Touring Road Ride to Littlehampton – 6 August 2013

We’re quite lucky in Cycle Seahaven as we have a national cycle route going through our area as well as a ferry port on our doorstep. Cycling past the iconic East Beach Cafe at Littlehampton_800This means we can easily cycle to London or Paris using the newly signposted Avenue Verte route or cycle along the south coast on Route 2 (The South Coast Cycle Route).

So, with this in mind, four of us met up at the Martello Tower at 8.30 am. It was a beautiful morning – sunny, a gentle onshore breeze, calm sea and the ferry was in. Shame we didn’t have our passports! A ride to Paris will have to wait until another day!

Never mind, the cycle route to Littlehampton is great, being virtually flat and largely traffic-free although the section between Newhaven and Peacehaven is a disaster; the problems will be well known to Cycle Seahaven members.

After managing to get through Newhaven it was plain sailing from Peacehaven onwards. We followed the cycle route signs through some back roads, crossed over the A259 near the Smugglers Rest, then cycled along a shared cycle/foot path for a short distance before going down to the undercliff pass just before Saltdean. We soon passed Brighton Marina, a short incline there, then along Madeira Drive towards Brighton Pier. It wasn’t long before we were pedalling along the cycle path adjacent to Kings Rd, reaching the Peace Statue at Hove by 10.00 am where a fifth member of Cycle Seahaven joined us.

After that we cycled through Portslade, crossed over some locks at Shoram Harbour, diverted through Shoram due to some repairs to a bridge, then along the promenades of South Lancing and Worthing where we had a café stop by the beach. The next section, between Goring-by-Sea and Rustington entailed cycling on some fairly quiet roads before returning to the coast to cycle into Littlehampton along the promenade. (It’s legal to cycle along these promenades; why not at Seaford)?

It was 1.00 pm and time for a leisurely lunch which we decided to have on the Climping side of the River Arun at The West Beach Cafe. Good spot. The return journey was back along the same route, reaching Seaford just after 6.00 pm. That may sound like a long time but it was a round trip of 75 miles conducted at touring pace, slower along the promenades, and included four refreshment stops.

It had been a superb cycle ride; good company, perfect weather conditions and excellent route, apart from the ‘Newhaven to Peacehaven’ bit.

Must remember to take my passport next time!

Happy cycling,

Clive Aberdour

21 July 2013: Touring Road Ride to the Lavender Line

It was a beautiful sunny Sunday morning as seven Cycle Seahaven cyclists gathered at Martello Tower at 8.30 am to commence a road ride at touring pace (average speed of 11.5 mph) to Isfield. Why Isfield? Because that’s where the Lavender Line starts and there’s a quaint old railway station with a superb buffet. The talk, as we gathered at the start, was all about the Tour de France; it was the final day and, barring a major upset, Chris Froome would be the winner.

2013-07-21 Lavender LineAs we wound our way through the country lanes that morning there was a gentle breeze which took the edge of the sun’s heat. The countryside looked magnificent if a little parched at times and there was an unusually high number of cyclists on the roads. Even car drivers seemed more cycle friendly today; was this a Tour de France effect??? It almost felt as if we were cycling in France except we were on the other side of the road!

We reached the railway station at Isfield two hours and 24 miles later; a fast touring pace at 12 mph! Perhaps we should slow down. After a cuppa in the buffet and a quick wander around the station we started our return journey. The terrain was easy going and the return route was shorter so we had time to stop at Arlington Reservoir for an ice cream and still managed to return to Seaford on time at 1.00 pm.

By now the sun felt really hot so, after a cold shower and something to eat, it was soon time to sit down and watch the final stage of the Tour de France. Chris Froome won of course.

A perfect cycling day!




This ride appeared in our calendar with the following details:
Road – Touring (C): Isfield (Lavendar Line)
When Sun, 21 July, 8:30am – 1:00pm
Where Martello Tower in Seaford
Description This ride is specifically aimed at those who want to cycle at Touring Pace, ie an average speed of 11.5 mph whilst cycling.
It’s approximately a 44 mile round trip with a refreshment stop in the buffet at Isfield Station, on the Lavendar Line. Parts of the route are flattish and some parts are quite hilly.
Google Maps link: The Route

Touring Road Ride to the Pevensey Levels – 30 June 2013

Ten cyclists met at the Martello Tower at 8.30 am to commence a road ride at touring pace (average speed of 11.5 mph) to the Chilley Farm Cafe on the Pevensey Levels. This was mostly a flattish route except for Chapel Hill near Lullington. After a breather at the top we continued through Wilmington to Caneheath and Hailsham. From there we rode along the Cuckoo Trail to Polegate and then country lanes to Rickney and then the cafe at Chilley Farm. We were suprised by the number of cyclists we saw but it was warm and sunny with very little wind so perfect conditions for cycling.

Chilley Farm Cafe made for a perfect refreshment stop for cyclists; it’s on National Cycle Route 2 so no doubt is popular with cyclists.

We took a slightly shorter route for our return journey which meant the round trip was about 35 miles; ideal for a sunday morning bike ride.

Ride Leader: Clive Aberdour

This ride was published as ‘Road (Touring) level C’
Click HERE to to view an online map of the route

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