Big boost for CSH nominated charity!

 

There’s no denying that  COVID-19 has seriously curtailed Cycle Seahaven’s activities and that in turn has led to reduced opportunities to support the club’s nominated charity, Seaford’s Down Syndrome and Special Needs Support Group (SDSSNSG).
Tracey Martin, decided something needed to be done and that it was time to substitute two wheels for two wings and a propeller. The idea of a charity skydive had been born. Now Tracey is not scared of danger as anyone who’s seen her fast MTB descents towards five bar gates can testify, but for this she needed a sidekick.
A quick phone call to another club member (who happened to be in a bar at the time) resulted in a commitment to join the venture. All they needed now was sponsorship, good weather and a lot of courage.
However, fate was to intervene. Tracey’s side kick just ‘happened’ to fall off his bike and injure his shoulder. A replacement Lemming was required. Enter the equally terrified Kirstie Forcey, who bravely decided to stand in for the injured rider (who made a miraculous recovery the day after she volunteered).
The two set about getting sponsorship for the charity  from other club members, family and anyone too terrified to say ‘no’.
The jump was set for Sunday, 20 September and despite numerous rain dances, sacrifices to the weather gods and hopes of a global aviation fuel shortage, the conditions were perfect.
Tracey and Kirstie were dragged up to Headcorn Parachute Club by a group of supporters and handed over to the Tandem Instructors. There was no escape.
Having been briefed on the social distancing requirements and landing techniques required to ensure they didn’t plough up the landing area the two boarded the aircraft.
The flight to altitude (12,000 feet or just over 2 miles up) must’ve set their hearts racing. Whilst the spectators on the ground couldn’t see their faces they could still hear the swearing until the pair exited the aircraft.
Even the 120 mile an hour freefall couldn’t muffle the screams until their canopies opened at 5000 feet. Phew!
Now tandem instructor’s can be cruel and with their ears still ringing it was time for revenge. Pulling down a toggle they put the girl’s canopies into violent spins (they would have experienced less G Force in a washing machines spin cycle)  before both made surprisingly graceful landings on the airfield.
They had done it, they looked green,  but they were elated and they hadn’t been sick. The children of Kent had learnt some new swear words and SDSSNSG are (currently)  £1,377:50 better off.
Well done both of you! Those that were there know just how much courage you plucked up to do the Skydive.
It is not too late to add to this total and if you’d like to contribute to the club’s charity please click on this link, contact Tracey or Kirstie or drop a few coins into the Dr Bike collection box. Let’s boost the club’s contributions to our nominated charity!

The Pan American Highway challenge -Week One Challenge Update

The Pan American Highway challenge has seen lots of club members out riding and adding their miles together.

This week we have had 54 members riding 2,728 miles in just one week !!!

We started our challenge in a town called Deadhorse, Prudhoe Bay, Alaska from here we have cycled through some great sounding places. Here’s just a few Coldfoot, Livengood, Moose Creek (top picture), Dot Lake, Beaver Creek, Whitehorse (centre picture), Chickens Neck Mountain Ecological Reserve, and are now finishing the week in Vancouver (bottom picture).   Go on get the map out and take a look.

 

 

There is still plenty of time to join us on this fun virtual challenge so join the Strava group or email/message us your daily miles and we can add you in. Open to all club members and their families. If you are on turbo trainers your miles still count

Here are a few pics from this week’s adventures. Come on join the challenge and help us reach Ushuaia in Argentina

Jo and Dave Barlow

 

 

 

 

 

Virtual Challenge – Cycle Around the UK and More

Jo and Dave Barlow were feeling a bit bored and decided that they needed a challenge to get back out on their bikes. They anticipated that other club members may be feeling the same and that’s when their idea of a virtual challenge developed. 

 

To cycle around the UK and maybe a bit more.

Click here to see how you are doing.

Jo said:

The idea was to get as many club members back out on their bikes riding at their own pace, distance and in a safe way with regards to the current environment and we would accumulate all miles covered over the coming weeks.

There were 2 parts to the challenge – Part 1 to cycle around the UK which is approx 4,000 miles

The challenge started on Monday 27th April and in the first week we already have:

  –  87 club members who have joined the challenge.  Many of whom have not ridden for a while
  –  230 rides have been completed by those members
  –  4,316 miles have been covered
  –  Approx 118,000 feet of climbing has been achieved – thats 4 times the height of Everest

 

Part 1 of the virtual challenge has now been completed – Seaford to Seaford – 4,000 miles!

Part 2 – the coastline of the UK is 11,034 miles (using OS maps) it is not all accessible, however they plan to continue the challenge and see if 11,034 miles can be reached by Sunday 10th May.

 

Jo continued:

If it can be done, it would be truly AMAZING! It has been a wonderful and fun week sharing our rides and feeling part of Cycle Seahaven in these difficult times.

 

The virtual challenge is open to all club members and anyone they are riding with. It also includes all miles done on turbo trainers and Zwift.

To join the fun is really easy. If you are on Strava please just request to join the Strava Group ‘Cycle around the UK’.  If you are not on strava don’t worry all you need to do is send your daily miles to Jo and Dave via the following email: cauk@cycleseahaven.org.uk and they’ll be added manually.

 

Jo concluded:

We hope to reach Part 2 of this virtual challenge by Sunday, so enjoy the week ahead… and keep cycling!

 

 

Cycle Seahaven Jersey Design 2020

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British Cycling are launching a daily activity to keep kids moving during school shutdown (Covid 19 compliant)

British Cycling has today (Wednesday 25 March) launched a daily activity calendar to keep kids moving and help them to develop new skills, as millions across Britain adjust to life out of school.

The first activity, taking place at 11:00 tomorrow (Thursday 26 March), is Fingers and Thumbs, and the full calendar of activities can be found below. The full suite of games and activities can be accessed at any time here and participants can use this page to get the most out of the activities.

Using British Cycling’s HSBC UK Ready Set Ride games and activities, the daily activities will be shared through our YouTube, Facebook and Twitter channels at 11:00 each day, until Friday 24 April. They are suitable for children from as young as 18 months to eight years old, and many can be done without a bike – making them perfect for indoor play.

Launched alongside the Youth Sport Trust as a tool to help parents introduce pedalling to playtime, HSBC UK Ready Set Ride is split into three stages (Prepare 2 Ride, Balance and Pedals) which provide families with all they need to support children to start cycling.

The initiative was first launched following research by YouGov which showed that a third (33%) of all children cannot ride a bike.

British Cycling Chief Executive, Julie Harrington, said:

“The coming weeks and months are clearly going to be a challenge for parents and kids alike, but through our daily activities I really hope that we can help families to have fun and stay active together.

“While it’s true that the fabric of our sport – from elite racing to kids coaching – faces a period of unprecedented difficulty, I’m absolutely determined to ensure that we use the tools we do have at our disposal to make a difference wherever we can.”

Ali Oliver, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, said: 

“It is vital that we all take personal responsibility during these unprecedented times and play our part in helping to mitigate the impact on children of losing organised sport and activity both inside and outside of school.

“At a home level, it’s a really important moment to help parents manage children with lots of energy. Get them active for 20 minutes every couple of hours. Make sure they get their 60 active minutes a day. Being active is going to reduce their chances of being unwell. It will help them with remote learning. It will improve their concentration and it will make them feel better. It will help make being in the home a more pleasant and positive experience for everybody in the family.”

Luke Harper, Head of British Cycling Partnership at HSBC UK, said:

“The HSBC UK Ready Set Ride activities are perfect for indoor playtime or in the garden, and you don’t even need a bike to get started.

“The initiative is free to use for all, and is a tried and tested way to get your kids up and running on two wheels.”

Calendar of activities:

Once again the full suite of games and activities can be accessed at any time here and participants can use this page to get the most out of the activities.

Thursday 26th March Fingers and Thumbs
Friday 27th March Steady as You Go
Monday 30th March Swipe and Swap
Tuesday 31st March Jump
Wednesday 1st April Step it Up
Thursday 2nd April Twist and Pass
Friday 3rd April Stamp and Slide
Monday 6th April Wibble Wobble
Tuesday 7th April Scoot, Stride and Glide
Wednesday 8th April Speed it Up, Slow it Down
Thursday 9th April Box the Lot
Friday 10th April Criss Cross
Monday 13th April Dot to Dot
Tuesday 14th April I Spy
Wednesday 15th April Limbo
Thursday 16th April Pedal and Glide
Friday 17th April Zig Zags
Monday 20th April Corner Explorer
Tuesday 21st April Pedal and Limbo
Wednesday 22nd April Foot Down
Thursday 23rd April Ups and Downs
Friday 24th April Wave and Go, Figure it Out

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AGM 2020

Transport for the Southeast

 

Transport is completely failing us in the fight against the climate crisis. It’s the largest source of climate-wrecking emissions in the UK. And unlike other sectors, such as power, transport emissions keep rising.

But we’ve just been given a chance to turn this around. Transport for the South East has released a new draft strategy to improve transport in the region – and they want to know what you think.

So let’s tell Transport for the South East that their strategy doesn’t go far enough for the health of people or the planet. We have to take this opportunity to get a transport strategy that will improve walking, cycling and public transport and rapidly cut emissions and traffic.

We have until 10 January to have our say. Will you respond to Transport for the South East’s consultation now?

Have your say here