FGCC rides in October 2020
Saturday 3rd October 08.00am ride
Saturday 10th October 08.00am ride
RK, AM, JR, TK, RT, KBS, ZA
A fine day and a Shoreham loop decided upon with brek at the airport. RT proposed a diversion to Bloody Norse Corner for some memorial maintenance. In view of the numbers present the peloton split up into groups of two and a three. Up to Cissbury, towards Chanctonbury and a further split of the peloton for those who liked the prospect of a slippery rooted path to the memorial (yes KBS but with TK kindly deciding to keep him company) whilst the rest went via Langmead. At Langmead ZA peeled off to head home down towards Lytchpole Farm and then right to Cissbury and back home to see matron for his flu jab.
Maintenance at Bloody Norse Corner complete and the ode to the fallen recited it was noted that whilst all trees around were suffering from Ash die-back the memorial tree seemed to continue to thrive, leading to the conclusion that the FGCC paints had held back the die-back virus.
Onwards down towards Steyning with the Flying Brit ignoring suggestions and going for the suicide drop whilst the rest went via the suggested route. Into Steyning, Church road, Kings Barn Lane, Roman road and onto the Downslink. At the Bramber roundabout KBS headed back home via the concrete road as he had to get to work.
Down the Downslink for a freezing brek at the airport due to the cafe being full. Back along the seafront to Grand Avenue at which point AM continued on to see Phil the fisherman, the remaining peloton returning to Findon by the usual route via West Worthing and Findon valley gallops.
Total : 23.1 miles and 952ft (Strava).
Saturday 17th October 08.00am ride
PT, RT, AM, JR and NW.
A Covid-compliant peleton of five, including a very welcome first appearance this year of NW, convened at Pond Green while the TM’s surgery was in session to replace a gear changer for JR.This went without major hiccoughs, and discussions of a route concluded a somewhat shortened Amberley Loop “Lite” would be sufficiently challenging, even without rain (this meteorological condition being vouchsafed by the simultaneous velocipedal excursion of the Team Chaplain en famille).
Friday 23rd/Saturday 24th October IOW/NF ride
TAMITS: RK researching the effects of drive-by assassinations through the controlled explosion of his rear tyre.
RK phoning a taxi company in Wales to rescue him on the Isle of Wight
AM trying to don a crown of thorns when extracting himself from the brambles on Appledurcum Down
ZA addition to the report:
As ever, besides plotting the routes taken by the IOW Peloton of the FGCC, you have provided an excellent description of the more notable occurrences that took place along the way.
On Friday, whilst AM, RT & self were waiting at Worthing Station to catch the train to Havant, we noticed a young man being escorted from the platform by two officers of the British Transport Police. We didn’t know what offence he may have committed (fare evasion, possibly?). After you left us to catch your train to Horsham from Portsmouth Harbour Station on Saturday evening, AM, RT, RG, MA + self, boarded the 19.29 Brighton-bound service. Shortly before departure, a group of young men who had obviously had a fair amount to drink, also boarded. Although I had my back to them, other Gentlemen had a better view of their antics and the intervention of the BTP, leading to the noisy group being advised that they should leave the train at Havant which they duly did. We noted the patience with which BTP officers and train staff dealt with these incidents …
MA having disembarked at Angmering, and leaving RK to disembark at Lancing, RT, AM & self, got off our train at Worthing where we descended to the subway to exit the station on the N side where even wearing masks, we got a sniff of the unmistakable smell of cannabis being smoked: no sign of the BTP this time … Our ride home was both rapid and wet, the only ‘incident’ being at Offington Roundabout where, momentarily, each member of the Peloton of 3 was disorientated by being unable to locate the others. This temporary and minor debacle was quickly overcome as we reconvened for the final leg of our journey up The Valley to Findon, each parting to the uxorial comforts of his own home.
It was very obvious how each member of Le Peloton derived so much pleasure from the trip – the first ‘o’nighter’ since the N.W. Passage/Downslink Ride in March. Even with the gale force crosswinds encountered on the section of the Tennyson Trail which we did ride, and getting pretty wet a couple of times, it was a brilliant trip: I loved it 😊
RT addition to the report:
Saturday 24th October 08.00am ride for those not on the IOW ride
Mr. J Roche FGCC, c/o World HQ.
Saturday 31st October 08.00am ride
AM, PT, JR, TK, ZA, RT
Strong southerly winds and rain forecast so JR again suggested a route to go generally south into the wind and then be blown back for a brek at Findon Garden Centre. Well after the 10 minute ruling we set off up to Cissbury coming across Electric Sid at the top of the green – well most didn’t recognise him in his new disguise and missed him (hopefully he can be motivated to join us again when we are permitted to ride en-peloton). Up to Cissbury car park and straight on then a right taking the bridleway round the east side of Cissbury and past Lytchpole Farm. Up through the Sompting Estate Farm, down Landleys Lane and across the A27 to Sompting and a debacle trying to find a non-existent bridleway, resorting instead to following the cycle route to the sea front. This provided an opportunity to use the justify the creation of the cycle lanes that have been set up due to the pandemic causing major traffic jams even though there are generally no cyclists using them.
The sea front was mostly deserted due to the strong winds, though it was an easy ride for the wind-hardened IOW riders from the previous weekend. We headed west on the front as far as sea lane cafe, then up Sea Lane turning into Ilex way for JR, then north to the crossing at Titnore Lane,A259 roundabout. Some taking the bridge and some simply crossing the road led to the second debacle of the ride with the bridge group going up parallel to Titnore Lane and the others starting on an easterly direction. The latter group realising that the bridgers had headed off then doubled back to seek and find them.
Up the new path to join Titnore Way opposite the tennis club and then towards Tesco and into the housing estate with the intention of getting to Holt Farm bridleway. However a further debacle took place with JR leading some to a footpath with a stile and PT with ZA taking a more easterly route north on another track. Telephonic communications enabled a re-grouping at Holt Farm and the ride continued, just as the rain started, up through Clapham Woods for a slide down Church Hill. Into the garden centre, just missing a torrential downpour, where a bit of queue-barging by TK gained us a table for a last brek before lockdown.
Total 15.8 miles and 958ft (Strava), and 16.2 miles and 1,086 ft (Satmap).