Touring Rides Galore in 2016

There were over a hundred touring rides this year; there would have been more but some were cancelled due to bad weather.

Our last touring ride of 2016 was this morning (Thursday) which included a refreshment stop at the Luna Rossa Italian Restaurant in Newhaven, one of our favourite places to stop for morning coffee. We had intended to go to Rottingdean but the weather conditions suggested the risk of black ice on the higher ground between Newhaven and Peacehaven. We decided it was safer to cut the ride short at Newhaven; the thought of an excellent cup of coffee at the Luna Rossa helped with the decision making!

As usual we had a warm welcome at the restaurant, practised our Italian and drank some superb coffee. Then, before returning to Seaford we cycled along Fort Rd to West Side Promenade; there’s a good view of Seaford Head from there.

This was our 103rd touring ride of 2016 and was one of our shorter rides at just ten miles. Most of our rides this year have been between 20 and 45 miles; the total distance covered by all our rides being about 3,500 miles.

Our longest rides, all round trips, have been via Littlehampton (70 miles), Hastings Pier (51 miles) and Worthing Pier (also 51 miles). There was also a 200K (125 miles) Challenge Ride which comprised numerous laps around a Figure of Eight route passing through Arlington, Chalvington and Ripe.

One of our most enjoyable and easiest rides of the year was a tour of Romney Marsh, a ride of a tad under 50 miles. We simply put the bikes in the backs of our cars and drove to Rye Harbour; it took about an hour to drive there. We’ll do more of those ‘drive and ride’ trips in 2017.

All our rides include refreshment stops and during the year I’ve been updating a map (Google Maps) to show the locations and brief details of those we’ve found to be welcoming to cyclists. There are now 25 refreshment stops on the map. The link to it is: Refreshment Stops

This map may be of use to anyone who is planning a ride and looking for somewhere to stop for a rest and some nourishment. But, please don’t arrive in mud splattered clothing and footwear as the welcome may not be so friendly, especially at restaurants.

Our next touring ride will be on New Year’s Day, weather permitting. Hopefully, this will be the first of another 100+ rides in 2017.

Happy New Year,


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Andy Lock

What a great round-up of another successful year of riding. I love the map of refreshment stops.
Looking forward to the ‘Drive & Ride’ trips in 2017.