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 ! )