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.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Coronavirus impact statement from Steve Warner Chairman of KDCS dated Tuesday 17th March 2020

Following yesterday’s announcement by the UK Government endorsed by the Chief Medical Officer regarding the strategy to reduce / even out the spread of the Coronavirus the decision has been taken in line with the advice issued to suspend all future KDCS road and mountain bike rides.

The KDCS Committee and I are In total agreement that taking such social responsibility supports the social isolation strategy to reduce / spread out the infection risk to give the NHS and others the best chance of better controlling the impacts. Our group rides often involve largish gatherings and stops at cafes etc. and would therefore also increase the risk of infection to both ourselves and others.

I have also spoken today to Cycling UK who are in the process of updating last Fridays advice in the light of these developments. They support our decision.

I am sure that many of us will continue to ride in some capacity for exercise and well being.

On a final note many of our members and their families are in the older or even vulnerable categories and I would ask you to keep in touch in some way whilst they are in isolation and perhaps offer assistance to them should they require it e.g social contact, shopping drop offs etc.

Take care all and I look forward to the day we can resume some semblance of normality and get back to riding together again.

What does the Covid-19 Coronavirus outbreak mean for cycling? | Cycling UK

Statement from Cycling UK
 As the national cycling charity, our aim is to support the UK’s population to cycle. This remains true during this period of Covid-19 affecting the UK. Above all, the safety and welfare of Cycling UK’s staff, volunteers, participants at our rides and events, beneficiaries of our cycling programmes and the general public is always our main priority.



Steve Warner


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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Note from Chairman 15/03/2020


In the light of the rapidly escalating Coronavirus crisis I am attaching the most recent advice from Cycling UK with whom KDCS is affiliated. As you can see from the attached information providing you follow the NHS / Govt etc. advice then there is no reason at present to suspend our ride schedules for both MTB and Road cycling. Of course as individuals you must take any steps you feel are necessary to reduce your risk and that to others. Given that many of us are in the at risk category because of age and / or other health related issues I thought it appropriate as Chairman of KDCS to issue the most recent advice I have received. Should the situation change I will write out again. Thank you.

Steve Warner
Chairman KDCS
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Monday, March 09, 2020

3 Day Yorkshire Dales MTB trip 8-10/7/20

Based near Hawes 3 days mountain biking. Either come for the day or stop over for evening gatherings.

Accommodation options as follows:-

Green Dragon bunkhouse Hardraw
Green Dragon Pub Hardraw
Old Hall Cottage Campsite Hardraw
Shaw Ghyll Farm Hawes
Hawes caravan and motor home club site
Other accommodation further afield if you want to travel in to the start points


Day 1 Wed 8/7

Muker to Tan Hill 28k graded black so some tough riding. 915m of ascent.

Start Muker in Swaledale 10.30amGR 911 978
Bridleways at the western end of Swaledale, mineworkings, Gills, woods and the Tanhill Tavern half way. This ride has it all.

Day 2 Thursday 9/7

Bainbridge, Raydale, Stake Allotments. Start Bainbridge village green 10.30am GR 935901. 26k plus a short loop to Aysgarth falls and tea rooms halfway through. 655 metres of ascent graded red. Nice ride for day 2 visiting the hamlets of Countersett, Marsett and Stalling Busk forming a triangle around Semer Water.

Day 3 Friday 9/7

Thoralby, West Burton, Carlton Moor and Melmerby. Start Thoralby ( car park behind village hall ) 10.30am GR 000868. 22k plus optional extension. Graded Red. Ascent 595m +. Short tough circuit to the summit of Burton Moor / Carlton Moor. Great descent to Carlton ( pub ). The optional extension to Agglethorpe loops round to rejoin the original route. Nice descent towards West Burton near the end.

Steve Warner

Cycling Presentation in Kendal

I just thought some of you might be interested in this presentation in Kendal on April 16th,   It is bookable, and will probably fill up quickly,  so if you are interested you will need to go to the Eventbrite page.    You might also be interested in signing up to the occasional update from the Active Travel mailing list.  You will find a link for  that at the bottom of the page.

Chris Rowley

Sunday, March 01, 2020

Possible trip to Peebles/Innerleithen, June 27-30th, 2020.

  This is a great area for mountain biking with purpose-built trails at Glentress and Innerleithen and also many possibilities for XC routes.  There is a range of accommodation in the area to suit all pockets.  If anyone is interested in 2, 3 or 4 days here please let Andy Gillham know.  I will then know that it is worth planning routes in detail and will pass on information & suggestions for accommodation


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Arnside to Whitby road ride 140 miles - 11th June to 14th June 2020

Phil Morgan is organising a C2C for Garstang CC running from Thursday 11th June to Sunday 14th June.
Although mainly for club members, he would be happy if any KDCS members wanted to tag along….these are his thoughts….

There is a 3 day ride:
Thursday -  Arnside to Hawes - overnight in Hawes,
distance approx. 40 miles.
Route- Barbondale, Denthead, Hawes. Café stops in Dent.

Friday      - Hawes to Northallerton - overnight in Northallerton
approx. 38 miles
Route- Askrigg, Castle Bolton, Leyburn

Saturday - Northallerton to Whitby - overnight in Whitby
approx. 57 miles- 4300 ft ascent
Route- Brompton, Appleton Wisk, Rudby, Great Ayton, Danby, Egton, Sleights, Whitby.

There is a big group meal at the Magpie Fish Restaurant on the Saturday night, then on the Sunday around 1-2pm, everyone gets picked up by coach and returned to the start point at Arnside…bikes come back in a van (2 probably). Thus far we have 29 riders, but it will end up around 32 or so.

Whilst KDCS members may like to arrange their own accommodation, in Hawes Northallerton, and  Whitby….they can take advantage of the luggage transport in our van following each Garstang CC group, and return bike and person transport. 

For further information please  contact David Wills - davidwills1961@outlook.com

Numbers are restricted so it will be on a first come first served basis.

Monday, February 03, 2020

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Ride report - E- Bike experience with Eden-e-Motion and Scott Bikes

You might remember Bill's ride report of our last visit to Kirkby Stephen back on November 8th. This was a great day out for the MTB section of the club and was organised by Mike Sunderland (KDCS member) and Paul Clow the owner of Eden e Motion electric assist bike shop.

The good news is that we were invited back for another demo day and ride on 18th April 2019 and of course all those wonderful refreshments post ride.
For this event , Paul organised eight Scott electric mountain bikes for us to try and use on the ride entirely free of cost.

 The weather was good for the ride, with 21 riders including 13 e-riders. For the electric riders the ride up to nine standards was a breeze, with minimum effort required on trail mode. However, there were a couple of locked gates and stiles en route which required a team effort to haul the bikes back on track.

Back at the Eden-e-Motion we had refreshments and a chance to look at the other bikes for sale.
Paul has an extensive stock of every type of electric bike. If you only ride road bikes he will have something of interest for you.

A quick de-briefing after the ride, with thanks to Mike Sunderland, Eden-e-Motion and Scott for providing the bikes.

Scott e-Genius 710 (Shimano) - £5799

Scott e-strike 920 (Bosch) - £5699

Summary of ride by Dave Wills:
I had a great day out on the Scott e-Genius 710 - Full suspension, electric with 4 modes (including walk mode.) The 25 mile ride up to Nine Standards was made really easy in trail mode. Max speed is 15 miles an hour with the motor. On the downhill I switched it off to reach speeds of 64km per hour (nearly 40miles per hour) on the tarmac.
At the end of the ride I was nearly out of power but had only started with 4 out of 5 bars. I still had lots of energy left though compared to the usual Thursday MTB ride.
The bike was a pleasure to ride, and handled really well.
If you don't want to buy one, its definitely worth hiring one for the day for the experience.

Thanks to all for a good day out.