Ride Report – Brighton Races – 4C

Thirteen intrepid riders set out form the White Lion at 8am on Sunday morning, 20th March. It was a breezy day and just warm enough for shorts, but only if you also wore a few layered tops.

We took the Ouse Estuary trail from Seaford to Newhaven, then the cycle track past Denton Island and onto the Jolly Boatman. A nice flat warm-up to get the legs and heart going. The long, slow, gentle climb along Newhaven’s Valley Road is a club favourite, and is a way of getting to Peacehaven on quieter roads. After a final short/sharp climb up to the A259 cycle track we road through the Big Park and up to Telscombe Road. We then go to the bridleways that took us on to Woodingdean and the lovely new cycle track down ‘The Drove’ to Brighton racetrack. The descent to Brighton Marina was long and fast, and a terrific reward for all the height we gained.

A short stop for coffee (free refills) and cake at Weatherspoons was a bargain at only £2.75. Suitably refreshed we rode the lovely undercliff route back to Saltdean. The warmth of the pub was a stark contrast to the cold wind. Was a Seaford morning really that much warmer than a Brighton afternoon, or had we got too cosy in the pub? The short and steep climb up from the underfcliff is always a shock, but it was over quickly. That left us with a very scenic ride along the cliff top through Peacehaven and up The Highway past Rushey Park. We descended Upper Valley Road right back down to Valley Road to return to Seaford via Valley Road – the same way we had started out.

Another great ride with lovely company.

Route map and timings: https://www.strava.com/activities/521935913

Brighton races

Brighton races

Mind the puddles

Mind the puddles

Jelly babies

Jelly babies

Cliff Top, Peacehaven

Cliff Top, Peacehaven

Smile for the camera

Smile for the camera

Steep descent

Steep descent