Wednesday Mar 10 2010
Cap off that bike ride with a cup of joe
By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
Trailhead Coffee & Cycling Lounge combines passion of biking and coffee
Two friends with a passion for cycling and backgrounds in coffee and the restaurant industry have combined their love of the sport into a new business. Jerry Cannon and Rob Johnson opened Trailhead Coffee & Cycling Lounge on Taylor Road in Penryn about six months ago. “We’ve taken our professional cycling careers … and we’ve incorporated a coffee shop into a cycling lounge where you can come in and relax,” Cannon said. Patrons can relax with freshly brewed coffee, from beans roasted exclusively for Trailhead. “We have a dark, rich, full-flavored coffee,” and all the coffee drinks and smoothies are made from scratch, said Cannon, who has also worked for a large Northwest coffee company. Johnson is a personal chef and Trailhead offers pastries, baked daily in the kitchen where Johnson works. Baked goods include muffins, scones, coffee cakes, brownies and turnovers, as well as Trailhead’s signature trail bars. Plans are in the works to add lunch to the menu during the spring and summer. Although Trailhead caters to cyclists, it’s open to and enjoyed by walkers, runners and the community as a whole. Mandy Walker and Jeff Miller, of Lincoln, were enjoying drinks at Trailhead Sunday morning, their first visit. They had just walked the trails at Griffith Quarry Park, located across Taylor Road. “The iced tea is awesome and the customer service is really, really personable,” Walker said. “I’d definitely come back, just because of the hospitality.” Bicycles and jersey collected over the years during the business partners’ racing careers fill the lounge. “Everything in here has a story,” Cannon said. Cannon said he raced professionally for Schwinn and Rowley, and Johnson raced on the collegiate cycling circuit and then worked for professional cycling teams. They use their knowledge of the cycling world to educate and share their experiences with the community, he explained. Cannon, 46, and Johnson, 48, also build and sell bicycles and have a full line of clothing for cyclists, which are all available at the lounge. John Grim was soaking in the warm sun on the Trailhead deck Sunday morning. Grim is a bicyclist and big fan of Trailhead. He said he rides his bike from Fair Oaks to Penryn five or six times a week. “The two owners are not only great people, but bicycle people,” Grim said. “Their knowledge of bicycling is unparalleled.” Gannon said he is “very excited” about the Amgen Tour of California, the epic bike race that will pass through Auburn on May 16. “You’ve got world-class cycling right here in our back yard. They’re the best in the world,” he said.