Monday, 24 February 2014

Holiday in Italy?

I received this email via the website. It's so pleasantly set I thought I'd pass it on!

Good morning,
we are a small bicycle tour company and a bike hotel in Varese (Italy).
We organize and lead cycling holidays in Italy's Lake District.
We’d like to introduce our overall offering to your club members.
May I talk you about this? Is it your task?

Please look at our overall offering:
or the attached file.

- Northern Italy Lake Road Bike Tour (8 days) - average daily distance: approx. 80 km - 49 miles – with climbs;
- Northern Italy Lake Gentle Cycling Tour (8 days) - average daily distance: approx. 40 km - 25 miles – no climbs.
8 days / 7 nights / 6 days of cycling -  guided tours based in one bike hotel – Euro 754.00
All meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Scheduled dates:
22nd - 29th March 2014;
26th April – 3rd May 2014;
24th – 31st May 2014
14th – 21st June 2014
5th - 12th July 2014      
23rd - 30th August 2014
20th - 27th September 2014      
4th - 11th October 2014
Other dates are possible and we'll create a departure especially for you if there is a minimum number of 4 guests and a maximum of 12 guests.

- Northern Italy Lake Road Bike Tour (5 days);
- Northern Italy Lake Gentle Cycling Tour (5 days).
5 days / 4 nights / 3 days of cycling -  guided tours based in one bike hotel.
All meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner - Euro 423.00
Scheduled dates:
19th – 26th April 2014;    
17th – 24th May 2014;  
21st - 28th June 2014;
12th - 19th July 2014;   
16th  - 23rd August 2014;         
13th - 20th September 2014;
11th - 18th October 2014;                     
Other dates are possible and we'll create a departure especially for you if there is a minimum number of 4 guests and a maximum of 12 guests.

Waiting for your kind response,
Best Regards,

Stefano Argenti
GPSVarese & Eco Bike Hotel Ungheria Varese
Viale Borri 98 - 21100 Varese VA (Italy)
Phone +39 0332 264 325

There is also a brochure click here

Club Ride. Wednesday 26Febuary.

The Club Ride on Wednesday starts from the church gates in the middle of Sedbergh and follows a route covering the Lune Valley, part of North Craven, upper Ribblesdale to Ribblehead and returns to Sedbergh via Dentdale. We leave from the church gates at 10am.
Car Parking: Wednesday is market day and so car parks in the centre can be busy. The two main ones are also expensive, £4.50 per day. The village hall car park is also in use. The best options are: 1. For those approaching the village from Kirkby Steven or Garsdale. There is on road parking from the junction of the Kirkby and Garsdale roads to the centre of the village. 2. For those approaching from the M6/Kendal the best option is to turn right after the garage on the approach in the village--signposted Dent and Hawes. This takes you onto the loop road by the school and the playing fields. A short distance after the turn there is a quiet area alongside the cemetery.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Crazy riders

5 brave or should I say crazy souls left Dalston but decided to abandon the ride at Caldbeck.  So apologies for not meeting up with anyone who arrived at Uldale or Cockermouth.  Hopefully my next ride will provide better weather and a great cycle.


They didn't have rim tapes like this when I was a lad!

Todays ride

I've just heard from Paul C down in Cockermouth who says it is horrible weather with extra strong winds and rain so be warned the route MIGHT not visit Cockermouth.


Friday, 21 February 2014

Sunday 23 Feb ride

For those planning on meeting us at lunch in Cockermouth it appears the Norham Cafe is not open so meet us at The Bush Inn, 53 Main Street.  There will be other options but best we have a destination.

Hope to see you Sunday


Pocket Guide to road cycling in Britain

You might be interested ?

Andrew Cornwell's Cycling 2014 - A pocket guide to road cycling in Britain will be published later this month in time for the new cycling season. Pre-orders are now open and as a CTC member you can save 25% on the cover price, and get free delivery by ordering before 28 February. Visit our website at to find out more.

Cycle Clips

For those of you who get Cycle Clips the two links on "London Falling" are worth watching. Think what London would have been like if Thatcher hadn't abolished the GLC. When did cycle helmets make an appearance ?

What ever you think of Boris Johnson he does write amusing articles.


Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Wednesday ride.

Tomorrows ride will be a circuit of Penrith.     As per the runs list, the route will include Mungrisedale & Pooley Bridge.   In the afternoon we will go to Askham, Lowther Park, Brougham and the far side of Beacon Edge.   Total distance may be slightly less than 50 miles.     CJ  invites us to his home for tea/coffee before and after the ride.   The ride will start at 10am prompt!

Club Run Wed 19 th Feb - Tea afterwards

Any riders who feel like popping in for tea or coffee and a morsel of cake are welcome at my house.

Since I'm still I'm still restricted in my movements it would be good to see some of my cycling chums.

It has been good to see those who have visited in the last couple of weeks.



BIKE BITS JUMBLE SALE at GSK sports and social club, Barnard Castle (DL12 8DS) on 27th April 2014, 10-3pm. Tables are £6 and entry is £1. There will be a cafe and bar! Have a clear out ready for summer.  If interested please contact me on 01833 631074,
Please pass the word around as it is the first jumble we've put on and it would be nice for it to be a success. It also coincides with the Teesdale Mountain Time trial (same venue), so why not pop in?

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Club Ride Sunday 16 Feb

The weather is looking very good for tomorrow (even some sunshine!) and some parking is available at our house (Bowston) with plenty across from Burneside church, the official ride start. The ride is 50 -55 miles with tea, scones etc. afterwards at Bowston.

Don't forget your sunglasses - see you tomorrow!


Friday, 14 February 2014

Sunday 16 th Feb - ALT Ride Lunch bookings

Just a reminder that The Coral Room Cafe owner is willing to break from the set Sunday lunch menu and willing provide the following : -

Tea/coffee and/or cake -- no notice required 

 However : -

If you require sandwiches (cheese, ham, tuna) +tea/coffee £5 they need notice so you must contact the cafe with your choice by Saturday 15 th at the latest.

Tel :  077 65 423 826 (Jane)  or email  or TEXT

NOTE : - There is no hot option (ie no soup) other than Sunday Lunch.

Monday, 10 February 2014

Main Ride Wednesday 12th

Dallas will lead the moderate ride as planned but the Main Ride will be self-lead unless anyone wants to take the lead. Dallas will distribute a map and route sheet at the start.

Watchtree and The Highland Laddie have been warned that cyclists will be coming. The route was clear last Friday. It is 19. Miles to Watchtree then 20 miles to Glasson going clockwise around 'The Island' - Anthorn and Cardunnock to Bowness and Port Carlisle. High Tide at Bowness is at 11.32 so the road should not be flooded though it is an 8m tide (9.5 is the highest). The return to Dalston is via Boustead Hill Kirkbampton and Great Orton.

I am required at Stockport for child care.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Newsletter 46

Thanks to Nigel here is where you will find the latest newsletter! and the caption competition is in the posts below!
Don't forget the runs list has been put up already and is on the website as is a link to the latest newsletter on the home page.
Those who have only snail mail will receive theirs and an address list soon.

Caption competition Three

Caption in comment box please!

Caption competition Two

Captions below please in comments!

Caption competition One

Place caption in the comments box below! To do this you have to select the particular post by clicking on the title (in blue) at the top.

CJ's Post Op recovery

 Although only a week since the Op recovery has been amazing. No real post Op pain just slight soreness in the abdomen, slight discomfort wearing a catheter and some discomfort with constipation. Removal of the catheter on Wed 5 th will make it more comfortable.

Thanks to everyone for their kind thoughts and well wishes. I should soon be able to cycle and drive gain.


Monday, 3 February 2014

Tour de France 2014

If you are interested in seeing some of the route of the Tour De France 2014 then here are two offers Ive received as secy of our club.   

The Tour De France the greatest cycle race in the world will come to Yorkshire later this year – will you be there to see it? Happy to offer cycling clubs a 20% discount on the costs of staying at our campsite to see this and the Otley Cycle race in July 2014.  They have a number of packages available: 

3 Nights 4th – 6th July (4 people +car) was £125   Offer £100;
3 Nights 4th – 6th July (4 people camper/caravan) was £150   Offer £120; 
4 Nights 3rd-6th July or 4th - 7th July ( 4 people + car) was £155 Offer £ 124; 
4 Nights 3rd - 6th July or 4th - 7th July ( 4 people camper/caravan) was £190  Offer £152; 
5 nights 2nd -6th July (4 people + car) was £160;   Offer £128; 
5 nights 2nd July (4 people + camper/caravan) was £195   Offer £156; 
 In addition we are able to offer cyclists a secure lock up in which to store their own cycles should this be required. If you are interested in any of  this offer then look at the above web site or contact  Susan Huds, the Stables, 3 Midgley Farm Yard, East Busk Lane  Otley  West Yorkshire

 And another one -

Accommodation available for the event weekend itself (ie July 5 & 6) and the days preceding if you wish. Situated in Nidderdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it can sleep a single group of up to 40 individuals on a self-catering basis. Bunk beds are in rooms for 2, 4 or 6 people. For both competitive days of the race we are within easy access –Stage 1 -      morning - to the nearest roadside view – 10 miles,  afternoon – roadside at approx. 8 miles and within 1.5 miles of finish, or alternatively, the finish line itself in Harrogate. Stage 2 -      you can ride 4 miles to be at the roadside on the A59, Harrogate to Skipton road. For more details contact me on   01423 561880

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Club Ride 2 Feb

As usual there will be parking spaces on our drive for 4 or 5 cars with some space available on the Close although the ride will officially start from Burneside Church.
As we are only planning for one stop, a quick cup of tea or coffee will be available at our place at 9.30 and afternoon tea offered on our return.
The forecast is currently looking good for the areas south of Kendal so we hope to see you tomorrow.
Keith G.