Inverness café named best in Scotland by national cycling charity

Velocity, a café in Inverness, has been named the best for cyclists in all of Scotland by the national cycling charity Cycling UK.

Velocity won the Scotland category of Cycling UK’s Cyclist Café of the Year awards, which were announced on Saturday. There were four other winners, for Wales, England and Northern Ireland as well as a Lifetime Achievement award.

Dave Sage, the café’s general manager, said: "We are just about to celebrate our sixth birthday. Velocity is a social enterprise and the café space provides a hub for everything to happen.

"There’s a lot of people putting in hard work to create a warm, welcoming environment for cyclists and other customers, it’s really so lovely that we have been recognised as a place people can come and relax."

Velocity was nominated by its cyclist customers for its chilled atmosphere and locally-sourced healthy food at fair prices. It has an adjoining bike repair shop, which runs all sorts of courses to promote inclusivity for cycling. There are no fixed seating arrangements or even a standardised menu.

Hundreds of cafes across the UK received online nominations for the awards, with shortlists then made for the final decisions by a panel of experts.

Matt Mallinder, Membership Director at Cycling UK said: “Cyclists depend on great cafes as a place to reenergise with cakes and hot drinks and meet up with others during a day out. These awards say thank you to those cafes whose staff go the extra mile to provide tired cyclists with a friendly face, tasty food and comfy place to take a break.

“Velocity has proven it deserves the accolade of Cyclist Café of the Year for Scotland. We wish its team all the best for the future.”

Notes to editors

  1. Cycling UK, the national cycling charity, inspires and helps people to cycle and keep cycling, whatever kind of cycling they do or would like to do. Over a century’s experience tells us that cycling is more than useful transport; it makes you feel good, gives you a sense of freedom and creates a better environment for everyone.
  2. Images of Velocity and the other winners can be found here:
  3. More about Velocity can be found on its website:
  4. The other winners were Bow Bells in County Down for Northern Ireland, Café Velo in Hampshire for England, and I want to ride my bike café, bar and workshop in Cardiff for Wales. The Lifetime Achievement award went to Eureka Café in Two Mills, Chester. The results of the Cyclist Café of the Year awards were announced on Saturday 6 October at Cycling UK’s Big Bike Celebration in Harrogate.

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