Claremont Green, anyone?

Refreshment Stops Revisited

Looking for a good place to stop on your cycle ride for some rest and refreshment? If so, take a look at the list of refreshment stops that the tourers use on their rides.

It’s recently been revised to include only those which we consider local in touring terms so they’re all in Sussex plus a few on the western side of Kent. Those further away such as in the Seine-Maritime department of France have been deleted but will appear in a future list which may prove useful to cyclists staying in Dieppe.

This revised list comprises thirty refreshment stops of which the ten we most frequently visit are as follows:

The Refreshment List is a Google Map showing the location of each of the thirty places.

Happy cycling,

Clive

Easy Touring Rides

 

Would you like to cycle along the country lanes of East Sussex at a comfortable touring pace but without having to climb any major hills; in other words do you prefer cycling on flattish terrain. If so, you’re in luck!

Cyclists touring along the Cuckoo Trail

For a trial period of about a couple of months, many of our Tuesday touring rides will incorporate shorter, flatter routes. The first one will be next Tuesday, 13 March, starting and finishing at the lay-by on Station Rd opposite Arlington Reservoir. The route distance is 11 miles and will include a café stop at Muddles Green, about the halfway point.

Our thinking is that this ‘Easy Touring’ type of ride will appeal to those cyclists who have retired (baby boomers?) and also younger members, if they can arrange some mid–week time off, who want to keep fit and healthy by doing a few miles of cycling each week on routes that won’t prove arduous to cycle along. (We are considering something similar for weekends).

Full details are on the Rides Calendar which includes links to the plotted route on a map and to the cafe’s website. If you’d like more information then please don’t hesitate to contact one of us through our Ride Leader Contact page.

Happy cycling,

Clive Aberdour and Dave Sutton

(Touring Ride Leaders)

New Website

You may have noticed that look of the Cycle Seahaven website has changed, for example the menu is now on the left-hand side of the screen.

I hope you enjoy using the new website but if you experience any problems using it then please let me know and I’ll arrange to get them resolved.

The best way to contact me at present is simply to use the ‘Leave A Reply’ form below.

Happy browsing,

Clive Aberdour

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:

  • DISTANCE
  • REFRESHMENT STOPS
  • TERRAIN
  • ROUTE
  • CHANGES
  • RIDE LEADER

‘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,

Clive

Trishaw comes to Seaford

Following a vote at Cycle Seahaven’s recent AGM it was agreed that we would support Cycling Without Age – Seaford to raise awareness and funds to enable them to purchase the first Trishaw for Seaford.  A fortunate visit to Cycling Without Age’s roadshow last Friday in Hassocks gave us a last minute chance to have a loan Trishaw called Annie for the week.  Jumping at the chance to promote this amazing scheme Cycle Seahaven took delivery of the Trishaw on Saturday.

Annie’s first ride out was on Sunday where we spent 3 hours down at Seaford Seafront offering rides to passers by and also to our club riders to have a go at being the pilot (rider) as well as the passenger.  Many were surprised and pleased to find that the bike is power assisted which makes it incredibly easy to ride with passengers up front.  Our volunteer passengers commented on how comfortable the ride was and how fun it felt to be up front with the wind in their hair and the fantastic views along the seafront.

It was also very noticeable the interaction between passengers and passers by who all wanted to wave and say hello.  This being a key element of the scheme – getting people back outside and feeling part of their local community once more.  A quick recharge overnight saw Annie refreshed and ready for another day on the seafront.  Once again there was a fantastic response from the general public and from the press.

Behind the scenes the club has worked very hard in a very short time to make new contacts for Pete Tattam (founder of Cycling Without Age – Seaford) and Mary Hawes (fundraiser) which has really kickstarted the fundraising and publicity.  Sussex Express also contacted us after seeing the post on facebook and will be covering the story in this Friday’s edition.  Seahaven FM also visited and taped some interviews and have been covering this on the radio all week.

Both Pete and Mary commented that they are so grateful for the support shown by the Club and feel re-energised about their project.  They are starting to believe that the purchase of a Trishaw this year may now be a real possibility.

The Trishaw was also in Broad Street on Friday Morning after which she was invited to visit Old Ben Warden Assisted Homes in Seaford to give some of the residents a ride out.

 

AGM Awards 2018

Here are the award winners as presented at the AGM on Feb 6th.

Awards by Ride LeadersRoad Riders
Gary LennyDiane Norman
Awards by Ride LeadersOff-road Riders
Mike Winser
Claire Bennett
Awards by Committee
Paul Sandles
Sarah Winser
Fun AwardsPresented by Tracey and Kate
Best Bike Porn Wendy Wells
Dedicated Bike Doctor Dave Sutton

Another Super Christmas Meal for the Tourers

Another highly convivial time was had by twenty-one of us at the Cycle Seahaven ‘Tourers’ Christmas meal in the British Legion yesterday evening. It was our third year in succession at the Legion so it’s becoming something of a tradition.

That’s hardly surprising as the meal is excellent value for money and it’s a very relaxed atmosphere in the Legion. No doubt we’ll be making a return visit next Christmas!

The touring rides will continue throughout this festive season, weather permitting, although not on Christmas Day or Boxing Day! The next planned ride will be on Christmas Eve to Molly’s Café at Rottingdean, then the café at Ripe on Thursday 28th December and to Wesson’s Café at Horam on New Year’s Eve. There may be some other touring rides if the weather remains mild so please keep an eye on the Rides Calendar. Those in the CSH Tourers WhatsApp Group will be kept informed of all the news on the rides as usual.

Merry Christmas everyone,

Clive

Winter Touring Rides

The weather is getting colder and Jack Frost has started to visit us. As in previous years, our touring rides will continue throughout Winter on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday of each week. However, please check the Rides Calendar on the morning of a ride in case there’s been a change.

Changes to rides are more likely during Winter because of inclement weather. Certainly, if there is a risk of ice then a ride will be cancelled or sometimes the route may be changed. This can happen because the temperature inland can be several degrees colder than on the coast so a ride to, say, Horam or Heathfield may get changed to Rottingdean or Brighton to avoid the risk of black ice.

If a ride is cancelled, altered or delayed then the Rides Calendar will be updated with the details at least one hour before the planned start time of the ride. Members in the CSH Tourers WhatsApp Group will receive a message immediately a decision is made to change a ride. (Please see my previous post: Cycle Seahaven Tourers’ WhatsApp Group).

Sunday morning touring rides are now starting at the slightly later time of 9.00am at the Martello Tower on Seaford Promenade. The start time for Tuesday and Thursday touring rides remains unchanged at 9.30am, usually at the entrance to the Seven Sisters Country Park car park in Friston Forest although occasionally at the Martello Tower.

Happy and safe cycling,

Clive