Dave & Jo’s Ride With GPS Adventure

With the usual off-road trails frankly horrible at the moment what better time is there to explore some of the quieter roads just north of the Downs.

Now we can all look at a map and sort out a little spin but there is always the chance that the lanes we pick won’t be as good as we think, or we will miss some of the small byways that make a trip memorable.

Time to call on the Club’s ‘Ride with GPS’ program.  There are dozens of routes already on the system and following a recommendation from Dave Sutton to give “Gravel Byways” a go we set about downloading the App and getting going.

To most this is a walk in the park, but for “technophobes” like us, the thought was not one we relished!

But you will be very pleased to hear that by following the instructions in the Winter Newsletter it was actually a piece of cake, and honestly if we think that then it really is easy!

The system is fantastic. Get to your start location, press go and stick your phone in a pocket close to your ear and follow the instruction, simple. Just like your car Sat Nav it warns of turnings in advance, then at the turning. If you happen to miss the turn, like we did a couple of times, it beeps at you annoyingly until you stop and check the onscreen map and realise the error of your ways. It even gives you a little fanfare when you are back on track!

The route was brilliant as we were guided around lanes centred on Arlington, most of which we had ridden on before, but it also took us along several off-road byways that we didn’t know were even there! Absolutely brilliant.

And the best bit: it gives you a big Fanfare when you get the end!! 😊

I would highly recommend having a look at the system. Its brilliant and in these times when we can’t ride together following one of our great ride leaders, I can’t think of a better way of exploring new routes.

Happy cycling,

Jo & Dave Barlow

Ride With GPS (RWGPS) Club Account: Getting Started by Dave Sutton

Here is some feedback from the ‘guinea pig’ members we used for the trialling the RWGPS Club Account.

Signing Up

Before attempting to access the “Auto Joining” link sent in the newsletter, you will first need to have a RWGPS account. The free version is fine as you get the premium features with all Club Rides.

Due to the ease of setting up, our guinea pigs found it is easier to set up the account on a PC/Laptop first, as the bigger screen just seemed to make it easier.

Once you have successfully set up your account, you can click on the link in the newsletter and follow the instructions to join the Cycle Seahaven Club Account.

Anyone new to RWGPS may find it beneficial do the tutorials and play around with the Tools etc to familiarise themselves BEFORE trying to use it.

Choosing a Route

The guinea pigs reported that route selection was easier on a PC or Laptop due to the ability to filter by Tags.

From your newly created RWGPS account you should then be able to see the CSH Routes Library tab to the right of logo.

Once you click on Route Library you should see a screen similar to this one below. When looking to choose a ride from the library, you can filter by “Tags”, Currently they are Road, Off Road and Gravel; you can also filter by terrain difficulty. These are labelled as per the CSH Grading System for Terrain. If you read the accompanying notes for each ride it will identify the start point.

Downloading a Route

Install the RWGPS App to your phone. It’s available in IOS and Android and sign in with the same details you joined with.

When using the app on your phone, you can download the route, it’s mapping and directions whilst you are on your home Wi-Fi. If you do this, the route mapping and directions will be stored on your phone and not use data whilst on the road or trail.

Tap the CSH Icon on your screen

If you tap on the CSH logo you will get this screen.

If you then tap Organisation Routes you get this screen.

I have chosen ‘Robin, Cuckoo and Gun’ to Download. You can tap on the route or tap on the three buttons to the right of the route, and tap Download. The screen below shows the view if you tap the route title. You can then press Download.

Download times for the routes can take a few minutes depending on the file size and your Wi-Fi speed. Routes you have downloaded will be viewable in your “Library”, the button for which is at the bottom of the Home Screen. Then press “Offline”.

Navigating with the App

Once you have downloaded a route for offline use,  use the “navigate” button in the App. This will appear in your Library under offline.

When you are ready to ride just tap Navigate and you should get spoken turn by turn navigation in a similar fashion to a car sat nav. Obviously you will need to have your phone’s GPS switched on!

Several users have reported that by turning the phone volume to full and placing the phone in a jacket or jersey pocket, the audible turn by turn instructions were sufficient to navigate by, and had no need to look at the screen.

Whilst on a ride, if you’re unsure of where you are, you can stop, check your phone, pinch zoom and swap between map types or use the re-centre icon.

Mapping.

You get several options with Map type and overlays. These are accessed by tapping the icon that looks like a stack of papers on the map screen.

From here you can choose what you want:

– Off Road OSM Outdoor or OSM Cycle resemble OS maps.

– Road rides Standard is the Google Map,

I also like Directional Arrows, Distance Markers and Map Scale.

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Cycle Seahaven Lockdown Cycling Suggestions Week 4

Hopefully the last Lockdown  suggestions  for routes to get out on your bikes and enjoy, again they all come from some of the Club’s regular ride leaders.

Remember the revised guidance permits you to exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place. Further info look at the COVID guidance the CSH website

Don’t forget to post on the CSH Facebook group any pictures you take during your ride 😊.

 

Week 4 Beginners Ride North Cuckoo Trail 16 miles B Grade (Terrain)

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34717187

Click on the link above to view a simple ride of 16 miles that is a great beginner’s ride, safe share with care path that is a disused railway , so manageable gradients.

Ideal for youngsters. This section goes north and uphill from Hailsham to Heathfield, downhill return makes this super fun. There are some road crossing that have pelican controls, a couple of minor ones that don’t. Always popular with walkers and horse riders. Go uphill for as long as you want, free parking in the Hailsham Car Park.

No loo stops during COVID times, cafes and shops in Horam and Heathfield.

 

Week 4 Road Ride Horam  49 Miles C Grade (Terrain)

https://www.strava.com/routes/17957505

Click on the link above to view a favourite ride of Mark Smoker who regularly leads the Road Sportive Group. This one goes out to Lewes and Ringmer and back through Hailsham so lots of possible stops for people who aren’t used to doing 50 miles.

Horam and Hailsham are on the Cuckoo trail route above,  so a great opportunity for a family ride meet up where there are different abilities. Being a Sportive route it will take in faster roads.

Toilets in Lewes and Ringmer, Cafes and shops at Horam and Hailsham

 

Week 4 MTB Ride Peacehaven Loop 16 Miles B/C Grade (Terrain)

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34682870

This week’s MTB B/C (Terrain dependant on ground conditions) rid , is a favourite of Roger Lambert, it takes in Poverty Bottom to the masts , descend Itford Hill to Egrets Way, cross the C7 (Take Care). climb the track that will eventually take you into the Big Park, and NCN cycle route 2 / Valley Rd and Elphick Rd back to Newhaven Centre.

Poverty Bottom can be very stick and wet, take care descending Itford Hill, take your bike for a walk if you’re not sure. C7 Road crossing and that’s about it.

Toilets and Refreshments at the YHA, Big Park and Seaford Prom.

 

 

Hope you’ve all enjoyed these suggested rides. Stay safe and Happy Cycling.

Sarah Winser and Dave Sutton CSH Ride Leader Coordinators

Cycle Seahaven Lockdown Cycling Suggestions Week 3

This week’s suggestions for routes to get you out on your bikes,  all come from some of the Club’s regular ride leaders. Remember the revised guidance permits you to exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place. For further info look at the COVID guidance on the CSH website. Don’t forget to post on the CSH Facebook group any pictures you take during your ride 😊.

 

Week 3 Beginners Ride Saltdean to Hove (Actually)  (or Vice versa) 12miles A grade (Terrain)

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34676119

Click on the link above to view a simple ride of 12 miles that uses traffic free share with care routes for most of the distance. Park at the car park by Saltdean Lido, use the Tunnel to cross the A259, do take time to admire the fantastic mural on the seaside tunnel entrance. One small lump by the Marina and a short section of road from the Marina to Peter Pan playground.

Be careful near the seawall, as in winter this can occasionally get a bit slippery but it’s always ok nearer the Cliff. It can be a bit mucky behind the Marina, it may be easier to take your bike for a short walk on that stretch. The path is always busy with walkers and cyclists. Coffee and Loos at Rottindean, Ovingdean and Hove (Actually).

 

Week 3 Road Ride Beachy Head Eclectic 47 Miles D Grade (Terrain)

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34430931

Click on the link above to view an eclectic ride created by David Tyler. This route has absolutely everything, from Downland, The Cuckoo Trail, Eastbourne Seafront, and some wonderful heritage coastline.

Once you’ve ascended from Eastbourne to Beachy Head you will ride what in my view is the best road in Sussex whatever you’re riding/driving, the descent from The Beachy Head Pub to Birling Gap is just wonderful. The return to Seaford uses a short stretch of the A259.

There are some steep climbs, especially up to the Beachy Head Road, and a short but steep ascent through East Dean makes this route well worthy of its D Terrain Grade. Coffee and Loo’s at Chilleys Farm Cafe, Eastbourne Seafront & Cuckmere Haven (Loo)

 

Week 3- MTB Ride Newhaven to Ovingdean C Grade (Terrain)

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34677501

Click on the link above to view a superb 28 mile with 2350 ft of ascent ride from Paul Sandles

The gradients are all sensible, however several of the climbs are drawn-out. The route starts / finishes at McDonalds Roundabout at Newhaven and takes in the undulating Cliff Top to Rottingdean before heading for Ovingdean and on to Woodingdean. A nice loop down to Baze Hill & back up to Woodingdean before heading homeward via SDW then dropping down to Harvey’s Cross / Telscombe Tye. Returning via the Cliff Top / Highway and dropping down through August Fields / Valley Road & back to the start / Finish point.

Given the recent rain there’s a number of large puddles out there and beware of the green chalk. One area where caution is need is tree lined track at the bottom of the Standean descent as there are a number of large badger holes running down the centre of the track, big enough to swallow your front wheel. These aren’t fully visible due to the long grass.

Cycle Seahaven Lockdown Cycling Suggestions Week 2

During the current Lockdown, we are posting some weekly suggestions for you to get out on your bikes and enjoy. So here are Week 2’s suggested rides.

Remember the  revised guidance permits you to exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place – with the people you live with, with your support bubble or, when on your own, with one person from another household. So, if you’re on your own pick up the phone to one of your regular group members, or just post on the CSH Facebook group, we’re pretty sure you will find a ride buddy. Don’t forget to share any pictures you take during your ride 😊.

 

Week 2 Beginners Ride OVET (Bunny Run) and Road to Nowhere 6 miles A grade (Terrain)

Click on this link to get a route suggested by  Jamie Simmons, it is an ideal ride  for those that have inexperienced, nervous  or young riders in your group. This route  is flat, has safe crossing at any road junctions, and most importantly no road sections. 

 

Week 2 Road Ride Muddles Green Community Shop 28 Miles 0o 14 miles  B Grade (Terrain).

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34609667

Click on the link above to view a ride that is an easy going route with no major hills. This ride has been suggested  by Clive Aberdour and is another favourite of the Tourers. This is a 28 mile route starting and finishing at Exceat with a possible café stop at Muddles Green. However, this is open for a takeaway coffee and snack, with seating adjacent, availability of the shop’s toilet is unknown.

There is an option is to do a shorter route by starting and finishing at the lay-by on Station Rd opposite Arlington Reservoir

The pink line on the map shows the outward leg of the route and the brown, the return leg.

 

Week 2 MTB Ride Firle Beacon Coach Road and Alfriston C Grade (Terrain)

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34628637

Click on the link above to view a superb 20 mile with 1500 ft of ascent ride from Team Winser. The gradients are all sensible, the route takes in  the South Downs Way, Old Coach Road, Alfriston Lullington Heath and Friston Forest and The Sheep Field. 

Usual hazards, tree roots and green chalk can be slippery if it’s wet. Short stretch along the A259, but footpath available to take your bike for a walk if it’s “carmageddon” at Exceat Bridge. Toilets and Refreshments at Seaford Prom and Alfristion.

Cycle Seahaven Lockdown Cycling Suggestions Week 1

During the current “Lockdown”, we are hoping to post some weekly suggestions for you to get out on your bikes. The revised guidance permits you to exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place – with the people you live with, with your support bubble or, when on your own, with one person from another household.

Each week there will be a beginner’s ride, that should be ideal for families as it will be mainly on traffic free routes, but it might involve getting to a suitable start point by car.

We will be also posting a suggested ride that is a bit more challenging, these will be relatively simple to ride and navigate in dry conditions, but may be harder if the weather is inclement. These routes will be either B or C grade (Terrain) as the speed you cycle them will be up to you. Don’t forget to post on the CSH Facebook group any pictures you take during your ride  .

 

Week 1 Beginners Ride West Beach Martello (or Vice versa) 10 miles A grade (Terrain)

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34581876

Click on the link above to view a simple ride of 10 miles that uses traffic free share with care routes for the majority of the distance. There is a small amount of road from the Newhaven Quay to the to the Harbour Entrance, but this is a dead end so shouldn’t have too much traffic. Obviously, the “road to nowhere” is still traffic free at time of writing.

Hazard wise it’s fairly simple, watch out for turning traffic by B & Q, Lidls and Railway Road in Newhaven. If you decide to cycle round the car park at Newhaven West Beach, mind out for the joints and cracks in the concrete.

There are toilets at Seaford Martello and Fort Road Park in Newhaven. Hopefully coffee will be available at the takeaway outlets at each end of the route.

 

Week 1 Road Ride Arlington Res Loop 30 Miles C Grade (Terrain) or 10 Miles B Grade (Terrain)

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33243891

Click on the link above to view our first suggested road ride. A favourite ride with the Tourers, start and finish at Exceat Car Park, or use the road or “sheep field” to extend the distance and ride from home. Outbound there is Chapel Hill that gives this the route the C grade, but you can route via Drusillas to avoid this and make it a B grade.

This is also a fantastic beginners 10 mile road ride if you do the middle section from Arlington Res, if you’re lucky there is free parking in the adjacent lay by.

 

Week 1 MTB Ride The Masts Loop 10 Miles B Grade (Terrain)

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34581999

Click on the link above to view a simple ride of 10 miles, taking in some superb views from the Southdowns way to both the Weald and Coast. The route derives it’s name from the Beddingham Transmission Masts. Toilets at Seaford Martello, and Seaford Buckle. Coffee from takeaway outlets on Seaford prom.

Terrain wise it’s quite straight forward, but watch out in the gulley near Poverty Bottom for the tree routes and “Green chalk” that can be slippery this time of year. The route starts at the junction of Firle Road and the Concrete Road TQ and ends at the junction of Bishopstone Road and the A259

What did Cycle Seahaven ever do for me?

Cycle Seahaven means a lot of things to a lot of people. For some it is a way of having fun with like-minded people, for others, it’s been a lifeline. For one young man, it shaped his career choice. Here’s his story:

I joined Cycle Seahaven because my mum, Louise Pye, became a member. As one of the younger members of the club, I wasn’t to deterred by riding with the older members because I enjoy getting out on my mountain bike and participating in club rides.

It was one of those rides that changed the direction of my life. We were in the forest and one of the male riders in the group rode into one of the bomb holes/craters. Apparently, he had done this many times before but this time he misjudged it and crashed. He was obviously concussed and we didn’t know what was wrong with him, so we called for an ambulance. Because of the location and the difficulty of access for vehicles, the air ambulance was called and it landed in a field nearby not long afterwards. Fortunately, the rider didn’t need it but he did get admitted to hospital and was kept in overnight.

Cycle Seahaven had organised several first aid courses in the past and these were open to Ride Leaders and members of the club. The two-day course didn’t cost much and I thought it would be a handy skill to have if someone I was riding with ever fell off.

I did the course in 2017 and absolutely loved it. The training was brilliant, with a focus on the type of injury a cyclist might sustain. It finished with a practical exercise in the forest and left me wanting to learn more.

As a result, I decided to join St John Ambulance in 2018. They gave me further training and I became an Operational Cadet First Aider. This gave me the chance to attend small and large events, providing first aid to members of the public.

When I turned 18 I assisted the cadets as an adult staff member, training them in first-aid. As I progressed in St John I started to undertake some management roles too. It was at about this point I realised I wanted to join the Ambulance Service and become a Paramedic.

There were two routes open to me, go to university for 3 years or join the service and work my way up. So I decided to go for option 2.

I then I spend the next few years gaining as much experience as possible. I became a Team Leader at the Amex stadium, a First Responder for a medical company and a Dementia Specialist

After this, I applied for the role of Apprentice Associate Ambulance Practitioner in the South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAMBS). I was accepted in April 2020.

I then spent 18 weeks during the lockdown, doing clinical training.  I am now out on the road working full time responding to 999 medical emergencies. I’m really enjoying it.

I hope to become a paramedic in the next couple of years. All this because of Cycle Seahaven and a bloke falling off his bike!

Cameron PYE
TAAP
Brighton OU  

Prizes up for grabs in East Sussex active travel challenge

Sustran’ s annual Active Travel Challenge in East Sussex is now open. People can register now to be in with a chance to win early bird prizes.

The Active Travel Challenge is an online journey-logging competition for people who live or work in East Sussex, with prizes up for grabs worth £1500.

Log your journeys throughout October

You can register as an individual or as a workplace team and log journeys made by walking, cycling and public transport throughout October.

The aim of the challenge is to encourage a switch to active and more sustainable travel.
Take part even if you’re working from home

 

In recognition of the impact that Covid is having on peoples’ lives, anyone currently working from home can still take part, by going for a walk, run or cycle during their working day.

Those taking part can also log any journey replacing the car with a mode of active travel.

Making walking and cycling the preferred way to travel

Robert Laslett, Sustrans’ Active Travel Officer, said:

“The Challenge fits really well with the Government’s new strategy for making walking and cycling the preferred way of travelling locally during the current pandemic and beyond.

“And we hope it will also help people to stay fit and healthy while having fun.”

A large proportion of the East Sussex population lives and work in the same area.

A fifth of people choosing to drive a car or van to work make trips under 2km, while nearly half of all journeys in Newhaven, Eastbourne, Bexhill and Hastings are under 5km.

Competitions such as the Active Travel Challenge have a significant role in helping people reconsider how they travel for everyday journeys, and in helping them to stay active if working from home.

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“I’ve realised that logging journeys has made me more mindful of leaving the car at home!” Blockquote quotation marks

KATHRYN, A PREVIOUS PARTICIPANT IN THE ACTIVE TRAVEL CHALLENGE

Prizes to be won

There’s £1500 worth of prizes and vouchers to be won.

Anyone who logs 20 active journeys will automatically be entered into a prize draw for the grand prize of a new bike or a voucher to stay at the Rye Lodge Hotel.

Other prizes include an East Sussex organic winery tour and lunch, cream tea at the Grand Hotel in Eastbourne, a local fruit and veg box, Klean Kanteen water bottles and vouchers for Cotswold Outdoor, National Trust and Wiggle.

There is also a package of charity donations to give away to the best workplace teams.

The challenge is supported by East Sussex County Council with funding from the Department for Transport’s Access Fund.

Click on this link for more information Register for the Active Travel Challenge

Ripe’s Winged Wheel: Good News

The CTC Winged Wheel plaque, which used to be on the old Lamb Inn at Ripe, has been restored and is now mounted on the wall at the front of the Ripe Village Stores. The above photo was taken by a lone cyclist who was passing through Ripe on Wednesday afternoon: Dave Sutton.

It’s almost two years ago when I took a picture of the derelict pub and posted an entry to the blog about the Winged Wheel. These cast-iron plaques, two feet in diameter, were issued by the CTC about 120 years ago to approved inns and hotels. The Lamb was clearly an approved inn so it’s seems apt that it should be transferred to the Village Stores opposite which has a superb cyclist friendly café inside. The plaque has been restored by members of the East Sussex CTC.

The café is, of course, closed during the Coronavirus outbreak but I’m sure that when the restrictions are lifted plenty of cyclists will be visiting the café as soon as it reopens. I know that the café proprietor is intending to have a ‘Winged Wheel’ event one Sunday at which local cycling clubs will be invited. We’ll certainly be there.