Sunday, 19 February 2017

New look website - have you noticed?

Geoff has done the most amazing job of posting up the Birthday rides so that these lovely routes from Penrith are accessible to local cyclists and visitors alike. Many club members put a huge amount of work into setting up and checking out these routes and I am really glad that all that effort is not lost. I suspect this may have taken Geoff some time so a special 'thank you' is due for this and for all the other work he puts in to the website set-up and maintenance, as well as being the perfect club secretary! I hope he will receive your support for the 'Challenge rides' on which he is taking the lead, as previously blogged.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Sunday 19 th Feb - Main Ride ( Revision )

Since Parker is unable to lead his published ride, I have agreed to lead a similar excursion on to the Solway. My intended route is as follows : -

Start – Dalston Car Park at 10:00

11’s – Wheyrigg Hall Hotel [ Approx 14 miles ]

Lunch – Banksmill Garden Centre ( Dunes CafĂ© ) [ Approx 11 miles from 11’s ]

Return – Back to Dalston [ Approx 23 miles ]

The overall distance is approximately 48 miles.

I look forward to seeing some riders at the start or at one or the other of the “ watering holes “ around the circuit and the weather is is kind to us.

Sunday 19 February moderate ride

If anyone would like to join me, as I have only a very short ride to the coffee stop at Melmerby shop, I plan to leave Melmerby at 12 and cycle to Appleby for lunch. Moderate pace, familiar lovely fellside route - look forward to seeing you.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Car for Sale

2002 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T GTI 3-door Silver. 109,000 miles - mainly on long journeys. Fitted tow-bar - great for easy-load bike rack! Very good condition - always garaged. New car forces quick sale of this cherished vehicle. £1,100. Contact Pete M (selling on behalf of my son).

Club Ride Wednesday 15th Feb

As per the ride list this is a ride around Penrith of about 96km (890m of ascent) with one stop for lunch at Booths in Penrith. Starting at Culgaith just N of the level crossing - come in for a brew if you are early! Tea at finish back at Station House. Map and gpx below.
Weather forecast is good and mild except for a spot of rain at 2pm! Hope to see you out - steady pace, promise!


Friday, 10 February 2017

club ride - Sunday 12th February

The ride will start from behind the pub at Calthwaite.   The route will go through Skelton, Ellonby, Greystoke, Bennett Head, Pooley Bridge, Great Strickland to Morland where we will stop for lunch.   After lunch the route will go through Kirby Thore, Newbiggin, Culgaith, Langwathby,  Lazonby and we will return to Calthwaite via Thiefside.   The total distance will be about 55 miles.   The terrain is undulating.

At present, the forecast is for it to be dry but with a possibility of snowfall.    Watch this space.

Challenge/Audax Rides

In the long winter evenings I have been thinking about the success of the TriVets rides in the past, and of the enjoyment that a number of members of the group get from setting ourselves the challenge of riding in Audax and Sportive events. I was thinking that we could in a small way set up something similar from within the group.

The simplest model is one that the Kent Valley Club has tried which involves a series of Audax style rides (gpx and routecards provided) which can be ridden independently on the day or together with club members. In the same way as for Audax events you gather data together essentially to show that you have completed the ride. At the start of the ride they provided tea/coffee and biscuits and at the end there was a light meal. (This may or may not be included in the price of entry) Could we cater?
The event would be publicised on the website and by email to local groups and could be part of a series of say three involving different distances of say 30, 60 and 100mi. We would have to decide whether like the TriVets it would be better to run it midweek or at the weekend (Saturday would avoid clashes with Group Rides or maybe it could replace the '3 bicycle' ride that Sunday?) I imagined that this would happen during the months of June July and August.

If anyone is interested in pursuing/helping with this idea I should be interested in hearing from them soon so that we can arrange a meeting as soon as we get back from Spain!