Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Audax Style rides on Sunday 2nd July

The details are:
There will be two courses 50km and 100km both setting out from Melmerby Village Hall
(NY 612374).
The 100km route will set out at 10 00 and the 50km route at 12 00  so that they should both arrive home at about the same time. (1500-1530ish)
There will be tea/coffee and back-pocket traybake on departure and the same on return at a proposed cost of £5.
As last time you can do the course(s) either individually or in groups - it's up to you, and the idea is to follow the course and pick up the information.
The course route cards are available to pre-read at the links below although I will have a few extras on the day (Better to have a look at the route beforehand!)

100km course here
50km course here

Hope to see lots of you on Sunday

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Sat July 8th help needed

Hello All. If anyone could help to lead a ride from Newton Rigg to Hesket Newmarket on Sat 8th July in the afternoon for the Sustrans Festival that I am helping to organise, then please get in touch.
Its 30m at a moderate pace, with a stop at the cafe in Hesket. There will be a designated Sustrans leader, and as a local you would just need to help with directions. You can also bring a friend?
Phil Blanshard

Club Medium Pace Ride. Wednesday 28th June.
Meet. Greystoke 9.30 start.

The ride initially heads to Threlkeld for an early coffee stop and then Keswick to start a circuit of Derwent Water. Lunch will either be at Rosthwaite or if the weather turns very wet at Grange.
There are some hilly bits of the ride but these will be taken at an appropriate pace and the distance between cafe stops is not great.
I hope to see many medium pace riders on tomorrow's summer club run.

Ride Wednesday 28th June

The route will remain as posted unless the weather turns really bad (at the moment it is due to be cloudy but dry in Keswick area but then we will be passing through the wettest spot in England!)
We will be going round Skiddaw to the Crown Inn then up to Buttermere and over Honister; back via Portinscale Threlkeld and Mungrisdale. (<70mi 2100m ascent)

Monday, 26 June 2017

Help with London Edinburgh London

I copy an email from Helen Swift ...

The London-Edinburgh-London 1400km Audax epic bike ride is coming through Cumbria on 30th July-2nd August.  As well as providing information on this (there will be 1,500 international riders and many unusual bikes) I’m also recruiting volunteers to help run a check point at Brampton.  We pay expenses and provide food. 
Would it be possible to advertise this to your members via your web site? 

I’ve attached a flyer and there is much more info in on the website                               

Thanks in advance and I look forward to hearing from you,


Heather Swift (LEL controller - Brampton)
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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Coffee stops/11s/self led rides to...

we are very sad that two of our popular venues - Thiefside and Stainton - are not going to be open to us in the future. We wish their proprietors the very best in the future, whatever it brings. We are also thinking that Pooley Bridge - which has made us very welcome - is not the place to be in July and August - even if they can fit us in, the roads will be very busy. So on Sunday 2 July the coffee stop will be at Melmerby Village Hall (or you can go at tea-time) to coincide with the Audax style rides leaving at 10 and at 12 from Melmerby Village Hall that day - details to be posted shortly. In the meantime, if you have any suggestions about cafes within a 10 mile radius of Penrith, please use the comments opportunity below. Cafes which have popular Sunday roast menus are best avoided that day. The remaining cafes for the next runs list are:

Wednesdays: The Pot Place (1), Mill Yard café Morland (2) Abbott Lodge (3) Mrs Miller's Culgaith (4) ....(5) Sundays: Granny Dowbekins at Pooley Bridge (except for August - see runs list when it comes out)(1) Melmerby Stores and tea room (2) Brougham Hall (3) Booths (4).....(5)


Thursday, 22 June 2017

Moderate bike ride on Sunday 25 June

There are no changes planned to the route on the runs list. We will meet at Appleby cloisters, aiming to leave at 9.30 with tea/coffee 10.30/11 at Culgaith. We then travel along the west of the river to Lazonby for a picnic lunch by the bridge. I may put in an afternoon tea stop depending on the ride conditions. This is stage two of the 'River Eden Source to Sea' route devised by John Wilson - thank you, John. Alison

Monday, 19 June 2017

Club ride - Wed 21st June

The ride will start from behind the pub in Calthwaite at 9.30am.   There are a few changes to the ride.   Instead of going into Alston, the route will include going direct to Nenthead via Garrigill.    I have no plans for stop for 11's unless riders want to.     Lunch will be in Allendale.   Possibility of an afternoon stop at the community cafe in Hallbankgate.   Total distance approx 70 miles.   The forecast is for showers and sunny intervals.      I hope I have not discouraged anyone coming on the ride.   I hope to see you at the start.

Friday, 16 June 2017

2 bike ride Sunday 18th

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The ride will start at Dalston new carpark at 9.30. 11s will be at Watchtree and lunch will be BYO sandwiches to the chapel at Port Carlisle where there is tea and coffee making facilities or you can go to the Highland Laddie at Glasson.

Flat, easy paced about 40 miles but we can see how we feel on the day. The forecast at the moment is good so hopefully it will stay that way.

There will be a cup of tea and a piece of cake at 37 Carlisle Rd afterwards.


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Moderate Ride Wednesday June 14

Route as posted on the Runs List. However, please note that we will arrive at Morland (the 'Alternative' elevenses meet as well) probably a bit later than 11. A late lunch stop at the Pot Place is also planned.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Club Ride Wednesday 14 June

Wednesday's ride will leave Grasmere (Quarry Car Park at White Moss opposite the toilets) at 0930.
The route will take us over Holbeck Lane to Staveley and Winster before we reach Bowland Bridge Stores Cafe for 11's. From here we will climb over Gummers Howe and from Newby Bridge we will head for Coniston via Bouth and Spark Bridge and enter via the east side of the lake. The return leg after lunch will be via Yew Tree Tarn, Little Langdale, Blea Tarn and Red Bank.
The total distance will be approx. 60 miles, with 6000 feet of climbing, so we will aim to ride as a group at a steady pace, particularly as there is potential to get off route if you are off the front.
The forecast at the moment is looking good so hopefully I will see some of you in Grasmere on Wednesday.
Keith G

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Help wanted on July 8th/9th

Hello All,
Some of you may know that I am the coordinator for the Eden Valley Sustrans volunteers, and as such I have organised a series of rides, connected with the Sustrans Festivol taking place from Newton Rigg college, Penrith on Sat 8th and Sun 9th July.
The organisers have asked if I can find some riders with local knowledge to accompany these rides. Sustrans will provide the leaders for the rides, so you don't have to be a "ride leader", just help with navigation etc.
The  3 rides on the Sat are for 4 hours in the afternoon and range from 40 to 60km, and the 3 rides on Sunday are in the morning and are for 3 hours and are 30 or 40km.
They will be what we consider to be 2 bike rides ie a moderate pace, and all will have a cafe stop.
If you think you might be able to help, please get in touch.
Phil Blanshard

Sunday June 11th Alternative Elevenses Cafe

Unfortunately the Farm Shop in Stainton has closed. We have arranged with Thiefside to provide the alternative this Sunday so they will be expecting us. Thanks to Peter for letting us know. Please make sure others know if you think they might not notice the blog.

Ride on Sunday 11 th June

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick word about the ride on Sun. I am changing the 11's stop from Appleby to Morland, because of the Appleby Horse Fair being on that I'd forgotten about. 
Orton will still be the lunch stop, and will be coming back via Shap, Bampton & Askham.
The mileage could be a bit less than the 45 miles stated and the ride will start at The Cross Keys at Carleton as published.
I hope to see some of you at the start. 
( Placed by CJ on behalf of Bill )

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Club Run from Glendale Cotehill Wednesday 7th June

Please note 9.00 am start from Glendale.
Glendale is approx 250metres north of Cotehill on the road to Cumwhinton. Parking is available on the drive but please close the gates (Dog).
Ride as on the Runs list. Tea etc at Glendale after the ride.
Hope to see you on Wednesday.

Wed June 7th moderate ride

We will be leading a 40 mile ride to Talkin Tarn on Wednesday, leaving Beacon Edge Cemetery, Penrith at 9.30. Stopping only once, either take a picnic or buy something at the cafe for an early 11.30 ish lunch. Forecast is good, so looking forward to seeing lots of you tomorrow.
Phil and Rosie.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Yesterday's Audax Star Ride!

Thanks to Geoff for organising a thoroughly enjoyable pilot audax type ride yesterday.  Fourteen of us enjoyed following superb detailed directions along a well thought out route, riding at our own pace, social chat along the way and stops wherever and whenever it suited us.
This was a great pilot for an alternative style of club ride, hope there's several more in the pipeline.  Thanks for all the hard work, Geoff - it was worth it!
Cathy and Keith

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Audax/Challenge ride next Sunday 4th June

For a bit of background see this post

The route from Langwathby Green, starting at 0930 is available here for you to look at beforehand You have the choice of doing it individually, or as a group. So if you are unfamiliar with the idea you can have a go for fun, or if you prefer challenge yourself as an individual. Though standard Audax routes start at 100km ('populaire') and 200km they can go up to 600km or more! (over several days).
On Sunday the distance is 94km almost 60mi (link to route again) - not too tough!

The weather looks to be OK so come and have some fun!
Hope to see you there - further details of information controls at the start


If there is interest 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) Look out for this on the blog and the runs list.

This is not an official event but a replacement for a group ride, however as in group rides we can accept up to three visitors(non cycling uk) or others who can show they have their own insurance.