Friday, 25 April 2014

New Cycle Cafe Keswick

Andy and Sarah have opened Saddleback Cafe on Greta Bridge next to Keswick Mountain bikes .
They are 'keen cyclists and walkers with career histories in catering'.  They provide reasonably priced home made food for active outdoor types.

There is an out door seating area with a cycle rail so that bikes may be locked. Sue and I can recommend their door step sandwiches. So could be another option for club runs.

For those of you with the technology they can be found on:
twitter:@saddlebakcafe             no I haven't mispelt it

Their phone number is 01768 773907

Paul C

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Bonk rations for the saddle-weary

Ride Wednesday 16th April

I've chosen this route, and also the café stops, for beautiful lakeland scenery.  Both café stops are 'tea rooms' overlooking lakes which means that they don't specialise in bargain 'carb fuel'!  You can check out the lunch menu for Blackwell - they do offer soup which I think is about £4.95 or you might want to bring some of your own rations and there are pubs in Bowness if you don't want the scenery!   I notice that they do offer beans on toast on the children's menu and no doubt some of you are childish enough to qualify. As usual, some parking at our house but ride will officially start from Burneside church.  Tea and scones etc offered at our house after the ride.  Weather looking great - hope to see you for a good day out.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Ride on Sunday 13th April

Because a club run took place very recently incorporating the same start point and refreshment stops as this ride,   Sunday's route will be different.    The mileage will be 60-70 miles.   We will meet outside the Sycamore Cafe  in the centre of Longtown.   When coming from the Carlisle direction the cafe is on the left-hand side on a street corner.     At present, the forecast for Sunday is favourable.   

Monday, 7 April 2014

Wednesday 9th April. Club ride from Langwathby

The ride is in the upper Eden Valley. After an early coffee stop at Renwick the route travels via Melmerby, Dufton and Warcop to Kirkby Stephen for lunch. The return will be via Great Asby and King's Meaburn.
I hope that the ride will suite all club riders. After being away from the bike for the last two and a half weeks I can guarantee that it will be at a moderate pace. Those who feel the need to incorporate some additional climbing into the ride may enjoy a 'loop' to incorporate Hartside, thereby rejoining the group at Melmerby and/or riding up to the 'mushroom' on Great Dun Fell and rejoining the ride at Kirkby Stephen.


Friday, 4 April 2014

Sunday 6th Ride from Kirby Stephen

The weather forecast is not good but warm and wet. There has been some discussion as to the route intended and when I looked up what I planned this is what I found: ......
The ride is due to go from Nateby to Thwaite via Lamps Moss and then over Buttertubs to Hawes for a late Coffee. Up to Newby Head and down into Dent Dale perhaps Sedbergh for lunch then up to Garsdale Head for the final descent of Mallerstang. (95km)
Hope to see as many as are daft enough to turn out but I don't think I'll be on the new bike! so a steady ride.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Carlisle life

Downtown Carlisle, red traffic light; I’m waiting confidently behind  the cyclists’ advance stop line ahead of a queue of grumbling cars.

An old man strolls across the road, mobile phone pressed to his ear.
“Yes, darling. Goodbye – I love you.” How sweet, I think.
 He switches the phone off ,  puts it in his pocket,  grins at me and mutters “******* phones” .
(At least, I think he remembered to switch it off.)