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!!

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