There’s nothing finer than getting up at 05:00 on a Sunday morning, amassing on Clapham Common with 27,000 other Lycra-clad humans, and pedalling off on a six-hour ride to Brighton. To help us reach our destination we packed the traditional sausage and Branston sandwiches, a bunch of bananas, 2 gallons of Lucozade and, for the first time this year, these homemade ‘energy’ bars. Tradition also dictates a 99 on top of Ditchling Beacon, followed by a Sunday roast at The George upon arrival.

L2B Energy Bar

For several years now the privatised train companies have contributed to this great charity event by banning all bikes on their precious trains back to London, thus inconveniencing everyone into taking the environmentally unfriendly option of stashing their bikes in the back of lorries and following them up the congested A23 by coach.

To avoid this annual palava we prefer to spend the night in a B&B and travel back the following day when the Fat Controller reluctantly condescends to allow cyclists on board. This year we stayed at a haven in Kemp Town called ‘Home‘, run by the very friendly duo of Marcus and John, and renowned for its magnificent breakfasts. No Tesco Blue Stripe sausages or Happy Shopper orange juice here, but a choice of several delicious and perfectly presented options including smoked salmon and scrambled egg sur muffin and croque monsieur.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Skill level: Easy
Makes: 10 bars


  • clear honey – 115g
  • butter – 110g
  • dark brown sugar – 50g
  • light brown sugar – 50g
  • rolled oats – 50g
  • muesli – 200g
  • almonds – crushed – 100g
  • raisins – 60g
  • dried apricots – chopped – 120g

L2B Energy Bar

Preheat oven to 180C (gas mark 4)

Gently melt the honey, butter and sugars in a largish pan.

Stir in all the other ingredients.


Spoon out onto a greased baking sheet and mould into a square about 20mm thick.

Bake for 25 minutes.

Leave to cool for a few minutes and cut into bars.

Allow to cool thoroughly before removing from the baking sheet.

Store in an airtight container.


Verdict: Sweet, chewy, crunchy and packed full of ‘energy’.

Drink: 1 gallon of water, 2 gallons of Lucozade.

Entertainment: The pain of cycling up hill, the joy of free-wheeling down, and a 99 on Ditchling Beacon.


  1. You must be mad!! Your photos are excellent though and well done, what a challenge. Your energy bars look just the ticket but I really wish you hadn’t mentioned that croque monsieur at the end! I have a serious obsession with them – last one eaten yesterday evening. Now I am craving again.

  2. Hi Helen

    Good to hear from you again … I thought I might have scared to away with my talk of Armageddon.

    To be honest with you, the L2B bike ride is more of a jolly day out than a gruelling endurance event. The preparation consists of a hearty pasta meal and trying not to get too pissed the night before. We have done it with hangovers in previous years, but it is not entirely recommended.

    Do like the look of your ‘Rainbow Chard and Parmesan Tart’ by the way.



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