Touring Ride to the Velo Café on Tuesday, 10 Dec 2013

Cyclists in the Velo Cafe

Cyclists in the Velo Cafe

Five members cycled to Brighton today to visit the recently opened eco-friendly café with a cycling theme. Called the ‘Velo Café’,  it’s completely different to any other café I’ve ever been in. In fact it’s a bit like having a coffee in a cycle shop as you can have your bike serviced there,  watch a large TV screen showing the Tour de France and buy inner tubes,  bells,  water bottles and the like. And,  the coffee is good too!

CLICK HERE to go the Velo Café’s website.

This is one of those cafés,  like Wessons at Horam,  which I’m sure will become a regular destination for our ‘Touring’ cycle rides. It’s a round trip of 30 miles from the Martello Tower in Seaford using,  mostly,  National Cycle Route 2. It’s a super route apart from the messy bit through Newhaven. However, on our return trip we cycled from the A259 to the Lewes Rd (C7) via Valley Rd which is described in Andy Lock’s post of 9 December ‘A259 Improvements between Newhaven and Peacehaven’. It’s much better than any other route I know through Newhaven so will certainly use it again.

I’m sure it won’t be too long before we repeat this ride to the Velo Café in Brighton. Next time, we’ll do it on a Sunday morning so more cyclists can join us.

Happy cycling,

Clive

3 replies
  1. Andy Lock
    Andy Lock says:

    Thanks for the feedback on the route through Newhaven. If any members have further comments on this route I’d be happy to pass them onto ESCC in the hope that they make it an official cycle way.

  2. Rod (aka Mr Cycles)
    Rod (aka Mr Cycles) says:

    I think the route via Valley Road is a very good suggestion and a no-brainer to me – especially once the Egrets Way is completed, however, what’s also needed is a good connection to the coastal route and links north for residents in southwest Newhaven (the area south of A259 and west of Fort Road where the school is).

  3. Andy Lock
    Andy Lock says:

    Cheers for that Rod.
    I assume you mean Tideway School? The existing NCN2 runs runs along the West Quay (dedicated lanes) then up Gibbon Road. A short strtetch of cycle route at the top (advisory signs – Cyclists Dismount) joins up to the Highway and on to the A259 at the outskirts of A259. There are ESCC proposals to put a cycle lane along the South Coast Road through the length of Newhaven.
    Do you have any suggestions on ways to improve or add to this route?
    Andy

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