Thursday, 25 February 2016

A polite reminder!

From time to time there comes an incident that signals ‘Are we doing enough to keep each other safe on rides?’ Several incidents happened recently and I would just like to remind riders, particularly those that are not used to riding in groups that the we need to take special care when we are out riding with others. Whilst we all inevitably have accidents, being prepared for some situations can reduce the number ending in damage (to bike or person!)

Firstly I would draw your attention to our own document called (rather formally) Code of Conduct which can be found on the website here
( of Conduct.pdf)
This is sent to all our new members(I hope they read it) and also summarises and clarifies what is included in the CTC leaflet Guide to cycling with a Group. (Also on our web pages in ‘Documents’)

Riding in a group is very sociable, and on most roads where there is room for two cars to pass in opposite directions riding in pairs is quite allowable and in fact makes it safer for cars to pass quickly as the group is bunched up occupying a shorter section of the road. You may initially feel more insecure but when the road is wide enough it is often the safest way to ride. Do be aware however that other road users have rights and just as we could be distracted and initiate an accident by talking whilst driving a car the same could happen whilst cycling.

The general rule then is be aware of other road users be they on foot, cycle or other vehicle, and signal your intention to alter your direction or speed.

If any ride leader would like to attend a CTC ride-leader training workshop the club would be happy to fund your attendance in return for cascading the information to other leaders.


Tuesday, 23 February 2016

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Club Ride Wednesday 24 February 2016

The ride starts from the church gates in Sedbergh. Car parking is on the approach road to the town if coming from Kirkby Steven and on the loop road by the school playing fields if coming from the M6.
The start time is 10am and the route covers the south and north sides of the Lune Valley. The coffee stop is at Wray (20 miles). we cross the Lune at Catonand ride back on the north side of the valley for a late lunch at Kirkby Lonsdale.
The total distance is about 55 miles. If road surfaces are bad because of overnight frost we will ride mainly on bus routes which are normally the first roads to be salted or cross the road from the start in Sedbergh and have a pre-ride coffee.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Moderate Ride 28th Feb

The lunch stop will now be the Highland Laddie at Glasson, the same as the main ride. I won't have the time [or the inclination!] to recce the route I had planned so it will be a Solway loop instead.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Club Ride Sunday 21 February

            Change of plan for 11’s on Sunday’s Ride, as I’ve just  realised that
            Abbey Café at Shap is closed on Sundays!

            11’s will now be taken at Mill Yard Café Morland, with lunch at Corrie’s
            at Appleby, as before.

            Route has also been revised and, weather permitting, will now be 50 miles
in total instead of 45 miles as previously.

Pease be aware that the start is 9.30am at Langwathby Village Green.

Looking forward to seeing you at the start.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Tomorrow's Ride (17 Feb)

Weather forecast: improving by midday
Route: Flat in the morning, hilly later 

Dalston car park-Cardew- East Curthwaite-Howrigg-Rosley crossroads-Sandy Brow-Hollin Root-Kirkland-Wigton. (10 miles). Early elevenses in The Glasshouse, Wheatsheaf Lane  (better have a light breakfast). Toilets currently out of order, but hoping they'll be fixed by 11.00 a.m. tomorrow (plenty of hedges available on the way!). 

Fletchertown-Boltongate-Ireby-Ruthwaite-Bassenthwaite-Caldbeck (10+23=33miles)

Ratten Row-Rosley, etc as outward route (10+33=43 miles)

Friday, 12 February 2016

Club ride - Sunday 14th February

The route from Calthwaite will be Skelton, Ellonby, Johnby, Greystoke, Ullswater, Dockray and lunch at the Mill Inn, Mungrisedale.   Distance to lunch will be 27 miles.   From there the route will be fairly direct back to Calthwaite.   Total distance according to my GPS will be 43 miles - unless I amend the route as we go!    The forecast at the moment is for good weather and I look forward to seeing many of you at the start!

Finally, a message from CJ.   If you are going to do the ride and you get to Calthwaite early,  you are invited to call at CJs house for a cup of tea or coffee before we set off.    (but the ride will start at 10am prompt no excuses  - Ludo)

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Slide show

Anyone yet to pay me please pay by cash or cheque (cheques payable to D.P. Harrison) before  Saturday 13th February. (NB we won't be able to take payment on the night). CJ and Geoff have also kindly agreed to collect payments on my behalf. If you would like to pay direct to my bank account on line, let me know and I will forward account details.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Yesterday's ride

Four of us, Geoff A, John B, John P and myself had a great ride visiting 5 lakes and 2 passes: Derwent Water, Honister pass via Catbells road, Buttermere, Crummock Water, Loweswater, Fangs Brow, Cockermouth, Bassenthwaite. I think it was 47 miles. 67 for me as I started from home and met the others in Keswick before going back home. Great views, good chat and not a spot of rain.

Club Ride Wednesday 10 Feb

Wednesday's ride will start from the village hall car park in Burton in Kendal at 1000. As usual there will be a £1 parking fee which will be collected by the Treasurer.

The route will take us to Clapham for lunch (after 27 miles) by way of  Halton Park, Wray and Keasdon .

After lunch the return leg will take through Ingleton to Burton in Lonsdale, Kirkby Lonsdale and back to Burton in Kendal via Hutton Roof.

The total distance will be 50 miles over undulating terrain. At the moment the forecast for Wednesday is very good with sunshine and light wind predicted, so we should have a good day.

Hope to see you Wednesday.

Keith G

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Cumbria Weather Stations

Google the above for glorious views from Hartside,  Kirkstone Pass and Shap- although Shap's webcam has been showing the same daylight view for several days now.  Temperature  and road conditions also available.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Sunday 7th Ride from Keswick

Looking forward to seeing you all at the Keswick pool for Sunday’s ride. I had planned to go to Elterwater and I have been out to look at the Dunmail crossing. It was described by the defenders as “impossible” ... I will tell you more when I see you. So, I plan on cycling along Derwentwater, over one of the passes to Buttermere then back to keswick via Fang’s Brow and Loweswater, Cockermouth and the Derwent valley. Cafes available on route and two bike shops to visit in Cockermouth if you want. The route may be shorter than the advertised 50 ish but it will be hillier.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Ride Wednesday 3rd Feb

As published the ride starts in Appleby 10.00am to Soulby Waitby Fat Lamb to Sedbergh for lunch returning on the W side of the Lune, possibly via Greenholme to Orton and so back to Appleby. Route variation on the day depending on conditions and mutual agreement! Distance (according to Basecamp(what?)) 47mi 'ish.
Best day of the week - don't miss it! (the weather that is!)