6-8 September 2019

Our base for the weekend will be Kendal, easy to get to and perfectly positioned at the nexus of Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire. There’s a good range of accommodation and some cracking pubs to recover in at the end of the day.

 
 

 
 

Directions

 
 

BY ROAD

From the South, leave the M6 at Junction 36 and take the A590 into Kendal. From the North, exit the M6 at Junction 37 and follow the A684 into the centre. It’s five hours from London, less than two hours from Leeds or Manchester. Honestly, with Google Maps, it shouldn’t be that hard.

BY TRAIN

The super-fast (sometimes) Virgin Trains West Coast line connecting London and Glasgow stops at Oxenholme, the Lake District. Remember to book your bike on the train as there’s only 6 or so places available. From Oxenholme it may be easier to go directly to your accommodation, or take a four minute ride on the TransPennine Express Lakes Line to Kendal station.

 

Where to stay

We’ve hand-picked the best of the local hotels and B&Bs, located conveniently for the start and finish lines. All serve a fine cooked breakfast and offer car parking and secure bike storage.

Note: these are not the actual hotels, just placeholders for the time being.

 
 
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£75 / night

The County Hotel

This is just a random example of a small hotel in the middle of the town. Family-friendly with a really good breakfast. They will let you take your bikes up to the rooms and it’s just 1.5km from the sports centre where we’ll be meeting up.

Mention the Tour of the Roses to secure one of the rooms we’ve reserved.

 
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£90-£110 / night

The Punchbowl Inn

This is a description of the Punchbowl Inn. It’s basically a pub with really nice rooms and you can drink beer. They have a lock-up garage where you can store your bikes. It’s a bit further from the morning meetup place so earlier starts for you.

Mention the Tour of the Roses to secure one of the rooms we’ve reserved.

 
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£55-£70 / night

The Kendal Travelodge

This is an example budget option for people who want to focus mostly on cycling and are happy with a big comfy bed at the end of the day. They will store bikes in a private downstairs room. Great buffet breakfast, free parking and 2km from the start.

Mention the Tour of the Roses to secure one of the rooms we’ve reserved.

 
 
 

 

Meeting up

This is where we’ll be meeting in the mornings and socialising over beers at the end of each day. Evening dinners are optional - there’s no obligatory attendance or forced fun.

 
 
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MEETING

Kendal Sports Centre

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EATING

An example swanky restaurant

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DRINKING

The Fleece Inn

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Handy places

Here we’re going to add a recommended bike shop, maybe someone offering sports massage/physio, maybe some other local attractions to take in. The Beatrix Potter museum anyone? What else would be useful?

 
 
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Mechanicals

Fabricated Bike Shop

This is absolutely not a bike shop that currently exists in Kendal. But we’ll locate the one closest to the meeting point and add a link right here.

 
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bio-mechanicals

Qualified Physio

We’ll find someone local who’s happy to do some sports massage at a discount and also to tend to any physical niggles that occur.

 
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beverages

Brewery Tour

Maybe this is something we could consider as an extra little excursion, depending on numbers. You might want to buy beer to take home with you.