Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Bike tyre pump found

Has anyone lost a 6 inch long "Bikehut" pump? It was found in the bike park at Mrs Miller's Tea Room at Culgaith this morning after the coffee stop. Let me know on 01228 710110 if you think it's yours.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Club Ride Wednesday 31 May

The ride will start from The Cloisters, Kirkby Stephen at 0930.
The route will take us out over Lamps Moss to Gunnerside, where we will stop for coffee. From here we will head for Richmond and stop for lunch. Our return will be via Redmire and Wensleydale, with a possible stop in Askrigg for afternoon tea, depending on group needs and time.
The total distance will be approx. 72 miles, with Lamps Moss being the major climb on an undulating route. The forecast is looking very good, with wall to wall sunshine in Richmond!
Hope to see you on Wednesday.
Keith G.

Friday, 26 May 2017

club ride - Sunday 28th May

The ride from Langholm will start at 9.00am and not 9.30.   Meet at the car park by the river.   The route will be to Eskdalemuir where we stop for 11's (either the Community Hub or the Samye Ling Centre)    On to Tushielaw and eventually to the A708.   Lunch stop at the St Mary's Loch.   Next possible stop will be in Moffat.   Back to Langholm via Boreland and Corrie Common.    Total distance 90 miles and the entire route will be moderately hilly .    The forecast at the moment is for it to be overcast and 10% possibility of rain.   I hope I have not discouraged anyone from turning up.
The pace will be moderate (10-12mph)

Monday, 22 May 2017

Club Ride Wed 24th May

Note start time 09:00 Wednesday in Hesket Newmarket. Parking in car park at bottom end of village green (same side as pub) or around edge of the green. Meet on green opposite the pub.

Ride is as the runs list following the Reivers Route to Workington via Sustrans Route 71 and return on first bit of C2C Route from Whitehaven via Whinlatter. Coffee in Cockermouth after 17miles and lunch in Whitehaven after further 18 miles or so. Total ride length about 79 miles.

I will be cycling from home in Raughton Head to start of ride, if anyone would care to join me (leaving at 08:20) you will be most welcome. This will add 6 miles onto each end of the ride for a total ride length of about 90 miles.

Hope to see you Wednesday.
07921 297045

Fig Tree Cafe, Thiefside

The cafe will be open on Wednesday for anyone wishing to meet up there. They hope to be open throughout May and June but unless there are any changes in circumstances they will have to close from July 2nd. They were very grateful for our support and appreciative of our many signatures on the petition.
Posted on behalf of Alison and Pam

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Ride Sunday 21s t May

The ride will be as published : -

Annan Main Square ( near Town Hall ) at 09:30

Cafe 91 Lockerbie ( Approx 14 miles )

Cafe beside River Nith in Dumfries via Ae village ( Approx 23 miles )

Return stage
To Annan via the Nith Estuary, Caerlaverock Castle, Ruthwell, Powfoot and Newbie ( Approx 19 miles )

The total distance will be 62 miles

Monday, 15 May 2017

Club ride Wed 17th May

Wednesdays ride from Penrith Cemetery on Beacon Edge starts at 9.30 and will be a moderate ie 2 bikes ride, first to the Abbey cafe in Shap for elevenses, and then to the end of Haweswater for a BYO picnic lunch. Bring something to sit on! We will then head back to Penrith via Askham. Forecast looks OK so hopefully see lots of you out. Distance about 35 miles.
Phil and Rosie Blanshard

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Two bicycle ride Sunday 14th May

This ride will be as posted, starting at Geoff's  (100m N of the Level crossing NY608293) room for a few cars or park up lane or below Crowdundle Beck on Newbiggin Road. Tea etc after.
This is a steady(/traditionally) paced ride but with one or two hills and essentially intending to enjoy a pleasant tour. Starting along the fellside to Murton and so to Appleby for coffee. Then via Burrells and the Soulby road to Whygill head and Orton for lunch. In the afternoon up the Lyvennet taking in the stepping stones at High Whitber and back for tea. (78km 859m ascent)
Hoping to see some of you tomorrow. Weather - possibility of showers in the morning but then turning into a glorious day!!

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Thiefside Garden of Eden Garden Centre and Fig Tree cafe

It is with great regret that I am blogging to say that this café and garden centre is likely to be closing, possibly in the near future. It is one of our most popular café stops as well as featuring in some of the rides. Until it closes, our custom is very much appreciated so please continue to support it as you can. A petition is available for you to sign to 'help us to save our family run garden centre and cafe' which has been there for 10 years.
The next scheduled café stop there from the runs list is on Wednesday 24 May (the fourth Wednesday in the month) - if there is any change, hopefully it will be appear on the blog.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Sunday 4th June Audax/Challenge Ride – what’s it all about?

With encouragement from some other members of the club I proposed to run 2 or possibly 3 small ‘events’ initially for club members and friends this year and maybe if they catch on, in a more formal way next year opening them up to anyone who wants to join in.

First it may be of interest to explain why they are called Audax – (the word means ‘bold’ or ‘daring’ hence the term challenge ride) There is a lot of detail on the Audax UK website but to summarise it developed from a 200km cycle event in Italy in the late 19th century. Audax events are not a race but the sole purpose is to complete the course. At its inception it was a team event but is now more normally an individual challenge of endurance navigation and self reliance.

When you enter an event you are sent a description of the course, then arriving at the event start you are given a card on which is recorded either times at which you pass through manned controls or information to act as evidence that you have been there. These might be information from a sign or, on permanent courses, till receipts at garages or cafés.
Enough said about the origins.I thought that if we ran a series of events it might encourage some of us to take up the ‘challenge’
So the plan is to run a 50mi (80km) introduction on Sunday 4th June when there was no ride on the Calendar. The course will start from Langwathby green and will be either a group ride for those that are unfamiliar with the idea but are interested to take part, or as an individual rider. All courses will be published on the Blog before hand (obviously - without the data required!)

On 2nd July starting from Melmerby VH, we propose to run two introductory self-led courses of approx 30mi (50km) and 60mi (100km) These will start at different times so that they finish with refreshments at the Village Hall in Melmerby. Hopefully this will provide a challenge and get a large group of us together after the ride(s)

In August - date to be agreed if there is interest, we will hold a 100mi + (approx 200km) course.

I am trying to keep the organisation as low key as possible but would be glad to hear from anyone who could help in the organisation of these events, mainly July and August.

Geoff A

Alison's ride tomorrow

Let's hope the weather stays fine for us. Details as on runs list - about 40 miles meeting at Appleby Cloisters at 9.30. The car park in Appleby charges but it is not unreasonable or I believe parking is free at the swimming pool. Coffee will be at Kirkby Stephen - either the Mulberry Bush or the Red Geranium. There are no cafes at the source of the River Eden so please bring a sandwich. Jen has kindly invited us back to hers for tea on the return journey although some cyclists may prefer to press on - as Nigel will be with me, travelling to Appleby in a separate car, we will be able to split the group if need be.
Thanks to John Wilson for devising this route following the Eden from source to sea. The idea is that, as far as roads allow (which isn't always far), we go out one side of the river and back on the other side.
I hope to see some of you tomorrow.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Janet's Ride Wednesday 10th May

Weather looks like it will hold. Total distance (I think) 55 - 60 miles. Hilly in the morning, undulating with some short climbs in the afternoon. Bring your own elevenses to have at Bewcastle. Wild and woolly country, quiet roads. Steady pace. Looking forward to seeing some of you at Wetheral.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Sunday 7 May - Karen's ride

The ride on Sunday will leave Caldbeck, The Old Smiddy, at 10.30 so if you want a coffee arrive before that.  There will be no additional coffee stop.  Lunch will be at the Filling Station, Keswick.  Return will be via Mungrisdale.  It will be a hilly 50 mile route at my usual steady pace. Everyone most welcome.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Week Away 2018

Once again the Week Away this year in Louth, was a great success thanks in large part to Dallas and Claire who organise the details of who goes where and how much and when we need to pay.

The time has come they feel, for someone else to take over. So we are looking for volunteers!
It is not too onerous a task but it is better suited to two individuals so that one can check the other and avoid mistakes. Dallas is more than happy to guide whoever fancies taking on this very worthwhile task for the first year.
Please contact Dallas in the first instance if you are interested.

Thoughts have been given to next year already as it is important to get a booking in sooner rather than later. To that end, please would ALL GROUP MEMBERS that might consider coming on the Post Easter Week Away please fill in a short questionnaire located HERE (click) Select one of the bullet points and don't forget to submit the form (ie click the SUBMIT button at the bottom)

We are extremely grateful to Claire and Dallas for all the work they have done over the years in making the Away Week an Happy, Easy-going social highlight of our year  - They can't be held responsible for the weather!

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Tomorrow's moderate ride

I'm blaming a 'senior moment' when I entered the mileage for tomorrow's ride which will follow the usual route from Penrith Cross Keys over Beacon Edge, along Fair Hill to the Stoneybeck roundabout then follow the railway line to the Pot Place. From there the short route to Unthank is less than 5 miles with about 7 or 8 back to Penrith. Not 35 miles - possibly not even 20!
I hope to see some of you tomorrow,

Message from Rachel Club Week Away 2018

If anyone reads this could you put it as a blog please. It looks like the peaks could be where the EVctc hols are going to be in 2017.
Just wondered how member would feel if the holiday was move to May.
Say 12- 19 of May for next year.