Monday, 29 December 2014

Wednesday 31st December ride

I am proposing to go for a ride on Wednesday, free from ice but accepting that 'weather' of a different nature may cool us. My plan is to go about 45 miles, most before lunch at Booths in Penrith; I hope to get there before any others doing the single stop rides leave.
My proposed route may be changed on the day but at the moment looks like:
start at Langwathby 1000.  Winskill, Gamblesby, Renwick, Kirkoswald, Lazonby, Booths at Penrith (lunch).  After lunch Brougham Hall, Cliburn, over the hill to Culgaith and back to Langwathby.
At the moment I am not intending to stop for a morning coffee but will be open to persuasion;  the weather may have a bearing on my thinking.
Happy to share the ride with anyone who wants to come along;  if you are planning ahead and would like to give me a ring to say you are coming it would be good to hear from you.
Nigel L

Sunday, 28 December 2014

World record attempt

In 1939 Tommy Godwin cycled 75,065 miles in a single year, a world record that the Guinness Book of Records has declared unbreakable.

In 2015 Audax UK member Steve Abraham will attempt to break that record.
Starting 1 January, he will cycle an average of over 200 miles every day for a year. No days off because it is cold or because he is tired. This is a one-year time trial.
Steve cannot break this record on his own. He has a dedicated team behind him, working round the clock to keep him on the road. He also has the full backing of Audax UK, who will support him all the way.

But Steve needs your help too.
You can help Steve by making a donation now or by donating every month through a standing order. You can also offer to give him a bed for a night while he's away from home:

  • £5 will buy Steve a slap-up meal to keep his fuel tanks full and his spirit up.
  • £20 will buy him a new chain. He'll need a new one every week.
  • £100 will keep Steve on the road for the day, a day closer to achieving this incredible dream. 
  • £2 a month will buy him a regular coffee or beer.

You can make a donation using your Paypal account or any credit or debit card, or send an email if you’d prefer to set up a standing order.

Steve is also looking for hosts across the country, who can give him a bed for the night, feed him and get him back on the road the next day. If you can be a host, for one night or longer, send his team an email with details of where you live and when you can host Steve.

Finally, you can support Steve by telling your friends, family and the rest of the world about his incredible world-record attempt. Ask them to visit Steve’s website at, and encourage them to make a donation too.

Saturday, 27 December 2014

St Malo to Nice by bike

On Sunday 15th March,  Hannah Reynolds will be giving a talk titled 'St Malo to Nice by bike' at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick as part of 'Words by the Water Literary Festival.'   Hannah Reynolds is Fitness Editor at Cycling Weekly.   

Tickets for the illustrated talk as well as all other events at the theatre, can be purchased online at or phone the Box Office tel 017687 74411.

Post Christmas Ride Sunday 28 December

Cathy and I are heading for the coast on Sunday where the temperature should be above freezing. We are looking to park at the Village Hall in Burton in Kendal and pick up the cycle track in Halton and follow it through to Morecambe. From there we will head for Leighton Moss for lunch before returning via Silverdale and Arnside.Total distance 40 miles.
If you are interested in joining us you would be most welcome. We can park at the Village Hall at a cost of £1 for the day. Please let me know  if you intend joining us. We plan to leave at 1000.
Should the weather conditions deteriorate I will post an update.
Keith G

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Wednesdays Ride 17th

The weather looks settled and mild if a bit grey so we may up the mileage slightly but nothing silly!
If we can do without a coffee stop(as long as we all agree) we could take in Shap and I have told Norman (Newbiggin - Lune Spring Gdn Centre) that we will be in for a late lunch .
This is due to be a steady if undulating ride suitable for the time of year and conditions of the lanes (I was out yesterday and was caught in a downpour!)
Hope to see you tomorrow - you know you need to get in as much riding as possible before the Christmas break!

Sunshine Cycling in February

A group of us are going to Calpe in Spain for a cycling holiday. We are staying at the Esmeralda Suite apartments and flying Jet2. Flights go from both Manchester and Newcastle and we will be there from 22of Feb for between 7 and 11 nights.
Anyone wishes to join us would be welcome. Check Jet2 website for details.
Keith G 

Friday, 12 December 2014

Main Ride Sunday 14th December

The forecast for Sunday is not looking good. Lunch will be at 37 Carlisle Road where soup, tea and coffee will be provided. Bring your own sandwiches or they can be purchased at the Co-op.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Club Ride Tomorrow

Given the forecast for high winds and rain, the route will be reviewed on an on going basis. We will head for Wray and if conditions are deemed to be unsuitable we will stop for coffee at the Garden Centre and reappraise.
If the conditions are considered to be OK we can miss coffee at Wray and head for Clapham where we can again review the situation over lunch and further modify the route if necessary.
Of course if conditions are considered to be dangerous at the outset, in the interests of rider safety, we could abandon the ride.
Keith G.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Rides 14th Dec

Apparently Cups and Saucers is closed for the winter so there has been a change of lunch venues for both the Moderate and the Main ride.
The moderates will have a latish 11s at Watchtree then return to Dalston where soup,tea and coffee will be provided,BYO sandwiches. If it is a lovely day and if there is any daylight we could do a short ride after lunch.
I had realised that the planned 40 miler was unrealistic at this time of the year. Riding with lights is not part of the Moderates ethos!

Ian will probably do the same for the Main ride but anyone not at the Christmas lunch check on the blog again before Sunday


Club Ride Wednesday 10 December

The ride will start at 1000 from the Village Hall in Burton in Kendal. We have an arrangement to use their car park for a fee of £1 per car for the day. Cathy and I will collect on the day and forward to their Treasurer.
The plan is to head for Clapham and Ingleton via Borwick, Capernwray and Wray. Lunch will be at The Falls Café Ingleton (24 miles), from where we will head home via Burton in Lonsdale and Kirkby Lonsdale. Total distance will be 44 miles.
The forecast could be better, but things can change before then. If not, we can alter the route and seek out drier and more sheltered terrain.
Hope to see you Wednesday.
Keith G.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

For sale: men's trail bike

For sale:   Adult mens Saracen Mantra Pro bike, 21" frame 650B wheels.   hydraulic disc brakes.  ex hire bike at Watchtree Wheelers (less than 1 year old).  £350.
For full spec see:

Friday, 5 December 2014


I have at last got on with(strictly am getting on with) posting some galleries on the website which you may be interested to view. Any more - particularly of the last week away in Filey  would be appreciated.
Go to Photos

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Ride Sunday 7 th December

As published the ride will start at Dalston ( New Car Park ) with late 11's at Caldbeck ( arrival could be as late as 11:30 ) and Lunch at The Coral Room Cafe at Plumpton.

Since Jane at The Coral Room is geared up to proving roast lunches on Sundays would riders who want sandwiches / soup or food other than roast meals please contact her in advance to place their orders.

Contact Jane on Mobile 077654338826 or  email :

Pleaswe contact Jane by no later than noon on Saturday 6 th December.

Depending upon road conditions ( e.g. Ice ) the route could be modified on the day.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Christmas lunch

Christmas Lunch - Last Call

 Final reminder : Already 30 places have gone! Get your bookings in by the end of this week latest (please!)
Cheques to GC Anderson it just makes refunds and alterations easier.

This is being held at Mrs Millers - Culgaith
Walk scheduled for those that want to work up an appetite  -  see runs list
then Festive Lunch...
12.30pm - 13th December 
Please use the form and the menu which you can down load by clicking on the links.

Design your Club clothing!

 As a result of the discussions at the AGM and the request to go ahead with a design for club clothing and order it through ImpSport the committee has decided to encourage members and/or relatives to submit designs to the committee by the end of the year (31/12/14). 
The design brief is "that the colours would be mainly yellow, blue to reflect the previous design, and they could include other colours. A logo might be included and the lettering 'Eden Valley' ".
 You can click on the images to make them bigger

So its over to you - here are some ideas from the ImpSport website that I prepared earlier to give you some idea and a picture of the old design as it was on my gilet (sorry a bit dirty!)

Sunday, 30 November 2014

For Ride Leaders

Please could any leader 'phone in advance if planning an 11's stop at the Newsagents/Café on The Sands, Appleby-in-Westmorland. Their number is (017683) 53696. She did a very good job serving us all quickly today, but if she has advance warning, she's promised to bake more scones etc. for us.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Aldi Alert!

Today (Thursday) Cycling gear available at Aldi Penrith (at least)

Thanks to Pam R for spotting this

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Stolen Bikes

Stolen Cannondale Synapse and Trek Hybrid

Stolen from my home in Castle Eden County Durham between Sat 22nd and Sun 23rd November 2014
Cannondale Synapse Sora Triple 2011; black and white; 56cm Serial No RM01191.
Fitted with a Cateye wireless speed/cadence sensor. the head unit was also taken
Trek flat bar hybrid 7300, blue and silver, triple Shimano Deore.

Both bikes were stored inside our utility room. The thieves removed the alarm box from the house, entered through an upstairs window and left via the backdoor. The bikes were stolen together with other valuables and my wife's car.
Thanks for reading.

The above has been posted on the CTC Forum recently. Please be aware if you hear of either bikes being offered for sale. Thanks.

Club run - Wednesday 25th November

The ride will start from the new car park, Dalston.   We will make our way to 11's at Warwick Bridge via Stockdalewath, Cotehill and Wetheral - a distance of 19miles.    After 11's we will go via Faugh, Cumrew and Ruckcroft to the Fox & Pheasant pub in Armathwaite for lunch (16miles)   We will return to Dalston via Baronwood, Plumpton Foot & Raughtonhead. (19miles).    Well that's the plan.    The forecast is a dull, damp and cold day with rain showers throughout the day.   The route can be considerably shortened if necessary.

"I thought of that while riding my bike "
Albert Einstein on the 'Theory of Relativity'.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Christmas / New Year Ceilidhs

Early warning of opportunities to burn off some Xmas over indulgence!

Ceilidhs with Reunion Band:

Mungrisedale Village Hall Saturday 27th Dec 7.30 pm contact Richard Hardaker 01768 863327

Lazonby Village Hall Wenesday 31st Dec 8 pm contact Katie 01768 897153

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Club Ride Sunday 23 November

The ride will officially start from Burneside Church, but as usual there will be parking spaces for a few cars on our drive.
We will be doing a route around the bay, with 11s in Cartmel (approx. 20 miles) via either Cartmel Fell or Gummers How and then heading for Arnside via Grange.  Lunch will be in Arnside from where we will return via Silverdale, Holme, Sedgwick and Natland.   Tea and a toasted teacake on offer in Bowston at the finish.  The total mileage is approx 60 miles.
The forecast is looking good - hope to see you tomorrow.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Rides on Sunday 9th November

Claire's ride, starting at 9.30, goes in a loop to the Methodist Chapel at Port Carlisle for make your own drinks, donations in a box. Back to Dalston for soup, bread and cakes (BYO sandwich if you need one). Then a loop south, route to be agreed on by group. Tea for all(both rides) at Dalston at the end. Mike's ride round the northern fells should reach Mae's Tea rooms, Uldale, not long after 11.00 if you are thinking of joining there. Lunch rendezvous at Coffee Lounge in Keswick, but lots of other options of course. Return via Castlerigg stone circle, Threlkeld and Mungrisdale.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Boardman and helmet use

Read this article by Chris Boardman about helmets and hi vis requirements preventing people taking up cycling.

Club Run Wednesday 5th November

I  have made an error on the runs list for this Wednesdays ride.
The 11's location is at BOOTHS not Morrisons.
Look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

Christmas Lunch - BOOK NOW

 A reminder : Already 20 places have gone! Get your bookings in.... (please)
Cheques to GC Anderson it just makes refunds and alterations easier.

This is usually a very pleasant not to say festive occasion and again this year it is being held at Mrs Millers - Culgaith
Walk scheduled for those that want to work up an appetite  -  see runs list
then Festive Lunch...
12.30pm - 13th December 
Please use the form and the menu which you can down load by clicking on the links.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Calling all cyclists!

Don't miss the Gamblesby Art Group Exhibition on Saturday 8 November and Sunday 9 November from 11.00 am until 4.00 pm each day.  There will be CYCLE ARTWORK plus a wide variety of other work and greeting cards to look at or buy.  Entry is free.  There will also be FOOD in the shape of delicious HOME MADE SOUP AND CAKES.

This all takes place at Gamblesby Community Centre (at the far end ov the village if travelling from Melmerby).  See you there.

I will be unable to lead a ride there as I will be helping at the exhibition all weekend.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Club Ride Sunday 2 November

The ride will officially start from Burneside Church at 0930 and pass through Bowston to collect those who park at our house. The first 10 miles will be quite hilly as we head for Kirkby Lonsdale for 11s. Lunch will be in Carnforth (via Burton in Kendal and Over Kellet) at the Brief Encounter café which was the location for the film.
After lunch we will take the coastal road around Silverdale and Arnside before heading for home. Total distance will be 55 miles.
Tea will be available in Bowston after the ride and the forecast is looking good - what could be better!
Hope to see you on Sunday
Keith G 

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Artist gives away valuable pictures for Charity!

Our own artist Sue C says....

I'm having a raffle on the weekend of the 14th -16th November at Saddleback Cafe, Keswick.

It will be in aid of Keswick Mountain Rescue and the Great North Air ambulance.

I will raffle three of my Giclee limited Cycle prints. It would be lovely to see you at some stage.(10am.-4pm. from the Friday -Sunday)
 I've just grabbed these images and Sue may not be raffling these ones!... Geoff

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

The Coveted CNC Award

Yeah verily a week past, did I throw down the gauntlet to that knave CJ, offering a prize if he would accept my terms of battle. These were that this wastrel would forsooth on my cycle ride one week hence (wot was today in gorgeous sunshine), refrain from uttering any verbal outpourings concerning the route with words akin to 'unnecessary hill', 'oh b----y hell, why are we going that way', 'I wouldn't go this sodding way',  'the pace is too fast', etc. etc. After suitable contemplation of his veritable two-tums for an eyeblink, my terms were agreed. The rascal of course invoked dastardly cheating by riding directly to 11's and departing 20 miles before the end, thus avoiding irritation of my lugholes for half of the chosen route. However, terms were fulfilled in that nary once did he utter (at least in my earshot - but if anyone knows differently, please comment) anything derogatory about my chosen (albeit occasionally mislaid) route. I doth however wish I had included omission of the words bovine, ovine and woo-woo as part of the terms....

.... and however indeed, his prize is to be mentioned in despatches to the hallowed echelons of EV, and to be here anointed with the covetous CNC award or to be rendered its full title, the Chris No Complaint award.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Ride Wed Oct 29th

Don't forget 11's at Renwick means 10.30 latest, as the ladies close up the church hall by 11 o'clock.

Wednesday forecast suggests cold but relatively dry, so hopefully better weather and photos than Janet's drowned rat mob at Silloth yesterday.

See some of you Wednesday either at the start chez moi for a prompt 9.30 getaway, or more likely riding directly to Renwick.


Sun 26 th Oct - Seven riders enjoying A Bracing day at Silloth by The Sea on the Sunny Solway Riviera in the Rain

The gap is reserved for the seventh rider ( leader and photographer ) Janet who would have to stood to catch the spray from the waves.

It was a grand day out thanks to Janet for leading such a challenging ride.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Alternative, Sunday October 26th

Please note that alternative cafe stop are now at 12 o'clock for early lunch. See you at Booths!

Ride on Sunday 26th October

Sunday's ride will be between 50 - 55 miles, not particularly hilly and at a normal "touring" pace as I, for one, will be on my winter bike (!) Morning coffee at Wheyrigg Hotel and lunch at Mawbray Garden Centre. Please don't forget to bring lights just in case - as we put the clocks back tonight :(

Friday, 24 October 2014

AGM tomorrow 2.00pm

A quick reminder to everyone to bring a copy of the 2013 AGM mins and 2014 Agenda to tomorrow's AGM

Hope to see you all then.



Alison is planning to do a short walk tomorrow, leaving from Langwathby Village Hall at 9.45. It is known as Lady's Walk. She hasn't done it for years but thinks it is still open (could be  muddy). It goes along the River Eden on the Edenhall side and back past Edenhall church. Anyone who wishes is welcome to join her. 
Nigel L

Thursday, 23 October 2014

16g CO2 cartridges cheap

Some of us have quick tyre inflators that use CO2 cylinders. Here is a cheap source particularly if we were to bulk buy. Let me know if you are interested? Link to Tyre Inflators

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Still going strong at 82!

Here is a youtube video that came out at about the time of the Tour of Yorkshire
Still doing Buttertubs at 82
Age is no excuse. Keep going whilst you can!

Thanks Ian B for pointing this one out.

Impromtu ride prior to AGM on Saturday 25 th October

Dear All,

Subject to weather conditions I intend to ride from Langwathby village hall to the Coral Room Cafe at Plumpton for 11's prior to having lunch back at the the village hall at 12:30 followed by the AGM at 14:00.

I will arrive at Langwathby before 09:30 for prompt as possible departure at 09:30 to ensure sufficient time to arrive back at Langwathby before lunch.

Having visited the Coral Room to day on the ALT ride I warned Jane the proprietor that a small group of us would like to have 11's on Sat at the premises.


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Eden Valley CTC: Sunday 18th October

Eden Valley CTC: Sunday 18th October: The ride will be 60 miles not 55 as stated in the runs list.     At the moment the forecast is for strong winds and showers.   If necessary,...y

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Sunday 18th October

The ride will be 60 miles not 55 as stated in the runs list.     At the moment the forecast is for strong winds and showers.   If necessary, the route will be shortened to exclude Langdale & Blea Tarn.    Lights are strongly advised.   

Monday, 13 October 2014

2014 Christmas Lunch - Book Now or at the AGM

It's not even November but if you want to secure your place at the Christmas Lunch - BOOK NOW

This is usually a very pleasant not to say festive occasion and again this year it is being held at Mrs Millers - about 100m from our house so guess who's organizing it!
12.30pm - 13th December
You will be able to hand in your requests at the AGM or alternatively use the form and the menu which you can down load by clicking on the links.

Thanks for getting on with it promptly!
I'll be reminding us regularly from time to time!

Club Ride Wednesday 15 October

The ride will start from the Village Hall in Burton in Kendal at 0930. As you may know, we have an arrangement with their Treasurer that we can use the car park at a cost of £1 per vehicle for the day. Cathy and I will collect the money and forward it accordingly.
The ride will be 63 miles and will head to Wray for 11s via Capernwray, Gressingham and Wennington. From there we will head out to Keasden Crossroads and head for Slaidburn for lunch via Bowland Knotts.
After lunch we will return via the Trough of Bowland. Jubilee Tower, Quernmore, Caton and Over Kellet.
The ride will be scenic and hilly, but there will be no brutal climbs. Currently the forecast is looking good, but if things change there will be options to modify the route.
Hope to see you on Wednesday,
Keith G.

Friday, 10 October 2014


Both the moderate and main runs, starting at Dalston, will reach the Mill Inn at Mungrisdale later than 11.00am. If you are thinking of joining us there it will be more like 11.20 - 11.30. The main ride's lunch stop at Upfront will also therefore be late, say about 2.00pm. However, it will be a relatively short ride back to Dalston - for some tea if you wish!

Saturday, 4 October 2014


Ernest has kindly stepped in and will be leading the Club ride.
Meeting 9.30 Kirby Stephen, Cloisters (as the runs list),  11's at Hardraw Cafe, lunch at Far Mill, Sedbergh.
The route is out via Mallerstang to Hawes. Then up Widdale and down to Dent and Sedbergh.
A hilly route.
Thanks Ernest for stepping in,  David

Thursday, 2 October 2014

ALT Club Run 1 st October - Attendance

Would anyone who went to the Coral Room Cafe for 11's yesterday please let me know so I can credit riders with attendance points





I have damaged my knee and cannot cycle
Please contact me if you can take my place as leader
I have a planned route & cafe stops but I guess that you could amend this to suit as long as it starts at Kirby Stephen.

Thanks David Harrison

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Wednesday's Ride 1 October

Peter K-O has asked me to post this:

The ride tomorrow was due to have lunch in Kirkby Stephen but thanks to a very kind offer by Jen Callis lunch will be at Winton.
Thank you Jen!

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Main Ride - Sunday 28 th September

Since Karen is unable to lead the ride, I propose to ride to the published venues as follows : -

Start - Dalston to 11's at Cups & Saucers Seaville

Via - Wigton, Waverbridge, Raby and Abbeytown  ( Distance = 20 miles )

11's to Lunch at Maryport Marina

Via - Blackdykes, Pleutho, Tarns, Mealsgate, Westnewton, Allonby, B5300 Coast Road and cycle track ( Distance = 16 miles )

Lunch to Finish at Dalston

Via - A594, Dearham, Row Brow, Gilcrux, Arkelby, Fitz, Blennerhasset, Fletchertown, Wigton and retrace outward route ( Distance = 28 miles )

The total distance is about 64 miles and it is probably not possible to make circuit less than this.

Since lunch is likely to be very late, I may change my lunch destination  to arrive earlier and reduce the long distance back to Dalston particularly as I intend to ride to Dalston & back from home which adds 20 miles to the journey.

Although I intend to do a version of the ride, I don't really want to be the designated leader but would appreciate the company of other riders.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Ride on Sunday 28 September

Sorry folks but as I said this week I am unable to lead the ride this  Sunday.    The plan was to cycle from Dalston to Seaville, Cup and Saucer cafe for coffee and then onto Maryport Aquarium for lunch.  Returning inland via Plumbland.  Anyway, hope you enjoy your day whatever or wherever you cycle.

Hope to see you all soon.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Ride Wednesday 24th

The weather looks fine if a little chilly and all is set fair for a steady ride to the seaside.
Distance 68mi as published with stops at Maes Cafe Ulldale and Bank Mill Gdn Centre for lunch. (Or in the dunes if you prefer to bring your own) Don't forget your bucket and spade!

Parking (if you need it ) needs some care at Catterlen as they are having new drains put in.
Although you can park at the side of the yellow road near the telephone box it might be better to park on the side of the other yellow road under where it says Woodhead Farm and 167.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Sunday 21 st Sept - Main Club Run

The route will be as follows : -

Melmerby to 11's at Brough Village Store via Appleby and Bleatarn ( avoiding dangerous A66 crossing near Warcop ) = 26 miles

Brough to Middleton in Teesdale = 14 miles

Middleton to Melmerby via Alston  = 33 miles

Total distance plotted as 73 miles and ascent plotted pessimistically as 6400 ft.

Lets hope the weather is kind to us.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Newsletter 48

Thanks to Lance and contributors the latest version of our Newsletter is now to be found on the website or here (click the link)
I think the expression is 'It's a stonking good edition' thanks Lance
Look out for important notices towards the end of the letter.
More details of the Christmas Lunch to follow!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Club Run Wednesday 17 Sept,

Club Run Wed 17 Sept    9.30 Tebay Sports Ground

55 miles Tebay to Sedbergh for coffee(16miles), to Dent via Hawes for lunch (26miles), back to Tebay along Fair Mile Road.   Hilly, moderate pace as there is plenty of time.  Lunch is likely to be late-ish as the middle section is the longer and hiller.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Club Ride Sunday 14 September

The ride will start from Morrison's car park in Kendal at 0930 on Sunday. Please note that the store does not open until 1000 so toilet facilities may not be available.
From Morrison's we will head for Arnside via Natland and follow the coast road to Silverdale and then head towards Kirkby Lonsdale via Burton and Hutton Roof. We will stop for 11s at The Bakery in Kirkby Lonsdale after 27 miles, the first 15 of which is flat.
After Kirkby we will go to Ingleton via Barbondale, Dent and Kingsdale. Kingsdale is the one major climb of the day and is 25% in parts. Lunch will be in Ingleton at The Falls Café ( 23 miles/ total 50).
We will then head for home via Burton in Lonsdale, Wray, Hornby and  Burton in Kendal. With the final leg being 30 miles there will be the option - time permitting - for a brief tea/coffee stop at Burton in Kendal. The total distance will be 80 miles, with the last 17 miles being flat. ETA back at Morrison 1800 aprox depending on whether we stop for an afternoon break.
The forecast is looking good so I hope to see you on Sunday.
Keith G.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Request for Club Run Attendance details

Request for Club Run Attendance details

Will anyone who attended the runs below please e mail me with details of those who were out rides to complete the records : -

1.Wed 13 th Aug - ALT ride at Morland

2. Wed 20 th Aug

a) Ian Brewis's ride to Watchtree & The Highland Laddie

b) Dallas Brewis's to Watchtree & The Highland Laddie

c) Alt ride to Abbot Lodge

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Wed 10 September ride

The weather looks good for the week!  Confirm meeting at 8.30 prompt at Langwathby Village Hall.  Alternative start (1) at Appleby (9.30/9.45), at the junction of the road from Colby onto the B6260 for Burrells.  Alternative start (2) from Kirkby Stephen (11s stop 10.30/10.45) at seat on small square adjacent to the loos.  Lunch at Gunnerside (42m from Langwathby start) cafe or BYO.  Alternative finish by omitting Yad Moss and Hartside and substituting Tan Hill; this saves 10-15 miles off the full ride or more if going back to Appleby or K.S..

Friday, 5 September 2014

To Mawbray, Sunday 7th September

Claire, with Ian's kind approval, is taking a shorter and perhaps less hilly route to Mawbray and back on Sunday. If anyone would like to join this alternative please meet at the Dalston car park at the same time as the main ride. As per runs list, this too will be BYO elevenses.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Club Ride Wednesday 3 September

The ride will officially start from Burneside Church, but as usual there will be parking space for a few cars on our drive.
Total distance will be 71 miles, the first 10 of which will be rather hilly. From Burneside we will be taking the back lanes to Kirkby Lonsdale for 11's and then head for Morecambe via Hutton Roof, Burton, The Kellets and Halton before picking up the cycle track to Lancaster and then Morecambe via the Milennium Bridge. Lunch will be at the Stone Jetty Café or Eric's.
We will then return to Burneside/Bowston via Silverdale and Arnside to tea and cakes at our house.
The forecast is good - ideal for a day at the seaside!
Hope to see you tomorrow,

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Everyday Miracles (part 2 Away) including the cycle

This wonderful programme on the bbc iplayer (it has been broadcast recently) has several pieces on bicycle design and history and is essentially on new materials and their consequence on design of objects around us. I thoroughly recommend it. The first section on bikes at the beginning is followed later by a bit on carbon fibre frames!
Link to the iplayer page here

Monday, 25 August 2014

Club Ride. Wednesday 27th August.

The Club Ride on Wednesday leaves from the church gates in Kirkby Stephen at 9.00am.
The early start allows for a leisurely ascent to Lamps Moss and on to the head of Swaledale. We ride down the dale stopping for coffee and cakes at the bakery cafe in Reeth. The ride continues into the Vale of Richmond and over to Wensleydale for lunch at Jervaulx Abbey. The return is along the north side of Wensleydale, possibly stopping for tea at Hardrow.
Apart from the first climb out of the Eden Valley the route is undulating and provides some pleasurable riding along two of the best valleys in the Dales. The total distance is about 78 miles.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Teas at Cotehill

Just a reminder that teas are being served 10 am  - 4 pm at Cotehill Village Hall over the August Bank Holiday if anyone fancies a ride out this way. There is also an exhibition: Life in World War 1.

Ride on Sunday 24th

It says on the runs list - 'Long and quite hilly' As planned it is 130km and 2500m
So to encourage you to come if you are having second thoughts:
  • Dick and Liz  have offered soup and cake and tea for lunch at Nenthead
  • The weather is looking good if still a little cool with little wind.
  • The days are still long - sunset 8.30pm!
  • Although its Bank Holiday Weekend there won't be much traffic!
But seriously, modifications to the route may be made.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

A worthwhile petition

This is another case of the law not taking the killing of cyclists on the road seriously and  I hope you can sign this petition if you agree.

Message from Amy Parks of Critical Mass Birmingham

Hi, my brother in law, Kris Jarvis, was killed by a drunk and dangerous driver on the 13th February this year, along with one of his best friends, John Morland. We are wondering if any of you lovely members would be able to help us get justice for Kris and John who were killed while cycling.
The man who killed Kris, a father of 5, and partner of 22 years to Tracey Fidler, and John, father of 2, partner of 13 years to Hayley Lindsay, was 2.5x the drink limit, high on cocaine, driving at 70mph in a 30mph zone, disqualified, uninsured, and driving his partner's car without consent, at the time he hit John and Kris. He has 67 convictions previous to this. He is currently appealing his 10 year 3 month sentence, which has already been instantly cut to half, with his release date now being may 2019. If his appeal goes through, that could become 4, and on good behaviour, 2 years.
Tracey and Hayley have set up a petition to get harsher sentences for Dangerous drivers. The aim is to get the law changed so dangerous drivers who kill, will get upto the 14 year maximum sentence PER PERSON killed, so when a multiple fatality, each victim is treated as individuals, and the 2 sentences will run CONSECUTIVELY, NOT concurrently, as they do now!!! We need 100,000 signatures to get to the Houses of Parliament and stand a hope of getting the law changed, to make the road safer for everyone.
Please take the time to sign and share our petition to everyone you know. Kris and John would be really grateful. And I know Tracey, Hayley and the rest of their families are too. Thank you very much in advance

Please also join our page for updates if you wish to follow the progress of our campaign

Please pass this on to maximise the petition.

Thank you 

Monday, 18 August 2014

Message from the your 'current' newsletter editor

I am planning to publish the next edition of the Eden Valley CTC Newsletter by Sunday 21st September.  It would be very helpful (and is positively essential) if I were to receive your:

News, views, 
photo's, hope so's, 
moans and groans, 
trips and tips, 
and whatever turns you on prose.
Please, be a good fellow,
send me your contribution 
however long or short it is, 
provocative or mellow.

Please send your contribution(s) by 14th September to or by post to the address below.  In case anyone is short of a computer or pen and paper, you could leave a voice recording on either telephone number!

Many thanks
Lance​ Greenhalgh​ 
Fir Bank
CA10 3AL
Mobile: 07432 627480
Landline: 01931 589110

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Sunday 17th August - club run

Due the discouraging forecast and other matters, the run will be slightly different - 84 miles instead of 100.
Start time will be 8.30am at Langholm.    The route will be Tushielaw, St Mary's Loch, Moffat and back to Langholm.   10's at Samye Ling and lunch at either Tibbie Shiels Inn near St Mary's Loch or at Moffat.
Alternatively the route may be completed clockwise.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Bike and bits for Sale

One of the riders, Graham,  who came on the beginner ride from Thursby has a few things to sell.  If you are interested please email me and ill pass your message on to him. 

The list of things for sale are as follows:
  • Trek alpha series 1000 road bike size 60cms with shimano sora gearing and typhoon vuelta wheels ( less than 120 miles on road and 100 miles on trainer) pristine condition £265
  • 2 continental cycling shirts; one with full zip, both with rear pockets. Worn only once. Suit 43 to 45 inch chest. £5 each
  • Gilet in blue with mesh back panel size XL again 43 to 45 inch chest as new £8
  • New boxed 2 in 1 cycle locks et i.e one shackle and one coil with keys. £7
  • New boxed and unopened front and rear LED light set. £3
  • Lake MTB/Touring boot with neoprene ankle cuff size 12, well used but loads of life left and very snug on autumn/winter days. £15
  • Lance Armstrong  ''Every second counts'' hard back, excellent condition. £2
  • Cycle racing - How to train, race and win gold. By Will Fotheringham. New £3
Karen Eaglesfield

Friday, 8 August 2014

Watch out the Hedgecutters are about !

Chris Pattrickson suffered a punctured tube last Wednesday from a massive thorn after passing a hedge cutter trimming a hedge inside a field boundary near Plumpton. 
The flat tyre was only apparent a mile or two further down the road.
I rode the same lanes earlier on and was concerned about thorns scattered on the road as I passed the hedge cutter working in the field . 
I was lucky and didn't pick up any thorns.
Is the the first sighting of the dreaded hedge cutter in Cumbria?.
It's a bit like reporting the first Cuckoo to be heard in the country.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Volunteers Wanted

I am the inclusive cycling champion for the CTC in the NW and am working with Watchtree Wheelers to get more people with additional needs cycling. We are trying to incease the use of the adaptive cycles and diversify the participants. Ryan supports anyone with any needs to enjoy cycling.
We are looking for people to be involved in a community group for this great centre and are having a meeting (with tea, coffee and cake!) on the 13th up at Watchtree.
If any of you are interested and want to know more come along between 3 and 6 and meet us. Could you also put this offer out to others and see if anyone wants to come along?
looking forward to meeting some of you and hope you can make it.
Jayne Rodgers

Sunday, August 10

This is a moderately paced ride starting in Appleby. The route is via Asby, Little Asby, Newbiggin-on- Lune, Fat Lamb and Fell End to Farfield Mill, (mile 23) for late 11s, or BYO if you want to eat earlier.
Then we go up Garsdale to Moorcock Inn and down into Kirkby-Stephen, (mile 43). From there it is a straight run not quite into Appleby (mile 54). The finish is up over the Golf Course and down from Hilton to Appleby, (mile 62) for refreshments at my place.

For those who feel the need for a greater challenge, there is ample scope for additional loops - or indeed to end at mile 54, when you can have my key and put the kettle on.

The weather forecast for Sunday is 'uncertain'.

Chris R.

Going Dutch!

The team on their way to Holland!  (click to enlarge if you dare!)
received from Janet

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Post Easter Week

11 - 18th April 2015. We have now booked 5 eight-bedded houses at Brunston Castle. For people who didn't make the deadline we now have a waiting list. Posted on behalf of Dallas and Claire

Opening of the new track at Watchtree tomorrow (Wednesday)

If anyone is planning NOT to go cycling tomorrow, you can go to the official opening of the new cycle track at Watchtree Nature Reserve near Gt Orton, Carlisle.   The opening will be by Karen Dargue - Paralympian gold medalist at the London paralympics.    Details of the opening at

Up Hill and Down Dales - Club Ride Wednesday 6 August

Please note that the ride will start at 0900 tomorrow from The Cloisters in Kirkby Stephen. It is a hilly route and the plan is to head to Hawes via Mallerstang and then over Fleet Moss to Buckden for 11's. From there we will drop into Kettlewell and go over Park Rash to West Witton and have lunch at Aysgarth Falls. We will then head for Hardraw where those who wish can return via Buttertubs and Lamps Moss and those who don't can come back via Mallerstang.
The weather forecast could be better, but if conditions are particularly unfriendly we have options to shorten the route as deemed necessary.
Hope to see you tomorrow,
Keith G

Monday, 4 August 2014

Guess who's proud to be Retro and still living in the 20 th Century ( A truly wonderful place to be ! )

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Sunday's moderate ride

I have to be back in Dalston at lunch time so I will be leading the ride to Thiefside and then returning to Dalston. People can either self lead to Talkin, I will provide maps, or they can return to Dalston with me and spend the afternoon at the art exhibition and following the Scarecrow trail, or even watching the cricket match on the village green! That would be a 25 - 30mile ride.
Sorry I can't do tea but there is tea at the Victory Hall from 2pm to 5pm supplied by the WI.


Monday, 28 July 2014

Club Ride Wednesday 30th July.

The ride starts at 9.30am from the church gates in the centre of Sedbergh.
The route is down Lunesdale, across an area known has North Craven and on to Settle in Ribblesdale for lunch. The return is via upper Ribblesdale and Dentdale.
Car Parking: Wednesday is market day in Sedbergh .
                     Coming in from Kirkby Stephen it is probably best to street park on the road into town.
                     Coming in from the M6 or Kendal turn right a short distance after the garage (sign post
                     Dent and Hawes) and park a short distance further along by the cemetery.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Drug free energy

This was on channel 4 "Cycle Show" programme, by the chef John Torode.
Not tried it yet, but looks good. (Can you get Popping Candy in Cumbria?)

John Torode’s Flapjack

6 sheets of rice paper (edible) 
50grs butter 
50grs treacle 
50grs golden syrup 
50mls maple syrup 
50grs Dried apples 
50grs Dried figs 
50grs Dried mango 
50grs Sultanas
50grs Raisins 
50grs Dried mixed fruit 
100grs granola
100grs porridge oats 
50grs Dried Milk powder 
I packet popping candy 


1. Pre-heat the oven to 160c and grease a 30cm x 20cm 3cm deep tin and line with rice paper
2. Put the butter, treacle, golden syrup and maple syrup in a pan and bring to the boil. Once it boils take it off the heat a put to one side.
3. Mix all the rest of the ingredients together well in a large bowl.
4. Add the melted butter, treacle and syrups into the large bowl and mix very well until it is coated.
5. Spread the mix in the tin and use a sheet of rice paper to push it all down firmly.
6. Leave the rice paper on the top and put it in the oven and cook for20minutes or until firm.
7. Take from the oven and leave to cool completely before turning out with the rice paper still on both sides.
8. Cut into long strips or squares.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Ride - Friday 25th July

With the weather tomorrow forecast to be a repeat of today, I plan to be out on my bike at 6am for a ride out to the coast via Burgh by Sands.    I need to be back home by 9am at the latest.  If anyone would like to join me I will be very happy.   Meet at Dalston car park 6.10am.     If no-one is there  I will just carry on.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

A beautiful day to come out to play! - Wednesday's Ride

It looks like it will be a lovely day and hardly any wind.
Here's the route (90mi)  which we intend taking quite steadily with a coffee stop at Housesteads, then late lunch at Keilder castle. Then a nice cuppa at Newcastleton.

Looking forward to seeing you at Brampton, in the square at 0930.


Monday, 21 July 2014

YHA Sportive 7th September

Here's an email that I received from Keswick YHA about a Sportive they are organising. It clashes with Ludo's ride on 7th September but I thought some people may be interested:

YHA Keswick has organized its premier 100km sportive as part of the nationwide ‘YHA Day’, with the money raised from the event going to the YHA’s charity,  ‘Breaks for Kids’. This organisation enables financially disadvantaged children to take part in school trips and other opportunites they would otherwise be unable to experience.

The course incorporates honister pass and includes a lot of lesser-used roads around Cumbria. The sportive has been classified as grade 3 by with an overall ascent of around 1400m.

It would be amazing to see teams from cycling clubs around the region both near and far represent themselves at this event, so Eden Valley Cycling Club are formally invited and the more members that can make it the better! We are anticipating a great turnout for our first sportive.

Details for you:

Date: September 7th
Start Time: 7:30am
Start/Finish location: YHA Keswick
Course details: Well signposted and marshalled, with a half-way feeding station and mechanical support all provided.
Entry: £20

Entry includes finishers goody bag, hot meal at YHA Keswick and free YHA membership.

Places are available at a first come first serve basis so if you are interested, book soon and please pass these details on to as many of your members as possible!

I have attached a pdf of our advertisement along with a pdf of the route map and elevation profile. If there are any other questions please don’t hesitate to ask me.

Thank you for reading and I hope to hear from you soon,

Jonathan Nixon
YHA Ambleside Team Member (and amateur cyclist)

Saturday, 19 July 2014

2 days in the Peak District

Now here's an idea:
Several members have shown interest in a short trip to the Peak District to do some of the Tour route and also include some classic ascents(!) So here is the plan:
The proposed routes are shown in the two maps - you can click on the maps to see more detail
North - Day one
South - Day two

The idea would be to travel down early and meet at Ladybower reservoir (SK 203 858) picnic table at bottom of N map)) to set off at about 11am on the North route which takes in the Strines Road and then goes up to Holmfirth to take in Holme Moss and Longendale and comes back over Snake Pass to Ladybower. approx 50mi but could be extended.
That evening some form of accommodation would be required and may be centred around either Castleton or Bakewell.  YHAs, campsites are nearby or there are Travelodges and Premier Inns in Sheffield and Chesterfield(both close) or local B&B. Overnight accommodation is up to you, but
next day we would meet at 0930am at Bakewell 12mi south (of Ladybower) to complete the southern route which takes in The Winnats and the Cat and Fiddle route over from Macclesfield to Buxton. Again only 50mi but it does give us time to extend if good weather and also time to get home at the end of the day. (3h to Penrith)
I am proposing 21/22 August as this will avoid our regular club rides.

Let me know if you are interested in joining us so that we know to expect you on the day and I will get together a list for those who might like to share accommodation.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Leader for moderate ride on Sunday 24th August?

Cotehill Village Hall will be serving teas over the August bank holiday weekend.
I note that we already have an "immoderate" :) ride elsewhere. Is there anyone who would like to lead a moderate ride taking in the Cotehill teas? There will also be an exhibition/commeration to mark the beginning of World War 1.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Ride on Sunday 20th July

  • Our trip into the North Pennines on Sunday will be really scenic and really hilly - but don't let that put you off! To make sure I don't become liable under Trades' descriptions, I've measured the route on bikehike and it comes to 73.42 miles (!) allowing for the odd wobble or two. (I'm not saying how many feet of ascent...) So I'll look forward to seeing people at Armathwaite. You might like to bring your turbo trainers so you can warm up for the first climb (only joking - about the turbo trainers) Probably best to park on the far side of the bridge.
  • There seem to be a couple of cafes in Allendale. This one looks particularly promising:

Don't forget to bring your own food too, though - it's a dessert I mean desert up there..

Friday, 11 July 2014

Beginner Ride Sunday 13 July

This beginner sunday ride will leave Thursby at 10.15 am and ride to Dalston for 11.00 am, picking up any interested folks.  The ride distance is detailed at 30 miles but this is dependant on who comes along.  It might be nearer 15 miles. The highlight being a visit and refreshments at Thursby 8 Open Gardens from 1.00 pm.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014


Before the Adventure Art exhibition finishes at Rheged on Sunday 13 July, you might wish to visit and admire the all-wooden bike that has set the world speed record. It is well worth using one of the two headsets as you watch the video - several laugh-out-loud moments!
Alison S

Club Ride Wednesday 9 July

As usual, there will be parking for a few cars on our drive although the ride officially starts from Burneside Church. The ride will be quite hilly in parts but riders will be able to enjoy a first viewing of Ernest (aka King of Retro Cool) on his new carbon bike's first official club ride.  Forecast is looking very good so far.  Tea available at 8 Meadow Close afterwards.  See you tomorrow, Cathy

Monday, 7 July 2014

Bikes for Sale

Before putting them up on ebay I thought someone might be interested in two bikes that I'd like to sell.  One is a tourer from Edinburgh Cycle Coop.

The other is a Giant Alu racer.

Details click here and photos (click them for larger versions)
Both bikes in full working order. Do contact me for more details if you are interested otherwise I will put them up on ebay after a week or so.
I am looking at asking c.£90 each on ebay but would be prepared to accept half for them to go to a good home!

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Ken Russell

For those of you who get Cycle Clips do read the story of Ken Russell; it's a real tear jerker.
I'm sure Geoff and probably many others could have provided you with the link but it is way beyond my computer skills.
link here G.(!)

Saturday, 5 July 2014

moderate ride Sunday 6th July

For anyone not glued to the Tour, I am proposing to go to the Alt 11s at Brougham Hall and then on in the direction of Appleby for lunch (possibly Morland) with a view to visiting Morland Parish Church Festival of the Arts at Newby End Farm, viewing the exhibition of vintage clothing and enjoying the piano recital which starts at 3; tickets £10 for adults (no concessions). I think music by Chopin and Beethoven is included.


Thursday, 3 July 2014

News Flash

Well known King of Retro Cool has finally succumbed
to Carbon. 
Earnest Phillips  was seen trying out a fully loaded carbon  Cube  Agree at Wheelbase
today. There is no doubt this news will send shockwaves through Eden Valley CTC.
Who will be next will be the question?
"I am fed up with Geoff overtaking me on  the hills, . It's time I showed everyone whose the Boss " says a confident Earnest
You have all been warned!!

Le Tour Yorkshire - A few things you need to know

Monday, 30 June 2014

Tour De France Ride Saturday 5 July

We are planning to start from The Cloisters in Kirkby Stephen at 0900 on Saturday to watch the race at the bottom of Buttertubs in Thwaite, where the riders will be swinging sharp right from the descent and head towards Muker.
The idea is to ride over Lamps Moss from Nateby via Keld and have coffee at Kearton Country Hotel in Thwaite. I have spoken to the proprietors and been informed that they are setting up an outside service (with tables) selling food and drinks. I have also spoken to the Police and they do not envisage traffic problems on our route.
Given the scale of the event I would still recommend you bring your own food and drink for lunch as we cannot guarantee any venues.
Keith G.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Ride Sunday 29th June

For those who intend to park in Cotehill (very few I assume) - please remember to steer clear of St John's Close, and also the part of the road immediately outside the village hall as the bus needs to reverse round.
Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.

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Friday, 27 June 2014

Dick on Vimeo film about iceland

Noticed cycle clips. Some interesting interviews and shots of Iceland.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

club run - Wednesday 25th June

The ride will be just under 60 miles.  Most of that will be in the afternoon.     The cafe at Newton Rigg College I have just learnt, stops serving lunch at 1.30pm so we will need to be there no later than 1.00pm.   The morning route will be shorter than I had intended.     

The ride in the afternoon will go to Lazonby, Kirkoswald and and beyond. 

Hope to see you tomorrow.

Mountain bike for sale

Raleigh Transient mountain bike (lots of examples can be seen via Google)excellent condition £50.00 o.n.o.

This bike has been donated to the food bank in Carlisle, so proceeds from sale will go to this good cause.