A busy 1st of July!


Saturday, July 1 was a busy day for the club. It started a few days before with a plea for help as our usual Dr Bike ‘doctors’ were unavailable. Requests for help on the Cycle Seahaven Facebook page (and closed group page) remedied that and we ended up with more helpers than we’ve ever had previously.

The team established ourselves on the usual pitch outside Seaford Police Station and before long the first of the thirteen bike ‘casualties’ arrived. Typically these are rusty bikes that have been pulled out of sheds by their owners in the hopes they can start riding them again in the summer. The vast majority of which just require proper lubrication and safety checks (the bikes not the owners).

The team had a few punctures to contend with as well, which given the mechanical skills of one of the volunteers proved to be entertaining. Formula One this isn’t and if you’ve never seen a grown man wrestling (and losing to) a child’s pedal cycle then perhaps you should volunteer.

The next Dr Bike is in the Meridian Centre, Peacehaven on the 15th of July between 10 am and midday.

Later in the day…..

Ellie started her Women’s Festival of Cycling ride from the White Lion. She took a group on a 24-mile cross-country route through the forest and then onto the South Downs Way above Eastbourne. From there they descended into Birling Gap before returning to the forest.

Judging by the comments on Facebook this was a bit like trying to herd cats as some of the riders kept getting distracted by butterflies, caterpillars and every other living creature known to man. When not pursuing said butterflies on a bike (to get photos for a member of the group), she was trying to locate others that had wandered off. What is it about teachers and their need to misbehave when not in school? A sharp blast of the whistle and order was restored.

Once back in the forest the group were given goody bags kindly provided by Cycling UK to celebrate the festival. It appears that the ‘bum butter’ provided in little pots within the bag can be mistaken for lip salve (always read the label!).

If you didn’t know, Cycling UK’s Women’s Festival of Cycling runs for the whole of July. The aim is to encourage more ladies to ride (only 20% of UK bike riders are female). Cycle Seahaven’s ratio is 25% but as one of the ladies said yesterday it seems like more because our ladies have a tendency to be ‘vocal’.


Mark Woodgate’s family ride started in the forest with a brilliant turnout. Parents and children assembled in the car park before peddling to the Candy Canes and then along sections of the red route, before descending down the Snow Run and Final Descent.

Some of these youngsters are going to be seriously good riders in future. If you want to encourage children to ride we thoroughly recommend you bring them along to a Family Ride (hosted on the first Saturday of every month throughout the summer starting at 2 PM).

And then………

Both rides joined up in the second car park of the forest for a picnic. Ellie’s ladies had arrived first and having erected the Cycle Seahaven gazebo they got down to the serious business of Prosecco tasting. Both groups enjoyed a picnic and Ellie’s chocolate and raspberry cheesecake, which seems to have been used as a carrot to encourage participation in both rides. The kids, with renewed energy, ran around playing football or Kubb; a Danish game which involves knocking down wooden blocks with sticks. Some of the ‘bigger kids’ also tried racing the little kids’ bikes resulting in at least one crash.

So, all in all, a great day for the club. Thank you to all those that volunteered and assisted with Dr Bike. Special thanks to Ellie and Mark for hosting and coordinating their rides so that everyone could join up for a  picnic. It was a great idea. Plans are afoot for similar events in future; details to follow on the CSH Website,  Facebook pages and Club Twitter account.



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)

Revised Grading System for All Rides

A group of Ride Leaders has been reviewing the Grading System for Cycle Seahaven rides over the last year and has produced, what they believe to be, a simpler and more easily understood version. The group consisted of Road and Off-road Ride Leaders and the result has been through many re-drafts and consultations before being agreed by your Committee.

It may be viewed here .
It will be published on the CS website shortly and will be in operation for all rides as from January 1st 2017.

Last chance for club jerseys


This is your final call to order your new Cycle Seahaven Jersey! We close our order book at the end of the month and we will not be ordering excess stock.

Before ordering you can check that you order the correct size by calling round to Mr Cycles in Seaford to try on the various sizes of Jersey available. More on sizing here: http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/club-jerseys-sizing/

We have gained significant sponsorship this time round allowing us to bulk order at very competitive prices: £18 – long sleeve and £15 short sleeve. The new designs can be seen and ordering can done via our website: http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/club-jerseys-2016/

You can pay online or with cash/cheque at Mr Cycles, so get your order in before Saturday 30 April to be part of the ‘Sea of Cycle Seahaven Jerseys club’.

Don’t delay do it today.


Club Jerseys – Sizing

We’re easily going to hit our order target of 50 jerseys for 2016, so we are not far from placing our order. Get your order in soon or you may miss out. We are only ordering for those that have pre-paid. We will not be ordering any spares.

Jersey order page: http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/club-jerseys-2016/

These jerseys come up very small, so you must be sure of sizing!

I have a jersey from the last batch which is two sizes bigger than I would normally get (honest), and it’s perfect.  It’s very important that you order the correct size as we won’t be able to exchange them for a different size. Mr Cycles in Seaford (opposite the train station) has samples of every size that you can try on to find your perfect fit. They’re expecting members to pop in, and many already have.

If you’ve already placed your order without trying one for size then it’s not too late to change your order. Just get in touch with the treasurer on our contact page: http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/contact/

Newberry Tully sponsor our First Aid course

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An estate agency in Seaford is working together with a local cycling group, a safety training provider and a Sussex charity to provide first aid courses later this month.

Newberry Tully in Church Street, is sponsoring the two-day training sessions which will see bike ride leaders from Cycle Seahaven equipped with potentially lifesaving first aid skills.

Sussex Wildlife Trust has donated the use of a venue at the Seven Sisters Visitor Centre for free and the training itself will be provided at a discount by Seajay Training.

Stephen Newberry, of Newberry Tully, said: “We’re delighted to support such a worthwhile project. As a business we take our responsibility to the environment and our community very seriously.

“Cycling is a healthy pastime and doesn’t impact on the environment and for us to be able to help is fantastic and fits in with what we are passionate about.”

Andrew Lock of Cycle Seahaven said: “Thanks to the support of Newberry Tully, Sussex Wildlife Trust and Seajay Training we have been able to heavily discount the course.

“This in turn means that more of our ride leaders will be confident and able to deliver even safer rides for our members and be equipped to administer first aid whenever and wherever needed at other times.

“This is a great example of businesses working with charities and voluntary groups for the benefit of the community.”

The two day course to be held over the Easter Weekend has proved popular and is already fully booked.


Related links:

Haven News online version

Original announcement

Route Maps

A new page has been added to our website that lists a small selection of our favourite rides. The list can be sorted by mileage or total climb so you can look for routes by distance or effort. You can use the search function to filter routes by destination, distance or type (Road, MTB, Track). A link to an online map is also provided,  allowing you to try out these routes on your own,  or to get a good feel for the ride before you join us.

We plan to increase this list to include more routes. If you have a favourite route that’s not listed then please let us know.

The route maps page can be found under the Rides & Events menu bar or by going direct to http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/routemaps/


Lockup Needed

Cycle Seahaven is looking for secure premises where we can store bikes and cycle gear. We would need our own key for access at all times of the day, and enough room to store a large bike trailer and some loan kit such as bikes,  helmets and lights. It needs to be low cost because we run the club with very little income.

We are also considering buying a 10-20 cycle trailer to transport bikes to locations like Friston Forest and the Cuckoo Trail, so we can give people the opportunity to enjoy the pleasure of riding in new and interesting places without having to get there by riding on busy main roads. But we can’t do this without somewhere to store it.

If you can help please use the contact form on the Cycle Seahaven website,  choosing ‘general’  from the selection box.

New Inflatable Cycle Crossing at Exceat

After a successful campaign by Cycle Seahaven and Sustrans to get bicycle access from Seaford to Exceat Bridge  we’re thrilled to announce that planning permission has finally been approved for a new inflatable cycle bridge across the River Cuckmere. It has taken months of planning with local, district and national authorities to finally get approval for a cycle and wheel chair bridge from the Cuckmere Inn (Golden Galleon) carpark to the other side of the river. This vital link will connect Seaford and Newhaven to the local trails in Friston Forest, National Cycle Route 2, Eastbourne, and the international ‘Avenue Verte’ cycle route between Paris and London.

Designs for the low-cost inflatable bridge were submitted by architects and playground designers from all around East Sussex and Northern China. The final design, loosely modelled on Tower Bridge in London, was chosen by school children from Lewes.

The inflatable construction of the new bridge means that it’s unsuitable for pedestrians – the action of walking across it would case ‘harmonic distortion’, making it unstable. However the steady movement of bicycles and disabled carriages allows the low-cost and easily assembled structure to be implemented quickly and safely. Pedestrians can still use the existing bridge footpath.

Contractors have yet to be appointed, but Cycle Seahaven and local cyclists look forward to the completion of this valuable asset within the next few weeks.