A Big Circular Route around Seaford

On Sunday 26th March 12 riders met outside of the ‘White Lion Public House’ feeling deprived of sleep due to the clocks going forward and a desire not to oversleep and miss the ride.

This was going to be a big one, a 43 miles circular route, with a ‘bit’ of climbing and a hindering easterly wind. The group set out at a reasonable pace heading into the forest before facing the first challenge of the day, ‘Cardiac’. The smiling faces at the top proved how much people love this hill (they might have been grimaces but I was struggling to focus through the tears).

Having refuelled and rehydrated, very important on longer rides, the group set out to join the South Downs Way and enjoy the views at the top of Windover Hill. ‘Express Elevator’ took us down to ‘Crash Alley’ (don’t you just love the names people devise) before riding west along the Old Coach Road and on towards Firle. The ‘cheeky little underpass’ to the west of the Beddingham roundabout enabled us to join the A26 without having to cross over the dual carriageway. Good find Gus!

Following a further refuel/rehydration stop at Southease Youth Hostel the group started off again, still looking strong, for the remaining half of the route. Ascending Valley Road, the track at the back of Peacehaven, we suffered our first and only, puncture of the day. Gus Lock did his usual ‘Formula 1 puncture repair service’ and the group were reunited very shortly afterwards.

Passing ‘Harvey’s Cross’ we rode up to Brighton Race Course before the long descent down to the Marina, definite smiles here; and then along the undercliff  back towards Seaford.

It would be remiss of me not to mention the achievements of the riders. The effort displayed by everyone was really impressive. Claire ‘Betty’ Bennett, Sarah Winser, David Blaber, Bryony Clarke and Helen Blaber all achieved personal off-road distance records and at a very respectable pace. A few of the group could easily have achieved another 20 miles.

Helen Blaber proved a large helping of Smarties for breakfast can make you sufficiently hyper to conquer anything. She screamed up ‘Cardiac’ and completed the whole route on a single speed bike (no mean feat). I anticipate a new addition to the Blaber fleet of bicycles in the near future.

Gus Lock and Andy Marks both managed to ride past pubs without bursting into tears, another fine achievement by them.

The Strava results indicated a plethora of personal bests along various segments by too many members to list here. Suffice to say it was a great day with great people showing amazing determination. Thank you all for a great ride.


Peacehaven Cycleway now open

Footpath Clearance, ready for the cycle way

Footpath open and ready for use


By Andy Lock, on October 31st, 2016:

The footpath at the end of the A259 walking/cycling path between Newhaven and Peacehaven is being upgrade to allow cyclists. This is an ideal alternative for cyclists looking to ride between Peacehaven and Newhaven whilst avoiding the bottleneck on the approach to Downland Avenue. The official notice suggest this will be complete by the end of November.

As one of the items identified by Cycle Seahaven’s review of Peacehaven (http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/peacehaven-cycle-route-ideas-pt-2/)  it’s great to see this short section being upgraded to allow safer cycle journeys between Newhaven and Peacehaven on National Cycle Network route #2.

A259 to Ashington Gardens

Footpath ‘Peacehaven 12’ between A259 and Ashington Gardens


Cycle Seahaven’s list of ideas for Peacehaven: http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/peacehaven-cycle-route-ideas-pt-2/

Our campaigns page: http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/campaigns/

Easter Family Egg Hunt 2017

Saturday 15th April we will hold our hugely popular Annual Family Forest Easter Egg Ride.

We meet at the first Forest car park at 2:00pm for a short briefing where you get to meet everyone and talk about the rules to stay safe.

We will then take the family route round the forest stopping half way round for an egg hunt in the field.

You must register and indicate how many children you will be bringing along so that we can ensure an ample supply of Creme Eggs.

The Cycle Seahaven Bike Trailer will be available to transport bikes:

Big Park, Peacehaven 1130am cost in total per bike £1.60

Bait Bucket Newhaven 1215pm cost in total per bike £1.40

Seaford Promenade by Salts 1pm cost in total per bike £1.20

Please register and agree to the rules by clicking on the Registration Form link below:


Ride Leader: Mark Woodgate
mjwoodgate@hotmail.com or
07446 37005 or
use our online contact form at http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/contactrl/ .

From the Chair to all Members

Dear Cycle Seahaven member,

The new committee met for the first time on the 7 March and I thought it would be a good time to tell you a bit about what’s going on behind-the-scenes.

Before going into detail I’d like to make a request; put simply ‘Your committee needs you!’

We want to build upon the excellent work of the previous committees and with so many opportunities to develop the club we need your help.  As of yesterday there were 252 members and with only 10 committee members, all of whom are volunteers, there’s a lot for us to do.  We have to consider legal matters, child protection, health and safety, web design and a whole host of other things that some of you will be experts in and we’re not!  So, if you can help we’d love to hear from you, even if you can only offer a couple of hours now and again.

Roles within the committee are listed below together the names of the committee members overseeing them.  If you want to help with any of those roles or you have suggestions for the committee please contact us: committee@cycleseahaven.org.uk

Name Primary Role Secondary Role
Guy Reynolds Chair Campaigns
Ricki Carver Training  
Lou Pye Secretary Events
Denis Bass Treasurer Membership Secretary
Tony Rowswell Web Master Minute Secretary
Dave Barlow MTB Ride Leader  
Dave Geering Road Riding Leader / Dr Bike Training
Helen Blaber Events Communications
Kate Carver Communications  
Rod Lambert Charity Events  


Our most pressing project is arranging this year’s Family Easter Egg ride, which you will have seen from the slideshow at the AGM is a very popular event. Keep an eye on the website for further details.

We are also discussing plans around the use of the new bike trailer which will enable us to take riders, of all disciplines, to new locations and events. Hopefully we can plan some great trips away this year.

Communication is a core function within the committee and we are looking at ways to heighten our profile in Seaford, Newhaven and Peacehaven. Hopefully we can get new members and identify funding opportunities to support new and exciting projects.

Ride Leaders are vital to the club and without them there would be no rides. The committee will continue to explore ways to assist them in developing their own skills, rides, routes and rider progression. We could always use more ride leaders, of all abilities, so if you are interested in becoming a Ride Leader please follow this link: http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/leadinfo (you don’t need to be an expert cyclist).

Last weekend saw the launch of the Dr Bike project in Seaford. This is essentially a ‘pop-up workshop’ that provides free safety checks and minor repairs to get people back on their bikes. It’s a project we would like to develop and if we have any budding bike mechanics who want to get involved, please contact Dave Geering drbikeseaford@cycleseahaven.org.uk

The Puncture Repair Workshop was also last weekend and this was well attended too. Thank you to the volunteers that made it a success.  We hope to host more of these and similar events during the forthcoming year.  Keep an eye out on the club website or subscribe to regular updates.

Finally a few words about the AGM.  We hope those that attended the AGM this year enjoyed it? I thought the talk by our nominated charity, the Kent and Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance (KSSAA), was really interesting and informative.  Whilst we hope we never have cause to call them it is reassuring to know they are there providing expert medical care available where ever we ride.  If you are unfortunate enough to become unstuck in the back of beyond you may want to consider downloading one of the many free apps available on the internet, such as ‘View Ranger’ or ‘Easy SOS,’ as they pin point your location for the emergency services or loved ones.

The size and success of the club means that we will have to change the way that members of the committee are elected in future. We want everyone to have a voice so there will be a new process in place for the next AGM.  More of that nearer the time.

For those of you that missed the AGM, it’s a shame you weren’t there.  You not only missed a good evening but also a great free Chilli prepared by Denis Bass and his team (it’s worth coming just for that).  Thank you to everyone who worked to make it a success.

I look forward to hearing your suggestions for the committee over the next year.

Finally, just a reminder it’s that time of year to renew your membership. Please follow this link if you need to do so. Join and Renew

Happy pedling!

Guy          (Chair Cycle Seahaven)

Promising Start for Dr Bike

A surprisingly warm Saturday morning - March 4th - saw the inaugural session of the new series of Cycle Seahaven's free, Dr Bike workshops in Seaford.

This was something of a trial run. It generated lots of interest in bike maintenance, in Cycle Seahaven and attracted a new club member, plus numerous expressions of interest in our next session. We safety checked and/or worked on 4 bikes and advised on the work likely to be needed for other riders who had not brought their bikes with them.

If you are not using your bike because of dodgy brakes, badly adjusted gears, rattles, creaks or soft tyres, then bring your poorly cycle to the Cycle Seahaven Dr Bike surgery for a check up!

We’re at the Seaford Council Offices / Police Station car park on the 1st Saturday of the month, between 10.00 and 12:00.  Dates for 2017 are :  6th May, 3rd June, 1st July, 5th August,  2nd September.

We do not offer a fully equipped bike repair shop - Seaford is fortunate to have one of these already - but we do have the skills, tools & enthusiasm to carry out a full safety check, basic repairs & maintenance. And our aim is to help you do this for yourself!

We are insured and some of us even have cycle maintenance qualifications! But we are all passionate peddlers who will try our hardest to get your cycle fixed and you back in the saddle!

Our venue, is generously provided to us for free by Sussex Police and Seaford Town Council. Therefore, we charge trade prices for the parts we supply (restricted to cables) and leave customers free to make a donation for our labour that will go to our designated charity: the Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust during 2017  https://www.kssairambulance.org.uk/

All the ‘doctors’ are volunteers and so our numbers vary, but we will usually have 3 or 4 on duty.  We don’t use appointments so it’s a first come, first served system. If we won’t have time to fix it that day, then we will ask you to bring it to the next surgery.