Cycle the Downs

Cycle Seahaven is now offering regular weekly rides in the South Downs National Park.  They are open to all and will be at one of three levels:

Introduction Rides involving 30 – 60 minutes of gentle riding in a safe flat environment;

Health Rides which will consist of 90 – 120 minutes of relaxed riding on local trails aimed at increasing fitness;

Rural Rides which involve 2 – 3 hours exploring the South Downs National Park across a mix of terrain.

These rides are open to non-members, as well as Cycle Seahaven Members, and are part of the ‘Ride the Downs’ initiative together with South Downs National Park.  So if you fancy dusting off your bike, donning a helmet and joining us, then here’s your chance. 

Heading west from Seaford Golf Course towards bo-peep

The Introduction Rides: These rides are aimed at those that have very little or no cycling experience. So if this is you and you want to come along and improve your cycling ability, then now’s your chance.

Haven’t got a Bike or Helmet: Cycle Seahaven does have a small number of bikes and helmets available for loan on the Introduction Rides. You will need to contact the Ride Leader and book these prior to the ride itself.

The Health Rides will usually be around 10-15 miles in length and will be ridden at a very steady gentle pace.  We use local roads, cycle paths and gentle off-road tracks to get you started and help build confidence.  Ride Leaders will be on hand to offer support and advice along the way.

The Rural Rides will usually be around 15 – 25 miles in length and will be ridden at a slightly higher pace than the Health Rides. These rides are aimed at those who are established riders looking to expand their knowledge of routes around the Seahaven area. We use local roads, cycle paths and off-road tracks to get us out into the South Downs National Park.  Ride Leaders will be on hand to offer support and advice along the way.

Details of rides can be found on the website calendar.  The Ride Leaders are named on the Calendar entry.  Please contact them to let them know you will be coming or to ask any other questions.  The start points are clearly stated on the Calendar entry and will include locations in Seaford, Newhaven or Peacehaven.

These rides are a great introduction to cycling the Downs so why not take the chance to enjoy the outdoors while the weather is so great?

Please note that all riders MUST wear a helmet:

Registration  Non-club members will be asked to complete a registration form. To save time please download it using the link below and bring the form with you (Ride Leaders will have spare copies).  Participant Survey Cycle the Downs

We look forward to welcoming you on your first ride. Happy cycling

Heart of Kent Hospice Cyclo Sportive

On Sunday 23rd September 2018, the Heart of Kent Hospice will be organising a cyclo sportive with a choice of three distances. 

Starting at East Malling Research Centre (ME19 6BJ), the routes will take  you through the heart of the Kent countryside on either a 104km, 65km or 36km circular route.  All routes include:-

Refreshment stations

Comprehensive signage

Marshals, first aid and vehicle support

Professional chip timings

The cost to enter the 104km ride is £35, 65km is £30 and the 36km ride are £25.

Please note that all participants must be 18 or over

For more details of the event and of the charity CLICK HERE

 

Local rides from schools to the beach

Sustrans are working with Sussex Wildlife Trust in Seaford, offering led rides from local schools to the beach. This is part of their wider Active Access for Growth project and Sussex Wildlife Trusts Wild Beach project, which encourages children to hop on their bikes and explore their local environment.

As a result, Sustrans are looking for willing volunteers to assist rides on the following dates. Times will be announced asap but the rides will probably be  during the school day:

  •  Annecy Primary School, Monday 30th April
  • Cradle Hill Community Primary, Tuesday 12th June and Tuesday 3rd July

Any club rider can be an assistant or backmarker providing they have experience of taking part in previous Sustrans rides or have experience of riding in a group and being part of an organised led ride, with an understanding of the principles of group management (so that’s most of you).

There will be more in rides planned for the future and Sustrans are hoping to extend this to other schools in the area very soon. Please let us know if you would like to assist and what dates you can help by contacting us here.

 

Tour of Britain – Seaford Video

If any of you missed the Tour of Britain as it passed through, or you need a reminder, then check out this video by Christopher Conil. It gives you a marvellous taste of the atmosphere and excitement surrounding this event.