|Meeting Day||Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday|
|Frequency||3 -4 times a month for each Group|
|Co-ordinator(s)||Paula Hudson, Phil Gordon and Martin Hudson|
We have 2 Groups and separate programmes are issued for each of them. Details of the type of ride that can be expected for these Groups are indicated below. There is no restriction on anyone being a member of both Groups - in fact a substantial number of existing members fall into this category.
CYCLING (Social) 1 - Co-ordinator: Paula Hudson
Easy Rides (very occasional): 15 - 20 miles - mainly flat with few hills - leisurely pace
Moderate Rides: 15 - 28 miles - more hills (some steep) - steady pace
CYCLING (Social) 2 - Co-ordinators: Phil Gordon and Martin Hudson
Moderate/Strenuous Rides: 25 - 35 miles - longer with more hills and climbs - steady pace
Strenuous: 35 - 50 miles - longer hills with steep climbs - fast pace
Long Rides (for fitter riders): 50 - 60 miles - longer hills with steeper climbs - fast pace
Both Groups' programmes of rides roughly coincide with the period of British Summer Time (i.e. the months April to October inclusive) - many rides start from somewhere in the Kendal area but in order to increase the variety of areas we are able to explore, quite a few start from places such as Appleby, Kirkby Lonsdale, Lancaster, Orton, Sedbergh, Ulverston and Windermere Ferry - this naturally requires bikes to be transported to the venue in members' cars.
Each Group has a ride several times a month, alternating between Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays as far as possible. Many rides are planned to incorporate a cafe stop part-way round the route and sometimes also at the end.
The programmes are issued to Group members at the beginning of the Season, followed by fuller details of individual rides about 7 to 10 days before they are scheduled to take place.
Membership of both Groups combined stands at just over 100, slightly more than 12 months ago.
At the time of writing we are still in our ‘closed season’. During the winter we had our usual end of year meeting, when we discussed the 2017 season, and considered any possible changes for the future. Our 2017 experiment of including Fridays into our programme seems to have gone down well, so this will be continued in 2018.
About 30 members enjoyed what is now an annual lunch at Kendal College in early January.
Programmes for both Groups 1 & 2 are currently being put together – we have a mixture of ‘old favourites’ and a few new venues/rides. This year members have already offered to lead rides on nearly all the allocated dates – many thanks for that, it makes the Co-ordinators’ job much easier.
Our first ride, which may have taken place by the time this Newsletter is issued, is the traditional Joint Ride with both Groups riding to Staveley to meet for coffee, etc, with the option of longer alternatives, probably including a trip up the Kentmere valley – this will be on Monday 26 March. Our rides will then continue at regular intervals as indicated above until the end of October.
Finally, a short holiday for the more serious cyclists in the Group is being arranged for early June, based in the Llangollen area of North Wales.
At the time of writing we have just reached the end of another successful and enjoyable season. We put on a total of 56 rides (both Groups), on which there were 483 ‘riders’ (both the overall total and the average per ride were slightly down on the 2016 figures, probably because of the number of wet days during September and October). Despite this, we had a turn-out of 20 for our final ‘Joint’ Ride in the Staveley area, on what was, yet again, a very wet morning. This ride was similar to the first ever outing of the Group, 10 years ago, which was led by Colin Sutherland, the first Co-ordinator, who is still a regular participant. Another of the original members, Gwen Tordoff, was on this 10th Anniversary ride.
Thanks are due to those members who have planned and led rides throughout the season and to those who have regularly supported these rides ‘come rain or shine’. We are always ready to welcome new leaders, in particular it can be difficult to recruit them for the Easy Group 1 rides.
In early December we will be holding our usual get-together, when we review the season’s activities; we will also be discussing possible changes to the format of the programme for 2018 (although this meeting may well have already taken place by the time you read this. All existing Group members were notified of the date before the end of October).
Finally, we will be having our usual lunch at Kendal College early in the New Year.
At the time of writing we have just completed the first 3 months of our season – numbers on rides are slightly down on 2016, although the experiment of giving members more choice of rides by including Fridays in our programme appears to have been well received with Friday rides attracting similar numbers as for other days. During June we had to postpone a few planned rides due to adverse weather forecasts – however, all of these have now been re-scheduled for later in the season.
Thanks are due to members who have planned and led rides so far this season and to those who have offered rides between now and the end of October.
Eight members enjoyed a few days of fairly strenuous touring in the western Peak District in June, which mainly coincided with a spell of warm, dry, weather. Thanks to Steve Buckley and Tony Richardson for organising this trip.
Finally, congratulations to Phil Gordon who successfully completed the Lands End – John o’ Groats ride in May.