NEW CHALLENGE ALERT

I think it’s fair to say that those who took part in the April challenge felt like this at times… 

EAT

SLEEP 

RIDE 

REPEAT

with work, kids and family duties thrown in between! But what a month it was! 

Congratulations to all those that completed it all and well done to all those that didn’t (but tried)…. and that was the point. It was great to read your comments on Facebook and Strava and see the encouragement offered by others. 

So what’s next….? Why not continue for as long as you can OR… up the game a bit?

If you are looking for another challenge well; Ellie’s been talking to Helen again! 

So how about some hill climbing in May?

You set your own goal. The height of Ben Nevis, 20 times up Firle Bostal, conquering that illusive hill or just beating your cycling nemesis? It’s up to you!

Instead of trying to cycle back home using the flattest route available, pick the most hilly one! It’ll be great training for summer events (like the SDW or London to Brighton).

Over to you… 

Nutrition for your Rides

On Wednesday 23rd May, Cycle Seahaven has organised a Nutritional Advice Evening for those doing 2 & 3 day SDW and L2B rides. 

Gingerfit will provide advice and samples of bars, drinks and other recovery foods to help you plan your nutrition before, during and after your rides. 

This will be held at Charles Neville Room, Community House, Meridian Centre, Peacehaven from 7 pm.  It will be a ticket only event to be booked and paid for by 14th May.  The cost to members will be £8.  Payment by cash or cheque payable to “Gingerfit”,  to Sarah Winser.  Contact Sarah Winser initially via Ride Leaders page

Please note there is a minimum number required for event to go ahead and this will be confirmed by 16th May.

Dr Bike is Back!

The Dr Bike Surgery Run by Cycle Seahaven is back for the beginning of March.

Ethos:- Bikes out of sheds and back into safe use

What we are:- 

‘Dr Bike’ is a group of cycle enthusiasts from Cycle Seahaven who want to help local people to use their bikes more. If you are not pedalling because of dodgy brakes, stiff gears, rattles, creaks or soft tyres, then bring your poorly cycle to the Cycle Seahaven Dr Bike surgery.

We are all passionate cyclists, some even have maintenance qualifications, but we will give your bike a safety check and try our hardest to get your cycle fixed, so you get back in the saddle!

What we are not :-

We do not offer a fully equipped bike repair shop – The area is fortunate to have two of these already – but we do have the skills, tools & enthusiasm to carry out basic repairs & maintenance.

Cycle Seahaven Dr Bike Activities 2018  from March to October

Seaford Council Offices / Police Station Forecourt first Saturday of the month from 10:00 – 12:15

Big Park Peacehaven third Saturday of the month from 10:00 – 12:15

Any queries or offers of help to Dr Bike via our Contact page

Touring Ride Descriptions: Improvements

Some improvements have been made to the ride descriptions of Touring rides on the Rides Calendar which, hopefully, members will find useful when considering going on any of our rides.

The ride description will now include six side-headings:

  • DISTANCE
  • REFRESHMENT STOPS
  • TERRAIN
  • ROUTE
  • CHANGES
  • RIDE LEADER

‘Route’ has always included a hyperlink to the plotted route on RWGPS (Ride With GPS). This hyperlink will now be a short filename in upper case which will be the main destination of the ride, eg BLACKBOYS E1.

Therefore, if you download the route onto your GPS cycle computer, you should easily find the route in your saved ‘Courses’; Garmin devices do not like long filenames. Don’t worry about the last two characters of the filename such as E1 as they’re just a route identity suffix.

When you look at the plotted route on RWGPS you’ll see more information about the ride, both on the map and in the column on the right-hand side. Google Streetview is available on RWGPS maps so you can do a virtual tour of the route or take a look at any parts of the route that may be unknown to you.

Our touring rides aren’t just about the cycling; the refreshment stops are a key part of our rides. Therefore, if a refreshment stop has a website, there will now be a hyperlink to it.

Also, more details will be added to our list of Refreshment Stops including Trip Advisor ratings. There will be more information in a post later this month.

TIP     To view a RWGPS map on a tablet it’s probably best to view it in landscape otherwise you may only get a description and cue sheet if viewed in portrait.

Happy cycling,

Clive

Try Before You Buy:E-bike Ride – Sat 3rd March

Cycle Seahaven has teamed up with Mr Cycles, Seaford to give you the chance to try out an e-bike for free before purchasing one.

The ride will take place on Saturday 3rd March 2018 starting 9am at Mr Cycles Shop in Seaford.  Rod Lambert will be joining the ride and will be happy to discuss the different types of bikes and answer any questions you may have and help you to put the bikes through their paces.  You will be amazed at how much fun they are to ride.

There are a number of e-bikes on offer (listed below).  The e-bikes will need to be pre-booked with Mr Cycles and riders will need to be at the shop at 8.30am in order for the bikes to be adjusted for height, etc.

The ride is open to all club and non club members and is also open to non e-bikers.  For further information please see Calendar or contact Joanne Barlow via Contact on the website.

We look forward to welcoming you on the ride.

E-Bikes available:

Hardtail

Giant Dirt-E+ 2         small

Giant Dirt-E+ 2 Pro     large

Giant Dirt-E+ 1 Pro     medium

Liv Vall-E+ 2           small

Liv Vall-E+ 1 Pro               extra small

Full-Sus

Giant Full-E+ 2         small

Giant Full-E+ 0 SX Pro  medium

 

 

 

 

Hybrid

Giant Explore-E+ 1      large

Liv Amiti-E+ 1          small

Liv Amiti-E+ 2          extra small

Trishaw comes to Seaford

Following a vote at Cycle Seahaven’s recent AGM it was agreed that we would support Cycling Without Age – Seaford to raise awareness and funds to enable them to purchase the first Trishaw for Seaford.  A fortunate visit to Cycling Without Age’s roadshow last Friday in Hassocks gave us a last minute chance to have a loan Trishaw called Annie for the week.  Jumping at the chance to promote this amazing scheme Cycle Seahaven took delivery of the Trishaw on Saturday.

Annie’s first ride out was on Sunday where we spent 3 hours down at Seaford Seafront offering rides to passers by and also to our club riders to have a go at being the pilot (rider) as well as the passenger.  Many were surprised and pleased to find that the bike is power assisted which makes it incredibly easy to ride with passengers up front.  Our volunteer passengers commented on how comfortable the ride was and how fun it felt to be up front with the wind in their hair and the fantastic views along the seafront.

It was also very noticeable the interaction between passengers and passers by who all wanted to wave and say hello.  This being a key element of the scheme – getting people back outside and feeling part of their local community once more.  A quick recharge overnight saw Annie refreshed and ready for another day on the seafront.  Once again there was a fantastic response from the general public and from the press.

Behind the scenes the club has worked very hard in a very short time to make new contacts for Pete Tattam (founder of Cycling Without Age – Seaford) and Mary Hawes (fundraiser) which has really kickstarted the fundraising and publicity.  Sussex Express also contacted us after seeing the post on facebook and will be covering the story in this Friday’s edition.  Seahaven FM also visited and taped some interviews and have been covering this on the radio all week.

Both Pete and Mary commented that they are so grateful for the support shown by the Club and feel re-energised about their project.  They are starting to believe that the purchase of a Trishaw this year may now be a real possibility.

The Trishaw is being collected this Friday however Annie will be in Broad Street, Seaford from 11am – 1pm on Friday Morning after which she has been invited to visit Old Ben Warden Assisted Homes in Seaford to give some of the residents a ride out.

If any club members would like to have a go or help us out at either venue on Friday your help would be very welcome

New Funday Ride

Some of you will have noticed that there is a new ride featuring on the calendar this Sunday, the ride entitled “Funday Ride” which will be led by Roy Francomb.

Dropping down to Bishopstone Village

The new ride is aimed to run at a level just below our Sunday Improvers ride. The Improvers group has progressed and raised the bar as to the mileage and terrain we cover, leaving a gap for a slightly lower grade ride on a Sunday.   Roy has kindly offered to run the “Funday” ride. This ride will be for those who want a slightly less challenging MTB with a coffee and cake stop on a Sunday.

Where & when possible we will try to arrange for the Funday & Improvers ride to meet up for Coffee & Cake at some point on the ride or at the end of the ride.

So if you fancy getting out on a Funday ride you can contact Roy via our ride leaders contact page.

Many thanks

Paul Sandles / Roger Lambert / Roy Francomb

Improvers / Funday Ride Leaders

A busy 1st of July!

 

Saturday, July 1 was a busy day for the club. It started a few days before with a plea for help as our usual Dr Bike ‘doctors’ were unavailable. Requests for help on the Cycle Seahaven Facebook page (and closed group page) remedied that and we ended up with more helpers than we’ve ever had previously.

The team established ourselves on the usual pitch outside Seaford Police Station and before long the first of the thirteen bike ‘casualties’ arrived. Typically these are rusty bikes that have been pulled out of sheds by their owners in the hopes they can start riding them again in the summer. The vast majority of which just require proper lubrication and safety checks (the bikes not the owners).

The team had a few punctures to contend with as well, which given the mechanical skills of one of the volunteers proved to be entertaining. Formula One this isn’t and if you’ve never seen a grown man wrestling (and losing to) a child’s pedal cycle then perhaps you should volunteer.

The next Dr Bike is in the Meridian Centre, Peacehaven on the 15th of July between 10 am and midday.

Later in the day…..

Ellie started her Women’s Festival of Cycling ride from the White Lion. She took a group on a 24-mile cross-country route through the forest and then onto the South Downs Way above Eastbourne. From there they descended into Birling Gap before returning to the forest.

Judging by the comments on Facebook this was a bit like trying to herd cats as some of the riders kept getting distracted by butterflies, caterpillars and every other living creature known to man. When not pursuing said butterflies on a bike (to get photos for a member of the group), she was trying to locate others that had wandered off. What is it about teachers and their need to misbehave when not in school? A sharp blast of the whistle and order was restored.

Once back in the forest the group were given goody bags kindly provided by Cycling UK to celebrate the festival. It appears that the ‘bum butter’ provided in little pots within the bag can be mistaken for lip salve (always read the label!).

If you didn’t know, Cycling UK’s Women’s Festival of Cycling runs for the whole of July. The aim is to encourage more ladies to ride (only 20% of UK bike riders are female). Cycle Seahaven’s ratio is 25% but as one of the ladies said yesterday it seems like more because our ladies have a tendency to be ‘vocal’.

Meanwhile…….

Mark Woodgate’s family ride started in the forest with a brilliant turnout. Parents and children assembled in the car park before peddling to the Candy Canes and then along sections of the red route, before descending down the Snow Run and Final Descent.

Some of these youngsters are going to be seriously good riders in future. If you want to encourage children to ride we thoroughly recommend you bring them along to a Family Ride (hosted on the first Saturday of every month throughout the summer starting at 2 PM).

And then………

Both rides joined up in the second car park of the forest for a picnic. Ellie’s ladies had arrived first and having erected the Cycle Seahaven gazebo they got down to the serious business of Prosecco tasting. Both groups enjoyed a picnic and Ellie’s chocolate and raspberry cheesecake, which seems to have been used as a carrot to encourage participation in both rides. The kids, with renewed energy, ran around playing football or Kubb; a Danish game which involves knocking down wooden blocks with sticks. Some of the ‘bigger kids’ also tried racing the little kids’ bikes resulting in at least one crash.

So, all in all, a great day for the club. Thank you to all those that volunteered and assisted with Dr Bike. Special thanks to Ellie and Mark for hosting and coordinating their rides so that everyone could join up for a  picnic. It was a great idea. Plans are afoot for similar events in future; details to follow on the CSH Website,  Facebook pages and Club Twitter account.

https://www.facebook.com/cycleseahaven/

https://twitter.com/Cycle_Seahaven