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Tools and Bike Wash installed at The Big Park

Many thanks to Lewes District Council for installing a bike wash, fix it stand, pump and drinking fountain at Peacehaven’s Big Park (Centenary Park).

With access to National Cycle Route 2, bridleways and a café, this is an excellent venue for cyclists.

 

Tools, pump and drinking fountain

Tools, pump and drinking fountain

 

Bike wash (a hose has since been fitted).

Bike wash (a hose has since been fitted).

 

Egrets Way Opening Event – Sat 14th May

A new section of the Egrets Way between the South Downs Way at Southease Bridge and Deans’ farm will be opened on Saturday 14th May.

There are cycle rides to and from the event, ebikes to try, bbq & café, and our club stand.

See our website for more details at http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/ew-open/

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

Bike Powered Cinema in the local press

The Sussex Express has an article on the outdoor cinema that Cycle Seahaven helped support. You can read the article in today’s paper (25th Sept 2015) or go online and read it here: http://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/news/county-news/first-cycle-powered-cinema-is-hailed-a-success-1-6975693

Thanks to Lesley, Jo and Dave  for running the bike trains from the Seahaven area, and to the organisers and other volunteers for putting on this great event.

Here’s where we posted the news of the event: http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/tbpc/

 

The Big Pedal 2 – Ride Report 31st January 2015

On Saturday 31st January The Big Park project organised two cycle rides to help promote the amazing work that’s going on in Peacehaven’s Big Park. Cycle Seahaven were only too happy to help with the ‘Intermediate’ ride, and Sustrans led the ‘Family’ ride.

At ten past eleven we ran a headcount and a briefing of the ride before 17 riders of all ages set off from The Big Park for the intermediate ride. The rain had eased off while we rode towards Newhaven using the quiet roads on the designated cycle route along Arundel Road. At the junction of the A259 we all crossed over the main road and headed up The Highway past Rushey Hill caravan park. This is quite a climb so we all stopped at the top to get our breath back. After a short break we headed left down Upper Valley Road, across the main road, and down into Meeching Valley –  a lovely fast descent to reward our earlier climb. The quiet residential streets along Valley Road took us towards Lewes Road Recreation Grounds and onto the beginning of the Egrets Way by Robinson Road. The river banks were very muddy and hard work for part of the route, but the scenery was stunning. The rain was still holding off and it was good to get onto the tarmac road at Southease. The original plan was to continue on the Egrets Way to Rodmell, but the tough conditions meant we had to cut the ride short and take the more direct road route. The easy, flat road was a joy to ride on after the muddy river banks, but it soon started its climb out of the valley and up Gorhams Lane to Telscombe Village, crossing the C7 on the way. This is almost 300 feet of climbing in a mile and a half, so when we got to the top we were certainly ready for a rest before the final descent to Telscombe Village for our free lunch. And what a lunch! Hot dogs, pizza, bread & cheese, soup, sausage rolls and hot & cold drinks. The Big Parks team had done us proud.

After our 8-mile ride and hearty lunch we rode with the Family group on the 3mile route back to the Big Park. Another fantastic free day out courtesy of The Big Park, Sustrans and Cycle Seahaven.

We look forward to supporting the next ride for the Big Park opening day on March 7th 2015. More details will soon be posted on our website and on our online calendar.

Jim's not too sure about his decision to ride on the lower banks

Jim’s not too sure about his decision to ride on the lower banks

Chris, Dave, Joanne, Lesley, Joseph, Steve, Lynn and Paul on the upper banks

Chris, Dave, Joanne, Lesley, Joseph, Steve, Lynn and Paul on the upper banks

Tobias, Alfie, Ricki & Kate on the lower banks

Tobias, Alfie, Ricki & Kate on the lower banks

Stopping for a rest on Gorhams Lane, 10 minutes form the finish.

Stopping for a rest on Gorhams Lane, 10 minutes from the finish.

Big Pedal 2 – Change of timing

The Family Ride from The Big Park will now start at 11:00am instead of 9:30am

We have posted the new schedule on our Big Pedal 2 page: http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/tbp2015/

The intermediate ride is unchanged, leaving The Big Park at 11am, so arrive in time for a prompt departure.

The choice of two rides and a roaring fire & free lunch at the end – it’s going to be great!

Come along and help promote The Big Park, with its planned cycle track, café with wood-burning stove, stunning play area, custom designed skate park and a dragon! Check out the amazing construction work that’s going on right now, ready for the opening on 7th March 2015.  http://bigparksproject.org.uk/