Touring Ride to the Velo Café on Tuesday, 10 Dec 2013

Cyclists in the Velo Cafe

Cyclists in the Velo Cafe

Five members cycled to Brighton today to visit the recently opened eco-friendly café with a cycling theme. Called the ‘Velo Café’,  it’s completely different to any other café I’ve ever been in. In fact it’s a bit like having a coffee in a cycle shop as you can have your bike serviced there,  watch a large TV screen showing the Tour de France and buy inner tubes,  bells,  water bottles and the like. And,  the coffee is good too!

CLICK HERE to go the Velo Café’s website.

This is one of those cafés,  like Wessons at Horam,  which I’m sure will become a regular destination for our ‘Touring’ cycle rides. It’s a round trip of 30 miles from the Martello Tower in Seaford using,  mostly,  National Cycle Route 2. It’s a super route apart from the messy bit through Newhaven. However, on our return trip we cycled from the A259 to the Lewes Rd (C7) via Valley Rd which is described in Andy Lock’s post of 9 December ‘A259 Improvements between Newhaven and Peacehaven’. It’s much better than any other route I know through Newhaven so will certainly use it again.

I’m sure it won’t be too long before we repeat this ride to the Velo Café in Brighton. Next time, we’ll do it on a Sunday morning so more cyclists can join us.

Happy cycling,

Clive

Exceat Hill alternative now open

The proposed alternative cycle route from Exceat Bridge to Chyngton Lane is now open. Cyclists can now avoid the busy A259 climb into Seaford from the Golden Galleon pub. Unfortunately the surface of this newly opened alternative is not suitable for road bikes.

Cyclists still have to contend with the narrow bridge and the narrow section of A259 up to the Pump Barn at Seven Sisters Visitor Centre, but this is an excellent addition to NCN2.

Google map link: http://goo.gl/maps/KQIfE

Cycle Seahaven have worked with Sustrans for a number of years to get this route opened, and we continue to push for more cycle routes in Seaford, Newhaven and Peacehaven. If you have any ideas for cycle routes then please get in touch on our contacts page, or add a comment below.

Previous news: http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/exceat/

Entering the Golden galleon carpark from the A259

Entering the Golden galleon carpark from the A259

Hidden signage

Hidden signage

The gate in the Golden Galleon carpark heading South

The gate in the Golden Galleon carpark heading South

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2C FRISTON FRIDAY NIGHT RIDE / VIDEO 29/11

Hi Great ride again, the trails were a lot drier than last week but still very hard to follow in places due to leafs on the ground. We were 4 of us in the 2c with more riders in the 3/4c. We were out for under an hour and did 8mls with a moving time of 1.13mn,
Here a small video of our evening ride. http://youtu.be/Fh7xjzS9oQU
Luc