up is an Ebike Demo Day in conjunction with our friends at Newark Cycle Centre . Come and see us on April 29th and look at or try some of the latest ebikes ( and some without an ‘e’ ).

In a couple of weeks the Caffe Velo Verde baristas will be starting some regular weekday social rides from the coffee shop. Meet us and we will go off for a ride and then come back to the coffee shop for coffee and Granolajack !

Finally ( for now ) we are teaming up with Red Route MTB for some coached and led rides at Sherwood Pines. Ride leader and Coach Dan will show you some parts of the pines you may not have seen before and help you to ride better too !

Oh yes …… And we have some Caffe Velo Verde cycling shirts in the pipeline too 😀

See you soon

Paul & Andy