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, June 06, 2012

Ride to Malham,Littondale & Halton Gill

Sunday 10th June at 10.15 - Start point is Settle railway station (free parking on the road behind the station. This can be accessed by taking the next right after the station road and then right again). The ride is 30 miles and overall is classed as fairly strenuous. It starts with a steep climb out of Settle heading for Kirby Malham / Malham. It then heads up past Malham Cove to the west of the tarn over to Arncliffe. Arncliffe and Litton are the lunch stop options with 2 pubs (Falcon Inn and Queens Arms). They do teas / coffees / sandwiches etc. there used to be a tea room but I'm not sure that it is now open. Suggest riders bring their own supplies if they don't fancy the pubs. The route then goes on to Halton Gill before heading steeply over to Stainforth. It then crosses the railway / river to head back down to Settle. I'm not proposing any tea stop before lunch because the options around , Malham are just too early. Ride leader Steve Warner.

The Sam Houghton Mountain Bike Challenge - Saturday June 9th 2012

The Sam Houghton Mountain Bike Challenge 2011

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 2011 event was a great success with a record number of riders enjoying the Staveley sunshine.  
With all the tremendous support the event raised their biggest ever total, a whopping £16348.25.  

Event Details -  

Entries will be accepted on the day ONLY IF there are any remaining places.
Both the long and short courses start and finish outside Wheelbase in Staveley Mill Yard.  Starts are grouped at 5 minute intervals between 11.30 and 13.30; start times will be allocated on entry.
Entries are available for both the long and short course for the following categories:
  • Solo (male or female)
  • Pair (male, female or mixed)
  • Team (groups of 3 or 4)
  • Family


·         Both routes start and finish outside Wheelbase in Staveley Mill Yard. 
·         SHORT COURSE (approx. 25km with 700m ascent)
·         LONG COURSE (approx. 46km with 1400m ascent)

Route map are available on the day, or on the web site http://samhoughtonchallenge.co.uk/routes.html, and the courses are well signed with marshalls at regular intervals.  There are a number of checkpoints around the course where riders must give their event numbers and light refreshments will be available.  All riders get an end of race meal courtesy of Wilf’s café.
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.

Further details on the event web site -  http://samhoughtonchallenge.co.uk/index.html