FGCC rides in January 2020.
Saturday 4th January 08.00am ride.
A reasonably large peloton for a Saturday morning ride – New Year’s resolutions to the fore?
ZA, KBS, PT, JR, TK, Jake (JB), RT.
Usual deliberations as to the route and as Jake Bezalel was introduced to those present (see previous Saturday’s encounter) and to inspect his ultra-clean bike. However this was not the e-bike seen the previous week but a non-electric Scott, clearly having observed the solely pedal powered peloton last week – keeping up with FGCC standards on his first ride!
RT wanted to get back to the village so that brother Philip could join the brek so route to the tank and back via Lee Farm and Chantry post selected. Ground conditions greatly improved in comparison to a couple of weeks ago when RT and MA battled their way through the mud to the Avery bash. However the last section of the route down to the tank off the SDW proved more like crashing through the jungle as a result of tree falls with the recent weather. Time to reminisce at the tank location and then back through the bushes and the long straight down to Lee Farm, up to Chantry Post and back to Findon with the peloton splitting at Puckamuk corner either going straight down to the A24 or returning to Findon via Church Hill.
Total 11 miles and 933 ft (Strava).
TAMIT: Jake for demonstrating conformity to FGCC standards immediately upon his first ride?
A later communication from Mr Roche adds the following footnote to the ride report
For the purposes on an accurate record ( and thereby maintaining standards) I should add that the following should be added to the list
6a. consume a perfectly prepared scrambled egg on toast. ( prepared by the junior chef at kersley towers)
TAMIT: TK for TEMKEK and expeditious time management of FGCC time
Saturday 11th January 08.00am ride
Saturday 18th January 08.00am ride
PT, JB, TK, CB, RT
A cold and frosty start with icy patches on the road making a pleasant change from all the rain. 2.5 peaks route selected initially as JB needed to get back relatively early.
Cissbury car park and over towards SDW and Chanctonbury stopping for a photo at the top of Llama lane, then up to Chanctonbury. Quick drop down to Washington on the SDW and then across the A24. PT elected to stick to the original route with an agreed re-grouping point and the remaining peloton headed up to High Barn and towards Muntham meeting PT on the way. Time being on our side we completed the 4 peaks via a slippery and challenging Church hill to head for a brek at Dee Dee’s.
Total: 11 miles 1,500 ft JB’s app
10.6 miles 1,066 ft (Strava)
10.6 miles 1,099 ft (Plotaroute)
Saturday 25th January 08.00am ride
CB, PT, JR, RK, JB, RT, ZA
A Henfield visit selected with a visit to Truffles for brek. Just as we were setting off JR started to suggest an alternative brek location. However, CB was on a bit of a time limit and shot up Stable Lane, but with RT having to slowing the peloton because of his chain locking due to rusting up from the previous ride. To SDW and down the Bostal into Steyning, King’s Barn Lane and onto the Downslink to Henfield.
At Truffles PT decided to take charge of brek ordering getting hold of one of the waitresses notepads and pencil and sashaying in to be our “waitress” of the moment. All went well and just as he was checking the order someone spotted a special offer leading to many changes and the tearing up of the original list and PT declaring that maybe waitressing wasn’t as much fun as he thought. Brek was fine and plenty.
Return journey via Downslink and concrete road at top of which CB had to speed off ahead to meet his deadline, allowing the peloton to stop for a breather. SDW and Stable lane back to Findon.
Total: Satmap says 21.1 miles and 1,899 feet climbed
Strava 22.33 miles (from Nepcroft) & Height climbed 1,639ft
JB app 34.4km (21.5 miles) and 812m (2,664 ft) ???
TAMIT: PT the Not-waitress award for getting confused by changes in brek orders to take advantage of special offers.