FGCC rides in January 2021.
The year starts off with segregated rides due to COVID.
Saturday 2nd January 08.00 am ride
Went to the garage at 8.am only to find the rear tyre flat again on the Epic. Swore a lot
Desperate attempt to recover my position in the Bling table:
Saturday 9th January 08.00 am ride
A speedy first report from Mr Mead as follows:
Start delayed by major evacuation of three bilges proportions. To Cissbury car park, SDW and down the Bost Hill to Steyning. Downs Link to Shoreham, over the footbridge and onwards to Shoreham Fort. Return to Shoreham and a bacon sandwich and coffee from Hectors. Back along the seafront to Ferring, on to Rustington over the railway bridge and eventually left through EP and back along the 259 to Durrington. Up past Tescos
Return via A259 cycle path, Salvington Hill, Cross Lane. Cold, but – as ever – good to be out. (Plotaroute 19.0 miles and 935ft).
Saturday 16th January 08.00 am ride
A cold wet miserable day, so who was out?
First to report was Mr Topley:
Delayed by problem with the lights in the hall and upstairs. Dont know why still don’t work will have to summon a Sparkie.
Saturday 23rd January 08.00 am ride
TAMIT? A social media message the previous day from Mr Avery announced the christening of his new electric bike:
TK first to report:
A great ride from Findon, muntham, SDW, lee farm, gallops past Budd memorial to road near warning Camp
Headed north through wepham / burpham and climbed all way up to SDW .. returned via puckamuck, north end.
Great conditions first thing – very few others about and crisp clear skies . Plotaroute total 17.9 miles & 1,558ft
I hope those fellow members who managed to get out this morning had as much fun as I did!
A domestic situation requiring a judicious application of TEMKEK caused a somewhat delayed start but happenstance meant that by heading down to Goring seafront via HighDown, Ferring and Ilex Way (which resembled APE at its finest in terms of mud) to surprise Clare at the end of her run along the seafront.
Socially distanced meeting achieved, I decided to cycle to Shoreham fort and back and then home via Ilex Way again and along the A259 and up the bridleway (also a quagmire!) by Angmering bypass to the Spotted Cow and home to carefully wash the bike again.
What a bike! (Plotaroute total 25.8 miles and 699 ft)
Enjoyed reading Mark’s & Tim’s accounts of their rides
With less traffic on the roads than usual, I rode N along the A24, around
Washington Rbt taking next Left (Rock Lane) to the Sullington site of
Steyning Grammar School.
Thence towards Storrington before turning Rt along Fryern Rd SP W
Chiltington: at the jn, took the L fork, passing the Roundabout Hotel –
Monkmead Rd, by Alex’s place and on to join the A283 E of Pulborough.
Into Pulborough, pausing on the old bridge alongside the A29 to see the R
Arun in flood.
S, passing Hardham Church and on to Coldwaltham; L down Brook Lane and
thence crossing R Arun at Greatham Bridge. Next R towards Rackham, and
thence N up Rackham St to join B-road, Amberley to Storrington.
Stopped in Storrington at Farncombe’s, butchers, to procure some ‘bacons’
for brek at Cherry Cott.
Glad to have wrapped up warm – cold when setting out – colder, N of the
As ever, good to be out (Plotaroute total 27.1 miles & 1,476ft)
RT then reported:
Those of you on Strava will have seen Mr Avery’s new very grand emf powered steed and that he had an average speed of 12.9 mph compared with my rather pathetic 4.5mph for my first ride, but there was a reason for the latter.
Yes 2 rides Thomas in action again but not because of accompanying a tarmac-loving vicar this time.
Setting off with Mr Budd with the intention of riding to Arundel we got as far as Chantry Lane car park when a loud report echoing around made us look to see if “The Croc” was in action, but then realised that my rear tyre had exploded in true Kruger style. I wouldn’t have minded but this was a recent acquisition – serves me right for getting something new rather than making the most of a cast-off.
We contemplated an IOW-style repair but being so far from tarmac decided it wasn’t worth the effort. Besides it wouldn’t have been the same carrying out such a repair without the helpful commentary from a full peloton.
Encouraging Mr Budd to carry on to represent us in Arundel I walked back to Findon. Hence the slow average speed. I am pleased to report that most of the half dozen or so passing cyclists asked if there was anything they could do to help. Total 7.4 miles and 580ft.
It still being early and a very pleasant day for a ride I hopped on the Pivot and did a sort of one third Shoreham loop. Up to Cissbury and over to Lytchpole farm, down to Sompting and main road to Brooklands. Along a surprisingly quiet seafront , although in Worthing itself I stuck to the road to avoid the infected masses, then usual route back via Grand Avenue, the Gallops and Rogers farm. Total 14.2 miles and 779 ft.
Must look in the garage to see if I can find an old reliable tyre. (Plotaroute total 21.1 miles & 1,404ft)
CB ride: continued from the point of RT’s exploding tyre on the planned ride to Arundel returning via Wepham Wood, Angmering and Findon valley (Plotaroute total 24 miles and 1,821ft)
PT last to report a Saturday ride:
I elected for a road route to take in part of Stane Street, and mused how much further the romans might have gone if they had been equipped with bikes – maybe even Scotland would have been part of the empire. (Plotaroute total 14.1 miles & 554ft)
Saturday 30th January 08.00 am ride
MA first to report today:
Another wonderful ride only marred by the lack of vox testiculorum.
Decided to ride into the wind to start with so took the now regular route towards Highdown, to Ferring, Sea Lane which lived up to its name had 6inches of water across it, Ilex Way then seafront to Shoreham where I bought a coffee to celebrate the end of riding into the wind.
Via Ropetackle to cross the old bridge then up to Lancing Clump and after a short lie down, straight on to join the SDW above Budd’s bacons. Staying on it to Chantry Post, I dropped down to Lee Farm then West and over Barpham Hill to slither home through APE. (Plotaroute 30.4 miles and 1.962ft)
09.30 dep; A280 Long Furlong, Coldharbour/France Lane, Patching; Arundel Rd, A27 cyclepath to Crossbush; A27/The Causeway into Arundel – spotted Messrs Budd & Thomas just E of road bridge over railway line ..
Tarrant St, Ford Rd, Ford Lane – refreshment stop at The Edge, Ford Lane;
L into N End Lane, L Church Lane, L footpath by Yapton & Ford Village Hall to B2233; Burndell Rd/YaptonRd to A259; Climping St down to Beach, picking up with route pioneered by Monsieur Mead, of this Parish; rough sea as per attached image:
Return up Climping St taking footpath on R emerging on Brookpits Lane at Climping School; Crookthorn Ln/Brookpit Lane/Ferry Rd, Rope Walk down to W Beach:
backtrack to Rope Walk, crossed bridge over R Arun, River Rd cutting through houses to path along E bank of the river passing Harbour Lights Cafe emerging on to Pier Rd opposite The Gravy Boat Carvery; Arun Parade, seafront/B2140, Sea Lane (Rustington), R Knightscroft Ave, L Central Ave, R Cudlow Ave, Broadmark Ave, R Bushby Ave, The Close, Hudson Dr, Pigeonhouse Lane, Angmering Lane, Vicarage Lane/The Street (E Preston), B2140, A259 (cyclepath), Langbury Lane, Ferring St, Goring Way, Goring St, Fernhust Dr, Bury Drive, footpath from Compton Ave by St Mary’s Church emerging on to A259 (Mulberry Lane);
L Clive Ave, R Marlborough Rd, L Shaftesbury Ave, The Boulevard, R A2032, L Stone Lane, Half Moon Lane/The Plantation returning via A24/Limetree Ave, Maytree Ave, Findon Rd & Nepcote, c. 14.00 (Plotaroute 33 miles and 1,096ft)
Late start due to attendance at a Zoom Wedding in Paris. Up to Cissbury car park.
Saturday’s ride for Mr Budd and myself was Arundel again, but this time hoping to get further than Chantry Lane CP.
Up to Muntham with a quick faff at the top to remove outer layer of waterproofing as the rain was minimal. Of course that didn’t last too long. A shout of joy as RT managed to make it past Chantry Lane without mishap and we got as far along the Burpham route as the farm where the tarmac starts before needing to cover up again due to the heavy precipitation. That lasted all the way into Arundel where we took tea and bacons baguettes with mushrooms (a high scoring choice on Buddadvisor by Mr Budd) sheltering at the front of the museum by the river. Return journey via Warningcamp, APE, Dover Lane, A27, Angmering and to Highdown. Very heavy going soggy climb up Highdown (not having an extra form of propulsion as has the Team Aromatherapist) and down past Tescos. Now at this point towards the end of a ride most Gentlemen choose a relatively less demanding route, but clearly the Italian Stallion is missing the mountains so the route took a climb (well more like crawl in my case) up Salvington Hill, down Bost hill and home to Findon via Cross Lane. Although not as spectacular as Mr Avery’s discovery, the bottom of Bost Hill was a lake about 20ft wide and 6” deep – there has certainly been a lot of rain.
Total 24 miles and 1,764 ft according to Strava.
My ride was an uneventful road circuit north-east from Horsham nearly to Pease Pottage then south-west to Copsale and back through Southwater, as follows: (Plotaroute total 20.2 miles and 1,192ft)
Mileages and climbs have been added to the bling table, which currently looks like this:
TAMITS: MA running out of emf.