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

Touring & MTB Rides – the second weekend of 2019

What an abundance of choices we have on the ride calendar for this weekend!

Starting with an 09:30 Touring ride to Bexhill led by Clive on Thursday morning, graded at 3C and concluding with a ride beginning at 10:30 on Sunday morning finishing with a (non-compulsory!) Sunday Lunch led by Gray, graded at 3B. I’m sure that’s the ride grading, not the lunch.

Our esteemed Chairman is leading the pub ride this Thursday, a great intro to those new to the club, to riding, or those that have just got a bit out of sorts over Christmas with the amount of food consumed! A gentle ride, graded at 1A to the Hope Inn in Newhaven. All are welcome and no stragglers will be left behind – in either direction.

The Ladies Ride on Saturday, led by Sarah & Kate is the first of this year and again, a gentle welcome into 2019. Finishing with the obligatory coffee, cake at cackle and the Lighthouse Cafe in Seaford.

Sunday has no less than four rides going out in the morning, the first two at 08:30 being the Funday ride led by Roy to Alfriston and ending up at The View for refreshments, and the 3B MTB ride to Rottingdean, led by Paul, Mike and Sarah. At 09:00 there’s a Touring ride to Cinders Cafe at Isfield graded as 3B led by Clive, and 10:30 sees Gray’s Lunch ride set off.

All rides are posted on the calendar – please check each one for the starting point as they all differ. As always, lights and helmets are compulsory.

We hope to catch you on at least one of the rides! 

Sarah & Charlie – South Downs, January 2019

The New Years Resolution Ride!

Happy New Year Ladies!

The first ladies ride of 2019 will take place on Saturday 12th January with a gentle Seaford ride ending at the Lighthouse Cafe for refreshments and chatter. 

Meeting on the cycle path at the bottom of Edinburgh Road, we’ll leave at 1pm and take a circular route around Seaford. As always, no-one will will be left behind, and all abilities will be catered for. 

Lights (both front & back), a spare inner tube, bike lock and of course a helmet, are all essential equipment.

Further details can be found on the calendar and the Ride Leaders Sarah and Kate can be contacted through the Ride Leader Contact Page.   

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Outdoor First Aid Course 20/21st Oct

First Aid Course 20-21st October 2018

Course full – try for cancellation place

Are you a ride leader and need to renew your First Aid?  Do you like rolling around in the mud?  Do you want to learn a valuable skill?  Do you like having fun with like minded people?

We have another Outdoor First Aid course on 20th and 21st October. Participants MUST be able to attend both days and the days are long but FILLED with fun. Chris Sparks is an amazing trainer that makes this very interesting, informative and fun.

If you want to attend, please let Tracey Martin know on Contact the Committee. Places are limited – booking form on following link: 

Cost is:  Free for Ride Leaders, Members £35 (plus £10 if you require First Aid at Work Certification) 


Friday night is F F night

Friston Forest MTB starts 22nd June.

Meet at 7 pm at The Gate, just round the corner along Litlington Road. 

Helmets, good lights and knobbly tyres essential. Knee & elbow pads optional, first aid kits available.

 Be prepared for single track, craters, jumps, berms and Cardiac.  Have fun!

A great opportunity to develop your (wild side) full potential. 

For more details contact Chris Hollis on our Ride Leaders’ page

Refreshment Stops Revisited

Looking for a good place to stop on your cycle ride for some rest and refreshment? If so, take a look at the list of refreshment stops that the tourers use on their rides.

It’s recently been revised to include only those which we consider local in touring terms so they’re all in Sussex plus a few on the western side of Kent. Those further away such as in the Seine-Maritime department of France have been deleted but will appear in a future list which may prove useful to cyclists staying in Dieppe.

This revised list comprises thirty refreshment stops of which the ten we most frequently visit are as follows:

The Refreshment List is a Google Map showing the location of each of the thirty places.

Happy cycling,


A Perfect Autumn Cycle Ride

Cyclists outside the Di Paolo Café in Bexhill

Thursday was a superb day, dry and sunny with no wind: the perfect autumn day for cycling. Our destination was Bexhill, one of our favourite destinations for a ride. It’s a virtually flat route apart from Chapel Hill just after the start; in fact roads don’t get much flatter than Rickney Lane which we cycled along to cross the Pevensey Levels!

This made for easy cycling, especially as there wasn’t a headwind so we cruised along at a rate of knots more familiar to the Intermediates and Sportives! it didn’t seem long before we reached Bexhill and was cycling along the promenade towards our café stop at the Colonnade, underneath the De La Warr Pavilion.

We were surprised to find the Colonnade fenced off. (It appears that ‘Tea Beside The Sea’ café has permanently closed; the lease expired). However, there’s no shortage of cafes in Bexhill so we soon found one the other side of the De La Warr Pavilion called ‘Di Paolo Café’. What a super place: friendly staff, good food and drink and quite large inside so plenty of tables and chairs. It’s since been added to our Refreshment List.

This list now has over 40 cyclist friendly refreshment stops that the tourers are happy to use. Most are in Sussex but a few are in Kent and the Seine-Maritime department, just across the English Channel in France. This list may be of use to anyone who is planning a ride and looking for somewhere to stop for a rest and some nourishment.

Cyclists at the rather spooky Arlington Tea Garden

The first place on the Refreshment List is the Arlington Tea Garden which we’ve been stopping at for many years, often on a Thursday when returning to Exceat on our longer distance rides. It’s only about six miles back to the finish at the car park in Friston Forest. Thursday was no exception. We’d made good time and the sun was shining so we called in for a cuppa. We were impressed by the Halloween decorations.

All in all this had been a perfect autumn cycle ride: excellent weather for the time of year, great company and two super refreshment stops.

Happy cycling,


Tourers visit the Lavender Line

It was off to the Lavender Line at Isfield for the tourers on Sunday, a round trip of 43 miles, to visit one of our favourite refreshment stops, Cinders. It’s the station buffet which is run by volunteers and, as you walk in, you feel as if you’re going back in time to the days of steam. There are plenty of old railway signs and pictures adorning the walls which add to the interest. After getting our drinks we decided to sit outside on the platform and admire the trains; there was certainly plenty happening!

The ride to and from Isfield took us along some very pleasant country lanes passing through Laughton and Palehouse Common on the outward trip, coming back via Glynde on the return trip. At this time of year of course, the leaves of the hedgerows and trees are changing colour so we’ll soon be doing some Autumn Colours rides, similar to last year. As usual, details will be on the Rides Calendar.

Happy cycling,