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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.

Friday, November 16, 2018

KDCS xmas meal now full!

Due to popular demand the Christmas meal is now full and no further bookings can be taken by Carus Green.
I look forward to seeing everyone on the night.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Ride Report - MTB Kirkby Stephen November 8th 2018

Hi KDCS riders,

 I keep looking at our web site but always feel that we are short of news on rides that have already taken place. So, here goes, a short ride report of our last Mountain Bike ride from Hartley nr Kirkby Stephen on Nov 8th.

The bike shop van

The ride started from Eden e Motion electric bike shop at Hartley nr Kirkby Stephen.
CA174JA. It was led by Mike Sunderland, KDCS MTB member, and the owner of Eden e Motion, Paul Clow. 14 kdcs riders turned up and then Paul and another friend joined the ride giving us a total of 16 riders. On arrival at the start we were welcomed by  coffee and sausage rolls for a pre ride treat.

Mike and Paul had organised a challenging mountain bike ride but with a generous addition. Paul had made available all the e bikes in his extensive stock for us to try, including three brand new 2019 Scott Genius full suspension bikes value £5000 each. Riders were encouraged to try these but, in addition, three lucky riders got them to use for the whole ride.

The route was Mallerstang, Wild Boar Fell, Pennine Bridleway, Fell End, Tommy Rd and back via Mallerstang valley , Pendragon and Lammerset, about 18 miles.

It was already raining as the ride got underway, the going was wet, muddy and slippery in places. We had only covered a couple of miles when Mike brought the ride to a stop informing us that he was going to treat us to some poetry readings along parts of the ride.

Mike reading poetry

The poems were written by poet Meg Peacock and there is one for each month of the year. They are carved into huge stones along the side of the tracks, and  reflect and celebrate the landscape of the Eden Valley. Even with the rain creeping down our necks these were humorous stops.

The climb up Wild Boar Fell was perhaps the highlight of the ride. It is a steep climb with a fairly rough and slippery surface and water crossing it in several places. The ascent is continuous right up to High Dolphinsty at about 1600 ft. Here we came to a stone wall which give us a little shelter from the strong wind and rain. Great place for lunch.

The ride down to the Mallerstang Valley was steep and slippery with mud covering the trail for much of the way. Then it was back via Pendragon and Lammerset. At Kirkby Stephen we took the disused railway track, now a beautiful walk / cycle way over the fabulous Podgill and Merrigill viaducts back to Hartley.

On arrival back at Eden e Motion Paul had organised a bike wash, then further refreshment, tea, coffee and lots of lovely sandwiches and cakes for us to enjoy
The bike shop at Hartley Fold

Despite the weather, it was a great day. Lots of fun, a challenging ride and huge generosity from our host Paul. Many thanks to our leader of the day Mike, for his unstoppable humour and fun enjoyed by all.

Paul would be pleased to meet any KDCS members who might be interested in buying an e bike. He has an extensive stock from many different manufacturers, and of course, lets you try before you buy.

Paul discussing bike options.

ps. I will tell you about some more rides in the future. Cheers for now. Bill.

Eden e Motion.  Web   Tel 07483 901529.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Ned Boulting's 'Tour de Ned' talk in Preston

Tim has asked for this to be posted - I have a spare ticket for Ned Boulting's 'Tour de Ned' talk in Preston on Wednesday 7th November at 7.30pm, should anyone be interested. Ticket is £24.50 I bought 2 tickets, but my son who was going to come, cannot now make it. I would be happy to offer a lift to whoever would like this spare seat. Contact Tim Goffe M: 07775 636468 or via email - Thanks Tim

Tuesday, October 23, 2018


Its the Autumn Beer Festival at the Factory Tap in Kendal on Aynam Road, this week.Thursday 25th October 2018

Traditionally KDCS met on a Wednesday night at the Town Hall Beer Festival, in Kendal. As this is no longer held, I suggest we meet at the Factory Tap Beer Festival on the Thursday night from 7:30pm instead.

Just turn up and see who's there for a drink and a chat.

Hope to see you there.

Dave Wills

Monday, October 15, 2018

KDCS Christmas Party - 13th December 2018 - Carus Green

This Year's Christmas Party will be held on Thursday 13th December 7pm at Carus Green.

There is a choice of 2 courses for £14.95 or 3 courses for £17.95


Details of how to book and pay to follow shortly via KDCS email.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018


  • Sabbath September Titanium ladies bike, XS.
  • As new, barely used.
  • Electronic ultegra D12 gears with 11-speed cassette.
  • Double mountain chainring. 
  • Hydraulic disc brakes.
  • Mavic wheels, Continental tyres. 
  • Fizik saddle & toolbag (with tools).
  • Rear multi-function light, 2 bottle cages, pump.

REDUCED PRICE : WAS £2800 , NOW £2400

Please contact: 

Thursday, September 20, 2018


I wish to cancel my KDCS ride this Sunday (23rd September) due to the forecast of heavy rain and high winds. Since the weather looks  reasonable for the day before (Saturday 22nd), I propose to do it then instead.

Details as previously, from Kendal Leisure Centre 10am. (see calendar)