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This autumn sees the launch of The Jennings Rivers Ride – a series of three bike rides starting and finishing in Keswick on Sunday 18 September and following the route of the devastating floods of 2009 and organised by a local charity - Cumbria Community Foundation - to raise money for good Cumbrian causes.
You can choose from The Family Ride, an all inclusive event that challenges youngsters (and their parents / guardians) to ride a distance of just over eight miles through the beautiful north lakes and taking in the rebuilt Newlands Beck Bridge. The Middle Distance Event is great for anyone looking for a testing but achievable cycling challenge. The route will appeal to both cycling novices (with some preparation) and experienced riders alike. You’ll cycle close to 40 miles along lovely roads in the lakes, heading out towards Cockermouth, crossing the Ouse Bridge and returning via the rebuilt Lorton Bridge and finishing with a climb over Whinlatter Pass. The Big Day Out Ride aims to challenge the more experienced rider and heads all the way out to the Irish Sea at Workington via Cockermouth. If that was not already enough, riders return to Keswick via Honister, Newlands and Whinlatter passes to complete an epic ride of over 85 miles – although with those hills it is sure to feel more like a hundred!
It’s £10 for The Family Ride and £25 for both The Middle Distance Event and The Big Day Out Ride. The routes will be well signposted, marshalled and supported with feeding stations. Book online at www.cumbriafoundation.org or call: 01900 825760. And if you don’t fancy getting on your bike for a good cause, come and have a great day out in Keswick as Cumbria Community Foundation is also organising a Family Fun Day on Fitz Park on the same day.
The ever-active Garstang Fair Trade Group are organising a 500-mile bike ride to celebrate 500 Fair Trade Towns from Aberfeldy to Cardiff. Our Fair Trade Group is looking for one or two or more cyclists to do the leg from Kendal to Garstang on Wednesday 27 October 2010 (32 miles). (A group will be arriving from Brampton on 26 October.) There will be a support vehicle to get folk back or to a train. And if you don't want to cycle that far but are available we shall also be looking for a group to send the cyclists off in the morning and perhaps cycle as far as Lancaster.
Please let Janet know if you might like to be involved on email@example.com.
Have you wondered when cycling, struggling up a local hill, how the Tour de France and top amateurs prepare for their events, what training they do to achieve the high performance levels and whether you can learn or apply the techniques used to improve your own cycling??
Local cycling coach with over 50 years’ racing experience, Terry Bell, will be passing on some of the tricks of the trade at the next meeting of KDCS, at 7.30pm on Thursday 7 October 2010 at Staveley Beer Hall, Staveley Mill Yard. Doors open at 6pm and tickets are £2 on the door.
For more information, contact Andy Mason on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Way of the Roses Launch on Saturday 11 September 2010 on Morecambe Promenade (by the Midland Hotel)
Join us on a celebratory ride to welcome the opening of this new coast-to-coast cycle route
Full details from Celebrating Cycling (Lancaster and Morecambe)’s Way of the Roses page on their website.
* Please note this is not a guided ride. The route will be signposted and a route plan will be available at the start of the ride.
**Free bike return must be booked in advance and is available on a first-come first-served basis - call 01524 582392 or email email@example.com now to book your place.
Northern Dales Audax Event on Sunday 5 September 2010, organised by Cycling Lancashire
This will be the 20th year that they have been held and the 18th consecutive year since 1993. We are hoping to make the 20th edition a special occasion.
Northern Dales 202km event
Start 08:00 Arnside Youth Hostel.
Time allowed 8hrs 44mins - 13hrs 28mins [15kph/30kph]
Northern Dales 110km "populaire"
Start 09:00 Arnside Youth Hostel.
Time allowed 5hrs 30mins - 8hrs 48mins. [12.5kph/20kph]
Lancaster CTC are organising two C2C rides along Hadrian’s Wall in aid of the Coronary Care Unit at Lancaster Royal Infirmary –Bowness on Solway to South Shields (95 miles in 2 days) on 26 & 27 June and Ravenglass to South Shields (175 miles in 2 days) on 3 & 4 July.
Entries should be sent to: Mike Hutchinson, Heatherdene, 9 Whinfell Drive, Lancaster LA1 4NY, (01524) 36061, firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry fee: £5 [£3 for members of the CTC or Audax - the extra £2 for non members covers essential Third Party Insurance for the duration of the event]
If you commute between Staveley and Kendal or Staveley and Windermere on your bike, and would like to encourage others to do likewise, join the BikeTrain on the third Friday of each month. It will depart at 8am and return at 5.15pm from Friday 23 April. For more details on the various ‘stops’ and to download a leaflet visit the website of the Staveley Green Travel Initiative.
The 2010 Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge charity ride in aid of the RNLI will take place on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 July.
The cost is £75 per person and this includes transport to the start
of the ride, early on Saturday morning. Parking will be included, as
will baggage and bike transfer plus campsite. All you need to do is
get to Sunderland and be ready to leave by 7am. The organisers will then take you by coach to Whitehaven where you will be reunited with your bike. They will then take your tents, sleeping bags and overnight
gear to the campsite at Alston, Britain’s highest market town, where you will all have a jolly evening before completing the ride on Sunday morning. We will be on hand to give you a hero’s welcome when you
reach the finish at Sunderland Lifeboat Station! Free parking will be provided near the finish line.
All cyclists will be encouraged to raise money for the RNLI’s
volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards. Anyone pledging over £100 in
sponsorship will receive a FREE RNLI T-shirt to cycle in, and we will
be there throughout the weekend to support you. For further details and to enter online please see www.cycle-challenge.co.uk. To request your RNLI fundraising pack please email email@example.com or call 0161 787 8779.
The next KDCS Slides Night will be held at the Riverside Hotel, Beezon Road, Kendal on Thursday 15 April at 7.30pm. The main speakers will be Ian Jones on Cycling in Tibet, and Dick Brown on Cycling in Cuba. We hope to have some snacks available as before. 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 on 01539 739119 or 07766 036037 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ultra-endurance cyclist Mark Beaumont will be appearing at The Platform in Morecambe on at 8pm on Saturday 20 March 2010. The Man who Cycled the World is a remarkable story. 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’.
Tickets are £13 (£12 concessions). To book call 01524 582803. (But if you send your name and contact details to email@example.com by Friday 5 March you’ll be in put in a draw for two free tickets!)
Bookings are now being taken for the next Indoor Manchester Velodrome Cycle Jumble on the 24 January. There have been some slight changes to the day to encourage more visitors, these include:
-The addition of family themed events
-Tickets on sale before 11am (entry time) to reduce queuing
-No changes in the prices for buyers or sellers
We are hoping this year’s event will see the largest number of visitors and
stalls. For more information and a booking form go to: www.bikecreche.co.uk