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Where we tell you all about our favourite rides and routes

October 3, 2019

We sponsored the inaugural The Struggle Hill Climb in 2019, put on brilliantly by the Barrow Central Wheelers and The Lakes Road clubs to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance team. 

We might have got a bit excited. Ellen was there to capture the moment as our b...

March 1, 2019

It's one of those things for our little brand - getting out for a ride isn't always easy. 

Last Saturday, at the end of an unseasonably clement February week, one of us was out smashing the first TT of the season and then collecting her medal for winning the NWCCA cross...

October 12, 2018

Every now and then, someone contacts us to tell us about a recent adventure in the Cold Dark North.

There's no real definition to where the Cold Dark North starts and finishes - we like to think of it as North of Preston and South of Carlisle. From Whitehaven in the We...

August 17, 2018

Over this long hot summer we've been drawn further North into the beautiful empty Eden Valley, the Northern Lakes and the North Pennines. These lovely lands are punctuated with a variety of hills with which riders can test themselves - some long and gentle, others shor...

May 11, 2018

As you may have heard, we love to help our fellow riders with crazy challenges. Especially when they combine a relentless pursuit of new roads and they don't stipulate "flat" as a criteria!

Our friend Toby Willis approached us and asked if we'd help him plan a 300km Au...

April 6, 2018

After being forced to change the venue from the traditional Capernwray circuit owing to the bridge on the course being closed, we were treated to a feast of top level racing on Easter Saturday in both the Men's and Women's races. Here are a few of our favourite images...

April 6, 2018

If you're anything like me you'll know the anguish of not being able to vary a ride beyond an out-and-back. I'll go to ludicrous lengths to add some sort of spurious loop into a ride so that it's not just a straight line there and back.

Wherever "there" is and no matter...

March 10, 2018

The Lune RCC Coal Road Challenge 2018

Before the Beast from the East arrived in the first week of March 2018, we were treated to ten beautiful (if freezing) dry days in the Cold Dark North. The forecast for the 10th annual running of the Lune RCC's Coal Road Challenge w...

December 18, 2017

Our Christmas Special "Cold Dark Rides" features a true don in the world of climbing up hills on a bicycle.

Mr Simon Warren is a friend of the Cold Dark North who cemented his place in our hearts when he (finally) released the (final) edition of his series of guides to...

December 15, 2017

Our fifth "Cold Dark Rides" takes on the unfamiliar fringes of Lancashire and Yorkshire in the Dales and the Forest of Bowland. These roads are characterised by the same beauty and savagery as The Lakes, but are often quieter and less well known. James catches the eye...

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