SNOBICI Essentials - Stuart Clapp
2020 photos: Stuart Clapp
Name: Stuart Clapp @stuartjclapp
Location: Leigh on Sea, Essex
Profession: Desire editor at Rouleur Magazine
Good question. I love it. Genuinely love it. I can’t imagine not riding a bike. I ride everyday; sometimes not as far or as fast as others, but everyday I’ll be out. I get sort of weird if I don’t ride my bike.
What is your favorite cycling destination and why?I’ve ridden in some amazing places. Belgium maybe. Tuscany. Utah was incredible. Atlas Mountains? Honestly, though, I don’t think I can beat riding in Mallorca with my pals. Or, closer to home; over the woods with my little boy.
What is your favorite essential and why?
My phone, I think. I can take photos on it, get directions, and if I’m in trouble, I can call someone for help or a lift home. It happens to us all at some point, doesn’t it? Thankfully not too often.
What is your favorite race and why?
The Tour of Flanders. I love Paris-Roubaix and the Tour… In fact, they all have something, don’t they? OK, maybe not all. I can think of a few that lack substance. Anyway, my final answer; Tour of Flanders, because I’ve been a number times to watch it and ride the sportive. I love Belgium and that one race means so much to them.
What is your favorite mid ride (coffee) stop or hotspot?
I have a few places I like, but it has to be the Birdwood in Leigh on Sea. I’m always in there, usually before and after a ride, though. Jay, the owner, is a cyclist and he’ll always have cycling on the TV. When he bought the cafe, it sort of became everyone’s meeting point. Ask nicely and he’ll make you a Cafe Bon Bon. They’re really not a thing in the UK, but they should be, shouldn’t they?