Saturday, 30 June 2018

Challenge Rides Sunday 8th July

On Sunday 8th July we are organising two challenge rides  There will be a 100km and 100mi courses somewhat like the rides we did last year but open to all.  Details on our web pages including auto entry to the event!

You will have seen the Challenge rides in the CUK publicity. By organising the rides we are doing our bit to publicize and get more people involved in, cycling. Cycling UK is supporting us by publicising the event and providing some goodies!

We have already had volunteers to help with the organisation (though one or two more would be welcome) and entries are beginning to come in. This is an Open event so anyone can take part but it would be great if all those of us who think that they can manage either of the distances could come forward and take part. It would be good company for visiting riders and you will be able to sing the praises of this wonderful part of the country that we are privileged to ride in.

Everyone who is taking part should enter via our web page. It costs £12.50 but is very little to pay for the support organisation and the free food at start and finish of the rides. We also need to pay for hire of the Village Hall.

You can enter from our website Home page and clicking the 'Medal' or just click the link above. Follow through and you will automatically be registered and asked to pay. If you don't like paying online then please contact me asap to let me know your details. The automatic route is best as it collects ICE (In case of emergency) details etc.
Thanks for reading this!

Friday, 29 June 2018

2 Bike Ride, Sunday July 1st

Start at 9.30 meeting at the Cloisters in Kirkby Stephen. Plenty of free parking near the fire station on Christian Head Rd.
Our route goes over Tan Hill for coffee at the famous pub (12 miles). Then down Arkengarthdale to Reeth for ice cream and/or lunch. Back west by Swaledale through Muker (further refreshments) and over Birkdale Common before a lovely descent to Nateby and Kirkby Stephen. 45 miles total.
The ride on the Runs List is graded 2 bikes: it is hilly but is a moderate length and to be ridden at a moderate pace to encourage members to dive into Yorkshire in a modest way. Hope some of you can join me. The weather continues hot but I'm hoping for a gentle cooling breeze.

Monday, 25 June 2018

Club Ride Wednesday 27 June

The ride will officially start from Burneside Church at 0930. As usual, there will be parking for a few cars on our drive.
The route will take us to Kirkby Lonsdale via The Ponderosa Hill and Oxenhome for 11s at the bakery. From here we will head for Morecambe via Burton in Kendal, The Kellets and the Lancaster cycle path. Lunch will be on The Stone Jetty. The return leg will be around the bay (Silverdale and Arnside (for obligatory ice creams!)) and back to Burneside/Bowston. Total distance will be approx. 72 miles.  The first 10 miles are fairly hilly but the remainder of the ride is on predominantly kind terrain.
Refreshments will be served post ride.
The forecast is fantastic - great for a day at the seaside!
Hope to see some of you Wednesday.
Keith G

Sunday, 24 June 2018

John R's 70th LEJoG

No he has not done the end to end 70 times....
In his 70th year (he's not quite 70) John R has just completed the route. In May he did the  Carlisle to John o' Groats section and today he finished LE to Carlisle making a total of 1225 miles!
He is raising money for Marie Curie nurses; donations can be made via Justgiving (click through) and has  raised £800 so far. 'He has done incredibly well and not needed any rest days!'-- says Pam who has supported John all the way in their motorhome.

thanks in anticipation

Friday, 22 June 2018

Women’s records to be broken in Cumbria

No it’s not me 😊 - although we are going for the record in writing lists and packing up our house at the moment...

We have had a call from a cycling buddy in Durham. Perhaps someone could help him?

This is what he says -

Jasmjm Muller is attempting to break the Lands end to John O'Groats womens road cycling record starting early in July.

In 1954, Eileen Sheridan set a new LEJOG record of 59 hours and 7 minutes.
Lynn Taylor then took the record to 53 hours 45 mins in 2002.

If all goes well the 24 Hour record should be broken by  Jasmijn early morning at the Golden fleece roundabout South of Carlisle.

Start date plus a live tracker link will be here:

Aidan Hedley, from Durham will be joining the support crew at Carlisle North A7/M6 on that same day.

If anyone living locally could offer him a bed for the night to ensure he is fully rested for his duties it would be very much appreciated.

You can contact Aidan at '' or call 07422572201.

Request for attendance figures on two Self Guided Rides

Would anyone who attended the Self Guided venues below please let me know the names of all attendees for inclusion in the attandance records : -

1. Wed 13 th June ( Grany Dowbekins, Pooley Bridge )

2. Wed 20 th June ( Melmerby, Village Store )



Sunday 24 June - invitation to tea and cake and 2 bike ride

Anne and I are still trying to raise money for the Genesis Research Trust for our Ride London at the end of July. Pam has kindly agreed to host tea and cake in Langwathby at 3 pm to coincide with Clive's 3 bike ride.
YOU ARE INVITED to tea and cake at Langwathby on Sunday at 3 pm.
I am planning to lead a two bike ride starting and finishing in Langwathby, setting off at 9.30 with similar stops to Clive's 3 bike ride but at a moderate pace - all welcome.
If anyone doesn't know how to find Pam's house for tea, please phone me on Penrith 881066.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Two and a Half Bike Ride, Wednesday 20th June

The meeting place is the Carlisle Rugby Club car park, which is just off Warwick Road (A69) in Carlisle. As you enter the car park, head to the left and park in front of the Squash Club. The stats for the ride are 50 miles and 1500 ft of climbing. We set off at 9.30am and head off through Rickerby Park to Linstock and Crosby on Eden. I had intended going straight through to Newby East, but the council are carrying out road works on this section and it will not be safe to try. So a slight diversion along the A689 and a loop around Carlisle Airport to reach Newby East and then to Corby Hill to cross the A69 at the traffic lights. We get to Brampton via Townhead and Geltbridge for coffee at Oakbank Coffee Cabin on Longtown Road. The next section takes us through Lanercost, Walton, Hethersgill for the lunch stop at Longtown. The return to Carlisle is via quiet roads to Houghton and back to the squash club. The forecast is for showers in the morning and a dry afternoon. Hope to see a few members for this trip around the Borderlands.

Monday, 18 June 2018

2 bike ride on Wednesday 20th June

The ride is in the Ribble Valley with close up views of Pendle Hill. 
Start is at 9.30am from the entrance to the main car park in Clapham. Directions are; Turn off the A65 into Clapham village, go over the bridge and turn left. There is free parking alongside the river all the way up to the church. The main car park is on the right. All day parking £4.50.
The ride is along quiet easy riding lanes and the total distance is 48 miles.
Route; Clapham, Austwick, Giggleswick, Wigglesworth, Paythorne, Gisburn, Rimington, Downham, Chatburn, Holden, Settle, Clapham.
There are two good food stops, Gisburn (18miles), The garden centre at Holden (30 miles) and the option of locally made ice creams on the village green at Downham around mid-day.


Saturday, 16 June 2018

Kieth Jowett

Sylvia  rang earlier today to say that Kieth died last Tuesday.  He has been in a care home in Bradford for 3 years and had become very frail recently. A sad end for such a strong, determined and enthusiastic cyclist who road with the club for many years.

Update on Sundays ride

Crosby Ravensworth village hall are doing a salad and pudding lunch on Sunday for £7.50 if anyone would prefer that. I think we will still take a picnic, but it does mean the village hall loo will be open.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Rides on Sunday June 17th

Rosie and myself will be leading 2 rides but heading for the same destinations. We leave the Beacon Edge cemetery lay-by Penrith at 9.30 and head for Bampton Cafe for 11'ses, and then cycle via Shap to Crosby Ravensworth for a picnic stop by the church. Return via Morland. The distance is about 40 miles. forecast is good so see you at the start.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018


Hi All
James and I are breaking out this summer to have a go at the End to End. As we will be passing through Cumbria we would be delighted to have some company at that or indeed at any stage
The programme is (overnight dates)
26 June Lands End
4 July Southport
5 July Kendal
6&7 Carlisle
8 July Crawford
15 July John O Groats

Best wishes
David Harrison

2-bike ride tomorrow 13 June

This is stage 2 of John Wilson's 'River Eden Source to Sea' route and takes us along roads familiar to many. We will be setting off from Appleby cloisters at 9.30 and doing Colby hill the easy way - downhill! - via Bolton, crossing the river before Temple Sowerby to coffee at Culgaith, crossing back to the south side of the river at Langwathby to take the Great Salkeld road to Lazonby and our picnic by the river. Return is along the north side of the river - Glassonby, Hunsonby, Skirwith, Blencarn and Long Marton.

ADDITIONAL Club Ride for Wednesday 13th June

The '3 bike' ride starts at Mitchell’s Auction Mart (parking) at 9:30. The ride provides extensive views of the Western Fells on very small quiet roads to Ennerdale Bridge for elevenses.   We continue south to St Bees for lunch (Hartley Ice Cream). We then take a Northern coastal route again on small roads and cycle paths which not only provide views of  The Irish Sea but also some Industrial History. The ride is 60 ish miles and moderately hilly.
Weather forecast is good.
Paul W.
Mobile 0788 099 0676

Monday, 11 June 2018

Mountain biking event?

Received by email: May be of interest to some - suitable for children so can't be too difficult!
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Post Easter Week 2019

Fife was marginally the most popular choice from our straw poll in Derbyshire. Some interest in a posh pad in Northumberland Pam & Shauna know, but Dallas sussed out £250 each so rather over budget! Also popular was north Wales / Shropshire and we found possibilities in Ellesmere – next year maybe? Trubys would love us to do Norfolk – but it’s an awfully long 250 mile drive.

Let’s do Fife!
Group lodge type accommodation is minimal except on the extreme eastern St Andrews side which limits cycling routes. There are suitable but basic lodges near Bridge of Earn a few miles from Perth, but the location is close to a noisy motorway, makes day trips to St Andrews and east Fife too long for most and involves negotiating sizeable Perth to explore further north.

We have found a more ideal location midway between Cupar and Newburgh on the A913 central but on the northern side of the Fife ‘peninsula’ which I would like EV members & friends to consider as soon as possible as that is the recommendation for next year. Downside is no 6 bed places, just an 8 and the rest 4’s. Provisional info as follows:

Date: Thursday April 25th 2019 (just after Easter) for a week. Unfortunately the farmhouse (see below and which we need) has a booking from May 2nd so the only way to fit in a week is from the Thursday – hopefully not an issue.
Next available date is Monday May 6th which gets closer to folks going away time of year.

Venue: Balmeadowside Country Lodges Fife
Accommodation: 1 x 8 bed farmhouse (with games room) which will become I guess our ‘socialising’ venue, 5 x 4 bed ‘bird/owl’ cottages with double ensuite, twin  and separate
bathroom, remainder 4 bed ‘tree’ slightly smaller cottages double without ensuite & twin.
Many do have hot tubs!

Cost: More than our previous budget, have negotiated a bit off, but will be near enough £150 per person irrespective of whether in farmhouse or the two cottage types

Let me know as soon as possible with one each of the following, the hardest  bit is getting commitment so deposits can be paid and a firm booking made!

YES      MAYBE     NO
(if  NO reason please eg location, dates, price)

DATE   Thurs April 25th        Mon May  6th        EITHER

Les Meer 01768 881894/  07840 568047

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Tomorrow - Sunday 10 June - 2 bike ride

As advertised, it is my plan to meet at Greystoke cycle café for coffee, then cycle about 11 miles to Caldbeck for lunch at the Old Smithy, returning via Mungrisdale - about 14 miles distance (25 total). I will be going slowly having been sitting in a boat and paddling,  not pedalling, for most of the last 2 weeks! I hope to see some of you there.

Monday, 4 June 2018

3 Bike ride Wednesday 6 June

As per the plan this will be a steady ride up the 3 passes starting at the back of the Swimming Pool in Keswick. Stats are 77km 1731m climbing. We will go down the side of Catbells to Grange and then on over Honister to Buttermere and thence up Newlands down to Portinscale for coffee. Then over Whinlatter to Cockermouth for a late lunch. (Coffee and lunch stops can be flexible so we could make coffee an early lunch!) From there we can amble back to Keswick or perhaps find some more hills! Either way it will not be a fast ride! Hope to see some of you out the weather looks due to be fine!

Helmet or no helmet - again

Another video worth watching - we will no doubt all have an opinion but this is relatively un-biased.
Thanks Martin for pointing it out

Friday, 1 June 2018

2 bike ride - Sunday 3rd June

Plan is to leave Rowan Lea, Church Lane, Thursby, CA5 6PF at 10.30 (we are just along the road from The Ship Inn).  Coffee, tea and cake will be available for those that want to arrive at 10.00am.  If you are driving please park in the parish hall car park on Matty Lonning (just at end of Church Lane).  Great flat route via Anthorn stopping for lunch at the RSPB centre at Campfield around 40 miles.  Bring your own lunch (for a small donation tea and coffee is usually available at the Visitor Centre.  Hope to see you Sunday.

3 bike ride Sunday 3rd June

The ride will start from the Sycamore Cafe, Longtown 9.30am.   The route will be as described but with two small changes.   After refreshments at Newcasteleton I have added a 10 mile loop to include the 'Steel road' east of the town before we go over Langholm Moor.   We will stop for tea in Langholm - possibly at the cafe at the east end of the town rather than at our usual stop - Pelossie's.   Return to Langtown will be via Kennedy's Corner and Chapelknowe.   The total distance will be about 65 miles.

At the moment the forecast for Sunday is for it to be a dry day.  

Advance notice: additional ride on Wed 13 June

Paul W has kindly offered to put on a '3 bike' ride on Wed 13 June. Starting in Cockermouth (Mitchell's Auction Mart roundabout). Elevenses at The Gathering in Ennerdale Bridge and lunch at St Bees. About 60 miles with western Lake District and coastal scenery to enjoy. So we have a varied choice for the day - Paul's ride in the west and Alison's '2 bike' offer from Appleby in the east. Look out for a reminder blog as Paul's ride is not on the runs list.

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