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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.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Photo's of Bill's mountain bike ride 28.3.2010


The ride was originally to be part of the Flora of the Fells Festival, but due to lack of interest  Bill extended the ride and make it into a worthwhile weekend club off road ride.  The ride started from Ambleside St Mary's Church, then went through the park onto the under Loughrigg road,  to Rydal. The flowers were out in Dora's Field, then a quick look at the Mawson Garden and Hydro Electric scheme at Rydal Mount. From there back on to the route up past Rydal caves, along the terrace and onto the Red Bank road. Down to Skelwith (coffee at Chesters) and along the unsurfaced, but beautiful route 37 to Elterwater. Onto Colwith road, but soon turning right up the long rough uphill and down to Little Langdale. Over the river, past Stang End and Hodge Close, crossing the main road and climbing again up Arnside Intake. A new bridleway was made here which will take us down from Iron Keld, joining the narrow surfaced road past Bull Close and down hill all the way to Skelwith. Back over Loughrigg Fell and down to the start . Distance is about 20 miles.
Click here for more photo's of the ride

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Sam Houghton Mountain Bike Challenge

The Challenge is a timed mountain bike ride starting and finishing at the Mill Yard, Staveley and covering the Longsleddale, Kentmere & Troutbeck Valleys and taking in Garburn Pass.  It is organised in memory of Sam Houghton, a keen mountain biker who sadly lost his battle against cancer and died aged only 22 in May 2006. All proceeds from this event will be donated to Cancer Research UK.

The event will take place on 12 June 2010, with start times between 11.30 and 13.30. After the event presentations take place in the Hawkshead Brewery beer hall in Staveley Mill Yard from 19.30, followed by a post-race bash with a live band.

In 2009 the event raised over £9500 for Cancer Research, great effort from everyone who took part.

More details and entry form are on the new website, now up and running, the address is www.samhoughtonchallenge.co.uk

Thursday, March 18, 2010

KDCS Slides Night - Thursday 15th April

The KDCS Slides Night main speakers will be  Ian Jones  - Cycling in Tibet, and Dick Brown: Cycling in Cuba.  At The Duke of Cumberland, Appleby Rd, Kendal at 7.30p.m. on Thursday 15th April. As before there will be a few sandwiches and chips available on the night. As the room is free we are expected to buy a few drinks on the night so please come prepared to help out with that duty. Anyone else wanting to show a few pictures or talk about anything please let Andy Mason know.

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Mark Beaumont Tour - The Man who Cycled the World

The Man who Cycled the World is the remarkable story of adventurer Mark Beaumont. In 2008, he broke the world record for cycling solo around the world, an epic journey of over 18,000 miles, cycling 100 miles per day for over half a year. In 2009, Mark set out on his second ultra-endurance solo challenge; to cycle the length of the American Cordillera. On this 13 000 mile expedition, Mark will not only be cycling down the longest mountain range on the planet, but will also be climbing the continents two highest peaks, Mt McKinley in Alaska and Aconcagua in Argentina, making his second self-filmed documentary for BBC1 - The Man who Cycled the Americas.
The Man who Cycled the World is Mark’s story of his adventures, a personal rollercoaster of mental and physical endurance as well as a fascinating insight into the world we live in.

"Truly inspiring, the sort of thing that makes you want to get off the couch, out of the
house and on the road
." 
- THE SCOTSMAN

A true man of the world
- DAILY MAIL








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In March 2010, Mark Beaumont will be setting out on a tour of 38 venues around the UK with his show The Man who Cycled the World, presented by Speakers from the Edge in association with WildFox Events.  The tour is also kindly sponsored by The SaltireFoundation, Koga Miyata and Active Earth.

http://www.speakersfromtheedge.com/events/mark-beaumont-tour-man-who-cycled-world

Sunday, March 07, 2010

New KDCS rides gallery

The KDCS gallery has now moved from the website to a flickr site, so that it’s quicker for members’ pics to go straight up after a ride. If you have photos from a recent ride, just email them to me, giving us a date and title for the ride (and a caption for each one if you like), and we’ll get a selection of them up into cyberspace so that people can find them from this blog or from the website. To have a look at the new gallery, just click here. Recent ride reports are also very welcome for this blog, of course. Please send those to Neil. Thank you!