2B Big Park Circuit

Just about got away with the rain today – odd showers but nothing too serious. 10 of us set off from the White Lion and soon after hitting the sea front were passed by the Sportive group on its way to Fletching. Looked like another busy day on the calendar.

We were led out by Roy for the first of his Ride Leader ‘qualifiers’. He ‘distributed’ his other ride leaders among the group and got on with it. It’s to his credit that the ride was relaxed and uneventful. We did our usual spin along OET before cutting along Elphick Road to the river and via the steady climb up Valley Road (no one had to resort to the walking gear) to the park and coffee; lots of chat and some decisions about future rides were made. we have a Plan A involving a loop through Friston Forest on 9th October and a Plan B still under development but probably involving ‘aspects’ of Bopeep if the weather’s too slippy.

We looped back through Peacehaven and eventually down Gibbon Road and back along OET to the seafront where we went our separate ways.

My Garmin appears to be having a sulk and won’t tell the laptop how far we went or how quickly. I estimate 14 miles at an average of 7 MPH with maybe 500  feet of climbing…?

PLEASE NOTE – no 2B ride next week. Our next ride will be on 9 October ’16 – please keep an eye on the calendar.

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PEDAL in PRESTON PARK, BRIGHTON

Saturday 15 October – 12 Noon till 4.30pm

A fantastic fun filled sponsored bike ride for all the family raising money for Martlets and Motor Neurone Disease Association. Registration costs £5 (under 16s) £12 (over 16s) Enter Pedal in Preston Park online at Eventbrite

This event, now in its 7th year has so far raised over £80,000 for its nominated charities since 2010.

Pedal in Preston Park (Pedal) was created by the family of Rachel Evans-Milne following her death in 2009, aged 44, from Motor Neurone Disease (MND). The first Pedal took place in the autumn of 2010 hosted by Preston Park Youth Cycle Club (PPYCC) and supported by VC Jubilee. Since then it has established itself as a great addition to the local fundraising event calendar.

Cycle Seahaven are totally supportive of this event and urge our members to book online with Eventbrite to participate in this worthy fundraising day. We have over 100 Cycle Seahaven Jerseys out there and it would be good to see many of you sporting our colours for such a good cause.

Denis Bass

3C MTB Sunday Morning Ride Report

8am Sunday morning, not a natural time of the day, saw 11 of us congregate at the White Lion (outside!). It was great to see some of the regular Sunday riders but even more pleasing to see 4 members who were stepping up the normal level of their rides from some of our beginner/improver rides. Continual, unhurried development of riders is so important to the clubs ethos.

The route was to take us out to Friston Forest where we would climb through the trees to join the Old Willingdon Road. The Blustery conditions meant we flew along the seafront to the forest. After a suitable amount of “Property Envy” along the Old Willingdon Road we continued to Butts Brow where the grassy decent into Jevington is much more pleasant than the South Downs Way decent.

It was at Jevington that the ride got a bit more interesting…. a rider, nothing to do with the club, was seen disappearing up the SDW so six of the group followed, thinking he was with us. Unfortunately we were due to go through the village to pick up the Wealdon Way, Opps! There was a bit of a break till the next 5 reached the junction, as a call of nature had been attended to, so we got split up. After a quick phone call the “Rogue group” continued up the SDW to rejoin the intended route at Windover Hill, while the rest of us continued onto Wealdon Way. What a great way to get around to the Cuckmere Valley this is. A bit technical for short parts and probably no good in the wet but the views are breathtaking.

All back together at the gate at Chapel Hill and a quick dash through Alfriston only left the lovely Fight Club climb to conquer, before annoying the golfers as we crossed their very lovely fairways (on the bridleway) to return to the White Lion for a well deserved pint or two!

So ride that started as a hard 3C certainly turned into a 4C for some, but those riders who were progressing through the levels had no issues at all, sometimes it’s just a matter of confidence.

–  Dave Barlow

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The South Downs Way above Jevington (rogue route)

 

Longman

Riding underneath the Long Man from Folkington to Alfriston (the planned route)

 

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Waiting to cross the road at Deans Place, Alfriston, to head up the bridleway to Rathfinny

 

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Taking a breather at the T-junction to Flint Barns on the Rathfinny Estate

 

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Rathfinny Estate vineyard

 

Final Drop to Seaford

Final drop to Seaford from Blatchington golf course

 

Click here for Andy Lock’s GPS video of our route: https://www.relive.cc/view/700106273

 

2b to the Gates – BP Beckons

7 of us this morning did the Firle Road, round the back, sheep field and up to (almost) Bopeep route. Not a quick ride but ample stops for refining bike adjustments with Paul and some skills practice. It was interesting this morning how some of us found how different bikes can feel ‘better’ and instil confidence on the slopes – especially where good brakes and tyres are concerned and the right seat height. It’s also easy to take some things for granted – eg. so we spent a little time chatting about and demo’ing starting off on hills. More of that to come.

On our return, the sloping sheep field after the double gate provided a grassy, open space for practicing the ‘ready’ (‘attack’) position. It was interesting to hear how standing with slightly flexed knees and dropped heels is akin to some of the skills taught in horse riding for balancing the horse…!  Who knew?

We put some of the new skills in to practice on the way back to the Salts cafe, where the coffee break was at least sheltered – a shortish, slowish but really enjoyable ride.

Next week, Peacehaven… and beyond! PP RIDE 2016-09-04 001

Roger & Paul