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.

Suspension of CSH activities

The committee has been closely monitoring advice regarding the coronavirus/COVID 19 situation.

Cycling UK and British Cycling have today issued press releases suspending cycling activities initially until April 30. This includes recreational riding as well as events. 

Cycling UK state ‘As a result of this revised guidance, Cycling UK has taken the decision to ask all its member and affiliate groups not to run any group activities, including club runs or events.

This is in line with advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UCI, with the aim of ensuring the maximum protection of people across the world’.

It is therefore with regret that Cycle Seahaven is suspending all of its activities pending updated information to the contrary.

Please note that Cycling UK within the same press release also state ‘However, people should not avoid cycling altogether as it remains a great way to keep fit and active and is a good way to boost immunity.’

We leave you to make an informed decision on whether to ride or not. If you choose to do so we would recommend:

1. If riding with others you keep groups as small as possible and ride with at least 10-foot gaps between riders.

2. You avoid café’s, pubs in line with current government advice.

3. You ride less technically challenging routes to avoid the risk of crashing or injury that may place an unnecessary burden on the NHS.

The committee is exploring ways of utilising club resources to support those vulnerable members in our communities. Further updates to follow.

Look after yourselves and hopefully, normal service will be resumed in the not-too-distant future.

All the best,

The Cycle Seahaven Committee.

Ladies Ride: 14th March

 

 

Saturday 14th March. A gentle ride around Seaford, suitable for all abilities. Refreshments at The Lodge on Sutton Avenue. Sign up required. For more info contact Sarah & Kate for more information check the calendar

Access at Red Barn (between East Dean and Birling Gap)

I  have ridden from Birling Gap to the pond at East Dean many times and I suspect, like many of you, I was totally unaware that there is a disabled access gate that makes the transition between the two fields a lot easier. So for those of you that aren’t familiar with it, this photo may help you locate it the next time you’re up there. The gate is tucked away in the far corner and obscured by trees on the Red Barn side. E-bike riders may welcome this as an alternative to the existing options. Incidentally, if you’re curious about rights of way, access etc. this article by Andy ‘Gus’ Lock may be of interest?