Monday, 22 May 2017

Club Ride Wed 24th May

Note start time 09:00 Wednesday in Hesket Newmarket. Parking in car park at bottom end of village green (same side as pub) or around edge of the green. Meet on green opposite the pub.

Ride is as the runs list following the Reivers Route to Workington via Sustrans Route 71 and return on first bit of C2C Route from Whitehaven via Whinlatter. Coffee in Cockermouth after 17miles and lunch in Whitehaven after further 18 miles or so. Total ride length about 79 miles.

I will be cycling from home in Raughton Head to start of ride, if anyone would care to join me (leaving at 08:20) you will be most welcome. This will add 6 miles onto each end of the ride for a total ride length of about 90 miles.

Hope to see you Wednesday.
07921 297045

Fig Tree Cafe, Thiefside

The cafe will be open on Wednesday for anyone wishing to meet up there. They hope to be open throughout May and June but unless there are any changes in circumstances they will have to close from July 2nd. They were very grateful for our support and appreciative of our many signatures on the petition.
Posted on behalf of Alison and Pam

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Ride Sunday 21s t May

The ride will be as published : -

Annan Main Square ( near Town Hall ) at 09:30

Cafe 91 Lockerbie ( Approx 14 miles )

Cafe beside River Nith in Dumfries via Ae village ( Approx 23 miles )

Return stage
To Annan via the Nith Estuary, Caerlaverock Castle, Ruthwell, Powfoot and Newbie ( Approx 19 miles )

The total distance will be 62 miles

Monday, 15 May 2017

Club ride Wed 17th May

Wednesdays ride from Penrith Cemetery on Beacon Edge starts at 9.30 and will be a moderate ie 2 bikes ride, first to the Abbey cafe in Shap for elevenses, and then to the end of Haweswater for a BYO picnic lunch. Bring something to sit on! We will then head back to Penrith via Askham. Forecast looks OK so hopefully see lots of you out. Distance about 35 miles.
Phil and Rosie Blanshard

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Two bicycle ride Sunday 14th May

This ride will be as posted, starting at Geoff's  (100m N of the Level crossing NY608293) room for a few cars or park up lane or below Crowdundle Beck on Newbiggin Road. Tea etc after.
This is a steady(/traditionally) paced ride but with one or two hills and essentially intending to enjoy a pleasant tour. Starting along the fellside to Murton and so to Appleby for coffee. Then via Burrells and the Soulby road to Whygill head and Orton for lunch. In the afternoon up the Lyvennet taking in the stepping stones at High Whitber and back for tea. (78km 859m ascent)
Hoping to see some of you tomorrow. Weather - possibility of showers in the morning but then turning into a glorious day!!

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Thiefside Garden of Eden Garden Centre and Fig Tree cafe

It is with great regret that I am blogging to say that this café and garden centre is likely to be closing, possibly in the near future. It is one of our most popular café stops as well as featuring in some of the rides. Until it closes, our custom is very much appreciated so please continue to support it as you can. A petition is available for you to sign to 'help us to save our family run garden centre and cafe' which has been there for 10 years.
The next scheduled café stop there from the runs list is on Wednesday 24 May (the fourth Wednesday in the month) - if there is any change, hopefully it will be appear on the blog.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Sunday 4th June Audax/Challenge Ride – what’s it all about?

With encouragement from some other members of the club I proposed to run 2 or possibly 3 small ‘events’ initially for club members and friends this year and maybe if they catch on, in a more formal way next year opening them up to anyone who wants to join in.

First it may be of interest to explain why they are called Audax – (the word means ‘bold’ or ‘daring’ hence the term challenge ride) There is a lot of detail on the Audax UK website but to summarise it developed from a 200km cycle event in Italy in the late 19th century. Audax events are not a race but the sole purpose is to complete the course. At its inception it was a team event but is now more normally an individual challenge of endurance navigation and self reliance.

When you enter an event you are sent a description of the course, then arriving at the event start you are given a card on which is recorded either times at which you pass through manned controls or information to act as evidence that you have been there. These might be information from a sign or, on permanent courses, till receipts at garages or cafés.
Enough said about the origins.I thought that if we ran a series of events it might encourage some of us to take up the ‘challenge’
So the plan is to run a 50mi (80km) introduction on Sunday 4th June when there was no ride on the Calendar. The course will start from Langwathby green and will be either a group ride for those that are unfamiliar with the idea but are interested to take part, or as an individual rider. All courses will be published on the Blog before hand (obviously - without the data required!)

On 2nd July starting from Melmerby VH, we propose to run two introductory self-led courses of approx 30mi (50km) and 60mi (100km) These will start at different times so that they finish with refreshments at the Village Hall in Melmerby. Hopefully this will provide a challenge and get a large group of us together after the ride(s)

In August - date to be agreed if there is interest, we will hold a 100mi + (approx 200km) course.

I am trying to keep the organisation as low key as possible but would be glad to hear from anyone who could help in the organisation of these events, mainly July and August.

Geoff A