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. ***

Do YOU Have Something to Say..?


We’re looking for budding authors for both

the CycleSeahaven Newsletters and Website Blogs.

It could be a one off or a series of articles:
something you’ve done to do with cycling, or with (an official) CSH outing – maybe even without your bike!
It could be how cycling or CSH has helped you in whatever way.
You can be one of the original members or one of the newest,
the youngest member of the club or the oldest.
Whoever you may be, I bet YOU have something to say that others will find interesting!

As long as it’s legal (!) and relevant send it to the webmaster email address to see your words published.

If you’re not happy with putting something together yourself,
drop a line to the webmaster email address and we’ll happily help 🙂



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

Friday night is F F night

Friston Forest MTB continues every Friday for 2019.

Meet at 7 pm at The Gate, just round the corner along Litlington Road. 

Helmets, good lights and knobbly tyres essential. Knee & elbow pads optional, first aid kits available.

 Be prepared for single track, craters, jumps, berms and Cardiac.  Have fun!

A great opportunity to develop your (wild side) full potential. 

For more details contact Chris Hollis on our Ride Leaders’ page 

Dr Bike is Back! JUST!

The final two Dr Bike Surgeries run by Cycle Seahaven will be at Seaford on Saturday 6th and Peacehaven on Saturday 20th October.

Ethos:- Bikes out of sheds and back into safe use

What we are:- 

‘Dr Bike’ is a group of cycle enthusiasts from Cycle Seahaven who want to help local people to use their bikes more. If you are not pedalling because of dodgy brakes, stiff gears, rattles, creaks or soft tyres, then bring your poorly cycle to the Cycle Seahaven Dr Bike surgery.

We are all passionate cyclists, some even have maintenance qualifications, but we will give your bike a safety check and try our hardest to get your cycle fixed, so you get back in the saddle!

What we are not :-

We do not offer a fully equipped bike repair shop – The area is fortunate to have two of these already – but we do have the skills, tools & enthusiasm to carry out basic repairs & maintenance.

Cycle Seahaven Dr Bike Activities 2018  from March to October

Seaford Council Offices / Police Station Forecourt first Saturday of the month from 10:00 – 12:15

Big Park Peacehaven third Saturday of the month from 10:00 – 12:15

Any queries or offers of help to Dr Bike via our Contact page

Touring Ride Descriptions: Improvements

Some improvements have been made to the ride descriptions of Touring rides on the Rides Calendar which, hopefully, members will find useful when considering going on any of our rides.

The ride description will now include six side-headings:


‘Route’ has always included a hyperlink to the plotted route on RWGPS (Ride With GPS). This hyperlink will now be a short filename in upper case which will be the main destination of the ride, eg BLACKBOYS E1.

Therefore, if you download the route onto your GPS cycle computer, you should easily find the route in your saved ‘Courses’; Garmin devices do not like long filenames. Don’t worry about the last two characters of the filename such as E1 as they’re just a route identity suffix.

When you look at the plotted route on RWGPS you’ll see more information about the ride, both on the map and in the column on the right-hand side. Google Streetview is available on RWGPS maps so you can do a virtual tour of the route or take a look at any parts of the route that may be unknown to you.

Our touring rides aren’t just about the cycling; the refreshment stops are a key part of our rides. Therefore, if a refreshment stop has a website, there will now be a hyperlink to it.

Also, more details will be added to our list of Refreshment Stops including Trip Advisor ratings. There will be more information in a post later this month.

TIP     To view a RWGPS map on a tablet it’s probably best to view it in landscape otherwise you may only get a description and cue sheet if viewed in portrait.

Happy cycling,