Sunday MTB – Ride Report 21st Dec 2014

Our Sunday beginner ride looked like it was going to be a wet one,  but the short,  sharp shower ended before we set off. We took our usual route from Seaford’s Martello Tower to Corsica Road and Chyngton Road. We continued Eastwards along the length Chyngton Way before heading towards the A259 crossing at the top of Chyngton Lane. The bridleway from the A259 to the Alfriston Road was a bit slippery in places,  but we took it nice and easy.  Even though we were riding at a beginners pace we made good time to the northernmost point of Blatchington Golf Course before heading back to the top of Firle Road via the bridleway that bisects the golf course.  In fact we had made such good time we all agreed to divert to Grand Avenue and down Hill Rise to stop at Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club on Marine Parade for coffee and bacon sarnies (I had eggs benedict – very good it was,  too).

Another brilliant ride with plenty of laughter along the way.

Next Sunday’s ride (Dec 28th) is an intermediate one from The White Lion to the Forest,  where we try one of the easier and drier trails.

Seaford Seafront Cycling to be made permanent.

Cycle Seahaven are thrilled that the people of Seaford have supported cycling on the seafront with such a resounding majority in favour of the scheme. The survey results are conclusive with 83% of those interviewed saying they were happy to for the trial to be made permanent. This is excellent news for young,  inexperienced or less able people who were looking for somewhere flat and safe to cycle. There have been no reported incidents,  and levels of cycling remain unchanged since the ‘Share With Care’ scheme was adopted. We are pleased to see that good natured sharing of this wonderful resource is something that comes naturally to the residents and visitors of our seaside town.

Thanks to Seaford Town Council and East Sussex County Council for making this happen.

If you want to read more about the approval meeting details then go to the ESCC website here: http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/yourcouncil/about/committees/meetingpapers/cabinettransport/2014/15december.htm

Christmas Pub Ride Report – 18th Dec

 

Twelve riders made the 16-mile round trip between Seaford and Jevington, via the fire-roads in the valley of Friston Forest. The warm weather and lack of rain helped ensure we had another fun ride out to the Eight Bells, where we stopped for a few drinks and plenty of laughs. The costumes were great and we certainly confused the locals as Christmas characters (all on bikes) descended on their quiet pub. Christmas carols were sung on the way back through the forest, accompanied by Christmas music. We all went back to a house for a few more drinks and nibbles to round off the evening – another fantastic night with great company.

 

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Sunday MTB – Ride Report 6th Dec 2014

The day started with a slight drizzle as we struck out from the Martello Tower for a circuit of Seaford, but conditions soon cleared up for the rest of the day which remained dry but overcast. Ten of us went Eastwards along Chyngton Road/Way then North up Chyngton Lane to the Alfriston Road. We soon made it to Blatchington Golf Course where we stopped to discuss route options. The ride was intended for beginners but that morning we comprised entirely of more experienced riders,  so the decision was taken to ride to Southease for coffee. At the Courtyard café the fancy hot chocolate (whipped cream and marshmallows) went down a treat, as did the cakes and ham & cheese croissants. We returned on the Eastern banks of the river Ouse which we found a little bit tougher than the Western banks due to a few narrower sections and more stiles.

An 18 mile round trip with the usual giggles and jokes.

Catching a breather by Firle Beacon

Catching a breather by Firle Beacon