Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Milnthorpe Returns

No not a Kent Valley road clubs version of Star wars but round 14 of the KVRC time trial championships.
 A near perfect summers day finally descended again upon the South Lakes giving lovely warm sunny summer conditions for the evenings proceedings, and with the points top three in the current standings the action was surely going to be hotting up.
George Wharton again put in another outstanding performance finishing ahead of both his nearest rivals in the KVRC points classification, with Chris Dixon and Duncan Orme coming closely behind.
      Top female rider  Amanda Howard put in another great performance despite dropping a chain and losing vital seconds against the clock still managed a very respectable time 25:30.

Thanks again to all marshals and time keepers 
further details of club rides and time trials can be found at

Sunday, 24 July 2016

The Short & Long

8am and the drizzle was falling and the sky grey over Kendal this morning but the Kent Valley Club with slight change of format with two rides being organised a longer and another shorter.
An excellent turn both rides headed out together from the Kendal Leisure Centre, bound for Cartmel via Grange over Sands on the back roads of the Lyth Valley.
A slightly earlier arrival in Cartmel resulted in a lap around the hidden gems of Cartmel until the club favorite the Mallard opened.

Caffeine fuelled and not deterred by the falling rain the club split and the shorter ride headed for home via  Ayside and Witherslack.
The longer option continued on towards Newton in Cartmel, Newby Bridge, Oxen park, Bouth, before turning and heading for Kendal through Cark and Grange-Over-Sands.

Riders of all abilities and fitness are welcome 
Further details of club runs and membership is available at

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Round 12 of the KVRC club time trial championships headed back to the fast L1015 course at Levens this evening.
Thankfully the mornings version of a tropical storm passed through to leave a brilliant bright and 21 deg+ sunny afternoon , just in time for this evenings TT
Richard Bickley of Border City Wheelers took this evening victory closely followed by another excellent ride by Kent Valley's top young rider George Wharton.

Thanks again to all marshals and time keepers
 further details of time trials & club runs are available at

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Over the hills And Beyond

The South lakes again today awoke to another warm sunny summers Sunday morning , which was sure to make for a perfect club run.
The new summer time start of 8am meeting at Kendal Leisure Centre didn't deter the team of KVRC riders and guests from seizing the moment.
Kent Valley's team rolled out over the sleepy Sunday back roads out of Kendal toward Staveley and Ings then making for Troutbeck and the foot of the classic Lakeland climb of  Kirkstone.

 The Kirkstone pass was calling out for the team with its long and twisting road with a few short steeper sections to test the legs.
With the climb done and dusted the delightful well earn't descent down to the glittering waters of Ullswater and onto Pooley Bridge and its Newly rebuilt bridge, after it was destroyed by Storm Desmond last December.
A short spin away and a well earn't stop at one of KVRC's favorite north Lakes Cafe stop the Mill Yard  for a mid ride coffee and carb boost.
Refueled and buzzing with caffeine the team headed back to Kendal over Orton Scar, Tebay and back to Kendal, with a moderate headwind to finally finish off any tired legs.