John O’Groats to Land’s End (JOG-LE) 2020

JOG-LE Route

This ‘End 2 End’ cycle ride involves cycling the entire length of the UK, a challenge that is on the wish list of many cyclists. In fact many thousands of people undertake the challenge each year.

If you have ever fancied riding an ‘End 2 End’ but were unsure about how to do it, or found some of the organised trips a bit arduous or too expensive, you could be in luck! Phoenix-CTC is planning a supported JOG-LE ride starting 16th May.

JOG-LE is John O’Groats to Land’s End which, of course, is the reverse direction of the more traditional Land’s End to John O’Groats (LE-JOG).  It will take 15 cycling days to cover the 1000-mile distance.

If any Cycle Seahaven member is interested in coming on this trip please could you contact me, Dave Sutton, via the Ride Leader Contact page. I’ll email you the key facts document containing the preliminary trip details, costings etc. There is no need to commit to anything at this stage; it’s just an ‘Expression of Interest’.

It is anticipated that the decision as whether the trip will run will be taken by late October, giving plenty of time to train for the ride.

Phoenix-CTC is a Member Group of Cycling UK, with most of the committee also being Cycle Seahaven members who ride regularly with the Touring Section.

Happy cycling,

Dave Sutton

Do you have spare time to help?

Janie Burrage, Sustran’s Active Travel Officer for Southern England, is looking for helpers to assist with a Nature ride with Sussex Wildlife Trust on Friday 7th June from Seaford Head School to Friston Forest. Sustran’s ride leaders will host the ride but they would welcome some bike riding volunteers to help (you do not need to be a ride leader).

The ride will roughly follow the below schedule:

08:30 arrive at school, check bikes, brief pupils
09:30 depart school
10:30 arrive at Friston Forest, set boundaries, camp fire
12:00 lunch around the fire
12:30 peddle down to the sea and a view of 7 sisters, plus paddling in the waves if the sun’s out
14:00 cycle back to school.

If you can spare some time to help please contact janie.burrage’at’sustrans.org    
(use @ symbol in place of ‘at’ within address).

CSH Trailer use and a little help

Cycle Seahaven’s Trailer is a great resource available to members of the club. It is capable of carrying 24 bikes, including 4 E-bikes.

We’d really like to use the trailer more to enable us to host club rides somewhere different. To achieve this we are looking for vehicle owners, who have tow hooks fitted to their cars, who would consider allowing their cars to be used to tow it. We also need volunteers to tow the trailer – more information about driver requirements can be found here

If you are able to help please contact Events by clicking here.

London to Brighton Sunday 16th June 2019

The trailer will be used to transport bikes to the London to Brighton bike ride this year. If you are interested in using this facility please contact Sarah Winser here. Please note transport is being provided for bikes only and participants will need to make their own arrangements to get to the start line.

Eastbourne Mass Bike Ride Sat 9th June 2019

It would be great to get as much support as we can for this event. Details can be found here. If there is sufficient interest will endeavour to arrange the trailer to drop off and pick up bikes at the Towner Art Gallery. Participants will need to make their own transport arrangements separately. If you would like your bike transported to this event please contact us here

 

 

 

Cycle Seahaven’s Ladies New Forest Sportive Team

The New Forest Spring Sportive is one of the New Forests most popular events and has become a welcome ‘start of the season’ test for may cyclists, this year held on the 13th and 14th April.

Starting and finishing just outside the Hampshire town of Verwood, the riders took in the rolling scenery with a number of hills to challenge their legs. 

Eight of the touring ladies from Cycle Seahaven, including Sarah Webb, Debbie McFly, Carol Bryant, Kate Parkinson, Annette Blackman, Heather Cheek and Linda Pilkington-Peachey took on the challenge. 

Sarah reports

‘The 7 Sisters’ team completed the 66 mile New Forest Sportive on Sunday (the eagle-eyed among you may notice there’s 8 of us but we liked the team name so much we kept it). We all met through Cycle Seahaven and have had great support from our fellow riders in the tourers group. We didn’t specify this had to be a ladies only weekend but that’s the way it worked out, so naturally there was a 2 night stay in a log cabin with sauna and fizz involved!

Well done ladies!

The 7 Sisters. All eight of them!

Ride the Downs with Cycle Seahaven

Cycle Seahaven are now in our second year of delivering Ride The Downs in association with South Downs National Park. We are offering regular, free guided rides from April to September, to deliver a service to cyclists (and would be cyclists!) in the local area. 

The project offers individuals, of all fitness levels, the opportunity to get involved in a progressive program designed to give the confidence to leave the car on the driveway in exchange for a healthy, environmentally friendly alternative.

Tell your friends and family all about it!

For more info click here

Department for Transport pledges £21 million to improve the National Cycle Network in England

Sustrans is excited to announce that the UK Government have pledged an incredible £21 million to improve significant on and off-road stretches of the National Cycle Network.

Money will be put towards many of the England activation projects, working with partners across England, and especially Highways England (who they already work with on the Network) and around the HS2 corridor.

Their vision for the Network is a good one, and a timely one. The Network is an asset for all our nations and regions.

They have set their stall out with honesty and rigour, and provided a clear plan of what they would like to do – not by themselves, but by working with others.

So it’s great to see this approach lead to investment. The Network has attracted considerable investment in Scotland, but it’s been a struggle to get traction in England for some years.

They are now in a position to fund more activation projects and explore new opportunities. They’ll also be looking to attract investment for improvements in Wales, London and Northern Ireland.

You can read more about this investment and what it means for Sustrans and the National Cycle Network on their website.