Saturday, 30 April 2016

Lunch stop Sunday 30th April

The lunch stop is at Booths not Morrisons. Sorry about the mistake!

Ian B

Thursday, 28 April 2016

New Runs List - May to July

The new Runs list is available to all here .

 Thanks as usual to CJ for the production and organisation.
And to all the Runs leaders for their time and enthusiasm.
It is also available from the website - don't forget to refresh your browser

Proposed long bicycle ride

I am planning to ride to Budapest, setting off late July/early August. In Budapest, I will be meeting up with Janet and Janet G. and continuing on to Venice via Vienna.  If anyone would like to join me for the initial part of the ride, they would be most welcome. I t will take about 3 weeks and there's the option to continue with the three of us if you want. For route,  click here.  I will be doing about 60 miles per day and  staying in small cyclist friendly hotels and guest houses.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Your Next Newsletter

October last year seems a long time ago and in some respects it is.  We are due another Newsletter and I would like it to be a 'Spring one'; it might be that, but only if people will let me have their articles, photos and thoughts.  Please give me some material as soon as possible.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Alt Ride on Wednesday 27 April

Hi Folks

Bring your own lunch

The ride is around 45 miles and will leave Dalston new Car park, heading to Great Orton /Moorhouse/Sandfield/Kirkbrampton and up for coffee  at Watchtree.  Then make our way around the Anthorn Peninsula stopping at the RSPB centre at Campfield for a picnic lunch.  Bring your own lunch (coffee/ teas/baking available for a small donation).  

See you Wednesday


Friday, 22 April 2016

Club run - Sunday 24th April

The ride will be from the new car park in Dalston.   11's will be at the Sycamore Cafe, Longtown and lunch at The Reading Room Cafe, Walton.  The route is gently undulating.  Total distance 60-70miles.  

Post Easter Week 22 - 29th April 2017

We have provisionally booked lodges at Kenwick Woods near to Louth in the Lincolnshire Wolds
for the above dates.
The web site is
We have got a very good deal for an early booking, but we do need an early deposit.
We need £30 per person asap, a further £30 in December and the balance of approximately £60 (depending on occupancy) by the end of February.
If you want a twin room to yourself, we would need a double deposit.
Obviously it would be easier for us if you paid the £60 deposit in one go but we are happy to take it in 2 instalments.
We would have access to the swimming pool and gym.
If you were not at Ross Cottages but are interested in coming next year please let Dallas or Claire  know so you can be added to the mailing list.
Dallas and Claire

Monday, 18 April 2016

Moderate Ride on Wednesday 20th April

Rachel is unable to lead this ride so Claire and Mike will be at the start at Langwathby Station to lead you. The ride is about 40 miles with one stop halfway (Talkin Tarn) so it would be a good idea to bring a roadside snack.

Spontaneous outing

Martin Y and I are meeting at Keswick Baths at 1000 Tuesday(tomorrow) to ride over Dunmail up the Struggle and back via Dockray Troutbeck etc. Whilst the traffic up the A591 is /quiet/limited. If anyone else is interested they would be most welcome, the weather looks to be fine.


PS This is not an alternative to Wednesdays ride I'll be out on that as well!

Club Ride Wednesday 20 April - Change of Route

Wednesday's ride will start from Kirkby Stephen Cloisters at 0930, but as Fleet Moss is closed, I have changed the route. It will be longer and will still be quite hilly, but not as steep as the original route.
Starting from KS we will go over Lamps Moss to Thwaite, Gunnerside and Reeth and have lunch in Richmond. After lunch we will return via Redmire, Askrigg, Hardraw and Mallerstang. The total distance will be 76 miles. 11s will be in Gunnerside, and depending on time and group needs, we may stop for a quick afternoon tea.
The forecast at the moment is excellent - sunshine and light winds, so clean your summer bikes and come along and enjoy the ride.
Keith G.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Ride Wednesday 13th April

In the absence of an official club ride on the Run List and many members away at Ross Cottages, I am planning a ride out in the North Lakes on Wednesday. Leaving from Raughton Head around 9:30 and heading over to Cockermouth.  Coffee at Maes in Ulldale. Return via either Winlatter or Newlands (depending on the mood/weather etc), total distance around 70 miles. If anyone would like to join me they would be most welcome. My contact details are on the members list.
Bill Openshaw.

Space for Cycling

I've just emailed my local councillor asking him to make Space for Cycling in my area.  If we want safe cycling streets for everyone, we need as many people as possible to contact their councillors to generate the political momentum needed.

You can find out more about the campaign and email your Councillor at

Hospice at Home

Since my wife Diana's death from Motor Neurone Disease I have been thinking of some way to assist the organisations that were so helpful at that difficult time.  So in May I am setting off on 1000km ride across France both as an adventure but also as a fund raiser.
I am inviting people to help me raise funds for Hospice at Home ( Carlisle and North Lakeland), a charity that was so important to us both during Diana's last months.
If you wish to donate . Go to:     MyDonate - Sponsor a Fund Raiser - David Harrison
I can assure you, from personal experience that you will be having a hugely positive impact on someone's life at the time when they need it most.
David Harrison

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Ride from Kirkby Stephen Wednesday 6th April

The weather forecast for Wednesday is not ideal! Therefore we will most likely modify the route to take in less vertically challenging roads. (alas) At the start I will make a group decision(!) but my feeling is Mallerstang/Garsdale/Sedbergh/Fairmile/Tebay/Newbiggin on Lune or similar.
Come and keep me company! (of course I understand if you are not up to it!)

Shorter rides for new/returning cyclists

Some of our members have suggested that our club should promote some shorter rides for new and returning cyclists. I know as individuals we all encourage people to come and ‘have a go’ but perhaps the club could be a bit more active in promoting the activity from which we all derive so much.
If we are going to do this, we need your ideas about how to make it a success:
  • Which days – Wednesdays and Sundays or a different day?
  • Where from? – could we use our existing knowledge from the Birthday rides and set off from Newton Rigg?
  • Should we link them to the ALT/coffee stop rides? A related question is whether our runs list is sufficiently clear about these rides.
  • How many people can we cater for?
  • How many miles should we travel?
  • Who is willing to lead?
Perhaps the most important question of all is how do we advertise?
I do not want this to be an exercise which we set up and no-one attends and then we conclude there is no demand. Prior planning is essential to its success. I would be grateful if you could pass on any ideas to a member of the Committee – verbally or in writing, as you choose.
The Committee will be meeting sometime during our post-Easter holiday week at Ross Cottage. Your views on this – and any other matter – are welcome.


Monday, 4 April 2016

Attendance on two recent ALT rides

Would anyone who attended ALT rides on the following dates please let CJ know so that points can be awarded to them : -

1. Wed 30 th March ( Booths )

2. Sunday 3 rd April ( Pooley Bridge )

Saturday, 2 April 2016

TriVets (Triennial Veterans (over 50s)) 15 June 2016

As many will know we are running a TriVets event centred on Newton Rigg on 15th June this year.

Many of the clubs members have volunteered to lead/marshal/help on the day and we are very grateful to them for that. But the event is open to anyone who fancies the challenge of doing 100mi in a sociable organised group at a suitable speed. (You can choose). You can also opt to challenge yourself with a 100km ride if you think that would be more suitable for you.

Details of the event are on the website and as you will see refreshments and lunch are provided. If you enter now you will be assured of a place but we have to limit the numbers so it will be strictly first come (and paid!) first served.

Incidentally just so everyone is aware helpers get free refreshment and leaders/marshals will only pay £6.50 for food.

We have had several applications from out of the area so it will be fun to show off our beautiful Eden Valley to other enthusiastic riders.

Ride Sunday 3rd April

Sunday’s Ride starts from Langwathby Village Green at 9.30am and follows a fairly direct route, on back roads, to Dalston for 11’s. As no CafĂ©’s are open in Dalston on Sunday, Claire and Mike have very kindly offered to supply tea and coffee at their house (and maybe the odd cake!).

Following 11’s, we’ll take a meander through the lanes to Caldbeck for lunch at the Old Smithy, then in the afternoon head East towards Calthwaite. From Calthwaite, the route leads through to the East Fellside, before heading back to Langwathby to finish.

Weather for Sunday currently looks promising and it should be a grand day out!

See you tomorrow.

Pete M