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With The Lake District and The Yorkshire Dales on our doorstep - KDCS offers an exciting selection of cycle rides throughout the local area and beyond. There are social gatherings including slide shows, talks and supper evenings and members are kept up to date with cycling news and issues through this web site, emails and our Facebook pages. KDCS are an affiliated group of Cycling UK.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

KDCS Social night - 26th April 7pm onwards

Curry Night at Wetherspoons - 26th April


With easy Tuesdays nearly upon us I thought it would be good to meet up for a Curry Night at Wetherspoons in Kendal on Thursday 26th April, 7pm onwards.

Curry is not compulsory! Why not come along for a drink and a catch up on what is going on.
Hope to see you there.

Dave Wills


Rosedale long weekend 8th - 11th June 2018


If any one is interested in going on this long weekend or part weekend here are some links to the campsites in Rosedale:

http://www.rosedaleabbeycaravanpark.co.uk/tents/

https://alanrogers.com/campsite/rosedale-caravan-camping-park-uk4770

There will be a selection of MTB rides on offer.
Road riding is also good in the area and routes can be provided.

More information to follow soon.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

SAD NEWS- 15/4/18

It is with great sadness that I’m letting you know from Hilary Robertson that Helen Annan passed away this week after a long fight with breast cancer. Whilst Helen was living and working in Cumbria she was an active member of our club and joined us on many of our rides. Many of you will remember her as a very friendly, sociable and interesting person.

She formerly worked for the Morecambe Bay partnership where she organised such activities as beach cleans. Her love of the outdoors saw her running a hostel in Millom and also a Post Office in the Antarctic organised by the Scott Polar Heritage Trust.

During her illness Hilary kept in regular touch and she is sending a card of condolence on behalf of KDCS.

If you knew Helen and would like your name adding to the card please let Hilary or I know by Tuesday morning at the latest. My e-mail address is s.warner339@btinternet.com or you can text me on 07872472346. The card is of a path through a Blue Bell wood and will be posted on Tuesday to Helens parents in Ayr.

Thank you - Steve Warner


Friday, April 06, 2018

YOUR CYCLING CLUB NEEDS YOU

TO ALL KDCS CLUB MEMBERS - A PLEA FROM THE COMMITTEE YOU WILL KNOW FROM ANNE’s MONTHLY E-MAILS THAT SHE HAS BEEN ASKING FOR RIDE LEADERS. WE DO NOT WANT TO HAVE WEEKENDS WHERE THERE ARE NO RIDES AND THE MAKE IT UP ON THE DAY OPTION IS NOT ONE WE WISH TO PROMOTE. WE THEREFORE NEED ALL MEMBERS TO VOLUNTEER TO LEAD RIDES OF YOUR CHOICE OR FROM THE RIDES LIST ON THE WEBSITE IF YOU PREFER AN EASY OPTION. TO HAVE THE SAME SMALL GROUP OF VOLUNTEER LEADERS CONSTANTLY PROVIDING THE SERVICE IS NOT SUSTAINABLE AS THEY TOO HAVE OTHER COMMITMENTS AND THIS WILL RESULT IN MORE AND MORE WEEKENDS WITHOUT A RIDE. WE RECOGNISE THAT THOSE WHO HAVENT LED A RIDE BEFORE MAY FIND IT A BIT DAUNTING AND IT DOES CARRY SOME RESPONSIBILITY BUT REST ASSURED MOST OF THE RIDERS WHO JOIN US ARE EXPERIENCED RIDERS AND FOLLOW THE CODE OF CONDUCT AND CYCLING ETIQUETTE. WE HAVE A GOOD TRACK RECORD OF TROUBLE FREE RIDES SO RISKS ARE SMALL. ADDITIONALLY WE HAVE THE CYCLING UK ( CTC ) RIDE LEADERS INSURANCE OF UP TO 10 MILLION POUNDS TO PROTECT ALL RIDE LEADERS, BACKMARKERS ETC. WE WILL ALSO OFFER TO PROVIDE AN EXPERIENCED SUPPORT LEADER TO SUPPORT YOU ON YOUR FIRST OUTING SHOULD YOU WANT IT. ALSO CTC HAVE SUPPORTING INFORMATION ON THEIR WEBSITE SETTING OUT THE SIMPLE ADVICE TO FOLLOW. CAN I THEREFORE ASK YOU ON BEHALF OF ALL OF THE COMMITTEE TO OFFER UP YOUR TIME TO LEAD RIDES AND TO SEND ANNE BROOKS THE DETAILS AS WELL AS WHETHER YOU WANT TO TAKE UP THE OFFER OF SUPPORT. THANK YOU - Steve Warner 6th April 2018

Monday, April 02, 2018

TEESDALE MTB TRIP MAY 17th - 18th 2018


Teesdale - May 17th-18th

Meet in the public car park in Dufton at 1030.  (If there is insufficient room in the car park meet there anyway and I will direct you to alternative parking.)  

Route Day 1: up the tarmac road to Great Dun Fell (the most strenuous part of the whole trip) - off piste to Cross Fell - bridleway to Garrigill (refreshments) - road and track to Tynehead - muddy hill and short road to Yad Moss - track to Cow Green - road to Langdon Beck.
Day 2: optional visit to High Force (8km detour) - Cow Green Reservoir and Cauldron Snout (and look at arctic-alpine flora if anything is out) - bridleway to High Cup Nick - descent to Dufton (optional alternative descent to Murton).

The route is mostly non-technical and on wide tracks but there will be some pushing here and there.  Day 2 is not long and gives time for exploration (geology, natural history, industrial history) should people be interested.  

Overnight accommodation is in Langdon Beck YH where you can have a bed in a dormitory room for £18 or four can share a room for £59 (£3 reduction for members).  The YH can provide meals (breakfast £5.63, packed lunch £5.75, dinner £9.95); I will use the local pub for dinner.  All you will need for overnight is a small wash kit and maybe a shirt and trousers for evening.  Bedding is provided and a shower towel can be hired.

There are already 4 chaps going and we will book a private room for four.  When others have made their minds up please go to https://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/langdon-beck and book yourself in.  You may want to get together in multiples of 4 for private rooms - chaps currently hedging their bets are Daniel A, Graham C and Mike S.

Get in touch with me for any further info or to find out the latest attendees.

Cheers,

Andy

Monday, March 19, 2018

KDCS EXTRAS NEWS - MARCH 2018

Several members of the mountain bike faction of KDCS met recently to plan a programme of extra rides / events for 2018. These. were to be in addition to the usual Thursday rides. Whilst these are still being progressed it was felt that giving all KDCS members an overview of what has been proposed.

April 2018

19/4/18 - an MTB skills training day organised by Neil Hazlehurst which will include learning MTB skills in the field through expert tuition.

28/4/18 - a 60k off road tour of Windermere to celebrate Alex Herons 60th birthday

A long circular day ride (Mon / Tues ) possibly Croglin to Haltwhistle in good weather to be arranged at short notice organised by Tim Goffe

May 17th - 18th 2018

2 day trip from Dufton over Great Dun Fell with an overnight stay at YHA Langdon Beck organised by Andy Gillham

Teesdale - May 17th-18th

Meet in the public car park in Dufton at 1030.  (If there is insufficient room in the car park meet there anyway and I will direct you to alternative parking.)  

Route Day 1: up the tarmac road to Great Dun Fell (the most strenuous part of the whole trip) - off piste to Cross Fell - bridleway to Garrigill (refreshments) - road and track to Tynehead - muddy hill and short road to Yad Moss - track to Cow Green - road to Langdon Beck.
Day 2: optional visit to High Force (8km detour) - Cow Green Reservoir and Cauldron Snout (and look at arctic-alpine flora if anything is out) - bridleway to High Cup Nick - descent to Dufton (optional alternative descent to Murton).

The route is mostly non-technical and on wide tracks but there will be some pushing here and there.  Day 2 is not long and gives time for exploration (geology, natural history, industrial history) should people be interested.  

Overnight accommodation is in Langdon Beck YH where you can have a bed in a dormitory room for £18 or four can share a room for £59 (£3 reduction for members).  The YH can provide meals (breakfast £5.63, packed lunch £5.75, dinner £9.95); I will use the local pub for dinner.  All you will need for overnight is a small wash kit and maybe a shirt and trousers for evening.  Bedding is provided and a shower towel can be hired.

 Please go to https://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/langdon-beck and book yourself in.  You may want to get together in multiples of 4 for private rooms - chaps currently hedging their bets are Daniel A, Graham C and Mike S.

Get in touch with me for any further info or to find out the latest attendees.

Cheers,


Andy

June 8th - 11th 2018

3/4 day trip ( Friday - Mon ) to Rosedale North Yorkshire organised by Dave Wills and Malcolm Cox - will be for MTB and Road riders

July 2018

3 day mid week trip to Hawes for MTB and Road riders organised by Steve Warner

MTB trip 3-5th July 2028


10.30am start from Thoralby back of village hall GR 000868

30-35k red route heading for West Burton, Carlton Moor, Melmerby, Agglethorpe, Morpeth Scar. Bring packed lunch


Independence Day special. West of Hawes circular. Start 10.30am from Hawes Yorkshire Dales NP Centre ( pay and display ) but free on street parking nearby. Distance 42k - 3750 ft of ascent, Hawes, Appersett, The Moorcock, Garsdale station, Dent Fell, Widdale, Newbury Head Moss, West Cam Road, Hawes.

Day 3- 5thJuly

Short ride to finish the break. Start 10.30am roads near Bolton Castle GR033919. Distance 24k but can be extended. Ponderledge Scar, Heugh, Windgates Currack, Apedale Head, Dents Houses, Castle Bolton.

Accommodation / daily attendance


For those wishing to stop over on the Tuesday and Wednesday evenings there is a variety of accommodation available - The Green Dragon pub at Hardraw has hotel accommodation, various size bunk rooms from 2 people upwards. There is the Old Hall Cottage campervan / campsite in Hardraw and the Old School Bunkhouse. All are near the pub. In Hawes down the hill there are pubs, B&B, Hawes Caravan Club site etc. I have booked into the Green Dragon Bunk House in Hardraw This has good toilets and showers but only a small kitchen area. The pub however is very good and does meals plus it sells great beer.

August 2018 - no events currently planned

September 2018

Speyside Way - 2 day ride being planned by Maggie Donald and Catriona Webster

October 2018

Nothing planned at the moment but suggestions welcomed


Steve Warner - Chairman

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Change to Sunday 11th March route (WAS Broughton-in-Furness - Corney Fell)
From Mike Pezet:
At this point, Tuesday 6th, Corney fell is still closed by snow. The forecast ahead is milder than what it has been and wet, however high level rain is predicted to be snow. It seems more likely Corney fell will remain closed than be open. The proposal is to move that ride to  summer and follow a closer to home route this weekend.

The route for this Sunday is one I lead last year Kendal, Arnside via Clawthorpe fell approx. 36 miles
Start Kendal leisure centre 10.00 am – return 4.00-4.30pm.
Endmoor, Tarnhouse tarn, Clawthorpe fell, Burton in Kendal, Arnside (lunch), return via Storth, Dallam tower, the flats, Hincaster

Route type – first half has some step climbs, Endmoor to Tarnhouse tarn, Clawthorpe fell. Back half is a much easier run after a hearty lunch.

Friday, March 02, 2018

Saturday 3rd March - Ride Cancelled

Due to the adverse weather conditions Chris has decided to cancel the ride scheduled for this Saturday.
It has been suggested that this ride be rescheduled for 17th March.
Please check the calendar for updates.

Thanks.

2nd March 2018