Warmest ride of the Year

A very enthusiastic 11 of us enjoyed our warmest ride of the year. The concrete road was ‘dismissed’ by the Improver group and a new rider with CS, new to riding the Downs too, who just went for it and happily listened to, and, eventually, acted on, advice about dropping your heels in the ready position. And that was before we reached the trig point….! Outstanding.

We did the usual trundle through Firle Borstal car park but turned left at the masts and headed down the grassy track past America farm for South Heighton and Denton. But we regrouped near New Barn and decided another climb was called for before we hit 'town'.

It was one of those days when the South Downs are slightly hazed and hard to leave, especially on a bicycle. So back up we went to a properly dry introduction for a number of our riders to the single track down through the tunnel of trees, over the roots and avoiding random lumps of flint to Poverty Bottom.

Then back through Bishopstone and along the seafront to the Martello for the now traditional coffee & cake.

17 miles and 1250′ of elevation at an average speed of just over 8 mph.

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