Thursday, 31 August 2017

Bash a committee member!

Well at least bend a committee member's ear! There is a committee meeting coming up soon so if there is any matter regarding the group's activities that you would like to have discussed please contact your nearest friendly cttee member (and most of us are) and let them know. After all it's your group!
we are:
Geoff A
Mike B
Dallas B
Cecilia F
Chris J
Clive K
Nigel L
John R
Alison S alphabetical order of surname but reverse order of importance!

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Wednesday 30 August 2 bike ride, lunch and birthday tea

If you have decided not to ride with Ernest, why not join us? Departing from Langwathby at 9.30 we will cycle 14 miles in a southerly loop to Melmerby tea shop for coffee, then north along the fellside before dropping down into Staffield for the lunch provided by Anne - about 12 more miles. How far we go on the way home will depend on how full we are after lunch, but Pam is very kindly hosting a birthday tea for me with cream tea and bubbly (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), served al fresco on her terrace with an idyllic view over the River Eden. The forecast is for dry weather and even some sunny intervals - what's not to like?
Donations for the catering will be given to Anne Faulder's charity, Genesis research Trust The money will be used to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting a mother and her baby. All money goes directly to Genesis Research. Anne says many thanks for any donations given. This is all part of Anne's trip to cycle Madagascar! I say 'thank you' to Pam for helping me to celebrate my birthday!

Monday, 28 August 2017

Club Ride. Wednesday 30th August.

The meet is outside the church gates in the centre of Sedbergh at 9.30am.
Wednesday is market day and so it is best to park either on the approach road coming in from Kirkby Stephen or if entering from Kirkby Lonsdale/M6 turn right onto the loop road that goes around by the school and park by the playing fields.
The route is Dentdale to Newby Head and then via Ribblehead for 11's at Horton in Ribblesdale.
We then cross North Craven passing Austwick, Keasden, Mewith to lunch at Wray.
There are various options for riding along the Lune Valley on the return to Sedbergh.
The weather forecast is generally good.
Do come along for an agreeable ride in some spectacular dales scenery.


Thursday, 24 August 2017

Take me Home, Concrete Roads – Sunday’s Ride

About 55 miles with undulations, but intended to be an EV 2.5ish bike grade i.e. 11 to 12mph touring pace.
Starting from chez nous  in Ousby at 9.30 as advertised –still in the throes of our extension so space and hospitality rather  limited as the lounge is hors de combat for a few days more! Sure we will manage cuppas though.
Off we go, chattering away, 20 miles to Orton for  11.30’s.
Meet us en route at Culgaith, Temple Sowerby, Kings / Maulds Meaburn, Crosby Ravensworth  or even the top of Orton Scar if it suits.
15 miles to lunch between the M6 carriageways via Scout Green and over the concrete road (been a while since we did it?) to Haweswater and Bampton Tea Shop  – if we get many for lunch may have to rejig to pub at Bampton or even Shap as tea shop is small and run by just one lady.
Route back via Knipe Scar, Askham, Lowther Park then ad hoc - probably via Cliburn and that nice Centre Parks hill. We can wave at the Bank Holiday inmates ........

Monday, 21 August 2017

Wednesday 23rd August rides

Alison and I are looking forward to seeing as many of you as choose to come.  To repeat the Runs List: Alison is leading a route said to be 30 miles and my route is said to be 50 miles long.
On reflection, and after a momentarily hysterical motorised recce, the routes could be slightly longer if they were both to include sheltered, purchased sustenance.
The adjustments to be made are gastronomically orientated - Alison's lunch stop (AFTER a 10.30 START to accommodate coffee / tea at the cafe at Lanercost) is at Bewcastle - eating what appeals to you of the fodder brought by you (the extension to her ride to take in a cafe would otherwise entail a 16 mile addition) - (in other words BYO - Alison.)
I have decided that a one stop ride (STARTING AT 09.30) would be improved by a cafe stop at Newcastleton, slightly off the 50 mile route but then including a location on the 80 mile Sportive route.
We can say that views are largely uninterrupted except by the natural folds of the land.  There is, as a result, a paucity of oral fortification locations.  Bring your own if you think you will need more food than is available at the single hostelries mentioned above.
PLEASE note that PARKING at the Lanercost Priory is limited to 2 hours.  We suggest parking by the Bridge to the East where it is unrestricted except by the limitations of its boundaries.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Early warning of 2 bike Ride on 30th August

Early warning of 2 bike Ride on 30th August in aid of Anne Faulder's charity Genesis research Trust The money will be used to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting a mother and her baby. All money goes directly to Genesis Research. Anne says many thanks for any donations given. This is all part of Anne's trip to cycle Madagascar!
The ride will be lead by Alison from Langwathby and stopping for lunch at Staffield. Anne is providing quiche and salad lunch followed by cake! If you intend to join this ride could you let Anne know by adding your name to the list here If you can't make it you can still give to the charity by using the link above and donating on line.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Watchtree Campaign

Do watch the video and publicise this campaign; maybe even contribute!
Thanks Ian and Dallas.

Sunday 20th 2 bike ride

Hello All,
Myself and Rosie are leading an easy/moderately paced ride with only one stop which is at Maulds Meaburn village hall Sunday cafe. Total distance is about 32miles, and there will only be one stop. See you at Beacon Edge cemetery lay-by at 9.30.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Peter has been missing

Now there's an interesting title. Yes, sorry I haven't been out for a while. Family problems! Some of which are now resolved. Becky has moved to London to start a permanent job in Whitehall and my mum's health has improved a bit so I hope to be out with you one day soon. Meanwhile, if anyone wants to buy a Claude Butler 531 tourer or a full suspension Giant Mountain bike for about £100 the price Oxfam will be asking, let me know before I take it to the Oxfam shop. Best wishes to you all, Peter.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Club Ride Wednesday 16 August.

Wednesday's ride will start at 0900 from the church in Burneside. There will be parking on our drive for a few cars for those who wish to park in Bowston.
The ride will head south to The Forest of Bowland, going through Burton in Kendal, Caton and over Jubilee Tower to Slaidburn. The return will be via The Cross o Greet and Wray.
As this will be an 80+ mile ride and there are a few climbs (although none are brutal), the pace will reflect this and we may have 3 stops depending on group demand and time. If anyone wants to reduce this distance, they can meet us in Burton in Kendal between 1000 and 1015. This will shorten the ride to approx. 50 miles, but will not miss out any of the climbs! If you intend to take this option, will you please let me know on advance.
At the moment the forecast is looking good, so it should be a good day out. Drinks will be available in Bowston on our return.
Hope to see some of you on Wednesday. NOTE THE EARLY START.
Keith G.
01539 728617 mob 07504191781

Friday, 11 August 2017

Audax/Challenge rides on Sunday 13th August

Further details  (but see previous posting)

0830 Start of 100mi and 200km
0930 Start of 100km

Brevet (clue cards) available at the start and sign on sheets.

Please note as it says on the Brevet cards:
If you abandon or do not see Mike or myself at the finish please let us know by leaving a message on my mobile so we can confirm everyone is safe. Having said that of course, as usual you ride at your own risk!

For those that use GPS here are the routes on .gpx files for the two longer rides
NOTE these were posted 12.30 Friday DO NOT use earlier version!

you will need to download them onto your computer or whatever, and then send them to your GPS in the usual way.
(Place in the Garmin>NewFiles folder on Garmin Edge. They then appear under Courses)

Find your own cafes on the route but the Cycle Cafe in Greystoke  should be open until 6pm.(it being the second Sunday in the month!)on your return!

Monday, 7 August 2017

Congratulations! LEL riders

Well done the London Edinburgh London riders!

Sarah K, Martin Y and Adam (Martin's son) all finished the LEL Audax with time to spare!
Apparently the weather was not exactly favorable and about 40% of the riders were over time or had to pull out. Martin commented..
" in recovery mode; need tingling bits to stop tingling, swollen  bits to recede and some skin to grow!"
Dianne commented that she had less sleep than any of the riders as one of the volunteer helpers at the Alston control.
On the club Wednesday ride up near Langholm we met lots of LEL riders on the return leg and one still on the way N! They looked in various states of health / fitness one was flat out at the side of the road asleep!

Here are some pics from the trip - thanks Martin and Adam

Congratulations all a tremendous achievement!

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Clubrun 6th August

Close shave!
If you're wondering what I'm on about this time, click here.

Weather forecast not good from about midday, so may shorten ride if it turns out as bad as they're predicting. Don't forget:
1. 9.00 a.m. start
2. Bring food in case.


Friday, 4 August 2017

Mae's at Uldale Closing

Mae's Tea Room and Gallery at Uldale is closing at the end of August this year.

Mark the owner told Sue yesterday while she was reviewing her art work.

On the Run's list Mike has an 11's stop there on the 18th October.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017


I would encourage members to look at this video. Many will have seen it before but the point I would draw attention to is that if the road is wide enough (ie opposing vehicles can pass easily) then it is safer to ride in pairs in a close pack. Not in a long line.

It is sometimes difficult to decide when this is appropriate and certainly not on narrow winding lanes of which we have many in our area. When the road is wide enough and the traffic is not too heavy ride in pairs (up to 4) it's safer, more sociable and it saves energy!

But if we are in a big group riding in single file because of the conditions then please leave at least a car sized break every 4 so that following vehicles can get past safely. It should be the responsibility of the fifth rider to draw back from the group to leave the space and others behind should not take this as a cue to overtake him/her and catch up with the group ahead.

Be aware of other road users at all times!

I hope this doesn't sound too teacherly! - I mention it purely to promote thought and discussion

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Ride Wednesday 2th from Langholm

The weather conditions may influence the ride and although it is posted to go over to Newcastleton we may (by agreement) go up to Eskdalemuir and see how the weather is.
Hope to see the more hardy ones out at Langholm 0930!
Further post 0800 Wed - looking again at the weather a run over to Lockerbie might also be possible - at least a comfortable stop could be found! Decide at 0930