Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Cathy's ride 30th November

This ride is aimed for those wanting a moderate pace so we will aim to average a maximum 10 mph.  It is undulating so expect some lumps but no sustained or severe climbs and I have planned the route so that most of the 'lumps' will be earlier in the ride, rather than later on. We will be riding out through Natland, Sedwick, Beetham and Wharton then around the Silverdale Arnside Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, through woodland and coastal routes enjoying the views.  The stop is planned to be at Leighton Moss Reserve Café for lunch/refreshments which will be about halfway through the 40 mile route.  Back via Heversham, Sedgwick and Natland.  Fingers crossed no freezing temperatures forecast overnight - if that changes I will update the blog with a further post. 
ps we're meeting outside the entrance to Halfords near Morrisons (same car park)

Monday, 28 November 2016

Club Ride Wednesday 30 November

Wednesday's ride will start from Morrisons car park, Kendal at 1000. Parking is not a problem, but I suggest we park and congregate near Halfords at the rear.

This will be a one stop ride, and I have changed the venue to Leighton Moss so as to coincide with Cathy's moderate ride.

As the bridge into Burneside has now been reopened we will ride out this way and our route will take us through Brigsteer to Burton in Kendal, Over Kellet, Carnforth and Leighton Moss (29 miles).
The return leg will follow the coast from Silverdale to Arnside before heading back through Heversham and Natland for a total distance of 50 miles over predominantly kind terrain.

At the moment the forecast is looking good - frost free and dry, but if necessary we can change the route out by following bus routes to Burton in Kendal and avoiding potentially frosty lanes. If conditions should deteriorate badly I will update this blog.

Hope to see you on Wednesday on either mine or Cathy's ride.

Keith G.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

27 th November - Longer ride

Depending upon weather conditions the proposed route is : - 
1. Start to 11’s ( Dalston to Wheyrigg Hall Hotel ) = 11 miles
2. 11’s to Lunch ( Wheyrigg Hall Hotel to Bank House Nursery [ Dunes Café ] ) = 10 miles
3. Lunch to Finish ( Bank House Nursery [ Dunes Café ] to Dalston ) = 27 miles

Total distance = 51 miles

The route may be modified depending on road conditions that by tomorrow should be ice free in most places.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Sunday 27th November moderate ride

Alison's ride - weather permitting - will be a repeat of the one she did at the end of October, meeting at Carleton Cross Keys, just off the A686 at 10 am. There is plenty of parking on the side road leading down to Frenchfield. She will cycle at a moderate pace 10 miles to Langwathby for coffee, then another gentle 12 miles to Melmerby Old Village Bakery for lunch, with a longer route (but not too hilly) via Temple Sowerby and Cliburn. The total is 40 miles and you are welcome to join all or part of the ride, as it suits you.
I (Nigel) will be doing the same stops but possibly with a few extra loops in between.
If the roads appear icy, the ride will be amended or cancelled - please check on the blog for updates.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Revolution Champions League 2016 - Manchester Velodrome

Saturday 26th Nov 2016    18-30  

Yes this Saturday
Anyone interested in a couple of tickets discounted to £32.73 for the above please contact
Paul 01900 823935.
Extract from Revolution Champions league web site
The stage is set for the inaugural Cycling Champions League, 7 World Tour teams take on the 4 Revolution UK champions. Grand Tour stage winner, Elia Viviani and Pete Kennaugh [Team Sky], plus Dutch National Road Champion, Dylan Groenewegen [LottoNL-Jumbo] lead the charge for the road teams.Whilst Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy and Jon Mould [JLT Condor] and last year’s champions Owain Doull and Jon Dibben [Team Wiggins] lead an intimidating line-up from the UK track qualifiers.
14-time Paralympic gold medallist Dame Sarah Storey and Olympic gold medallist Elinor Barker make a welcome return in the Women’s Championship.

Karen's ride on Sunday 11 December

Apologies but an early warning that I can no longer lead my planned ride on Sunday 11 December as my son and family are coming to stay.  So if anyone wants to do an alternative ride please do.


Christmas Discount code by Spa Cycles

The Dec 2016 / Jan 2017 edition of " Cycle " features a discount code for purchases exceeding £100 ( excluding bikes ) on page 26 as attached below : -

This must be what they see as an andidote CUK to reflect their feelings possibly along with a large number of their clientele.

ALT Venue Wed December 28 th - Advance notice

Thiefside Garden Centre ( Fig Tree Cafe ) will close prior to Chritmas Day and not re open until after New Years Day.

Would anyone interested in doing an " ALT " ride please place a blog nearer the time with a venue that will be open on Dec 28 th ( e.g. supermarket cafe ).

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Ride to Grasmere Wed 23

The weather looks to be bright and clear and not icy so we will stick to the plan which is to ride to Grasmere and back taking time to try out some group riding/draughting for those that are interested. By no means the whole route will be ridden in this way but we can consider when it might be appropriate and the advantages and disadvantages! The total distance is likely to be 50mi. hope to see you!

you might be interested to look at the following two links
Riding in a group
Group Riding 

Monday, 21 November 2016

Two familiar faces

Spot their picture in the current issue of Cycle! It even gives their names on the next page.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Sunday 20th

 The ride goes to Ambleside and Grasmere area. We were going to take coffee at the YHA at the top of Red Bank but it is closed. So, we will probably have only one stop. So bring a snack or sandwich. I will be providing a few treats to keep us going as part of a celebration of my 60th. Coffee will be early, at the Ambleside Garden Centre if the weather is poor, or later in Hawkshead if the weather is better and we are going well. We will return from the Langdale area by Red Bank and Dunmail Raise - free chocolate bar (woo hoo), then Thirlmere and St. John's in The Vale. Cheers Peter.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Karen's Wednesday 16th November ride

Hope to see you at the Smithy Cafe in Caldbeck on Wednesday before we leave at 10.30 am .  Then a lovely hilly, scenic  ride to Keswick via Uldale, Isel Bridge, along south side of Bassenthwaite (3 or so miles on the main road) for lunch at the Filling Station in Keswick.  We will return via Overwater back to Caldbeck on wee hilly roads.  Karen's usual average pace and around 40 miles.  

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Friday, 11 November 2016

Sunday Nov 13th Moderate ride

Hello All,
Rosie is leading a ride from Greystoke carpark, leaving at 10 am. Its about 28 miles and lunch will be in Pooley Bridge. Bring a snack for elevenses. It is down as my ride, but I think I will go with Bill.

Club Ride Sunday 13th November

Weather forecast for Sunday suggests it will be dry but dull & chilly so plenty of layers required!

1st leg will be 12.5 miles from Greystoke to Langwathby for coffee via Penrith.
2nd leg from Langwathby to Appleby via Skirwith, Blencarn, Knock, Dufton & Hilton is around 19 miles.
Return to Greystoke via Kings Meaburn, Moreland, Great Strickland & Penrith for a total distance of about 55 miles.
Hope to see you on Sunday.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Irish Sea Route

I received this email today linking to interesting information about a possible tour route:-
I am a member of Cycling UK (CTC) and I found your contact details through their website.
I have been working on a project for over a year now and have just published the Irish Sea Cycle Route on www.irishseacycleroute.com It's a route over 1000 miles long and links Wales, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. It circumnavigates the Irish Sea and is served well by sea ferries between Larne/Belfast and Cairnryan to the north and between Rosslare and Fishguard to the south.
I hope you will share these details with your club members.
There is more information on the website about the route but it worth mentioning the majority of the work to date has been involved in riding the route and mapping the route. The interactive map is central to the website where this is a gallery of photographs taken along the route.
To date, I have ridden/ ratified the route through Wales, England and Scotland. Next year, I will be riding and ratifying the route through Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
In the longer term, I hope to get the route signed but I have no experience of such a task. Should any of your club members have experience or knowledge about such a task, I would be grateful for any help. However, my immediate priority is to complete the route.
The Irish Sea Cycle Route has a wonderful inclusive nature, my hope is that it is not seen just as a long tour, although this would be a huge challenge, but I hope it is ridden as a series of tours or even day-rides. It has obviously caught my imagination, I hope it will have an effect on others.
Kind Regards

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Penrith to Morland for coffee tomorrow

I have a rule that there is only one acceptable weather excuse for not cycling - that is when the roads are white (frost or snow) - and if that is the case I won't be out tomorrow. On the other hand, many a good cycle is spoiled by a bad forecast and the reason we put start times back to 10 am in winter is to give the frost time to thaw...
I am intending to get to the Cross Keys at Carleton at about 10 am to cycle through to Morland and back to Penrith by lunchtime. We may not meander so we will probably arrive for coffee before 11.30 - which gives us a chance to reserve the seats inside by the fire and warm up before our return. Hope to see a few people there.
If the roads are white in the morning and I decide I am not cycling I will put up a blog by 8.30 - as long as my internet connection is working. Obviously each individual makes their own decision about whether they feel safe to ride.
Wrap up warm!

Monday, 7 November 2016

Club ride Wednesday 9th November

The ride will start from the new car park at Dalston at 10am.   Distance to 11's at Caldbeck will be 10 1/2 miles.    The route to Pooley Bridge from Caldbeck will be via Hesket New Market, Haltcliffe, Berrier, Penruddock & Bennet Head.   We should arrive at Pooley Bridge about  1.30pm.  The return to Dalston will be via Dacre and Skelton.   Total distance 50 miles.   The route is moderately hilly and the pace will be moderate (moving average 11-12mph)

The forecast suggests the possibility of rain/sleat or snow at some point.   It will feel close to freezing.   Lights will be needed.    Make sure you are suitably dressed.  Better to wear too many clothes than too few.     Hope to see everyone - well , maybe not everyone.   One or two will be good.      Look forward to seeing you at t start.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Road Bike for Sale

Walking pal in next village selling his bike as upgraded to carbon::

Carrera Zelos road bike.  

3 years old. 

Very good condition.

Frame size - medium/small adult

Colour - Black and Yellow


Ring Ron Chambers at Skirwith on 01768 8844

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Rides on Sunday November 6th

Wrap up warm and come and enjoy the autumn colours with a choice of two rides around Penrith. Claire's will be about 38 miles and Mike's route may reach 50 miles and be a little hillier. The rides start at Greystoke at 10.00am but we still aim to make Pooley Bridge (Granny Dowbekin's)  at 11.00 if you think you may be joining there. 1.30pm or so for lunch at the Station Cafe, Langwathby. Might be a good idea to make sure your lights are working.