May’s Forest Family Ride

It’s the ultimate SATs recovery session, Family Forest ride in Friston this Saturday.

Check the calendar for details and message Tim if thinking of riding down from Seaford direction.




Ladies Ride to the Beanstalk Tea Garden – Saturday 4th May

This month’s ride, a week earlier than normal, will meet on the cycle path at the bottom of Edinburgh Road, next to the ice cream van at 11am. We aim to be back by 5pm.

A longer ride again this month, you’ll be passing through cow and sheep fields and sharing our route with walkers, dogs, horses and fellow cyclists… and sharing the Tea Room with a peacock!

On what can be a beautiful route at this time of year, the ride will take you up to Bo-Peep and on to Firle car park. At the bottom of Firle Bostal, you’ll take a right onto the Old Coach Road where, along this ancient old road you’ll find The Beanstalk Tea Garden.

Visited this gem for lunch with a friend. We both had dietary requirements which they willingly accommodated. The little nah salad was delicious and the coffee and cake was excellent. Very peaceful part of the countryside too.

The return will be to continue along the OCR to Ariston and emerge onto the quiet Littlington Road. You’ll then turn right onto a short section of the A259 to cross over Exceat Bridge and into the Cuckmere Haven car park. It’ll then be off road into Seaford where the quiet roads will bring you back to the Seafront for your return to Edinburgh Road.

Depending on the weather conditions, the route may change.


Amazing little idyllic corner of Sussex – like out of some fairly tale. Piles of cakes in the sunshine in a filed with a peacock squawking! Best place I’ve been all year.

The route is suitable for MTB’s, Hybrids & e-bikes with knobbly tyres. Essential kit, as always, includes: your helmet, a drink, a spare inner tube, pump, lights & lock.

As last month, this route is a little more adventurous than the winter routes. Although the ride will always be paced at the speed of the slowest rider, and everyone supports each other, the 217m climb to Firle isn’t for beginners! If you have any concerns about this, contact either of the Ride Leader’s: Sarah Winser or Kate Carver from the Ride Leaders contact page, and they’ll be happy to help and guide.

Eliza Ellie’s fitness campaign attempt two….

Go riding

Get fit

Challenge yourself

Have fun

The spring is officially here and just like a bear waking up from the winter sleep, I am too starting to feel more alive (although coffee helps with that greatly…)

My last year’s plan to get bike fit has gone somewhat skewed due to injuries, but this year I am determined to make it work. And if I can make it work – so can you!

Yes, you…

and you…

and you too!

And yes, I am pointing to make it more dramatic!

So here is the deal:

Over the next few months and until the end of July I will be putting up rides to not only get us started but also to improve our fitness, discover great routes and maybe even get you to enter an event!? Perhaps you have already signed up for some awesome event like the SDW or looking to participate in this year’s Beachy Head Sportive?

Yes? – Start training!

No? – Sign up and start training!



The kick-off will be on the Easter Monday (TOMORROW!) and then one or two rides a week. Keep an eye on the calendar and Facebook.

All rides will be off-road. I intend to start rides at a slower pace and shorter distance to break into this fitness malarkey slowly, and build up both the speed and mileage as we get fitter with each ride. We will cover our local SDW tracks and parts of the MTB sportive. I may even throw in a homing pigeon ride for extended fun. Watch this space!

I hope to see you on these rides whether you want to get fit or already are an awesome athlete. Riding a bike is great fun, but even more fun with friends, so let’s do it together J

“WHAT is sportive?” you might think…

It’s a posh way of saying that a group of cyclists get together for an organised ride. It’s a non-competitive event and you ride against yourself.

if you want to contact Ellie you can do so using the following here  

JUST IN CASE you are interested, the sportive supported by the local South East Mountain Biking is here:

Easter with Cycle Seahaven

Details of all of these rides can be found on the Calendar.
All clickable links are in italics.


There’s a ride suitable for everyone this Easter weekend!


The weekend begins on Thursday evening at 19:00 with the pub ride. This week it’s the Cuckmere Inn, via Bo-Peep, Alfriston and Littlington. Giving a shorter return journey to the White Lion afterwards!

Friday evening is the Friston Forest single track at 19:30:

Open to anyone wanting to gain single track/trail experience as well as anyone who enjoys single track/trail riding. There will likely be mixed abilities, so for people who are experienced they can ride ahead and wait at end of trails whilst the less experienced will be led by me to gain skills, speed and confidence.

Saturday is a busy day with Dr Bike at The Big Park in Peacehaven from 10:00 until 12 noon, followed immediately by the first Introduction Ride of the year with Ride the Downs 

… a great opportunity to dust of the bike and begin the season. They’ll last around 60 minutes and involve bike handling skills to include: mounting and dismounting, setting off and stopping, gear changing, braking, cornering, hand signals and slow speed control…

From 14:00 to 16:00 there’s the first Family Forest Ride of the season, kicking off with the East Egg Hunt! Registration is essential for this ride, please click the link above for more information.

The event is free however, you will need to pay for parking if you drive to the start point. We will meet at the first forest car park at 2:00 pm and take the family route around the forest, stopping half way round for an egg hunt in the field. 
Registration is required if you are going to attend as we need to know the number of riders and children in advance. 

Sunday has a 3D touring ride climbing up Ditchling Beacon, a 2B MTB Funday ride into the forest and an Intermediate/Sportive ride to Hassocks via the Coast. They all meet at 08:30 at the Martello Tower in Seaford.

Monday has a 45 mile MTB ride being planned. It’s apparently all ‘local’ so will have drop-out points along the route for those that can’t, for whatever reason, complete the whole ride. Keep an eye on the calendar for more details!

Not a member, but fancy joining in?
 * If it’s for the Family Forest Ride, click here.
 * For the Ride the Downs Introduction Rides, you just need to turn up, although it’ll be nice if you can pre register by following the link to Calendar and Ride Descriptions. There’s no commitment if you do 😉
 * For all other rides, you can join us on three rides before joining the club. Why not come along and see if it’s for you? All you need to do, is contact the Ride Leader beforehand to let them know. All Ride Leaders are on the calendar with their rides, and can be contacted via the Ride Leader contact page here

Information on joining the club can be found here: click 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!

Ladies Ride to the Courtyard Cafe – Saturday 13th April

This months Ladies Ride incorporates a lovely long lunch at the Courtyard Cafe, based at the YHA South Downs Hostel at Itford Farm.

The ride will be leaving at 11am from the meeting point at the bottom of Edinburgh Road (next to the cycle path where the ice cream van parks), and will aim to return at approximately 4.30pm.

It’s unusual for them to be THIS close to the gate!

Essential kit, as always, includes: your helmet, a drink, a spare inner tube, pump, lights & lock.

This months route will encounter grass, concrete, gravel, tarmac and depending on the weather, mud.  Making it suitable for MTB & Hybrids with knobbly tires. 

Leaving the meeting point, the ride will head into Seaford and towards Seaford Golf Club. The concrete road will take you up onto the downs where you’ll head towards Bo-Peep and Firle along part of The South Downs Way. Once you’ve reached Firle it’ll all be down hill (almost!) via Itford to the lunch stop. Depending on weather conditions, this could change.

The return will be via the much less hilly Egretts Way / Ouse Estury route, which will, as part of the cycle route, take in a short part of the C7.

This route is a little more adventurous than the winter routes. Although the ride will always be paced at the speed of the slowest rider, and everyone supports each other, the 217m climb to Firle isn’t for beginners! If you have any concerns about this, contact the Ride Leader Sarah Winser from the Ride Leaders contact page, and she’ll be happy to help and guide.

One thing (weather permitting, of course!) guaranteed, are fabulous views from The South Downs Way across the flatlands below to the High Weald in the distance. On a clear day you can see over 40 miles in a 360° panorama from the top.

As the ride is on the Downs, there’s every chance that we’ll be sharing our route with other cyclists,  pedestrians, horses and dogs, and of course those that live there: cows and sheep. Be prepared for your bike not being perfectly clean on your return!

Ladies Ride to Follers Manor. 1st September 2018.

The Ladies Rides go out on the second Saturday of the month and are more of a social affair, than aiming to cover the route in as fast a time as possible! If you’ve just joined, or are thinking of joining the club, then a Ladies Ride could be the perfect way of getting to know others. Sarah is a wonderful ride leader and will put you at your ease from the moment you arrive, or contact her. What’s to loose?!


Royal Wedding Ride. 19th May 2018.


Easter Egg Hunt 2019

Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls – roll up, roll up for the official start of the Cycle Seahaven Family Forest Rides: The 2019 Easter Egg Hunt!

While this is obviously aimed at our younger riders, the ride is open to all and includes a 6 mile ride round the forest taking in a mixture of gravel firebreak roads and single track trails (there is always an easy route). 

Suitable for pretty much any age although those of you that need stabilisers may struggle. The ride is open to all including non members but we do need to know if you are coming.

Join us at the first car park on the Littlington Rd just after Exceat Bridge (pay and display) at 2pm on the 20th April for chocolatey fun.

To register for the ride, please contact Tim Venables via the ride leaders contact page, letting him know who you are and what variety of little rippers you are bringing. If the small folk are not regular riders be ready for a disclaimer form!


Cycle Seahaven Community Amateur Sports Club AGM: Thursday 7th February 2019

Cycle Seahaven Community Amateur Sports Club

2019 Annual General Meeting
To be held at The Seven Sisters Public House, Seaford,
Thursday 7th February 2019 at 7.30pm, prompt.



  1. Apologies
  2. Welcome and introductions from the Chairperson
  3. To approve the minutes of the 2018 AGM held on 6th February 2018 at The Newhaven & Seaford Sailing Club
  4. 10 Years of Cycle Seahaven
  5. Election 2019
  6. Chairman’s Report
  7. Treasurers Report for 2018
  8. Charity: Cycling Without Age
  9. Club Shirts
  10. Rides & new Ride Leaders in 2018
  11. Ladies Rides
  12. Dr Bike
  13. Media
  14. Events
  15. Ride Leader Awards
  16. AOB

Michelle Brett
Secretary (co-opted)
January 2019


Download and print Agenda here 

Ladies (and Snowmen) Ride

February’s Ladies Ride will be stopping for coffee, cake and cackles at the Big Park, in Peacehaven this month.

Your Ride Leaders, Sarah Winser and Kate Carver will meet you on the Cycle Path at the bottom of Edinburgh Road on Seaford Seafront for a prompt departure at one o’clock. 

The route will take you along the cycle path to Newhaven, via the riverbank to Piddinghoe, a short hop on the C7 to Deans Farm, and then road to the Industrial Estate where you’ll come into the Big Park via the North side of the park.

After the refreshments, you’ll return home via The Highway.

As always, the Ladies Rides are a comfortable ride, ridden at the pace of the slowest rider and no-one is left behind. It’s a great way for ladies to introduce themselves to the group, and if you haven’t been on a ride before, then you’ll make some wonderful friends and be looking forward to the next by the time you’ve finished!

Essential Kit:
Spare Inner Tube
Lights and Helmet

Find more details on the Ride Calendar