FGCC solo or paired rides in lock-down November.
Saturday 7th November 08.00am ride
Saturday 14th November 08.00am ride
RT & TK; JR & KBS; ZA (on road bike with hybrid tyres) – riding in pairs and a solo on a last colours ride
Two pelotons of 2 + a Pelotone made their way to Worthing Seafront – ZA on road bike via Offington Lane, Rectory Road and Grand Avenue; RT, KB-S & TK, JR via F.V. Gallops (Ashacre Lane?).
Extensive engineering works at W Worthing Level Crossing meant that the road was closed, so use was made of the subway linking platforms at W Worthing Station. The efficiency/productivity of rail engineers, directly employed by Network Rail as well as those employed by contractors working for NR, was the subject of a brief but nonetheless erudite and informative lecture by Mr Tim Kersley, ‘Our Man in Milton Keynes’ at a location on the Seafront that seemed to lend itself to that purpose (small partially enclosed area adjacent to Canadian Memorial).
Assisted by westerly wind, and before the crowds assembling to hear Tim speak got so large as to make social distancing impossible, 2 + 2 +1 -> Shoreham where we partook of refreshment procured (takeaway) from La Patisserie, in East Street. Thence Western Rd, Hebe Rd, Swiss Gardens, Connaught Ave to Downslink; N to Bramber r’abt, Castle Lane, Roman Rd, Kings Lane, Cripps Lane, Vicarage Lane, Church St, High St, Horsham Rd, across A283 towards Ashurst.
2 + 2 turned L onto a Bridleway (which I believe eventually brought them out onto Spithandle Lane) whilst I continued towards A’hurst before turning left in Spithandle Lane. 2 + 2 crossed A283 at Buncton Crossroads up lane past c/park for Chanctonbury shortly after which they turned R, heading W around base of Chanctonbury, joining SDW to cross A24 and returning via Windlesham (I obtained this info from JR who I saw walking with Lyn + their dogs this a.m.)
From Buncton Crossroads, I had taken A283, turning left into Washington thence up to A24 and thence back to Findon
Total JR, KBS & RT, TK – 27.9 miles & 1,362 ft climbed
Saturday 21st November 08.00am ride
Individual or paired rides.
Late on parade this morning. Had a bit of trouble getting a pedal off to replace with a much wider one. Gallops, down to Goring by a fairly roundabout route. Ilex Way to Ferring. Then into uncharted territory trying to find a way to get to EP off road. Through Ferring Country Centre or whatever it’s called and aling a very muddy bridle path which led nowhere. Forced onto a footpath across a field to the railway line. Crossed the line and across another field back to the A259 at the EP roundabout. Along to Clymping via cycle path.
I’ll be riding this morning to go to the next village and I’ll make a bit of a loop while out. The lockdown rules here mean that I haven’t left our village boundary for a week now but this morning I have a valid excuse to visit the next village as there is nowhere here that I can get a spark plug for the chainsaw!
I’ll submit my mileage for the bling as I’ll be out sort of at the correct time gmt. (Plotaroute 7.74 miles and 1,188ft)
JR’s version of events:
To which PT comments
Gentlemen, V late reporting what was really only a token ride but every outing counts! (Plotaroute total 6.3 miles and 108ft)
Saturday 28th November 08.00am ride
AM first off the blocks for a report, again:
Taking full advantage of the 10minute rule, I left at quarter past and made my way to the seafront at Sea Place via The Spotted Cow and the byway down the side if Angmering bypass. Along to Climping Beach then back to Toddington, with a detour to West Beach, taking the footpath through the old nurseries ( v muddy!) to the track to Poling. Along the footpath behind the church, and across the fields back to Angmering. Plotaroute total 18.7 miles and 423 ft.