March Cycling Challenge

With the sun shining and the days just that bit warmer we felt it was the perfect time to set a new club challenge.

Land’s End to John O’Groats is 874 miles by road and we are asking you to cycle it during the month of March.  Don’t panic you don’t have to do it on your own!

You can cycle it alone if you want or you can team up (virtually) with some friends from the club to accumulate the miles you all cycle. (Adhering at all times to the strict government guidelines on Covid).

Going it alone will be tough but I know a few of our members will be up for the challenge.

For those like me who just want to be inspired to get back out riding then ask a few of your friends from the club to join your team and share the miles.

Forming a virtual team of 4 would reduce your miles to 218.5 whilst forming a virtual team of 6 would reduce your miles again to just 146 miles in the month.

The challenge is open to all members including our junior members so why not give it a go.

As this is a challenge why not look to get some sponsorship and support the Club’s chosen charity ‘Seaford Down’s Syndrome and Special Needs Support Group’.  Sponsorship.  All sponsorship money will be collected at the end of March and added to the club’s fundraising for this wonderful charity.

Our March challenge will hopefully encourage you to get back out on your bikes and get yourselves fit again ready for when we can start adding club rides to the calendar.

To take part all you need to do is:

  • Choose your team and give yourselves a name
  • Choose a lead for your team – They will be responsible for recording your miles during the month and then submitting them at the end of each week
  • Ask your friends and family to sponsor you (remember every £ helps)
  • And finally Get on your bike and go for a ride

If you would like any further information about this challenge then please leave a comment below.

Jo Barlow

Chair: Cycle Seahaven

‘Hit The Downs’ with Chestnut Tree House


Hit the Downs MTB

Sunday 3 May will see the return of Hit the Downs MTB, the annual off-road mountain bike event across the South Downs. You can choose from the cool 30km, challenge yourself to the impressive 60km or dare to take on the new epic 80km route!

Registration includes chip timing, refreshment stops and mechanical support on route along with souvenir medal and pre-event training rides.

The undulating course will test you with its multitude of tricky climbs and rapid downhill descents. Whether you choose to take on the cool 30km route, challenge yourself to the impressive 60km route or dare to take on the new epic 80km route you are guaranteed an exhilarating day in the saddle.

Visit our Information Hub for everything you need to know, from training advice to fundraising tips.

Hit the Downs with Chestnut

Bike It Brighton

Name of event: Bike It Brighton

Date: Sunday 7 June 2020

Venue: Preston Park Velodrome

Ticket prices: 

Cycle 60 (60 miles): £35

Cycle 30 (30 miles): £25

Cycle Velodrome: £10



Take part in an exciting cycling event this June and play your part in combating homelessness across East Sussex. Choose from a 60 mile or 30 mile cycling challenge across the South Downs, or a family-friendly cycle on Preston Park Velodrome. It’s a fantastic day out for the whole family, with food, entertainment and more.

Join us and raise money to help someone who is homeless get the support they need to find a place they can call home.

Sign up here or email: fundraising at

There is an early bird deal until the 19th January on the website.






Should anyone wish to donate but not ride on the day we would be very enormously grateful. Click here  for more information.



Nominations Closed. Nominate your Charity for 2020/2021



All nominations to be made by 30th December 2019



All nominated Charities will appear on the Charity Page: here

Voting will take place via Google Forms throughout January. The winning Charity will be announced at the AGM in February 2020.


Please note: nominations can be made by Club Members only. One nomination per member. To join, see here.



Triple Challenge 20/30 mile Sponsored Ride

Once again Martello Rotary are organising their sponsored challenge in aid of British Heart Foundation on Sunday, 11th June 2017.  The courses are similar but not identical to last year.  The 20 mile will lead you across the Downs to Firle, along the Coach Road to Alfriston and then back across the Downs to Norton and Seaford.  The 30 mile is similar but includes an extension across the Ouse Valley to Telscombe and a tough climb back up Itford Hill to rejoin the 20 mile route.

Please Register before the event so that full provision can be made for post event facilities.  Full details, maps, directions and Registration Forms can be found at

Let’s hope that the weather this year is slightly better than the rain and gales we enjoyed in 2016.  We have heard that two of Mr Cycles’ mechanics will follow round the course and help with any breakdowns that may have occurred.


Saturday 15 October – 12 Noon till 4.30pm

A fantastic fun filled sponsored bike ride for all the family raising money for Martlets and Motor Neurone Disease Association. Registration costs £5 (under 16s) £12 (over 16s) Enter Pedal in Preston Park online at Eventbrite

This event, now in its 7th year has so far raised over £80,000 for its nominated charities since 2010.

Pedal in Preston Park (Pedal) was created by the family of Rachel Evans-Milne following her death in 2009, aged 44, from Motor Neurone Disease (MND). The first Pedal took place in the autumn of 2010 hosted by Preston Park Youth Cycle Club (PPYCC) and supported by VC Jubilee. Since then it has established itself as a great addition to the local fundraising event calendar.

Cycle Seahaven are totally supportive of this event and urge our members to book online with Eventbrite to participate in this worthy fundraising day. We have over 100 Cycle Seahaven Jerseys out there and it would be good to see many of you sporting our colours for such a good cause.

Denis Bass