Team / Multi Group Road Ride Event

Cycle Seahaven Team / Group Road Ride Sunday 6th June 2021

Cycle Seahaven is hosting a members only Team and Multi-Group Road Ride on Sunday 6th June 2021.  The routes have been chosen to allow club members to try out some of the routes by our Touring, Intermediate and Sportive Road Groups.

There will be a choice of 40 or 100 mile routes with the event running from 08:00 – 18:00.

For the 40-mile route, there will be a choice an B or a D graded route, the idea being to allow all members the opportunity to have an enjoyable day out on the bike whichever route(s) you choose.

The rides will be open for groups or teams of riders. The routes can be self -guided, however  some  or our Ride Leaders will be leading groups round the easier 40 mile route, so please contact Contact Dave Sutton if you want to book either a team or a place on the ride. The routes are available to download from the CSH RWGPS Club account, this will give you spoken turn by turn directions on your smartphone just like a car sat nav!

Event HQ will be Harbourside Gymnastics Academy, this business is owned by  Club Member Mark Smoker, there is sufficient parking, toilets etc , he has kindly offered this to the club at no charge.

There will be a checkpoint with water and some energy snacks halfway through each ride. Refreshments and Loos are available at various cafes for those taking a more  leisurely ride. Broom wagon support/recovery provided by the organisers in their cars will be available in the event of a major mechanical or other serious issue affecting a rider. It is advisable for all riders to use the what3words app to enable precise location should you need support.


All teams /Groups will ride the first 40  miles using either the B or D graded routes. For those that want to ride something more challenging, there will be a 2nd loop of 64 miles making a total distance of 103 miles. Ride HQ will be open from 08:00 – 18:00 giving a 10-hour time slot to complete the ride.

The  B Graded initial 40-mile route goes  north and returns via Littlington will be on quieter roads and lanes such as those used regularly by the Cycle Seahaven Tourers.

The   D Graded initial 40-mile route  will also be mainly on quieter roads and lanes, but heads north via Hindover and returns via Littlington using roads extensively used by the CSH Sportive and Intermediate Road Groups.

The longer 60-mile second  route will use some busier roads with a couple of challenging climbs, but again will feature roads extensively used by the Intermediate and Sportive Cycle Seahaven road groups.

Please contact Dave Sutton if you want further information, wish to book a team or a place on the ride or would like help with RWGPS. Full details on the Club Calendar.

Entries Close 1st June 2021

Happy Cycling

Mark Smoker and Dave Sutton


The road to nowhere is going somewhere!

Ride Leader Andy (Gus) Lock has provided the following information:

The path between Halfords, Newhaven and the bird screen on the Ouse Estuary Trail (aka: road to nowhere) has been re-routed onto a new tarmac shared path. From the Halfords end, cyclists and pedestrians keep to the right of the road to pick up the newly surfaced shared path.  Coming from the Seaford end you keep left and stay on the tarmac surfaced path, rather than cut across the grass. 

Keep right on the shared path…

The road to nowhere from Halfords, Newhaven

The road to nowhere from Halfords, Newhaven – keep right!


Carry on the surfaced path…

Road to nowhere from Seaford

Road to nowhere from Seaford – keep on the surfaced path!


Thanks Gus!


Featured image: Photo by Paul Chessare from FreeImages

Sustrans and East Sussex Cycle Training to provide free bicycle loans to key woprkers in East Sussex

A new initiative from Sustrans in partnership with East Sussex County Council (ESCC), will provide free loan bicycles to key workers in the East Sussex region.

Over 60 bicycles will be offered on a free loan basis for three months, with potential to renew after the initial period. The bicycles are available for loan from the ESCC Peacehaven Cycle Hub and Eastbourne Cycle Centre. The loan includes a new helmet and lock for each user.  [continued below]



With the government asking the public to avoid public transport where possible during the easing of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, this scheme offers keyworkers an active and sustainable alternative to travelling by car.

Sustrans said:

We are all so impressed with the dedication and hard work of all key workers during this crisis. We wanted to offer something in return. We have a good fleet of bikes, which are not being used due to the lockdown. So we are delighted to offer these bikes on loan to any key worker who would like a safe and healthy way of getting to and from work

ESCC said:

This is an ideal opportunity for us to give something back to these extremely hard working key workers that we are all so proud off.  If we can make their journeys to work easier and safer then I am proud to be part of this project.

Helen Kellar, Sustrans Delivery Coordinator said:

With recent government advice encouraging workers to avoid public transport and to cycle and walk whenever possible and local councils rapidly installing new cycle lanes, we are at an exciting cross roads and have a once in a generation opportunity to deliver a lasting transformative change in how we make short journeys in our towns and cities.”

The project is part of East Sussex County Council’s Active Access for Growth, which aims to encourage behavioural change by promoting active travel to local schools and workplaces.

The free bike loan scheme will launch on 15th June 2020.  To register interest and for more information contact Jamie Lloyd

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The committee has been closely monitoring advice regarding the coronavirus/COVID 19 situation. [click for more info]

Cycling UK  was updated on 23rd March 2020 

British Cycling was updated on 23rd March 2020

Cycling UK state:

This means it remains advisable for people to cycle for their health, fitness and well-being, but in line with our previous guidance, you should only do this alone or with members of your household unless any of them have reason to self-isolate.

Under no circumstance should you cycle or take part in any cycling activity in groups.

This is critical to stop the coronavirus disease spreading between households.

updated 24/03/2020 – Cycle Seahaven Secretary

Petition to ESCC to reinstate £5m of Walking and Cycling funding, taken from the 2018/2019 budget.

Cycle Seahaven is one of several local cycling clubs that make up the Cycle East Sussex (CES) Group. We would encourage you to support CES  their bid to try and make East Sussex County Council reinstate £5m of Walking and Cycling funding, taken from the 2018/2019 budget. This is in the light of local councils committing to carbon reduction targets and a shift to active travel.

In 2014 East Sussex County Council made a successful bid to the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) for £6M from the (Government funded) Local Growth Fund. to deliver a ‘Package of Walking & Cycling Routes in Hastings & Bexhill between 2018 & 2021′

In 2018 ESCC asked the SELEP to alter the allocation to transfer £3M to fund new road schemes, leaving only £3M for walking & cycling routes. ESCC then budgeted to allocate less than £900,000 for 3 schemes.

If a fair share of the original £6M SELEP funding had been allocated for walking & cycling schemes  it would have enabled almost all of the Hastings Greenway and the walking & cycling routes approved by ESCC and Hastings Borough Council to have been constructed by 2021

Ring fenced Walking and Cycling Capital funding was used to cover an overspend in road building in Hastings and Bexhill. £2m (out of £9m) from Eastbourne & South Wealden and £3m (out of £12m) from Hastings & Bexhill. Now there is only limited funding for a small number of schemes.

ESCC should be supporting active travel by restoring funding, to reduce the carbon footprint and improve the health of the county.


This e-Petition runs from 03/12/2019 to 14/01/2020.

This is the link.


‘Cyclists Dismount’ Signs

by Dave Sutton

Cyclists Dismount: Newhaven Railway Crossing

Occasionally when cycling you may come across signs like this. Do you know the differing legal status between them? Conflict with other users of the path can arise, due to lack of understanding of the legal status of such signs.

Although The Highway Code shows many of the signs commonly in use, a comprehensive explanation of our roads signing system is given in the Department of Transport’s booklet “Know Your Traffic Signs”, which is available to view online and on sale at booksellers. The booklet also illustrates and explains the vast majority of signs the road user is likely to encounter.

Page 9 of the Know Your Signs booklet states;

“Blue circles generally give a mandatory instruction, such as “turn left”, or indicate a route available only to particular classes of traffic, e.g. buses and cycles only.”

“Red rings or circles tell you what you must not do, e.g. you must not exceed 30 mph, no vehicles over the height shown may proceed.”

 “Blue rectangles are used for information signs except on motorways where blue is used for direction signs”  

The “Know your Traffic Signs” booklet, will include the words  “Must or Must Not” if there is a legal requirement to observe a traffic sign.

On page 36 of the Know Your Signs booklet is the Cyclists Dismount sign with the wording Pedal cyclists to dismount at end of, or break in, a cycle lane, track or route”

So by not including the words “Must or Must Not” on the cyclists dismount blue rectangular sign, the implication is that the sign is for information only, unlike the red Circle “Cycling Prohibited” which is mandatory.

The likely legal interpretation  of the Blue Cyclists Dismount signs are clarified on Cycling UK’s website which states; 

No Cycling sign: Martello Tower, Seaford Seafront

The legal status of a ‘cyclists dismount’ sign depends on the type of sign. Where there is a ‘cyclists dismount’ sign with a bicycle in a red circle, the instructions are mandatory under s.36 of the Road Traffic Act 1988. If not, the signs are advisory and there is no legal obligation to follow them. They may, however, signal a significant increase in the risk of danger, so this does not mean they can be safely ignored. A failure to dismount could be taken into account if there were a collision. When considering the rights of the police to fine road users, it is also worth remembering that the police can fine a road user for anti-social behaviour. In some situations, this could justify fining a cyclist for riding through a ‘cyclists dismount’ sign”.

Cyclists Dismount: Newhaven Swing Bridge

So why are the signs there on both the bridge and the railway crossing you may well ask? Well, that’s because like all things that are controlled by Government, there is of course a standard to which road signs are placed.


The law for traffic sign placement is contained in the Statutory Instrument (SI) “2016 No. 362 ROAD TRAFFIC The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016”

This legislation details the legal status of such signage, page 205 of the SI shows the cyclists dismount sign and the cyclists rejoin carriageway sign in two variants along with the wording “Diagram 966 Pedal cyclists to rejoin main carriageway or dismount at the end of, or at a break in, a cycle track or route”

The Traffic Signs Manual is a UK government publication on traffic signs giving guidance on the above SI to Highway Authorities. Chapter 3 page 155 para 17.37 it states.

“The sign to diagram 966 (CYCLISTS DISMOUNT) may be used together with the sign to diagram 965, or on its own. The sign should be provided only where cyclists are required to use a pedestrian crossing facility that they cannot legally cycle on, at the entrance to a pedestrian area, at a location with a low headroom or width restriction (e.g. a subway or bridge) or at places where visibility is restricted to such an extent that cycling would be unsafe (see also para 5.8)”.

On that basis the Cyclists Dismount signs at the Newhaven Swing Bridge, would appear to be denoting the end of the shared use path where it becomes the bridge.

If the path at the side of the bridge is a footway, and not a cycle route, then of course cycling on it is illegal in contravention of the Section 72 of Highway Act 1835.

The legal status of riding on the pavement across the river bridge is unknown, as the footbridge is not defined as a public right of way on ESCC Rights of Way map. So in conclusion, the signs on Newhaven Swing Bridge are not a mandatory dismount for cyclists, however cycling across the bridge may be depending on the status of the pavement. As such this is very confusing.

Tourist Section Take on the “Beacon”

This Tuesday, six members of the Touring Section took on Sussex’s most notorious climb.

After a gentle ride along the Ouse  Valley Estuary Trail, we made the dash to Lewes up the C7, warming up our climbing muscles on the hill up to the Prison Crossroads. After regrouping the route took us out past Offham on the A275 and then left towards Plumpton on the B2116, and onto Underhill Lane.

After a short breather to discuss tactics at the end of Underhill Lane it was straight on to the “Hill”. All riders completed the ride non-stop to the top, pausing for the obligatory photo, before descending along Ditchling Road and the back road to Stanmer Village to the Stanmer Tea Rooms for well-earned refreshments.

The homeward journey was via the A27 cycle path, Kingston Village, C7,  Egrets Way and Piddinghoe Village.

There are usually three touring section rides each week, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. The tourist pace of about 12 mph average speed allows us to take in the scenery and will always involve a refreshment stop or two.

Happy Cycling,  Dave Sutton


Boldly to go where no grammatical cyclist has been before

Part of the key ethos of the (leader of the) Monday Rides is to use unexplored byways and bridleways.  On the Downs, this is ideal – there is a close network of tracks generally pretty solid most of the year.  But go further afield and this is not the case.  Off-road tracks are discontinuous, albeit joined by quiet country roads, and believe it or not, much used by Horses.  This results in winter use creating a pattern of deep hoof prints – up to 15 cms across and about as deep.  This makes for interesting, exciting and hard riding.  But many of the better tracks have a good surface and pass through gorgeous countryside.

Our ride last Monday illustrated this. We left from Hellingly carpark adjacent to the Cuckoo Trail, and headed east by road to Magham Down. Here we found the first byway, Squirrel Lane. Well surfaced and undulating through woodland – really beautiful.

Then we travelled by country road through Ginger’s Green, Stunts Green and Shreiks Lane to the next byway, Studdens Lane. This proved more problematic with ruts and a small area of mud but it then changed into a lovely section through woodland and a bridge across a stream until we arrived at Treliloes (sounds like Cornwall). There was now 4 kms of hilly country lane to get to Churches Green where the next bridleway started.
This was a different story and taxed our riders’ skills. It was quite overgrown, along the edge of a wood with a barbed wire fence one side, banks of nettles the other and severely poached along the whole length. Signposting was absent and a degree of dead reckoning was needed but there were several interesting steep descents and climbs across small valleys. We then picked up a wide byway but the surface was loose clods of earth and quite muddy in places, before emerging on to an inhabited track which returned us to a road and on to Three Cups Corner and lunch in the sunny garden of the Three Cups inn.

From there, a 3km gentle descent brought us to the fourth bridleway.  This started well through open woodland but then we lost it and ploughed merrily around in a boggy field (which cleaned the mud off our tyres) until we returned to high ground, removed the fallen tree that had put us off the right track and resumed our route west via another short bridleway to the Cuckoo Trail.  Then, joy, oh joy, a fast gentle 4 km descent to the carpark at Hellingly.

It was only 19 miles but involved some real challenges and a tremendous variety of scenery and terrain.  On checking Strava, I was surprised to see that some sectors had been previously ridden, but we saw no tyre tracks  . . .

2B MTB Improvers via the Coach Road

Fifteen of us completed the ride last Sunday morning. Following a scenic spin up to Bopeep and a bracing brakes-off run down the road from Firle Borstal car park – a first time for some of us – to the track at the bottom, we then turned on to the Old Coach Road and followed our noses to Alfriston. The description of our route as ‘undulating’ was questioned by some, who preferred ‘very hilly!’

The weather wasn’t especially clement – chilly and breezy on the top but then warmer under the shelter of the trees – but at least we missed the rain. Once again it looked like there were plenty of PBs including the road ride to our left turn at the (former?) YHA hostel, before we dropped down to the footbridge and along the Litlington road back to our re-grouping point at the pub.

In Litlington we met, briefly, the 4D and Helen’s Birthday Ride groups, looking purposeful, on a day when there were a further 3 road rides. That’s a lot of rides!

Couldn’t help but notice the sheep field was despatched a bit more casually and with more bunching than usual. Getting faster.

So, if my Garmin would give up it’s secrets, which it won’t for some reason, I’d pass on the ride data – distance, feet climbed, average speed. I’m guessing we did about 16/17 miles, climbed over 1000 ft and averaged maybe 7 mph???