Saturday 24th August – Egrets Way Art Trail Rides


In conjunction with The Egrets Way, Cycle Seahaven will be holding led rides along the trail, and visiting a number of the open houses.



Find out more here.


More about this summers Artwave:

This summers Artwave showcases some of the very best creative talent from across Lewes, Seaford, Newhaven & surrounding Villages. The festival will give art lovers the chance to discover new artists, meet the makers, and buy direct from them. The diverse range of work on show includes jewellery, painting, sculpture, printmaking, textiles, ceramics, metalwork, photography and performance art by a mixture of emerging and professional artists and makers. 

Follow the art trails to visit creatives in their studios, homes, galleries and workshops and visit 140 exhibitions – all for free!

The festival takes place over three weekends from 17 August to 1 September 2019. Take an time to explore, and with homemade tea and cake on offer too, Artwave is a special summer treat. View the free guide here 

Ladies Ride: Saturday 20th July

The Cuckoo Trail – 8am to 4.30pm

This months ladies ride is a little later in the month. As Cycling UK celebrates the women’s festival of cycling this month, it’s something a little different – we’re riding the Cuckoo Trail!

The Cuckoo Trail is a 14-mile footpath and cycleway which runs from Hampden Park in the south, to Heathfield in East Sussex. It passes through the towns of Polegate and Hailsham, as well as the villages of Hellingly and Horam.

Cycling UK Says:

The Women’s Festival of Cycling returns in 2019 and events take place throughout the UK in July. We’ll be raising the profile of women’s cycling, putting on events to encourage more women to cycle, and featuring the women in cycling who inspire others. Join us and celebrate the fun, friendship and freedom that cycling provides.

To celebrate the Women’s Festival of Cycling this year Cycle Seahaven is hosting a ride from Heathfield, Sussex, along the Cuckoo Trail back towards Seaford. Bikes will be transported from Seaford to Heathfield using the club’s trailer, which will limit the number of riders to no more than 20. Early booking is therefore recommended. The ride is predominantly off road but on terrain that would be suited to hybrid bikes with the appropriate tyres. The ride is approximately 30 miles long across relatively flat ground. The group will stop at the Arlington Tearooms for refreshments along the way. If you require further details please contact the ride leader, Sarah Winser…

The bikes will be transported to the starting point at Heathfield via the club trailer, therefore there are limited spaces for this event if you require transportation. Book your place now by contacting Sarah Winser via the ride leaders page.

There will be two stops on this ride – one at Hellingly (bring your own snack and drink), and then lunch at Arlington Tea Gardens (cards accepted).

The ride will be at the pace of the slowest rider and is suitable for MTB, Hybrids & E-bikes, riding over a mix of tarmac, gavel and grass.

As always, a helmet must be worn and a spare inner tube, pump, bike lock and lights should be brought.




The History of the Cuckoo Trail:

The Trail largely follows the route of a disused railway line, the Cuckoo Line, which opened in 1880 and ran between Eridge and railway stations, creating a direct route between Eastbourne and London. It obtained its name from the tradition that the first cuckoo in Spring was heard at the Heathfield Fair. The line closed in 1968 under the programme of closures put forward by Forest Row resident and British Transport Commission Chairman Richard Beeching.

In 1981 the route of the old railway line to the south of Heathfield was purchased by Wealden District Council and East Sussex County Council. From 1990 Sustrans developed the route along with District Council and the County Council into a shared track for walkers and cyclists, with horses also allowed on some sections. An extension was constructed to the south into Eastbourne and the trail became part of National Cycle Network Route 21. The Trail is currently used by around 200,000 people per year and serves as a traffic-free route between several local schools. It is jointly managed by the latter in conjunction with East Sussex County Council.

Along the route of the Trail are six original sculptures which act as mileposts. In May 1993 a dozen wooden benches were installed which had been hand-carved by a local artist out of trees felled during the Great Storm of 1987. In 2003 a five-year £65,000 package of grants for improvements to the Cuckoo Trail was awarded as part of the Woodland Grant Scheme. Part of these funds went towards the resurfacing of the Trail as far as Heathfield in October 2006.


Summer BBQ

Ladies Ride: Saturday 8th June

Ladies Lunch to Litlington Tea Gardens 

This months Ladies Ride will depart from the cycle path at the bottom of Edinburgh Road at 11:00am and follow a lovely countryside route, riding at a gentle pace set by the pace of the slowest rider and supporting each other. We will be passing through cow/sheep fields and sharing our route with walkers, dogs, horses and fellow cyclists.
Litlington Tea Gardens have their own little nursery and gift shop – a great excuse to buy a plant or 2!
The route is suitable for MTB, Hybrids & E-bikes, and you could come across mud, grass, concrete, gravel & tarmac.
As always: Helmet, drink, spare inner tube, pump, lights and bike lock are all essential kit. 
The aim is to be back at Edinburgh Road at approx 15:30
For more info please see the calendar here, or contact either of the Ride Leaders, Sarah or Kate here.

Dr Bike Presents…

Bike Maintenance Sessions

The Dr Bike team have been giving some thought to the proposed Bike Maintenance Sessions and have decided on a series of sessions that will follow each of the Peacehaven Dr Bike sessions from June until September.

This creates four sessions and we propose each will be for one hour, commencing at 12:30, allowing a little time to tidy up after the Dr Bike session closes. The following series of maintenance subjects is the current proposal but we are also open to cover particular subjects on request, time permitting;

Saturday 15 June 2019:
General Safety and our standard 20 point checklist.

Saturday 20 July 2019:
Tyres, tubes and punctures.

Saturday 17 August 2019:
Brake maintenance and adjustment.

Saturday 21 September 2019:
Chains, cassettes, detailers and shifters.

Saturday 19 October 2019:
Spare session if required – Subject to be confirmed.

Currently, this leaves Saturday 19 October 2019 as a spare day and a session could be introduced once we know the subject our attendees would like to cover. Beyond that, the Dr bike sessions will come to a close but if we can locate a suitable venue to continue with more sessions we could maybe extend into the Autumn and Winter months. All subject to demand and interest. We can of course re-visit any of the proposed topics in later sessions.

We propose making use of the Dr Bike sessions in Peacehaven as this will give us access to the storage container, the full range of tools and even some club bikes if we need example bikes for the session.

The main focus for these sessions is to help members gain the confidence required to carry out simple maintenance and safety checks on our own bikes. Confident and experienced CSH members, and the Dr Bike team, will be on hand to run the sessions and offer support and guidance to any members attending.

This is a great opportunity to meet some of your fellow club members and riders and become more confident with the simple, day to day maintenance tasks that keep your bike running sweet and ultimately ensure trouble free and enjoyable cycling.

So let us know if you plan on attending any of the sessions (click here) so we can gauge the anticipated numbers. We look forward to seeing you there.

Tour of Normandy Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd June 2019 – Edit: Change to both dates & crossing

Ladies and Gentleman, following on from the success of the London 2 Seaford it is proposed that we venture across the channel and see what our Gaelic cousins are up to!

The Route: The first day is formed by a large part of the London to Paris cycle route.
Next year, we propose to complete the ride to Paris!

Cycle routes where possible or quiet roads with some unavoidable busy sections when leaving and entering Town/City areas. The route will be self-guided but maps and downloads will be available.
You will have road crew available should you need them.

Ability: As per the London to Seaford it is advisable to train so that you are capable of at least 10mph. If you have a mountain bike – no problem – just speak to someone about adapting your bike for road use (or borrow a club bike). There is approximately 3000ft of climbing on each day. There is no pressure to cycle fast although you can if you want to.

Food: Breakfast and food during the ride will be provided (nothing fancy!) 
Baggage: Your baggage will be carried but will be limited to one cabin bag sized bag.


EDIT: The allocated rooms for this trip are now full. Please feel free to inquire about space, but be aware that it may not be in the same hotels, or at the same cost.

Cost: We estimate the cost for each night to be about £40 per night for accommodation (sharing a room)
and £60 for the crossing including a cabin on the way out.
Fee per rider for road crew (for baggage, support, rest stops, feed stations including the car cros
sing fee etc) £40 (One day £25)

EDIT: Due to DFDS not having enough cabins we’ve decided to catch the earlier boat which leaves Newhaven at 5.30pm and then stay overnight in Dieppe.

Sponsorship: Why not get sponsored to do this ride and help others less fortunate.

Total fee per rider: for the whole trip: Approx. £180 (One day £125) n.b this does not include Dinner costs etc.
A deposit of £100 per person is required on booking, via BACS to:
Cycle Seahaven,
Account Number:  22902360
Sort Code:  30 – 65 – 37
Using the reference:  ToN – [your membership number]


Please contact Kirstie if you are interested




South Downs Way 3 Day Ride 16th-18th August 2019

The Plan For The Weekend- Winchester to Eastbourne

Thursday 15th August 2019
Load bikes onto trailer and overnight bags into support crew’s car
Include overnight things and pack lunch for day 2&3

Friday 16th August 2019
6.00 am – Drive to Winchester
Start ride 8.30 am/9.00 am
Est 35 miles
We will stop for lunch (Packed lunch required)
Stay over at The White Hart – South Harting (Est £50.71 pp) 
Support crew will be waiting with bags
17 places available, rooms will be shared
Breakfast included in price
Additional cost – dinner Friday pm (Est £20.00)
Packed lunches can be ordered for Saturday if required at additional charge (Est £5.00)

Saturday 17th August 2019
Set off at 8.30 am
Est 40 miles
We will stop for lunch (packed lunch required)
Stay over at Trulleigh Hill YHA– Shoreham (£35.00 pp)
Support crew will be waiting with bags and cooking a meal (£5.00 pp)
18 places available, rooms will be shared

Sunday 18th August 2019
Set off at 9.00 am
Est 25 miles
We will stop for lunch (Southease YHA) pack lunch or purchase from café
Arrive at Eastbourne (finish line pm)
Celebrations at The Pilot Inn (food finishes 6.00 pm!)
Some will ride back to Seaford (Est 12 miles)
The trailer will not be at the finish line for the journey home so transport will have to be arranged yourselves.

Total Est cost £115.71 If you are interested in this cycling event please contact Kirstie Forcey as soon as possible. Places are limited to 16.

*** All places are now filled but if you are interested you can leave your name with Kirstie in case of any cancellations. ***

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Diary Dates: Dr Bike, 2019

Dr Bike Surgeries 2019
Month 1st Saturday of the Month Seaford Police Station 3rd Saturday of the Month Peacehaven Big Park
March 2nd March 2019 16th March 2019
April 6th April 2019 20th April 2019
May 4th May 2019 18th May 2019
June 1st June 2019 15th June 2019
July 6th July 2019 20th July 2019
August 3rd August 2019 17th August 2019
September 7th September 2019 21st September 2019
October 5th October 2019 19th October 2019