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.
As 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