FGCC rides in August 2020
Saturday 1st August 08.00am ride
PT, JR, KBS, MA, RK, TK
Saturday 8th August 08.00am ride
PT, MA, AM, JR, JB, KBS, TK (RT & PT2 brek only).
Richard and Philip Thomas actually (Les could not make it), to celebrate their joint birthday.
Saturday 15th August 08.00am ride
An intrepid trio of PT, JR and ZA assembled in murky conditions to debate possible routes, and at 8:12 set off up to Cissbury Car Park.
Turning right through the gate, we ascended the track round the east side of the hill, then dropped down a steep and narrow track (the goat trail?) to the dew pond by Lytchpole farm.
Saturday 22nd August 08.00am ride
ZA, PT, JR, RK, KBS, RT, MA
Start to the ride was delayed whilst we all marvelled at the Roche conversion of the bike trailer to a seafront carriage for his granddaughter .
Ride to Shoreham with brek in airport selected as the ride for the morning , but due to the very strong westerly wind it was decided that we should be pushed along the seafront – and how we were. Down the Findon Valley gallops and down to the coast via West Worthing crossing. Along the seafront for yet again an excellent brek at the airport though having to split into two groups due to the restrictions.
Replete we then returned to Findon via Lancing college and Lancing Ring, Steep Down and Cissbury.
Total 17.7 miles and 958 ft
Saturday 29th August 08.00am ride – The JR Collarbone alley accident 25th anniversary ride.
JR, TK, PT, ZA, MA, RT
RT prepared with paints for memorial maintenance route was selected to include the Kamikaze memorial. Up and round west side of Cissbury heading south and then west to find the site where MA had head-butted a post diving down the hill. The glacial state of the hill led to comments that it was no wonder that MA could have experienced such a crash. To our horror either the weather had completely destroyed the memorial or the post had been changed. Precariously balanced to try not to slide down the hill, RT created a new memorial whilst the peloton, similarly balanced, continued the traditional banter followed by the ode to the fallen. Debate took place as to the date of the incident and no one could find the information on the website so ’94 was decided upon as the date to be recorded on the memorial. (Later on a proper look at the website in more stable conditions it was realised that the correct date was ’93 so modification of the memorial will be required).
Tables had been booked at Dee Dee’s and as we were pressed for time we took the most direct route route to the Collarbone Alley site via Long Meadow, A24 and Church Hill. The memorial in better condition, RT carried out a touch up whilst the peloton recalled the event 25 years ago.
Again the Ode to the Fallen held and a fast return to Findon for a brek with vox testiculorum in full flow with entertaining discussions on FMEA, Continuous Improvement and other matters in domestic communications.
TAMITS: TK introduction of FGCC interpretations of Quality Management acronyms such as FMEA (Female mood effects analysis).
Total 8.5 miles and 722 ft climbed.