Steve & Carol’s ride from Buttermere, Wednesday 13th August
Posted by on 17 August 2014
Our annual trip to the Lake District included a programmed ride on the Wednesday prior to our walk on the Thursday. Mark T was staying overnight to join us on both days. No doubt some were put off by the weather forecast but Anne Ballard arrived and was having none of this. In the event, we had a fine, breezy day!
Steve had worked out a route of about 40 miles around the fells to the north of the campsite. We cycled from our B & B at Troutbeck to the camp and Carol & I were joined on our ride by Jim, Bernie, Carol A, Mark & David.
I first led this ride last May in celebration of my 60th but, unsurprisingly, only Jenny and Bernardine opted to repeat it again this year with me. I wonder why! The other five were warned about the hills and still they came. Charles and Graham even cycled from home to the start as well. The others were Peter, Julie and Pauline. Most people knew the first little hill was only a warm up. We had only just got started on the second when Pauline asked "Are we there yet?" Fortunately the day was warm with not too much of a headwind.
12 cyclists all arrived in Perth by different means and met in a café within the town.
Once we had had lunch and were all refuelled, we cycled out of the town and into the countryside. On our way out of Perth we passed the Glen Eagles golf club and saw how the other half spends their time.
We past a monument of a young women that had been burnt on a stake because she was deemed to be a witch date 1542, these must have been very dark days.
The 'Easy Riders' One Pass Route - Saturday 21 June 2014
Posted by Lyn Rogers on 26 June 2014
Six of us tackled the Easy Riders One Pass Route which Berni and Tim planned to do which included the climb over Kirkstone, a drag up to Thirlmere, a climb from Threlkeld to Troutbeck and a climb past Great Mell Fell from Troutbeck to Ullswater.
Melanie had the idea for this year's cycling challenge - why not cycle up the six major Lakeland Passes (Kirkstone, Wrynose, Hardknott, Whinlatter, Newlands and Honister)? Why not indeed - well here are some good reasons: it is 97 miles, with 13,000 foot of climb and with no flat bits between the passes - exclude the passes themselves and it's still a very hilly ride. Oh and not to mention the 33% climbs.
Steve & Carol’s t’ tour of t’ three tea shops – Wednesday 18th June
Posted by James Gravenor on 23 June 2014
We had a glorious 39 mile bike ride today. The day started in the best possible way for Steve who ordered a bacon sandwich (topped with a fried egg!) at Joan’s café in Scorton whilst we waited for the rest of the party to arrive. We set off in lovely weather via Moulton, North and East Cowton, Hornby and Appleton Wiske for lunch at Roots in East Rounton. The sun shone, the wind was minimal and the North Yorkshire countryside looked beautiful.
After riding LEJOG as part of the Club Relay in 2011, Barbara, Leigh and James decided to ride all of it this year. It took us 16 days to cycle 1,073 miles from Lands End to John o'Groats with 67,000 feet of climbing. In addition we had extra miles to cycle from Penzance to the start and from the end to Wick. This was a good test of Leigh's knee operation last October - it stood up well to the test.
Eleven cyclists met at a cafe in Perth on Friday. From there we cycled to Stirling via Gleneagles where we met up with Colin. After an excellent Italian meal some of us had time to stroll around Stirling at night - a charming city.
On the Saturday the group spilntered into a number of sub-groups with some doing a short ride, some a medium and some a long ride. We all passed near to or through Callendar on our way to Killin for the night. The Sustrans route was very scenic and avoided the A road. The surface was reasonable.
Eight of us completed what has become an annual event - the Flat 100 mile ride in the Vale of Mowbray. Steve B was the latest person to achieve his first 100 mile ride on this event. , Melanie, Paul, John, Chris, Steve R, Barbara and James were the veterans who also completed the full ride. A further 10 people completed a shorter 60 mile ride and met up with us for morning coffee at Thorpe Perrow.