Saturday saw the most successful Cycle Seahaven Easter Egg Ride yet. Seventy one riders of all ages joined in the ride in Friston Forest and our thanks go to Mark Woodgate and his team who organised the event. It was also the first event to use the newly acquired Club Trailer. We’ll let the pictures speak for themselves:
Saturday 15th April we will hold our hugely popular Annual Family Forest Easter Egg Ride.
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A clear bright, if not very cold Sunday morning saw 13 of us leaving Seaford heading towards Newhaven on the Ouse Estuary Trail. Upon reaching Newhaven we were joined by another rider taking our number to 14, a great turn out on such a cold morning. The cold frosty morning meant the grassy trails along the riverbank to Piddinghoe were solid and easier to ride. A quick hop on the C7 saw us arrive at Deans Farm and the start of Valley road taking us to the back of Peacehaven. Due to some of the group venturing out on the own rides, I took the opportunity at certain points to advise where we were and possible alternative routes that maybe taken. Our coffee stop this week was the café at the Big Park in Peacehaven, which was very welcome, in order to de-frost our fingers & toes. Feeling refreshed and de-frosted we head towards the A259 and up & over the Highway, dropping down to & along the Quay side in Newhaven before returning to Seaford via the Ouse Estuary Trail. As always on our beginners rides assistance and advice was offered to less experienced riders in order to boost their confidence and enjoyment whilst on our rides. Well done to all riders that came along today, and to Roy for assisting me leading the ride this morning.
Ride report for Sunday’s 2B ride on Sunday 3rd July.
6 of us – Barry, Tim, Becky, Roy, Paul and Roger rode a loop around Seaford this morning at an average of about 8 MPH, with a mix of mostly minor roads and off-road single track. And with some lovely weather to boot!
From Firle Drive we cut through The Ridings to the perimeter off-road bit round the eastern edge of town that borders the national park, along some gentle ascents and descents and down to the Alfriston road. We decided to give the VERY overgrown track that leads to the A259 a miss and looped through the estate to the Eastbourne Road. Then via Chyngton Way, and around the farm track, we aimed for a short coffee stop at Seaford Head golf club – the views were sublime! we came back along the seafront, where the Newhaven Lifeboat was ‘parked’ at the beach as part of a display. And back to the White Lion.
We plan to repeat this, or rides very like it, for the next few Sundays in order to give riders a chance to practice some off-roading. We can gradually extend the ride with some interesting loops and slightly more technical stuff at a pace to suit the group.
Paul Sandles & Roger Lambert
Each Ride Leader can be contacted from our website at http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/contactrl/
Last night we had 25 riders of widely varying ages and abilities congregate on The Flying Fish, some joining us en-route from as far away as Polegate. It was great to see some newcomers to Thursday’s regular pub ride: welcome to Lou and her son Cam (13), Alan, Steve, and Fergus.
A number of members and guests rode over from Newhaven via the Ouse Estuary Trail (the walking and cycling track between Newhaven and Seaford), so they had already completed half of the ride and wouldn’t need to join us on the return journey after the pub. We set out on the 4-mile ride from The White Lion, a popular meeting place for our rides, and headed en-masse along Belgrave Road towards the mini roundabout, turning left up Firle Road. After about 250 meters we waited for everyone to re-group before turning left along the bridleway that goes past Costcutters on Princess Drive, continuing a straight line onto Grand Avenue where we stopped again to regroup and catch our breath.
One of the benefits of using quiet bridleways is that it’s easy to stop just about anywhere without fear of blocking the way for motor vehicles, and we always put this benefit to good use on our easier rides where we need to stop regularly to allow everyone to keep together. It’s much more fun in a big group, and the faster riders know it’s an easy ride so are happy to wait and encourage new riders.
The route into Bishopstone was along Silver Lane, passing the long flint wall to our left which is embedded with the Pelham family badges (a diamond shape and a buckle, click for Historical info), before the descent to St Andrews Church.
The above map of the bridleway between Firle Road and Bishopstone is from the East Sussex rights of way map, which can be viewed here: http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/leisureandtourism/countryside/rightsofway/rightsofwaymap/LargeMap.htm
After another breather we turned right along the quiet road towards Poverty Bottom pumping station. With a tarmac surface all the way to Norton, this road turns into a bridleway with a short but steep climb to the top of Cantercrow Hill. Once at the top crossroads we all stopped for another breather before heading downhill to the pub.
The above map of the bridleway between Norton and The Flying Fish is again from the East Sussex rights of way map.
Once at the pub we were treated to huge plates of superbly roasted potatoes and gravy, all supplied free to the riders courtesy of the Pub. The roasties didn’t last long enough for pictures to be taken of them.
On the return journey we waved goodbye to the Newhaven-based riders who didn’t have far to get home. The rest of us rode along the Ouse Estuary Trail to Seaford and The White Lion where the ride ended – but the evening’s laughter continued.
Next week’s ride is to the Eight Bells in Jevington. Twice as far but still a gentle pace.
With the traditional starting point at the White Lion, Seaford, there was a very relaxed start to this ride a feeling that the lighter evenings are finally here and we would be riding all of the outward leg in glorious sunshine to the Plough and Harrow, Littlington. Even Roger with a puncture before the start couldn’t dampen our spirits and we were soon ready to go.
Along with the regular faces we were joined by a new face Sirous, and it was good to see Alan and Richard again now becoming regulars. 17 rides at the start swelled to 19 en-route riding up Blatchington Hill, then wiggling through the residential streets of Seaford, (where are we !) to burst out in a lovely field of yellow rape. Now as ride leader I had said there will be no mechanical issues on my ride, Debbie may not have been listening as at this point her chain broke !! Never fear as Debbie and her bike where engulfed in a throng of eager mechanics !!!
What a glorious ride north up the field dotted with large white balls of wool, riding carefully to avoid small brown balls produced by the big woolly ones ! Then down a now dry and much improved track down to the High and Over Alfriston Road. Feeling confident to cross the road and ride to the river we were treated with another fantastic view down the Cuckmere meanders to the Sea. At the bottom of the hill our last obstacle was a dried ditch with a plank on one side. This did prove an obstacle but also a lesson in controlled falling!
Reaching the Plough and Harrow came the toughest decision of the evening! Is it warm enough to sit outside?? This split the group but a good time was had by all, including sending a good will group photo to Jo Barlow on her riding adventure.
Now with MY hardest task of the evening it was time to tear everyone away from the bar for the return trip, (what did Elle call me?). With lights a blazing we ride along the road to the Golden Gallon….. ow.. I mean Cuckmere Inn with some of the group diving into the forest at the Gate to the main car park. How we love the hill back into Seaford but it is so much faster now it is dry and the lovely roll back into Seaford.
If the summer continues like this I can see this ride and this group getting bigger and bigger 🙂
Ricki trainee ride leader
PUB RIDE TO THE 8 BELLS AT JEVINGTON.
Even after only a few days some of the details of my first ride as ride leader are a bit hazy; nothing to do with the fact that this was a pub ride of course. As usual the banter and the jokes were mostly in the dreadful taste we’ve all come to know and love. Although conditions were dry, and it was great to set off in daylight.
13 riders started as usual from the White Lion at 7pm – I very soon realized that the pub ride is much like herding cats as the ‘line’ broke into friendly little groups all at different speeds and some on slightly different routes – by the time we arrived at the 8 Bells there were 19 of us. There had been no more than 14 of us for 99pc of the ride – this involved a lot of counting, and recounting to allow for the late arrivals and to make sure we didn’t lose anyone – fat chance! Our ages ranged from 20 to over 70, and it was a pleasure to see Cycle Seahaven’s minutes secretary, Tony, out for his first ever Thursday night ride. And a big thank you to Mickey and Gus for their role as ‘sweepers’.
The ride covered 27Kms at a very respectable average of 14 KPH, according to my Garmin. 12 of us stayed on for ‘lemonade and crisps’ at the White Lion on our return, after the ride had finished. It was a blast!
Roger Lambert – Chair
Another early morning start for our regular bi-weekly beginners ride from the Martello Tower in Seaford. We take mainly the same route each time with a few minor variations so we all get to know the route very well. A great way to learn some of the back ways around the town. This morning we set off with nine riders to ride anti-clockwise around the perimeter of Seaford on bridleways and quiet roads. Well, that was the plan anyway. On the bridleway between Eastbourne Road and Alfriston Road we had a puncture so we all parked up to carry out a trail-side repair. After the job was almost complete we found another puncture, then another. Nine punctures in total and we’d only been riding for 25 minutes and covered a leisurely 2.5 miles. A passing walker informed us thsat the hedgerows has been cut back, so there were lots of thorns on the rest of the route we had intended to take. 90 minutes later we had all tubes repaired so continued along the roads to avoid yet more hawthorn. Six minutes later we had another flat, but this was fixed in record time (new tube & CO2 inflator, rather than patch & pump). We continued on the back-roads and seafront to finish at the Salts Café for refreshments. Six and a half miles in 3 hours. That must be some kind of record!
On leaving the café we repaired another puncture – the twelfth of the day. Tip – avoid the bridleway between Alfriston Road and Eastbourne Road, unless you want to practice puncture repair in the cold and wet.
The usual good company and giggles helped make this ride memorable for the right reasons.
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.