In 12 days’ time, the world’s cycling elite will be tearing up South Yorkshire roads on Le Grand Depart.
But fruit cake-maker Jane Stammers is already out there, travelling the route the Tour de France will take on July 6.
She’s getting a new, cyclists’ version of her posh, hand-made Tipple Tails cakes into shops, cafes and pubs along the route.
Her brand, hand-made at Wadsley Hall Farm Kitchen on Far Lane,
Sheffield, now boasts a high-energy recipe.
A visit to a specialist bike shop in Birmingham gave her the idea. “I discovered cyclists are not all that keen on the nutrition bars available to them and prefer to pack fruit cake in their saddle bags,” says Jane, who developed the recipe by working for several months with a cycling group to understand their needs. It contains dates, apricots, nuts and vine fruits infused with Sheffield Honey and Birdhouse Tea Company’s Full Monty tea.
“It’s perfect for when you need that extra oomph,” says Jane.
Along the Tour De France route, the £2 a slice cake is available in AVID Farm Shop at Millhouses Green, Ye Olde Mustard Pot pub at Midhopestones, The Old Horns at High Bradfield, and The Blue Ball at Worrall.
Aways from the route, amateur cyclists can stock up at in Urban Pantry at Crookes, Porterbrook Deli, Mr Pickles on Abbeydale Road, Our Cow Molly Ice Cream Parlour and The Schoolrooms in Dungworth and Bradfield and the Arthouse Cafe in Penistone.
“I am also hoping that cycle groups will pick it up too – it is proving very popular with the Grenoside group I’ve been working with,” adds Jane.