|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) Group 1
Co-ordinator : Paula Hudson
Several times a month – Mondays/Tuesdays/Wednesdays or Fridays.
Easy Rides (very occasional) : 15 to 20 miles – mainly flat with few hills – leisurely pace.
Moderate Rides : 15 to 28 miles – more hills (some steep) – steady pace.
One of our members is offering a couple of shorter Easy rides on a Thursday or Friday during August. They would average about 15 miles, with a later start than normal (e-bikes are welcome). Please contact me if you are interested. If these rides prove to be popular, there is a possibility that a new Group may be established to cater for these shorter Easy rides.
CYCLING (Social) Group 2
Co-ordinators : Phil Gordon and Martin Hudson.
Several times a month – Mondays/Tuesdays/Wednesdays or Fridays.
Moderate/Strenuous Rides : 25 to 35 miles – longer with more hills and climbs – steady pace.
Strenuous Rides : 35 to 50 miles – longer hills with steep climbs – fast pace.
Long Rides (for fitter riders) : 50 to 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.
At the time of writing, at the end of June, the total number on our rides has been significantly higher than at the same stage in 2017. This is almost certainly thanks to an abnormally good spell of weather lasting several weeks during May and June, and also because membership (of both Groups) has been steadily increasing for some time.
Thanks are due to those 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.
Recently 16 of our members enjoyed 5 days of fairly strenuous cycling based at Llangollen. This trip included an ascent of the Horseshoe Pass, a ride between Lakes Bala and Vyrnwy, and a circuit of Cader Idris. The weather and countryside were perfect for cycling, with many members commenting that it was some of the best cycling they had ever experienced. There were reports of tired legs after many of the climbs, but a number of excellent descents and the attractive scenery made the effort worthwhile. Thanks are due to Bill Leece for organising this trip.
Finally, congratulations are due to Alan Lovett who, to celebrate a ‘significant birthday’, recently rode from Kendal Town Hall to Venice, a distance of about 2000 km.
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.