A Record January for the Tourers

The tourers clocked up 300 miles with 10 rides in January this year even though there were several cancellations although, not as many as in previous Januarys. This is a record!

The weather must be milder! Two years ago, in January 2017 we only managed about half that distance over 7 rides. Hopefully, the milder weather will continue through February so we can achieve similar figures to January.

Spring is only four weeks away when the weather will turn much warmer and flowers will start appearing in the hedgerows. I hope I’m not being too optimistic! Our aim will be to lengthen the Thursday rides to 40 to 50 miles during March (they’ve been a bit shorter during Winter) and to do a Metric Century, ie 100 kms. Tuesday rides will stay at about 25 miles and, for Sunday rides, 35 miles give or take a few miles.

Happy cycling,

Clive

Tourers get 2019 off to a Good Start

Tourers at Molly’s Cafe on the New Year’s Day ride

New Year’s Day was an excellent day for cycling: dry and sunny with virtually no wind. Eight of us cycled to Molly’s Café at Rottingdean for our first touring ride of 2019.

It was a normal Tuesday ride for us although our average pace was slightly slower than our usual 12 mph due to the promenade between Saltdean and Rottingdean being rather crowded with walkers; hardly surprising given the good weather for New Year’s Day. It was definitely a case of ‘share with care’!

So, having got 2019 off to a good start, perhaps we will surpass the figure 120 touring rides of last year.

In 2019 we will continue to have three touring rides each week: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. The Tuesday rides are the shortest at about 25 miles and the Thursday rides are the longest, usually between 40 and 50 miles. The Sunday rides are usually about 35 miles, give or take a few miles.

That said, there will be some variations. For example there will be at least one Century ride (100 miles), a ride to Littlehampton which is a round trip of 70 miles and the Romney Marsh ride will be on a Sunday rather than mid-week.

Also, some tourers will be doing Phoenix-CTC rides such as the Dieppe Channel Hopper in May, a Tour de la Manche in June, a cycling trip to Amsterdam in July and to Paris in September.

So, there should be plenty of cycling for the tourers in 2019.

Happy cycling,

Clive Aberdour

Another Great Year for the Tourers!

For our final touring ride of 2018 we cycled to one of our favourite cafes: the Castle Cottage Tearoom at Pevensey Castle. It has a 1930/40s ambience with appropriate background music; Glen Millar can often be heard playing. Someone found that their Garmin cycle computer had lost GPS which was hardly surprising; there weren’t any satellites in those days!

It was our 120th touring ride of the year; coincidentally, we cycled 120 rides in 2017! We would have liked to have done more rides but bad weather meant cancelling some. Nevertheless, 120 touring rides in one year is pretty good when you consider that the ‘tourers’ are a small minority of the Cycle Seahaven members.

We endeavour to have three rides each week: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. We cycle at an average speed of about 12 mph which is just the right speed for being able to chat with a fellow cyclist without getting out of breath and also to admire the scenery yet, fast enough to get some decent exercise.

There will be a review of the Tourers in 2018 in the Winter newsletter to be issued in January. To get 2019 off to a good start there will be a touring ride on New Year’s Day to Molly’s Café at Rottingdean. It will start at the Martello Tower in Seaford at 9.30am So, why not join us? The weather is looking good for the time of year.

Happy New Year,

Clive Aberdour

Another Super Tourers’ Christmas Meal

Thirty-two of us, a record number, were at the Cycle Seahaven ‘Tourers’ Christmas meal in the British Legion yesterday evening. It was our fourth year in succession at the Legion so it’s become something of a tradition.

That’s hardly surprising as the meal is excellent value for money, the drink is competitively priced and it’s a very relaxed atmosphere in the Legion. No doubt we’ll be making a return visit next Christmas!

The touring rides will continue throughout this festive season, weather permitting, although not on Christmas Day or Boxing Day! The next planned ride will be on Sunday, 23rd December to Lakeside Café at Horam. After Christmas, the first touring ride will be on Friday, 28 December.

Merry Christmas everyone,

Clive

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Winter Touring Rides: Change of Start Arrangements

During the winter months of December, January and February our Sunday morning touring rides will start at 9.00 am, same as last winter. This will commence next Sunday, 2nd December.

Also, these rides will start at the entrance to Friston Car Park, ie the same start point as for most of our Tuesday and Thursday touring rides. We won’t be starting at the Martello Tower unless a ride goes westwards towards Brighton.

Our first touring ride of winter will be this Sunday, 2nd December, which will include a refreshment stop at Chilley Farm Café. Details are on the Rides Calendar.

Happy cycling

Clive Aberdour

Channel Hopping

Touring cyclists on Seaford Promenade

Seven tourers met at the Martello Tower this morning; five were going to Horam but the other two decided to head for Newhaven ferry port and hop across The Channel to Dieppe to do a short tour of Upper Normandy. The sea was like a mill pond so they should have had a smooth crossing. I wrote about channel hopping to Dieppe in the latest issue of the Cycle Seahaven newsletter (seahaven cyclist). We are fortunate to have a ferry port on our doorstep; Dieppe is only four hours away. Next year Phoenix-CTC is aiming to have several cycling trips to France using the Newhaven-Dieppe ferry starting with a Dieppe Channel Hopper over the May Day bank holiday weekend.

As for the other five, we had a very pleasant ride to Horam using a slightly modified route to the norm. The touring ride next Sunday will be to Heathfield. I wonder if anyone will hop across the Channel instead!

Happy cycling and channel hopping,

Clive

Last of the Summer Touring Rides

Cyclists outside the De La Warr Pavilion at Bexhill

Autumn was suspended for a few days this week; summer returned! The weather was warm and dry with virtually no wind; superb conditions for cycling. In fact, the lack of wind meant the cycling was easier than usual and we were in danger of exceeding our average touring speed of 12 mph! (We could have promoted ourselves to the Intermediates)!

On Tuesday we cycled to the Old Loom Mill café on the Cuckoo Trail at Summerhill where we basked in the sunshine as we had our elevenses.

It was even hotter on Thursday. Nine of us rode to Bexhill; a round trip of 44 miles which is mostly reasonably flat, apart from Chapel Hill so makes for quite a relaxed ride. The good weather certainly attracted plenty of cyclists onto the roads; it would be no exaggeration to say there were more cyclists than cars on the stretch between Pevensey and Bexhill.

We couldn’t resist a photoshoot outside Bexhill’s iconic art deco building, the De La Warr Pavilion, before commencing our return journey. A final café stop at the Arlington Tea Gardens (24 degrees by now) before returning back across Chapel Hill to finish our ride at Friston Car Park.

All in all this had been a terrific ride to Bexhill: great company, superb weather and a nice route. It’ll be back to autumn for our ride next Sunday which will be to Horam.

Happy cycling,

Clive

Horses and Cyclists: A Video

Cycling UK in conjunction with the British Horse Society has issued a short video guide on how cyclists should pass horses. It’s worth watching. Please CLICK HERE to see the video.

A post on this subject, Horses and Cyclists, was issued on 21st August.

Safe and happy cycling,

Clive Aberdour