Thursday Pub Ride #6 – new venue

Change of destination:
Although we start at the same place as usual for Thursday’s 7pm pub ride – the White Lion, Seaford – we have a change of route for October 9th. Instead of stopping at the Flying Fish we’re mixing things up a bit and heading out to another country pub – This time it’s The Plough and Harrow in Litlington.

The Route:
Starting at the White Lion on Belgrave Road,  Seaford at 7pm we ride along Belgrave Road to the mini roundabout and turn left up Firle Road. A third the way up we turn right onto Firle Drive and cut through to St Peters Road and The Holt. Along The Ridings and across the bottom of Chalvington Playing Fields to Maple Fields. We then head North along a bridleway on the Eastern side of Blatchington Golf Course. We then head East to follow the bridleway down to The Plough and Harrow, Litlington.

The return route to Seaford is along NCN2 (via Exceat) and other quiet roads back to the White Lion.

It’s 4 miles on the outward journey and 5 miles on the return.

Is this right for me?
If you are a regular rider then please be aware that we go very slowly, so you may be hanging around waiting.
The outward journey starts on roads with a long slow climb. The return is mostly flat apart from the climb up Exceat hill, which most of us will walk. Click here for a draft Map of the Route

To gauge the terrain have a go at riding the start of the route: Go from the White Lion to the Mini Roundabout. Turn left and go 1/3rd the way up Firle road (to Firle Drive).  Over the outward 4-mile route we do the equivalent of this climb about three times in total, interspersed with flat sections and a long descent.

Additional:
Good bright lights are needed as it’s almost dark when we leave, and we’ll be riding on rough ground away from streetlamps.
This route is about 25% on grass and chalk trails/bridleways, so you will need chunky tyres and a hybrid or mountain bike.
You must wear a helmet. Gloves and a water bottle can make the going easier, but are not essential.
With the warm nights we’ve been experiencing you may want to use insect repellent.

 

If you have any questions then please get in touch. See you there?

Andy

andy.lock@cycleseahaven.org.uk

Thursday pub ride #5

The weather’s STILL holding out and we’re expecting yet another fine day for this week’s slow ride on Thursday 2nd Oct. The ground conditions remain dry and dusty, even after the rain we had Monday night and last night.

Starting at the White Lion on Belgrave Road,  Seaford at 7pm we ride the back way to Bishopstone via Grand Avenue and along the road to Poverty Bottom pumping station. Up the chalky bridleway to Cantercrow Hill and the long fast descent on the back road to the Flying Fish. After some refreshment we take the flatter and easier route home. We expect to be back at The White lion for 9pm.

Last week we had twelve riders with a range of about 60 years between the youngest and oldest ages – that beat the previous week’s record of only 50 years difference in age.

Good bright lights are needed as it’s starting to get dark by the time we arrive at The Fish. Links to route maps are on our first post about these rides. Click HERE to see it.

If you are a regular rider then please be aware that we go very slowly, so you may be hanging around waiting – especially on Cantercrow hill.

See you there?

Andy

andy.lock@cycleseahaven.org.uk

2.5c Friday Night MTB ride report 21st March 2014

The 2C ride only had two people on the night so despite the fact that it would be more demanding for Paul and I and it would slow down the 3C a little, we decided to integrate the two rides into one for safety reasons. Knowing to be a lot slower than the 3c going uphill, we did went with an head start hopping to make it up cardiac at the same time as the 3c riders. We set up a good pace and went straight from the gates to the top of cardiac in one straight run reaching the top about 5mn before the first 3c riders. After a pause to recuperate we went all down to the 3rd craters were we decided to rejoin cardiac half way up while the 3c went down to the candy canes and up again. Once at the top of cardiac it was down via stumpy higher trails , very muddy as usual then one of my favourite trail Doris and Burt then up a step as hell muddy track to a set off on new trails to me. I was surprised how most of the trails had dried up ! Of course any trails holes were still very muddy, but in all the forest was drying very nicely. This was a result as after the ride, we did not have the usual major bike cleaning session and for me it was just a matter of brushing off a little mud of the bike and tyres Fantastic.
The 2C was out for 2 hours did 9 mls in 1.24 pedalling time, not bad going.
This Friday we are hoping to be back to our 2C ride level as long as we have our safety minimum of 3 riders.
Weather so far is looking good for Friday so I hope the numbers will be up!
Luc

Friston Forest 2b MTB ride report 12/10/13

Due to bad weather, we did not ride on Friday night but managed to have a day ride on Saturday afternoon. We did approx 10mls with going up cardiac one and a 1/4 times. I did a bit of video, so here is part one of our Saturday day ride. The ground was muddy and slippery in places, but it was great to see the trails in daylight. Cardiac is as hard by day that it is by night and it was more horrifying to see what kind of hardcore they have dump on it to make it less muddy: broken tiles, glass, wood and a lot more rubbish! Very unfriendly for tyres or dogs, crazy!!!!!!!!!

Winter MTB can be quite treacherous in Friston  and despite the fact that the ride is a 2b, a good  basic level of trail riding is required. We do come off and I talk from experience 🙂

Will provide a link to video we did shortly

The choice of music is always difficult as I need to use royalty free one, but I hope you like the tracks. This one is a little more mellow to show you that MTB does not always have to be fast and furious!

Luc

 

 

2B Friston Friday night 13/09/13 ride report

Despite a wet forecast, 7pm arrived with no rain so, our usual Friday night 2B ride went ahead. Numbers was down again, as a few 2B riders were unable to make it on the night, but we still had 4 riders.
Another 6 fast riders took the 3/4C ride.
Both rides went straight up cardiac with the rain starting by the time we got to the top. The 3/4C went down via the bomb crater run and I decided to introduce one of the original Friston single track trail (Secret Trail) to the 2B riders. Last time I was on it was probably 10 months ago and must say that I did see plenty of “new to me” trails branching of it. Towards the bottom , I managed to take an unplanned turning and we got to the second car park instead of my planned route. This did force us to cycle a little on the road, luckily two of us had rear lights which allowed to proceed safely on the road to rejoin our starting point at the gates. This loop was 6.17mls which we did in 50mn pedalling time.
We were all soaked but as it was still quite early we all decided to do a little more.
We went back to “mobby” and took the lower part of the “fairy trail” (which may have a new name now) and got back to the gates. This second loop was 5.57mls and we did it in 37mn. In all we must have been out for close to 2 hours. Due to the very slippery condition and the rain I will re-label this ride as a 2C. One of our rider had a couple of wipe out, but luckily did not hurt himself.
All in all, a good ride, a little more demanding that first expected due to the weather changing during the ride.
This bring me to a few “winter ridding tips”: Always a good idea to cycle with a small rucksack or camelback, this will enable you not only to carry your water and puncture repair kit but also a small lightweight rain garment and your back light if you do not want to have it fitted on your bike while ridding in the forest (yes they do sometime fall off). Having a small bag will give your back some extra protection from the rain and from a fall. The extra rain garment will also come handy to keep warm in case you have to repair a puncture or have to stand still for any reason.
Another essential item is glasses as you will end up with mud in your face from your front wheel or the rider in front of you. Also you may want to fit mudguards front and back so that you don’t end up looking like having done a mud wrestling match and covering the inside of you car with the brown stuff!
Don’t forget to recharge your light batteries for your next ride, if they have lithium type batteries (most high powered lights do), they can be recharge when they are half empty, the only thing they do not like, is to be left flat for any period of time!
A lot more can be said about winter riding, but this would require a specific article.
Hope the weather will be better next week and hope to see you all at 7.15 on Friday night.
Luc