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Noun, Slang

Cuppa: A cup of coffee, usually taken during a break.

Example usage: Let's take a cuppa at the next stop.

Most used in: Europe, particularly countries with a strong cycling culture like the Netherlands and Germany.

Most used by: Recreational and long-distance cyclists.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 5/10

Also see: Leadout, Slipstream, Drafting, Paceline,

What is a Cuppa?

The term “Cuppa” is a nickname for a “Criterium” or “Crit” race in cycling. Criteriums are a type of race in which cyclists complete multiple laps on a short circuit, typically in a city center. Races usually last between 30 minutes and one hour and are usually held on closed-off city-center streets. Criteriums are a popular form of racing in the USA, with 3.3 million participants in 2015 according to the National Sporting Goods Association.

The name “Cuppa” comes from the British term “cuppa tea,” which is used to describe a cup of tea. This nickname was adopted by American cyclists in the early 2000s and has become a popular way of referring to Criterium races.

Cuppa races are fast-paced and exciting, and often feature tight, technical turns and unpredictable sprint finishes. They are a great way for cyclists to test their skills in a high-pressure environment, and for spectators to watch the action close up.


The Origins of the Cycling Term 'Cuppa'

The term 'Cuppa' is a slang word used by cyclists to describe a cup of coffee or tea. It originated in the United Kingdom in the mid-1990s and has since spread to other countries including the United States. The term is thought to have been derived from the phrase “take a cup of tea”, which was commonly used in the UK.

The term first appeared in print in 1998 in a UK cycling magazine. Since then, it has become a widely-used term among cyclists and is often used to describe a stop during a long ride to enjoy a hot drink. The term has also been adopted by cyclists in other countries, including the United States.

The term 'Cuppa' has become an integral part of cycling culture, and is often used to describe the social aspect of riding. It has become a way for cyclists to bond over a shared experience, and it serves as a reminder to take time to enjoy the simpler things in life.

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