Your Club Needs You!

We desperately need your help on 29th July! Some of you may have read about the Big Park Cycle Hub in the summer edition of the club’s newsletter. Cycle Seahaven benefited from the funding provided by this project which included, amongst other things, access to E- bikes, Dr Bike tool kits and loan bikes.

On Sunday, 29th July there will be a big launch at Peacehaven Big Park promoting the Hub.  The aim is to raise awareness of the cycle related activity there.

Cycle Seahaven need to be at that event to show support for the project and we need your help. The event runs from 7:30 AM to 4 PM and we need volunteers to fly the flag for Cycle Seahaven at our marquee/stand. The role simply requires you to wear a club cycle shirt (if you have one), hand out leaflets and talk to people about what we do.

The British Heart Foundation Ride is running alongside this event and they estimate that some 4000 people may attend throughout the day. This is obviously a fantastic opportunity for the club to promote itself so if you can help  (even if it’s only for a couple of hours) we’d be really grateful. If we can find enough budding Bike mechanics we may run a DR Bike session too.

If you think you can help please contact events here or leave your name on our FaceBook page to let us know what you can offer. It’s going to be a fun day (and the café at Big Park does fantastic cake).

Please lend a hand. Thank you.

Ride the Downs

‘Ride the Downs’ Health Rides

Participant Survey Cycle the Downs. Starting Wednesday 4th July Cycle Seahaven will be offering regular weekly Health Rides.  The ride will start at 7pm in Seaford, on the seafront end of Edinburgh Road (near the ice cream van) and will use the National Cycle path to Newhaven for the second pick up at 7.20pm at Denton Corner. From here we will continue along the cycle path to Peacehaven where we will have our third pick up at 8pm at The Big Park (Centenary Park). These rides are open to non-members as well as members and are part of the ‘Ride the Downs’ initiative together with South Downs National Park.

 

So if you fancy dusting off your bike, donning a helmet and joining us for a fun evening then here’s your chance. 

The rides will usually be around 10-15 miles in length and will be ridden at a very steady gentle pace.  We use cycle paths and gentle off-road tracks to get you started and help build confidence.  Ride Leaders will be on hand to offer support and advice along the way.

These rides are a great introduction to cycling the Downs so why not take the chance to enjoy the outdoors while the weather is so great.

Details of rides can be found on the website calendar.  Please contact the Ride Leader to let them know you will be coming or to ask any other questions.

Please note that all riders MUST wear a helmet and non club members will be asked to complete a registration form. To save time please download it using the link below and bring the form with you (Ride Leaders will have spare copies).

Participant Survey Cycle the Downs

We look forward to welcoming you on your first ride.

Happy cycling,

Joanne Barlow

Friday night is F F night

Friston Forest MTB starts 22nd June.

Meet at 7 pm at The Gate, just round the corner along Litlington Road. 

Helmets, good lights and knobbly tyres essential. Knee & elbow pads optional, first aid kits available.

 Be prepared for single track, craters, jumps, berms and Cardiac.  Have fun!

A great opportunity to develop your (wild side) full potential. 

For more details contact Chris Hollis on our Ride Leaders’ page http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/contactrl

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

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