Tuesday, 31 May 2016

From Cycling uk vice chair re AGM

I don't know whether this came to me as sec. or if everyone has seen it but I post this in the blog anyway:

Dear Geoff

Following our national AGM earlier this month, I wanted to write to all member groups and affiliated member groups to keep you updated on key decisions which were made. As someone who took part in my first member group ride almost exactly 25 years ago, our member groups and affiliated groups are hugely important to me and I’m proud of the enjoyment our members get from rides and events organised locally through our groups.

Our AGM was well attended and we celebrated the excellent work we do across the UK and also debated a number of important motions.

While we had important motions to discuss at the AGM – for me our AGM was also an opportunity to consider, reflect and focus on our shared purpose – it is about the two year old child scooting along on their balance bike for the first time, or the student riding across town because it’s the best way to get around, or maybe the touring cyclist riding around the lanes for the day, or maybe the adventure touring cyclist dipping their wheels in the ocean ready to ride across the continent, or the commuter or leisure cyclist out for a 10 minute ride, or maybe someone riding their bike to the shops – and recognising that we support all of these things for people all ages and abilities whatever they ride.

At the AGM we discussed a number of motions relating to the way in which we operate and our policies on cycling within the UK. The motion which we rightly dedicated the most time to discuss was motion 5. This related to noting the report from the governance group, agreeing the changes proposed by Council and approving the changes to the Orders in Council of CTC. We discussed these changes in depth during the meeting. This motion was passed and what this means is we’ll now make a number of governance changes. These include agreeing and implementing a transition plan to a smaller body of Trustees elected from all of the UK rather than regions and we will also introduce a number of replacement Board sub-committees. Collectively these changes will allow us to work in the most effective way possible. We’ll provide further updates as necessary through our usual communication channels - Cycle magazine, CycleClips and our website.

You’ll be aware of our rebrand to Cycling UK last month. We are hugely proud of our history and heritage but recognised that our branding needed to better reflect the breadth of excellent work we do now, who we are and what we stand for. We consulted with around 13,000 of our members ahead of this change. Feedback at events and with Government has been hugely positive.

Support and guidance on the brand continues to be available from Head Office and should this be required please contact
Julie Rand, Member Group Co-ordinator, Julie.rand@cyclinguk.org
01483 238308

I ended our AGM by asking members to pause and reflect back on their own cycling story, to think about the work we individually do and to consider the collective difference we can make. Let’s get started!

Thank you for your continued support and I’d welcome feedback from groups.  My contact details are below and I look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,


Dan Howard
Vice Chair, Cycling UK


Hope you have responded to the request to vote re rebranding and Gift Aid your sub if appropriate. G

Monday, 30 May 2016

Ride on Wed 1st June

Hi folks

Wednesdays ride will leave Dalston at 9.30am.  Hilly ride to Uldale, Maes Tea Rooms for 11's and they are expecting us.  Flatter ride towards Cockermouth - lunch at Norham Coffee House.  Return via Plumbland/Wigton ....  Average pace and fingers crossed for good weather. 50ish miles.

See you soon


Saturday, 28 May 2016

Ride Sunday 29 th May

The ride will leave Annan town square near the war memorial and town hall at 09:30, riding ata a moderate pace with the route as described below ( subject to weather condtions ) :-

1. Start to Elevenses
 Annan to Lockerbie = 14 miles

2. Elevense to Lunch
Lockerbie to Dumfries = 23 miles ( via Ae )

3. Lunch to finish
 Dumfries to Annan = 25 miles ( via Caerlaverock Castle, Ruthwell and Powfoot )

Total distance = 62 miles                        Approx ascent = 2580 feet
Let’s hope the weather is set fair

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Various upcoming events

I have been sent details of a number of events which members may like to enter:

The Eden Valley Charity Cycle Ride 

taking place on Sunday 12th June to raise money for the MS Society.

The bicycle ride is a celebration of the fantastic traffic-free quiet and picturesque roads and beautiful sleepy villages that make for perfect road cycling in the Eden Valley. There are three different routes to choose from to suit all abilities and the cycle is not a race; all participants are encouraged to enjoy the day at their own pace. The cycle has been organised by sister hotels; The Fat Lamb in Ravenstonedale and The Kings Arms in Temple Sowerby which means that all routes have the perfect benefit of finishing at the pub!

The three route choices are:

12 Miles - Start and finish at The Kings Arms in Temple Sowerby
24 Miles - Start and finish at The Fat Lamb in Ravenstonedale
47 Miles - Start at The Fat Lamb, halfway stop at The Kings Arms, finish at The Fat Lamb

Entry is £10 regardless of which route you choose. £5 is a donation to the MS Society and the other £5 covers the event costs. Your entry fee includes pre-cycle refreshments as well as refreshments at each of the check points on your chosen route. The event is very relaxed and the main aim is to enjoy the cycling and the company on the day and to pass on the good vibes by raising money for charity while we are at it.

For more information on the Eden Valley Charity Cycle & to sign up, please see: http://www.fatlamb.co.uk/cyclingeden.htm


Charity Bike ride for Prostate Cancer.

June 19th 2016

We’re delighted to announce that once again Workington Derwent Rotary will be kicking off the Rotary Ride where we invite you to don your Lycra and get on your bike for prostate cancer.

There will be two types of event to choose from, Enthusiast and Fun meaning whatever kind of cycling takes your fancy, there will be a ride for you.
Signed route over undulating country roads, coastal roads and no passes.
No Need to pre enter but a text or email to say you will be coming will help for catering.
The rides will commence at DEAN, Kirkstile Community Centre, Dean, CA14 4TH
(Not the Kirkstile Inn)
 Cost £10 adult £ 5 Juniors  all funds to charity.

09:00 for the first easy rider group 09:30 for the second steady pace riders and 10:00 for the last and fast lads. But people are welcome to go anytime.

This is a great way to help raise money for prostate cancer, a condition that not only affects 250,000 men in the UK and Ireland every year, but their families as well, but it is also a fantastic way to bring our community together, and raise awareness of Rotary and the incredible work that our clubs and members do.

 Fun Route of 25 miles , Medium route 40 miles and Long ride of 70 miles. Cafe's and Pubs on the route.
Information contact:
Rob Hargreaves 07894036902 or http://www.vccumbria.co.uk
Tony Worsley or Bev Workington Derwent Rotary Club Secretary bevhorne51@btinternet.com  01900 827047

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Club Ride Wednesday 25 May

Tomorrow's ride will start from Morrison's car park in Kendal at 0930. Whilst parking here is not a problem, I suggest we park and meet towards the end of the car park adjacent to Halfords and Currys.
The route will take us through Bowston and Staveley before we head over Kirkstone Pass to Glenridding, where we will stop for 11's at either St Patricks Boat Yard or possibly the Fellbites CafĂ© in the main car park, depending on weather.
From here we will head for Grasmere via Dockray, Threlkeld and St John's in the Vale, picking up the road around the back of Thirlmere and the new cycle path alongside the A591.
After a late lunch stop in Grasmere we will return to Kendal via Ambleside, Troutbeck and Bowston for a total distance of 66 miles.
The route is hilly with some steep climbs and descents; it is also very scenic ie typical Lakeland terrain. The forecast is good, so I hope to see you tomorrow.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Club Ride - Wednesday 18th May

Pretty much as advertised. Keswick via Whinlatter for elevenses at the Kirkstile Inn. Weather hopefully OK for a picnic at Ennerdale Water, but if not we can go to the new cafe at Ennerdale Bridge. After lunch will follow the Ehen (not Eden!) valley to Cleator Moor, then northwards on the Sustrans 71 old railway route (good tarmac - honest!) followed by minor roads to Eaglesfield before turning west via Wythop Mill to Bassenthwaite. About 60 miles.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Club run - Sunday 15th May

The ride on Sunday will start from the riverside car park in Langholm.    The route will include Langholm Moor, through Newcastelton and on to Bonchester Bridge where we will stop for lunch at about 30miles.    The route will continue through Hawick and Roberton to Tushielaw where hopefully we will stop for afternoon tea.   The route continues down the Ettrick Valley to Langholm via Eskdalemuir.    (Hope to have a 2nd tea stop if time permits.)   Total distance about 80 miles.

The forecast is for weather to be cool and cloudy but dry.   The pace will be moderate.   It should be a good day.

Watchtree Wheelers - volunteers needed.

Watchtree Wheelers is a 'wheels for all' centre at Wiggonby near Carlisle.   The centre is part of Watchtrree Nature Reserve.   We are in need of volunteers on Saturday mornings to help teach children to ride bikes.  Although we have 2 other volunteers, they are not available at weekends and I will be away until June.

If anyone is interested in volunteering and would like to discuss things further,  please contact the manager at Watchtree, Ryan Dobson tel  01228 712539.  www.watchtreewheelers.co.uk 

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Club Ride. Wednesday 11th May.

The ride follows a circular route around Penrith starting from Greystoke at 9.30am.
We will seek gentle rolling roads and enjoy two agreeable refreshment stops at Lowther Castle (courtyard cafe for 11's) and Upfront Gallery (for lunch). The ride will be at a moderate pace.
The route is; Greystoke, Pooley Bridge, Eamont Bridge and Lowther Castle (about 15 miles).
Great Strickland, Morland, Temple Sowerby, Culgaith, Langwathby, Plumpton and Unthank. (at about 36miles) The final leg will take us through Skelton, Ellonby and Johnby back to Greystoke.
The total distance is about 45 miles.
Hopefully this good weather will stay with us until mid-week.

Friday, 6 May 2016

Ride - Sunday 8th May Art Safari and Cafe, Culgaith

Join us on the 'Art Safari' starting at Frenchfields and stopping for coffee at the Art Show in the Victoria Institute Culgaith(33k) where you can feast  on the wonderful cakes and coffee and feast your eyes on the amazing art display.
We will then tour through Appleby, Little Asby, to Orton(75k) for Lunch and return through Shap Bampton and Askham back to Penrith. There may even be time for an ice cream! Total 66mi honest!

Monday, 2 May 2016

Club Ride Wednesday 4 May

Wednesday's ride will start from Devil's Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale at 0930. There is free parking on the road down to the bridge and also on the first turning left after the bridge (A683 signposted Barbon or Casterton).
From Kirkby we will go over Barbondale to Dent and on to Horton in Ribblesdale for 11s via Dentdale and Ribblehead. From here we will head for the Garden Centre in Wray by way of Clapham, Ingleton and Burton in Lonsdale. The return leg will take us through Hornby, Gressingham and Burton in Kendal before we return to Kirkby via Hutton Roof.
The route will be quite hilly and will be approx. 65miles. The forecast is looking good, so it should be a grand 3 county day out.
Hope to see you Wednesday.
Keith G.

Les's 'Variable' Ride Wednesday May 4th

Prompt 9.30 start from ours in Ousby.
Moderate pace to Renwick for 10.30's (try to arrive by then) at church hall; or ride directly there.
Talkin Tarn for early lunch by the sunny? warm? lakeside - cafe or BYO.
Intention is for  moderates to make own way back with a surrogate leader if necessary, whilst ride morphs into a touring length and pace via lovely Tindale, Hallbankgate, Slaggyford, Alston (tea stop) and Hartside.