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
Brighton OU  

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: https://goo.gl/forms/hzv8aSdW70GIaZU12 

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 continues every Friday for 2019.

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 

How to plan a new route

Ride leaders, have you ever thought, “I’d like to go somewhere different today.”  Cyclists, have you thought, “Not Firle Road and Bopeep, again?”

Don’t despair, help is at hand.  Cycle Seahaven has produced a video guide to help you to plan new routes.  It gives you the skills and tools you will need to explore many exciting new routes and find parts of the countryside you never knew existed.

You can access this at   https://youtu.be/rl31gNbvtMU

When you’ve planned them, recce’d them, and proved them with a group, why don’t you put them on our website where you will find nearly 20 others with maps and directions.  Find them at “Rides and Events”, “Cycle Routes”.


Ice is clearly a hazard for cyclists. It can catch out even the most experienced of us and in late Winter the roads can be unexpectedly slippery. Also, the temperature a few miles inland can be 2 or 3 degrees lower than along the coast. As a ride leader the possibility of ice is one of those things I have to consider when deciding if a planned ride should go ahead or be cancelled.

The latest weekly email newsletter “CycleClips” from the CTC (Cyclists’ Touring Club) has a couple of good links on the subject of Ice. (You may already have seen these links if you’re a CTC member). They are:



It’s certainly worth clicking on them and having a read.

Safe cycling,


Peacehaven Discovery Rides

This Autumn join a FREE guided Discovery Ride and discover the Downs on your doorstep! Rides are suitable for all levels of rider and are designed to get more people out  exploring and enjoying the South Downs by bike.

Rides start from Winchester, Shoreham, Peacehaven and Eastbourne and each route will give you an insight in to the South Downs National Park. Using leafy country lanes, bridleways and traffic free trails and connecting you to the Downland landscape and highlighting the special qualities,  it’s wildlife and hidden histories.

All the local (Peacehaven) rides have been entered onto our online Events Calendar so they are in the same place you look for club rides. All Peacehaven Discovery Rides start from Centenary Park, Piddinghoe Avenue, Peacehaven, BN10 8RH

For more details look at the South Downs National Park website here: https://www.southdowns.gov.uk/enjoy/explore/cycling/discoveryrides/

Click and Ride…Photography in the Downs – Weds Sept 9th at 5:30pm
Capture the special qualities of the Downs landscape through a lens or camera-phone with local photographer Carlotta Luke.
Easy – 2hrs Pedal Time

Discover farms on your doorstep – Sat Sept 12th at 11:00am
Explore the farm and meet the farmer and animals at Telscombe Stud Farm.
Easy – 1-2hrs Pedal Time

Discover Churches in the Downs – Sun Sept 13th at 12:00pm
Discover the unique history of Telscombe and Southease churches with local historian Ian Everest and enjoy a picnic by the River Ouse (bring a picnic).
Easy – 2hrs Pedal Time

Discover Wildlife in the Downs – Sat Sept 19th at 3:30pm
Explore the nature on your doorstep with a gentle ride along the Ouse Valley.
Easy – 2hrs Pedal Time

Women Only Bike Skills – Sun Sept 20th at 10:00 am
A relaxed and fun way to gain or improve cycle skills with like-minded individuals, finishing with a short bike ride.
Easy – 1-2hrs Pedal Time


Group riding session

Free Shop Ride with Mr Cycles: Sat 15th Aug, 9.30am start. How to ride your road bike in a group safely. 2hrs with qualified instructor (Jamie Lynch). Booking essential, contact the shop on 01323 893130.

If you’re new to riding on the road, riding in groups, or perhaps thinking of doing a sportive for the first time, this is for you. Learn how to ride safely in a group and communicate effectively with your fellow riders.

Mr Cycles are easily found opposite Seaford railway station, BN25 1NP


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!