Egrets Way Ride – Sunday the 22nd of March from 2-5pm. 

The Egrets Way now runs to and through the Lewes Railway Land Nature Reserve

We are pleased to announce that the construction of the newest section of the Egrets Way network of shared paths has now been completed and that an opening celebration based at the Linklater Centre will be held on Sunday the 22nd of March from 2-5pm. 

This new path, which is available to all non-motorised users, extends the existing Egrets Way route from Ham Lane near the entrance to the Lewes Recycling Centre. It is 800 metres long and runs through a section of privately owned land before passing under the railway line and continuing through the Railway Land where it ends at Railway Lane near the centre of Lewes.  The funding for its construction was provided by the South Downs National Park, the EU Rural Enterprise (LEADER) Fund, Lewes Town Council and private donations made to the Egrets Way project. 

This ‘Signalling Spring’ event is being held in conjunction with the Railway Land Wildlife Trust who are, at the same time, celebrating the opening of their newly refurbished and repurposed Signal Box which has been transformed into a Wildlife Hide.  This will provide the opportunity for Railway Land visitors to enjoy panoramic views of the beautiful water meadows which are home to a host of wildlife.  A loft has also been built into the Hide to encourage bats to roost and nesting boxes have been fixed to the exterior to encourage swifts and swallows to roost there.  Cyclists will be able to use the dismounting point which is alongside the Hide. 

This joint celebration is intended to make people aware of the improved accessibility which the widened and sensitively surfaced route provides for users of all ages and capabilities. There will be a range of family-friendly activities on offer for everyone attending the celebration.

The Egrets Way 

‘Hit The Downs’ with Chestnut Tree House

Off-Road

Hit the Downs MTB

Sunday 3 May will see the return of Hit the Downs MTB, the annual off-road mountain bike event across the South Downs. You can choose from the cool 30km, challenge yourself to the impressive 60km or dare to take on the new epic 80km route!

Registration includes chip timing, refreshment stops and mechanical support on route along with souvenir medal and pre-event training rides.

The undulating course will test you with its multitude of tricky climbs and rapid downhill descents. Whether you choose to take on the cool 30km route, challenge yourself to the impressive 60km route or dare to take on the new epic 80km route you are guaranteed an exhilarating day in the saddle.

Visit our Information Hub for everything you need to know, from training advice to fundraising tips.

Hit the Downs with Chestnut

Newhaven Together – Community Engagement Day

 

Cycle Seahaven & Dr Bike will be in Attendance – hope to see you there!


Bike It Brighton

Name of event: Bike It Brighton

Date: Sunday 7 June 2020

Venue: Preston Park Velodrome

Ticket prices: 

Cycle 60 (60 miles): £35

Cycle 30 (30 miles): £25

Cycle Velodrome: £10

 


 

Take part in an exciting cycling event this June and play your part in combating homelessness across East Sussex. Choose from a 60 mile or 30 mile cycling challenge across the South Downs, or a family-friendly cycle on Preston Park Velodrome. It’s a fantastic day out for the whole family, with food, entertainment and more.

Join us and raise money to help someone who is homeless get the support they need to find a place they can call home.

Sign up here or email: fundraising at bht.org.uk

There is an early bird deal until the 19th January on the website.

 

 

 

 

 

Should anyone wish to donate but not ride on the day we would be very enormously grateful. Click here  for more information.

 

 

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

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 – 2019

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, last 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.