Saturday, 29 June 2019

Sunday 30th June: 2 bike ride

As per Runs List - starting at Dalston then 15 miles to coffee at UpFront followed by a further 15 to Caldbeck for lunch. Then a final 15 to Dalston where there will be tea and cake, so you could consume more calories than you expend.

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Mountain bike ride Fri 28th June

As per the runs list meet at the Car park(NY 318256) on the way up to the centre at Threlkeld but if this is full then up at the car park beyond the centre (302257)
Then the ride will go up to Skiddaw house - the original idea was to go down to Mosedale on the BW that follows the Caldew then possibly the coach road, but other options are available like a N loop via dash falls and the N edge of the fells to Calebreck.
The weather is likely to be fine so bring food, drink and sunscreen!
Let me know if you intend coming so that we don't go without you!

Monday, 24 June 2019

3 bike ride on Wednesday 26th June

The route is already on the runs list here so as the weather is due to be fine I hope a few will join me for this trip from Kirkby Stephen cloisters starting as usual at 0930 the facts are 128km and 2080m of ascent but then why would that affect your choice?! The days are long and the weather is warm.

Possible stops at Horton in Ribblesdale (lunch) and Hawes (tea!)

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Eden Valley Cycling UK: Eden Valley Cycling UK: Notes

Eden Valley Cycling UK: Eden Valley Cycling UK: Notes: Eden Valley Cycling UK: Notes :  Sundays ride as per runs lift, two ride both meet up for lunch at our place, which we will provide. The 2 bike ride be aware that it is only 30 mins from the coffee stop to our house,so its up for discussion as to whether we stop! Ride together for the flat i...

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Lift from Edinburgh to Carlisle on Sunday 22 june

Hi folks

Is anyone doing the 'ride to the sunrise 'Carlisle to Edinburgh cycle ride on this Saturday night ?  If you are and have space in a car for one or two people and bikes to return on Sunday, please would you let me know. Many thanks

01228 712689

Monday, 17 June 2019

EV Proposed Away Week 2020 - Ellesmere, Shropshire


Location:  Shropshire  and Fife vied for most popular in our 2018 poll, so having done Fife, we’ll do Shropshire! On offer for your delectation is Ellesmere north Shropshire (don’t confuse with Ellesmere Port). Wrexham, Oswestry, Chirk and Llangollen in cycling range. Flattish riding in the area and hilly west of Oswestry. Hopefully CJ will suss out all the interesting places to visit!

Travel: From Penrith 153 miles, 2.5 hours driving M6 traffic permitting.

Dates: Friday  April 24th  to Friday 1st May for a week. The venue offers  Fri-Fri or Mon-Mon, but only the former available as the largest  8 bed lodge booked from Fri 1st.
Note Easter Sunday is April 12th, and early May bank holiday Fri May 8th, put back recently from Mon 4thto coincide with VE day centenary.

Accommodation: Proposing Woodland Park Lodges about 2 miles north of Ellesmere itself. It’s independently owned / managed, but all bookings are under the Hoseasons umbrella.

The site has 11 lodges comprising:
 1 x 8 bed (3 x double, 1 x twin)
 5 x 6 bed (2 x double, 1 x twin)
 5 x 4 bed (2 x double)
Note there is a bias towards doubles which could  cause limitations ….. we originally had 11 singles in 2019.
Lodges I believe are in fairly close proximity. There are no site additional facilities such as shop, games room, pool etc .

Presently all 11 lodges are available. Have made provisional booking held  for a week i.e. until June 24th  for the 1 x 8 bed and 5 x 6 bed which is an optimistic 38 people maximum!

Cost:  Have negotiated 15% group discount and cost per person much less than last year at £110 assuming full occupancy. At this stage and assuming that doesn’t happen, we’ll go for  £120 per person to give a bit of bunce in hand. If any singles require a room to themselves, that’s £240.

Deposit: As you know there is no EV account  for payments or any ‘slush fund’, all is from my personal account.  To confirm places I need to pay a deposit by 24th June. So please try to commit before then and give/send/BACS me money! Based on an iffy  experience for Fife, I reserve the right to be choosy on whether to accept an assurance that you are coming, without any associated payment.
I will pay the deposit on as many of the lodges as your payments and my choosiness allow! Thereafter as others decide and pay more lodges will be booked assuming they are still available.

Payment Now: Deposit £50 per person non-refundable if you cancel unless someone else found to take your place.

Action: Please let me know as soon as possible with one of the following:
YES      MAYBE    NO    (if No a reason would be useful  eg location, accommodation, dates, price)
If ‘YES’,  BACS bank account details will be emailed if required – risky to include in global blog / email.

Thanks - Les Meer 01768 881894 /  08740 568047 The Shire, Ousby, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 1PT

Club Ride Wednesday 19 June

Wednesday's ride will start from Tarn Lane, Burton in Kendal at 0930.
The route will take us through Halton Park and over Jubilee Tower to Dunsop Bridge for 11's. From here we will head for Wray via Slaidburn and the Cross o Greet. Lunch will at the Garden Centre in Wray. The home leg will take us through Hornby and Gressingham for a total  distance of over 50 miles.
This is a hilly ride with several long ascents, although none of them are brutal. At the moment the forecast is looking good, but should that change, modifications to the route can be made on the day.
Keith G

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Melmerby 11s 19 June

Owing to family illness, Lily won't be able to open for us on Wednesday. The Village Bakery will be open and I will warn them that a few cyclists may be arriving.

Saturday, 15 June 2019

3 Bike Ride Sunday 16 th June

The ride will be as published : -

Start : Dalston 09:30 for 11's at Wheyrigg via, East Curthwaite, Wigton, Woodrow, Parkgate and Blencogo.

11's : At Wheyrigg Hall Hotel, then continue via Blencogo, Langrigg, Mealrigg, New Cowper, Jericho, Holme St Cuthbert, to Beckfoot.

Lunch : At Banks Mill Nursery then continue via Silloth, Skinburness, Calvo, Abbeytown, Lessonhall, Moorhouse, Thornby, Woodhouses, Orton Rigg to Dalston.

Having remeasured distance, it's less than the published 59 miles & is only 55 miles. Depending on weather conditions cutting out the Silloth / Skinburness loop would reduce mileage by a further4 miles.

I have advised Wheyrigg to expect us between 11:00 and 11:30 for Tea / Coffee, Teacakes or Bacon Butties.

I hope to see lots of riders at the start.

News from Corsica

Hi everyone!
I was going to add an impromptu ride on 26th June as I will be back in Cumbria. However, as many of you know, I came off my bike on the Caldew cycle way near Lidl in April and broke my wrist really badly. I am recovering, can now ride the turbo trainer with tri-bars (they look quite good on the original Claude Butler!), but I won’t be back on the bike properly for a while. Thanks to all of you who sent your best wishes - much appreciated and lovely to hear from you.
Meanwhile in Corsica I have learnt a lot of wrist-related vocab, got to know how the health service works and have become a one-handed gardener and decorator! Best wishes to you all. Janet

Friday, 14 June 2019

Bicycle Mayor for Cumbria

The was a Meeting on Tuesday evening to consider appointment of a Bicycle Mayor for Cumbria to cover issues for cyclists for the whole county (amongst other aspects, 'everyday' use of cycles).
The Meeting was well attended and progressed to:
1. setting up a Committee
2. setting up an election for the position of 'Mayor' 
The function of the Committee is, I understand, to manage the Mayor for which provision of funding and support are provided.  I, along with 4 others, volunteered to be on the committee.  The first Meeting date of the Committee has yet to be set but I am expecting it will be quite soon.
The initial term of Office for the Mayor will be 2 years.  Richard Ingham is putting his name forward (for which reason he is not a member of the Committee).  The position is open for anyone resident in Cumbria to seek election. 
The running of the election of position will be the responsibility of the Committee albeit Richard Ingham is promoting the election (notices in local papers through the County and information to local shops and persons known to be interested in cycling) being the person most knowledgeable at the moment about the project.
If you are interested, please let me, or Richard Ingham, know.


If you are in Penrith today (Fri 14th, June) do call in at Arragons Bike Shop , try out their static training bike and make a donation to Prostate Cancer UK.
Best wishes

First Aid App

Pam spotted this St Johns Ambulance First Aid App:

Not the same as going on a course but useful nevertheless if you've been on one and need re-inforcement! Or just need the basics in extremis!

First Aid for Cyclists - for iPhone or iPad

First Aid for cyclists - for Android

Woodside Welcome Cycle Cafe

I received email below from Woodside Cycle Cafe if anyone fancies a bowl of chilli!

Dear Eden Valley Cycle Club
We are just writing to you to let you know that we are holding a series of Chilli and Ride Nights during the summer months. The cost is £7.00 per head, which includes a bowl of homemade Chilli Con Carne and Cheesy garlic bread.  
The dates are as follows  and places can be booked from 5.30 - 8pm:
Friday 12th July 2019
Tuesday 16th July 2019
Friday 19th July 2019
Tuesday 13th July 2019 
Friday 16th August 2019
We are hoping that you might enjoy planning an evening ride and meal around the above dates. 
For further information, please telephone Mike or Debs on 01228 710764 or email
Mike and Debs
Woodside Welcome Cycle Cafe

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Break the cycle: Britain's oldest off-road club

This is quite interesting.. can you put a link on the blog...?
So wet here we could be back in Cumbria

A and M

Wednesday, 12 June 2019


Just to quick note to thank everyone for their efforts in today's Tri-Vets event! 
There are so many people to mention that I won’t mention any names in case I forget anyone.
Thanks to those who have helped with the catering, particularly at Milburn and Dalston.
Thanks to those who have helped with the organisation from collating the groups to crafting the routes.
Thanks to those who helped at Newton Rigg with registration + meet & greet and making sure that everyone got the food that they ordered.
Thanks to all of the ride leaders for showing off our beautiful Eden Valley and guiding our guest riders around the route(s).
Thanks to the staff at Newton Rigg who could not have been more helpful with the organisation & coping with loads of last-minute changes to the numbers.
And last of all a special thanks to everyone who rode on the day in challenging conditions – there is nothing to beat a day in the saddle in good company! 

Sunday 16 th June - Self Led Ride

Meet at Magic Bean Cafe, Poets Walk Penrith

I advised  Karen at Magic Bean by email to expect riders for 11's. 
Karen replied saying : -

" Thanks for your message, we will be open from 10.30am on Sunday 16th June (serving our breakfast & brunch menu, freshly baked scones, sausage rolls and cakes alongside our drinks menu).
   We also have a dispenser of cold fresh water and ice cubes if anyone wants to refill their drink bottle before departure.

Thanks for thinking of us!

Kind regards 

Karen "

I hope that some riders meet at the cafe to experience this new venue.

Monday, 10 June 2019

TriVets am/pm catering

Just to say, if you didn't receive an email from me on June 4th about details for catering at Milburn village hall from 9.00 to 12.00 and at Dalston Victory Hall from 2.00 to 5.00, please contact me. Many thanks to all those who have volunteered.

Thursday, 6 June 2019

3 Bike Ride Sunday 9 June

Drinks available from 9am at 7 Warwick Farm, Warwick on Eden.  The ride will take us through Newbiggin and Renwick then up Hartside to Alston.  This will be the main refreshment stop.  We will continue through Nenthead then to Allendale.  There should be chance for a drink and snack at the shop/cafe at Whitfield but bring supplies in reserve.  Post ride refreshments on offer back at our house.  The weather forecasting seems to be admitting a lack of accuracy at the moment but if conditions are poor we can shorten the ride by returning through Slaggyford from Alston. The full ride is just under 70 miles with 6000 feet of climbing. 
John P

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Wednesday 5th June: 2 and 3 Bike Ride update

Due to the temporary closures of the coffee stop options in Melmerby both rides will stop at Mrs Miller's in Culgaith. This is about 24 miles from the Greystoke start and is the only planned stop on the two bike route so probably lunch for this ride. For both rides, this is a little off the TriVets morning loops so we will try to get back on route as soon as we can to familiarise ourselves for next week. However, both rides are open to all.

Melmerby Wed 5 June

Both the village store and the Village Bakery are closed tomorrow. I am not sure if the pub might do coffee. I have e-mailed the trip leaders. Watch this space...

Monday, 3 June 2019

3 Bike Ride Wednesday 5thJune

Wednesday's 3 bike ride will follow the morning route of next week's Tri-Vets 100mile ride. The ride will set off from the car park in Greystoke at 09:30 and go to Melmerby for coffee (17-1/2 miles) and on to Appleby for lunch (36 miles) before returning to Greystoke for a total distance of 60 miles with about 3,500ft ascent. The weather forecast is good so I hope to see lots of you out!

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Tri-Vets 12th June

There's only 11 more days to go until Trip-Vets but more importantly only 4 more days until entries close on 5th June so if you are intending to take part then click on this LINK and get your entry in asap so we can finalise the numbers.
3 Bike ride Sun 2nd June

Leaving Rickerby park monument carpark at 9-30 am. Following sustains route 7. Calling at Gretna Central Ave car park at 10-30 ( 10 miles ) for anybody who wants to join for a 50 mile ride.
First stop Annan cafe Royal ( 20 miles about 11-30 ). Continuing to Glencaple ( 38 miles). The Boathouse cafe at Glencaple is busy on a Sunday so I will need to book a table.
Return to Carlisle by a shorter route. Total 72 miles 2000ft.