The South Lakes Premier Cycling Club

Kent Valley Road Club

The Kent Valley Road Club was formed in 1928 with the object of promoting all forms of cycling activity and to foster the spirit of comradeship and good fellowship amongst all members and fellow cyclists.

Today the KVRC promotes club time trials from April until September, including events south of Milnthorpe and on the Levens to Lindale stretch of the A590 varying from 10 to 25 miles plus 2 monthly hilly events. In addition, the club stages four open time trials, two on Levens one up the A6 to Shap summit and one on the circuit of Wild Boar Fell, and two road races on the Old Hutton circuit east of Kendal.

With growing interest in the cyclo-sportive branch of cycling in mind, the club now jointly organises the 3CC events (check out the 3CC link on this web page) and organises a winter series of lanequests from suitable hostelries in the surrounding area.

The club encourages riders of all standards and aspirations. We have nearly 100 members but newcomers - of either gender - are always welcome to come along and join in. The object of the club in 1928 is exactly the same today!

Latest Club News

Mon 21 September, 2015 – 4:17 pm | by admin

An almost full field of 58 riders from all over England and Wales will line-up for our Bob Swailes Memorial Road Race on the Old Hutton Circuit, on Sunday. The six-lap 54-mile race starts at 10am and, in addition to overall result, there is a King of the Mountains points award for the climb of Barkin House hill. If you can’t stay long enough to help marshal the race please turn out to watch but take care not to obstruct the Old Hutton to Old Town road. Richard B
The Kent Valley Road Club Present The Bob Swailes Memorial Road Race Held on September 27th, 2015
Chief Commissaire—Yoav Zabor.
Assistant Commisaire-Daniel Zabor
Lead Car-Chris Barron
Chief Judge-Geoff Newcombe
Prime Judge- Bill Greenhalgh
First Aid- Anthony Artinstall

Course Details
Turn left out of H/Q and carry on to T junction, turn right and proceed to crossroads. Turn left and carry on via Holmescales to crossroads at Hutton Gate(M) (start of circuit). Turn right onto B6254 and carry on to start/finish area at Barking House( Event will be neutralised to this point. Carry on to junction with unclassified road at Oldtown (M). Turn acute left and carry on to T junction at Swarther(M) Turn left and carry on to T junction at Black Esset (M) Bear left and carry on to rejoin B6254 at Hutton Gate(M). Turn left onto B6254 and carry on to start /prime /finish point at Barking House. Complete a further 5 laps

We have a couple of riding stables nearby, so if we meet any horses and riders, be very courteous. We will have two NEG riders on the event, so if they give any safety instructions, obey them.
No Litter please, we have had a couple of complaints about gel wrappers/bags thrown on the circuit in the past


Kent Valley/Giant Store Kendal Winter Lanequest dates and venues for the 2015/16 series.

Thu 17 September, 2015 – 4:36 pm | by admin

This year’s edition of the 2015/16 Winter Lanequest Series, starts on the 5th October and then will run every first Sunday of the month through to march 2016. For those not sure what a lanequest is, its simply a 2-hour timed event where you have a maximum of 30 check points to navigate around. Each checkpoint carries either 10, 20 or 30 points and the idea is to get as many points as possible in the 2 hours. The idea is we use quiet traffic-free roads whenever possible. It’s a fun event that can be ridden as an individual or can be completed as a team.

9am until 10am, start between 10am and 10.30am.
Entry fee £10 for KV and BMBO members, £11 for the rest.
Entry fee includes event insurance, laminated map and food afterwards.
Time limit 2 hours.
Pre-enter via email,
or phone Giant Store Kendal on 01539 728057

Venues are:
Longlands hotel, @ Tewitfield, 04/10/15
Punch Bowl, @ Underbarrow, 01/11/15
Eagles Head, @ Over Kellet 06/12/15
Greyhound @ Shap, 03/01/16
Swan @ Middleton, 07/02/16
Kings Arms @ Hale, 06/03/16


Bob Swailes Memorial Race 27th September 2015

Mon 14 September, 2015 – 6:33 pm | by admin

We still need three or four more marshals for our Bob Swailes Memorial Road Race on Sunday, September 27th. The race is on the Old Hutton Circuit and starts at 10am, so it will all be done and dusted by early afternoon. Please let me know if you can help. Marshals bibs provided and a cuppa afterwards at the Endmoor Village Hall HQ!

Oh, and just giving everyone advance notice that our annual awards night will be at Kendal Cricket Club on Friday, November 20th, and our annual Freewheel contest will be two days later, Sunday Nov 22nd. So plenty of food and drink might be ideal preparation for a rapid descent on the Old Town to Kirkby Lonsdale slope….