FGCC rides in March 2021.
Saturday 6th March 08.00am ride
AM reports for the 2 and a half peletwos:
A pair of pelotwos set off from Findon. AM and ZA, RT and CB. Accidentally converging but remaining socially distanced on the climb up to The SDW via Muntham. Amazingly ran into MA at the gate before the barn and pleasantries were exchanged before we set off for Arundel via the tank site, across the fields for a reverently observed stop at the Budd memorial. Onwards to Arundel where bacon’s and mushrooms were consumed and coffees quaffed. At this point came a parting of the ways. ZA,RT and CB heading east and AM and MA heading south to Climbing beach via the Ford road and the A259.
RK was out and about in the St Albans area, on what Strava hailed to be his longest ride this year. Total 32.4 miles & 1,676ft
PT reports: PT failed in his endeavour to reach Dorking, managing a ride north to Capel and Newdigate but proceeding only to flirt with its southern extremities (Ooer missus) on a largely road ride, punctuated by intermittent stops to top up the suspension with air. Total 27.6 miles and1,490ft.
Having initially been instructed (domestic instruction) to await a time where we could enjoy a joint ride I was subsequently instructed to go it alone ( something to do with the cold nature of the breeze on Saturday am) This late change of plan meant that I was released to enjoy a ride from around 0940 am
The route took in the now thawed section between Cisbury car park and top of Giffords gallops which was incompatible with the tyres and frame in use. I was forced to walk the last 1/3rdof this section before removing approx. 15kg of mud from wheels, chain , frame etc.. ‘see where I was going wrong is.. not enough tarmac’ I thought. I proceeded to top of Lion Trail, but avoided a descent for fear of more sticky mud, instead taking SDW to langmead and down SDW past Bacon Belson, a surprisingly mud free section. From this point I was resolved to stick to solid tracks, so proceeded to airport, shoreham beach, grand avenue and home vis mill lane, descending the bostal to return Findon to continue duties fairly assigned to me. Total 21.6miles & 1,165ft
Saturday 13th March 08.00am ride
AM later reminded that RT failed to mention the steel drummers practising on the roadside outside climping Church. An interesting
All in, a fine effort bringing the cumulative total distance ridden so far this year on bling rides to 1837.79 miles!
Saturday 20th March 08.00am ride
ZA first to report:
-> Coombes via Cissbury c/p, crossing Sompting – Steyning Rd (Titch Hill?), passing Coombe Head; Coombes Rd to visit Botolphs Church:
SDW across R Adur E towards Truleigh Hill; at 6-Way jn (where rd from Mill Hill comes up) Monarchs Way to Castletown, then R Hyde St/Pound Lane/Deacons Way/Church Lane to St Peters, Upper Beeding (which, like Botolphs, was also open – see photo)
Thence footpath S skirting edge of housing to Beeding Bridge; road (MW) W through Bramber, Maudlyn Lane from Roundabout, Sopers Lane/Concrete Rd (MW), N to Langmead Memorial, SDW back to Findon via Stump Barn, Gallops – L on b’way running S (E of The Downs stables) thence back to Cherry Cott via Nepcote Lane.
‘A host of golden daffodils’ in Coombes churchyard; was overtaken by 3 riders on ebikes ascending concrete rd
2hrs 45 mins – brunch on return ..
Good to be out 🚴♂️. Total: 15.1 miles & 1,640ft.
With an arm full of Astra Zeneca , plan for a short ride , 4 peaks or similar .. but got a bit carried away
Findon – Cisbury towards Coombes , at point where a right turn would have led to lancing clump , turned left passing the model aircraft runway and on to steyning bowl, langmead for views over River Adur ..on to Chanctonbury , down through the chalk pit to join SDW heading west crossing a24 continued along SDW to barn , on to chantry car park , turning right and promptly left to head along ridge overlooking storrington , made way west and rejoined SDW continuing to rackham and banks near top of amberley mount , great views of Adur, the coast and IOW ( murky but did enable) , turning left and looping back to rackham , SDW to gun club , to church hill, nanny sues and home ..
Great day for cycling , skylarks , kestrel and red kites a plenty. Total 19.3 miles & 1,903ft.
RT & AM:
Another splendid ride for RT & Mr Mead to Arundel. We happened to meet in Nepcote Lane, possibly both seeing if Zach was making full use of the 10 minute rule. Andy was considering going to Shoreham and I was drawn to bacons and mushroom baguette at Arundel having been to Shoreham on Tuesday. Mentioned whether to join Team Chaplain on his quest to ascend Truleigh Hill, but both of us quickly decided that Arundel was the more attractive option and we headed off to Muntham and on up to the SDW. Then on SDW past Kithurst and the route to Arundel via Burpham for a splendid brek by the river.
Return route via Warningcamp, APE, Dover Lane, A27, Highdown, Tescos and Findon Gallops.
Total 23.3 miles and 1,594 ft climbed.
MA (Friday ride):
Knowing I wouldn’t get out at the weekend, I set off Friday afternoon in an easterly direction to hack up to Church Hill via Holt Farm then collarbone alley and up to the SDW at high barn. SDW to Houghton then down the West Bank to Arundel where I arrived to Kate for refreshments so I continued on to Edge Cafe on Ford Lane which had also just closed. At this point I received a communication from the finer half that she was going for a walk at Climping beach.
As I was heading in that direction anyway I decided to curtail my ride at that point and put the bike in the car rather than cycle home from there. Total 22.9 miles & 1,552ft.
Saturday 27th March 08.00am ride
PT summarises the various rides as follows:
Mr Budd put in a very hilly 18 miles in italy on Saturday morning, probably cycling home from a Friday night wine tasting since he seems to have started in the middle of a particularly crinkly bit of the country:(18.5 miles & 2,269ft)
PT took a road route down to the Bax Castle (mile 3) then through Barns Green and Coneyhurst to West Chiltington, pausing at Storrington to sample the bacons baguettes offered by Truffles fine Sussex Bakery. They remain excellent. Return route followed the road to Thakeham, then went off-piste from mile 20 and past Shipley windmill to the A272 at mile 22.5. Mostly a pleasant track, but with mires of the deepest quag in parts. Back on the road I swiftly regained the Bax Casle (now at mile 25.5) and retraced the outward route home. (28.6 miles & 1,476ft)
Indeed, so far has the fame of said bacons been noised abroad, that I found ZA and RT had ridden over Llama lane from Findon to refresh themselves therewith: (18.7miles & 1,627ft)
Lancing being generally acknowledged as a gastronomic wasteland, and a propensity for meat having been long observed amongst crocodiles, RK had also made a pilgrimage to worship at the Truffles shrine, and by sheer coincidence arrived in time to break baguettes with the assembled.
However the Ride (and Debacle) of the Day must be that of Mr Roche. During his ascent through the field of cows thoughtfully arranged by Farmer Heath next to the perfectly serviceable road leading through Muntham, fatigue struck and a little lie-down was called for. Jumping up instantly refreshed by the medicinal properties of the fertilised soil, he climbed over Sullington Hill in search of a bacons baguette, but was frustrated in his quest by the discovery that his telefonino had escaped during his dalliance amongst the bovines. This forced our hero to reconquer Sullington hill to make enquiries amongst the herd as to whether they had seen or trodden on the instrument. Despite their uncooperative and borderline truculent silence, the phone was recovered, and for a third time Sullington hill was devoured beneath the Roche wheels. Crumble is what lesser men would have done, but in true FGCC spirit John went on to a formidable penetration north into the murky hinterlands of Thakeham before returning up Llama lane. (Total 22.6miles & 2,254ft)
A fine turnout , bringing the total rides for the first quarter of this year to 91, and the cumulative miles total to 2184.
Further detail from individuals as follows:
AM: Late start this am. Shirley not well. To Climping on the road. Down to West Worthing Station. R along to Bruce Avenue, Bruce Way and George V