Saturday, 28 November 2015

Main Ride tomorrow Sun 29 th Nov

The ride will leave Dalston at 10:00 for : -

1. 11's at Wheyrigg Hall Hotel ( about 14 miles )

Direct route via E Curthwaite, Brackenthwaite, Forrester Fold, Wigton and Waverbridge ( with a boring B road bash from Waverbridge to Wheyrigg to speed us on our way for a latish [ but not mega late ] arrival.

2. Lunch at Bank Mill Nursery ( Dunes Cafe - Beckfoot ) ( about 10 miles )

Direct rouite via Abbey Town, Adolth, Tarns, Holme St Cuthbert, and Mawbray.

3. Return to Dalston ( about 27 miles )

Direct route via Beckfoot, Bitterlees, Silloth, Skinburness, Calvo, Abbey Town, Raby, Lessonhall, Moorhouse, Thornby, Woodhouse and Orton Grange.

The total distance is about 51 miles with a modest 1700 ft of ascent ( it's hard to break the 2000 ft barrier riding in the Solway area.

Depending upon weather conditions, the ride may be modified and shortened

Three mistakes were made in offereing the ride : -

a) 10:00 start too late for prompt arrival at 11's
b) Mileage not specified in published Runs List
c) Best to avoid leading rides in the winter months due to icy, wet or windy weather conditions and shorter daylight hours.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Allan's move to Scotland

Dear fellow members as many of you know I am moving to Scotland next week and would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your kindness,friend'ship and company over the past few years.
   I consider myself to be very fortunate to be a member of such a great cycle club and will continue to follow the clubs progress via the website.
   My email remains but phone connections are yet to be sorted.

Kind regards and best wishes for 2016.

Posted by CJ at Allan's request

Cycling from Carlisle to Paris for a fair deal on Climate Change

I include a link to the complete email but here is the local extract from Helen Davison

I am going to be joining a group of five cyclists from Edinburgh at the border and will cycle with them to Paris from Sun 29th Nov to Thurs Dec 10th. We are all joining a group of about 100 cyclists from London. Cycling to Paris in December is a huge challenge for me and I am getting increasingly anxious about the weather forecast and strength of wind. But I feel cycling at this time of year is the strongest way that I can get the message to world leaders that I am taking climate change seriously, and I want them to too. Cycling might not be the easiest choice but it is the most practical low carbon method I can take to get to Paris. Choices leaders need to make on climate change may also not be the easiest for them politically but they can be done .. we have the skills, resources and technology to move to a zero carbon future. And ultimately measures taken would lead to a better, safer more secure world and benefit our health and wellbeing.

Join us for a bit of the ride or just come and wave me off!
We would very much welcome people joining us for some of the ride as we come through your area.
This Sunday 29th November the cyclists are coming from Moffat. We are encouraging people to meet the group at Carlisle Castle at 1.30pm with the aim that we will set off at absolutely no later than 1.45pm for Penrith. You could just cycle with us out of Carlisle, or join us for more of the ride to Penrith. Do also bring (water proof) banners about action on climate change for the photo opp. Border TV are coming along so the more people there the better. Its an opportunity for Carlisle to show the Paris conference it cares about climate change.

On Monday 30th November we are travelling from Penrith to Lancaster via Shap and a reception in Kendal with the mayor. If you want to join us for some of this bit please contact me on 07939 196 441.

The rest of our route can be found at if you would like to join us for any other sections.

Dallas(I've said I'd go to Penrith but the idea of 50mph gusts are a bit daunting!)

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Geoff's Ride 25 Nov from KS

The ride looks to be as advertised - although temp 6°C only light winds. So up Mallerstang and over the coal road to Dent and Sedbergh for lunch. Continuing on round the 'fairmile' to Newbiggin on Lune and back to KS. If anyone wants to arrive at KS station and join us - let me know and we will modify our route to take in the station and the 'tommy road'. Of course Rachel is planning to start there anyway. Total distance about 54mi (in old money)

Monday, 23 November 2015

Info landed in my inbox

Join our Jubilee International Golden Ring of Russia
bike  tour  and other bike tours next summer. That is more than just a
tour, but real cultural event orginized by Russian Cycle Touring club.
We   have  been  running this tour since 1996 and had participants from all over the world.
Article about Golden Ring tour in Cycling World -
GRR tour is on World’s top 50 riding experiences according to RideOn

Visit and for details.

  Tour Highlights:

•       Picturesque Russian countryside
•       Meeting Russian people from a range of backgrounds
•       Russian cuisine
•       Russian bath house (banya)
•       Small local museums and exhibitions
•       Orthodox churches and monasteries
•       Cycling with local cyclists

  Photos from our previous tours you can look at

Do not hesitate to contact me.

Vladimir Filippov
Russian Cycle Touring Club
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Saturday, 21 November 2015

Sunday, 22nd November.

Appleby, 1715 hrs and  it is already -2ºC outside here. The forecast is for it not to reach 1ºC before 7am tomorrow and 2ºC by 10am. So I have decided not to cycle as our roads will still be icy.

But tomorrow will be a nice day for a walk and I hope some of you will join us, to start at my place at 10.30 ish. The tea and cakes will, of course, still be on offer.

Chris R

Sunday 22nd November

Just now in Appleby at 0930 on Saturday morning,  there is black ice on the surrounding roads and cycling would not be possible. It looks as if tomorrow might be less cold and if there is not too hard a frost overnight it might be possible to do the run. So I shall wait to see. If a hard frost is later forecast this evening I shall cancel this evening, otherwise I shall decide early tomorrow morning. So please watch this space.
Chris R

Friday, 20 November 2015

Sunday, November 22nd.

This is a moderately paced ride of about 50 miles,  starting in Appleby Cloisters at 10am.
The route is to Kirkby Stephen via Gt. Asby, then over the Tommy Road, through to Kelleth and on to Orton for the one lunch stop at mile 28ish. Then over to Shap and up the A6 to the Sleagill turn off. The route does not go to Bampton and never did, (that is my mistake on the runs list!). We return via Maulds Meaburn, up the hill and down the main road into Appleby, where it is hoped some of the Alt ride will join us for tea and cakes at my place.
Chris R

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Thank you

I am grateful to be given the opportunity to work on behalf of the Club and its members as your Chair. I look forward to working with John and the rest of the Committee. If you have any issues you want me to take up, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Extra Alternative Meet, Thursday 19th November

A few of us are planning to meet up at the Coral Cafe around 11.30. All welcome. Posted on behalf of Claire

Monday, 16 November 2015

Club run - Wednesday 18th November

The club run on Wednesday will start from Brampton Industrial Estate instead of Gelt Road car park.     I  learnt today that Wednesday is market day in Brampton and the car park is likely to be full early on and  possibly there will be no space for us to park.

Directions to the industrial estate:  If travelling A69 from the M6 (Junction 43) drive into Brampton town and turn left at the 'T' junction.   The industrial estate is then 1st turning on the right.    If travelling to Brampton on the A689 from Stanwix (Carlisle), turn left on the approach to the town.   The industrial estate is signposted.

The moderately hilly cycle route will include Banks, Kirkcambeck, Roadhead, Shankhill to lunch at Whitesyke Garden Centre.  (No 11's stop)   After lunch the route will be Longtown via Arthuret, Scuggate, Hethersgill & Walton.   Distance approx 50 miles.   Hope to see some of you at the start.   A boring route!  

new temporary Chair and vice Chair

Thanks to all those of us who voted (46) and to the two candidates. The results are:

temporary Chair of EVCTC - Alison Smith
temporary vice Chair of EVCTC - John Wilson


Sunday, 15 November 2015

Bike Ride Monday 16 November

Cathy and I are going on a ride tomorrow as we didn't get out today. Would you like to join us? We will be staying low and seeking sheltered areas where possible.
The route we had in mind would take us to Sizergh Castle for lunch (one stop after 25 miles) via Staveley, Bowness and Witherslack Woods.
After lunch we will head for Dallam and Storth and return via Viver, Crosscrake and Natland for a total distance of 51 miles.
We will be able to make alterations along the way if necessary, but we are mindful of potential flood areas. The forecast does predict strong gusts around lunchtime, but we will be avoiding high exposed terrain.
As we are only making one stop, there will be tea and coffee available at our house from 0900 before a 0930 start. Refreshments will be available post ride. Can you let me know if you will be joining us.
Keith G.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Bill's Ride Sunday 15 th Nov

In view of the predicted severe weather conditions, Bill asked me to warn potentail riders that subject to the weather situation on the day, his ride may be cancelled or modified to avoid exposure to strong winds and to bypass roads that could be flooded.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Ride 11th Nov

John R and James R are setting out from James' house in Cotehill at 8.00am tomorrow. Anyone who would like to join them to ride over towards Greystoke to meet up with Ernest's ride would be most welcome. Give either of them a ring!

Monday, 9 November 2015

Parker's ride 11/11/15

I'm sorry I'll be unable to lead my ride on Wednesday. But fear not, there's still the opportunity to join up with Ernest's ride or meet up at the11's spot. I did ask Joyce at the café some time ago to be ready for cyclists. I expect the not too good weather forecast will stop her from being entirely overrun!

Club (Moderate Pace) Ride Wednesday 11th November 2015

The ride starts at Greystoke at 9.30am and covers a distance of about 40 miles over quiet undulating roads. The route is via Unthank, Calthwaite and the Crown Inn to Dalston for 11's where we will hopefully meet up with riders from the clubs 'alternate ride'. The ride back to Greystoke follows the clubs tri-vets route with lunch at the Upfront Gallery at Unthank.
The weather forecast is for rain at times and so the dress code may have to include over trousers and over shoes---In fact full rain gear, but at least it should be fairly warm.


Voting for temporary Chair

You should have received an email with voting paper or link to vote for our new temporary chairperson.

I am sure we are grateful to the two members who have put themselves forward.

Voting electronically (email or GForm) finishes next Sunday 15th. (if you send to me by post we'll say Monday)

If you have any problem with the mechanics of voting let me know.


Saturday, 7 November 2015

Bike fit - It's all about the bike

Just come across a fascinating video - quite long but very interesting. It's on You Tube here

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Alternative Cafe Stop 4th November

As the main ride which James is leading from Cotehill plans to have elevenses at Booths in Penrith, it would seem sensible if "alternatives" tried to meet too at about this time rather than at 12:00. Claire

Club Run 4th November

My house (Glendale) is just north of Cotehill,  I will park  my Land Rover on the verge opposite.
There is parking on the drive. Please close gate after bringing car(s) in. (Dog)
All are welcome for Tea and Cake after the ride.
Look forward to seeing you in the morning.

 I have 2 Boxed Continental Grandprix 4 Season 700x28 ordered in error 
 £59.31 the pair if anybody wants them.