Your Club Needs You!

We desperately need your help! 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

Summer Newsletter

The summer issue of our quarterly newsletter has been emailed to all members. It’s a 14-page issue, more pages than usual, which includes articles ranging from cycling in France to the South Downs Way plus articles on Ladies rides, a campaign relaunch etc, as well as a message from the Chair (Guy Reynolds). 

If you haven’t received the newsletter then please contact Denis Bass (Treasurer) who will send you a copy. He can be contacted through the Contact Us page on the website.

Happy reading

Clive

Our Charity 2018 Cycling without Age

Following a vote at Cycle Seahaven’s 2018 AGM it was agreed that we make Cycling Without Age – Seaford  our Designated Charity in order to raise awareness and funds to enable them to purchase the first Trishaw for Seaford.  A fortunate visit to Cycling Without Age’s roadshow soon after gave us a chance to have a loan Trishaw called Annie for the week.  

Annie’s first ride out was on a 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 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 and  Seahaven FM also carried details of the venture.

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

Help us to help you (carry an I.C.E card).

There has been some interesting debate in the club recently about data protection and ride leader access to In Case of Emergency (ICE) details. If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident or suffer a medical episode we may need to contact a nominated person to advise them on your whereabouts (or to recover your bike). Ride leaders have been provided with ICE cards for you to complete and carry when out riding. If you haven’t already completed one please ask a ride leader to provide you with one. It would assist us greatly (and save time) if you could get into the habit of routinely carrying the card on club rides. Help us to help you!

 

Claremont Green, anyone?

Refreshment Stops Revisited

Looking for a good place to stop on your cycle ride for some rest and refreshment? If so, take a look at the list of refreshment stops that the tourers use on their rides.

It’s recently been revised to include only those which we consider local in touring terms so they’re all in Sussex plus a few on the western side of Kent. Those further away such as in the Seine-Maritime department of France have been deleted but will appear in a future list which may prove useful to cyclists staying in Dieppe.

This revised list comprises thirty refreshment stops of which the ten we most frequently visit are as follows:

The Refreshment List is a Google Map showing the location of each of the thirty places.

Happy cycling,

Clive

Our Chosen Charity 2016/17

Our chosen charity for 2016-2017 was the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance. We received this letter  and certificate from them.

Dear all at Cycle Seahaven

Your fantastic fundraising achievement of £1,220.00 raised over the past year will help us to save lives. Thank you!

You may be aware that it costs in excess of £6.5million each year to continue our life-saving work, so we truly value every contribution.

Together with your previous donations totalling £261.70, you have raised an amazing total of £1,481,70. This money could fund aircraft fuel for fourteen missions. You are helping to ensure that our crews can keep providing the very best care every minute of the day, for those who really need it.

None of us ever know when we, our family, friends or community may need to depend on this vital service which is why your support is so important to us.

Thank you once again. Yours sincerely

Lynne Harris

Director of Income Generation

 

 

Easy Touring Rides

 

Would you like to cycle along the country lanes of East Sussex at a comfortable touring pace but without having to climb any major hills; in other words do you prefer cycling on flattish terrain. If so, you’re in luck!

Cyclists touring along the Cuckoo Trail

For a trial period of about a couple of months, many of our Tuesday touring rides will incorporate shorter, flatter routes. The first one will be next Tuesday, 13 March, starting and finishing at the lay-by on Station Rd opposite Arlington Reservoir. The route distance is 11 miles and will include a café stop at Muddles Green, about the halfway point.

Our thinking is that this ‘Easy Touring’ type of ride will appeal to those cyclists who have retired (baby boomers?) and also younger members, if they can arrange some mid–week time off, who want to keep fit and healthy by doing a few miles of cycling each week on routes that won’t prove arduous to cycle along. (We are considering something similar for weekends).

Full details are on the Rides Calendar which includes links to the plotted route on a map and to the cafe’s website. If you’d like more information then please don’t hesitate to contact one of us through our Ride Leader Contact page.

Happy cycling,

Clive Aberdour and Dave Sutton

(Touring Ride Leaders)