Cycle Seahaven have a tradition of riding in the early morning of New Year’s Day – madness. Eight riders from far away as Eastbourne and Crawley (and a few locals, of course) met up outside Bowden House School in Seaford for the start. We had two options, depending on the weather: a road-based route for wind and rain, or a cross-country (XC) route for good conditions. The weather was kind, so we elected to ride up to the exposed ridge on Bo-peep. The soft ground made it pretty tough going, so we turned right to New Pond and made a clockwise loop back to ‘the bench’ at 5-ways. A stiff 7 mile ride to get the blood pumping and set us up for the rest of the day.
Three riders took the lovely descent back to Firle Road. The five remaining riders decided that there were still some calories that needed burning off so they rode back up to Bo-peep and made an anti-clockwise loop via Black Cap and Poverty Bottom – a total of 15 miles.