This week’s suggestions for routes to get you out on your bikes, all come from some of the Club’s regular ride leaders. Remember the revised guidance permits you to exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place. For further info look at the COVID guidance on the CSH website. Don’t forget to post on the CSH Facebook group any pictures you take during your ride 😊.
Week 3 Beginners Ride Saltdean to Hove (Actually) (or Vice versa) 12miles A grade (Terrain)
Click on the link above to view a simple ride of 12 miles that uses traffic free share with care routes for most of the distance. Park at the car park by Saltdean Lido, use the Tunnel to cross the A259, do take time to admire the fantastic mural on the seaside tunnel entrance. One small lump by the Marina and a short section of road from the Marina to Peter Pan playground.
Be careful near the seawall, as in winter this can occasionally get a bit slippery but it’s always ok nearer the Cliff. It can be a bit mucky behind the Marina, it may be easier to take your bike for a short walk on that stretch. The path is always busy with walkers and cyclists. Coffee and Loos at Rottindean, Ovingdean and Hove (Actually).
Week 3 Road Ride Beachy Head Eclectic 47 Miles D Grade (Terrain)
Click on the link above to view an eclectic ride created by David Tyler. This route has absolutely everything, from Downland, The Cuckoo Trail, Eastbourne Seafront, and some wonderful heritage coastline.
Once you’ve ascended from Eastbourne to Beachy Head you will ride what in my view is the best road in Sussex whatever you’re riding/driving, the descent from The Beachy Head Pub to Birling Gap is just wonderful. The return to Seaford uses a short stretch of the A259.
There are some steep climbs, especially up to the Beachy Head Road, and a short but steep ascent through East Dean makes this route well worthy of its D Terrain Grade. Coffee and Loo’s at Chilleys Farm Cafe, Eastbourne Seafront & Cuckmere Haven (Loo)
Week 3- MTB Ride Newhaven to Ovingdean C Grade (Terrain)
Click on the link above to view a superb 28 mile with 2350 ft of ascent ride from Paul Sandles
The gradients are all sensible, however several of the climbs are drawn-out. The route starts / finishes at McDonalds Roundabout at Newhaven and takes in the undulating Cliff Top to Rottingdean before heading for Ovingdean and on to Woodingdean. A nice loop down to Baze Hill & back up to Woodingdean before heading homeward via SDW then dropping down to Harvey’s Cross / Telscombe Tye. Returning via the Cliff Top / Highway and dropping down through August Fields / Valley Road & back to the start / Finish point.
Given the recent rain there’s a number of large puddles out there and beware of the green chalk. One area where caution is need is tree lined track at the bottom of the Standean descent as there are a number of large badger holes running down the centre of the track, big enough to swallow your front wheel. These aren’t fully visible due to the long grass.