FGCC Rides in June 2021.
Saturday 5th June 08.00am ride
The peleton (ZA, PT, JR, RK, TK, RT) which assembled on 5 June in The Square was augmented by a fine expat effort from Mr Budd. The Findon contingent took the SDW to the Downslink, stopped for a brek at Teddies, and returned along the beach (21.4 miles & 1,024ft):
while the Italian Stallion completed a circuit of local mountains, covering 17.5 miles and climbing 2687 feet:
Saturday 12th June 08.00am ride
A reduced Findon peloton of three – JR, RT and AM – was split further into road and off-road due to AM only having his road bike available. Arundel agreed as a meeting point and AM set off down to the coast.
The off-road peloton of 2 headed off via Muntham for the SDW and drop to Burpham to Arundel.
At the beginning of the long drop from the top of Kithurst Hill RT said “see you at the end of the long drop” and proceeded for a fast run down to that point. However, after about 10minutes wait and no sign of JR, RT turned back to see what might have detained him. Getting to the point where he could see up to the sharp bend he phoned only to discover that JR had suffered a double blasteet only about 20 yards after the point where they had parted company.
RT rode back up to that point to find JR sitting on the ground sorting out his front wheel, so RT started on the rear but found it impossible to remove the tyre – its first time to be removed. We swapped duties for RT to reassemble the front, though JR suggested that RT might check that he had put the patch on the hole – quick check confirmed that he had missed it so RT had to remove the patch and repair and reassemble, whilst JR completed repairs on the rear.
Setting off again we met AM in Arundel and took breakfast at the Waterside Cafe, which we all agreed was acceptable but pricey.
Return route via Littlehampton so we could ride with AM, with a coffee stop at Edgecome, another Mead coffee find. Down to Climping, Ferry Road and into a crowded Littlehampton, along the sea front to Rustington, A259, The Strand, Tarring, Findon Valley and back to Findon.
Total 31.2miles and 1,316ft
TAMITS – JR double blasteet and missing the puncture when trying to repair the tube
Mr Budd representing the FGCC locally in Italy went for an afternoon gentle ride of 23.1 miles and 1,308ft.
The “Croc” had a scouting trip from base camp somewhere in St Albans – 33.4miles and 1,834ft
And Mr Avery representing the FGCC in Exmoor headed for the beach – 17.5 miles and 2,288ft
Saturday 19th June 08.00 am ride
Refreshed, the pelethree then returned to Findon via the coast, West Worthing and the gallops, pausing for a second coffee refresher in Tarring (The Bakery). Grey skies, but no actual rain. 21.21 miles and 1020 feet climbed, according to Plotaroute.
Friday 25th/Saturday 26th June Isle of Wight ride
Again overcoming the frustrations heaped upon the peleton by those in charge of the nation’s train set, we rode to Shanklin along the sea front, with a restorative coffee at Sandown in the shadow of the beach huts.