Ride Report – Beginners MTB 4th Jan 2015

Another early morning start for our regular bi-weekly beginners ride from the Martello Tower in Seaford. We take mainly the same route each time with a few minor variations so we all get to know the route very well. A great way to learn some of the back ways around the town. This morning we set off with nine riders to ride anti-clockwise around the perimeter of Seaford on bridleways and quiet roads. Well, that was the plan anyway. On the bridleway between Eastbourne Road and Alfriston Road we had a puncture so we all parked up to carry out a trail-side repair. After the job was almost complete we found another puncture, then another. Nine punctures in total and we’d only been riding for 25 minutes and covered a leisurely 2.5 miles. A passing walker informed us thsat the hedgerows has been cut back, so there were lots of thorns on the rest of the route we had intended to take. 90 minutes later we had all tubes repaired so continued along the roads to avoid yet more hawthorn. Six minutes later we had another flat, but this was fixed in record time (new tube & CO2 inflator, rather than patch & pump). We continued on the back-roads and seafront to finish at the Salts Café for refreshments. Six and a half miles in 3 hours. That must be some kind of record!

On leaving the café we repaired another puncture – the twelfth of the day. Tip – avoid the bridleway between Alfriston Road and Eastbourne Road, unless you want to practice puncture repair in the cold and wet.

The usual good company and giggles helped make this ride memorable for the right reasons.

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Hats off to Gus ‘tyre lever fingers’ Lock who diligently fixed all the tyres despite the well intended ‘help’ from us and amidst the usual silly giggles/ comments laughter and of course the helpful new Pit lane stopwatch Girl Debbie….. Great fun!!