In honour of a Welsh legend
In July this year, Geraint Thomas did what no other Welshman had ever managed to achieve, coming home in the yellow jersey of the Tour De France.
As Cardiff's original cycling-inspired coffee trikes business we decided to pay tribute to this Cardiff great by dressing up our lead machine in a yellow jersey of its own, complete with illustrations of the man himself.
Now you can win the original framed artwork, by local illustrator and Handlebar Barista cohort, Jack Skivens. Read on for details.
Geraint was born in Birchgrove and began his cycling career with the Maindy Flyers at the age of 10 (alongside Luke Rowe who he still rides with for Team Sky). He went on to ride for Cycling Club Cardiff and Cardiff Just in Front.
Having studied at Whitchurch High School he was probably destined for greatness right from the start. What other schools can claim to have churned out talent like Gareth Bale and Sam Warburton?
But despite that unfair headstart in life, we decided his achievements were still just about worth celebrating. So between Thomas' win in Paris on July 29th (followed by this inspirational speech complete with mic drop) his victory parade in Cardiff on the 9th of August we had some work to do.
Fortunately, we're lucky enough to have not one, but two awesome illustrators as part of the Handlebar Barista team. The extremely talented Dominic Twigg was otherwise tied up with scribblings of his own. So on this occasion, it fell to Jack to come up with something special to decorate HB3 with in tribute to Geraint.
Always happy to be involved in making a complete mess, Chris took to the paintbrush to turn the trike Tour De France yellow. Jack's illustrations were painstakingly measured up and printed out ready to stick into place. After we discovered the illustrations had been painstakingly measured out wrong and didn't fit, a state of panic descended on things. Happily, with a few last-minute adjustments (bodges) we were ready to join 8,000 other proud Welsh cycling fans at Cardiff Castle to welcome Geraint home.
The reaction we had was incredible. People loved the trike, the coffee and the artwork. We were stopped for photos, local and national TV set up with the trike in the background and even promised an intro with the man himself. A lesson learned: never believe anything PR agents promise you. Apparently, Geraint was "too busy but would have loved to have met us" in the end. Can't think what he could have been doing. We're over that disappointment now (just) but it would have been great to congratulate him personally.
Geraint's achievement will never be forgotten, but at some point soon the trike will have to return to its former more vintage look. The original artwork (which is stunning in itself but makes a great piece of sporting memorabilia) could be yours. All you need to do is join our mailing list for a chance to win it.
So if you're a fan of Geraint Thomas or cycling or you're just looking to get hold of an awesome Christmas present for a cycling fan FOR FREE, then enter here.