Findon Gentlemen’s Cycling Club rides in July 2021
Saturday 3rd July 08.00am rides
Turbo twins route (23.7 miles & 2,293ft):
Saturday 10th July 08.00am ride
JR, RK, PT, RT + AM & ZA on road routes.
Amberley loop + brek at the garden centre chosen in view of forecasted heavy downpours later in the morning and planning to get to the garden centre by 11.00am.
AM set off for a return route to the fort at Shoreham with no doubt a couple of coffee stops along the way.
Team chaplain set off towards Arundel and then further west on a pastoral care mission.
The main peloton followed the familiar Amberley route via Muntham, SDW and the vineyards and back with no notable events, finishing the ride via Collarbone Alley and Church Hill. The most notable event of the ride was that the peloton arrived at Findon Garden Centre at almost exactly the same time as Mr Mead. Probably also worth noting that we were spared any rain even without the presence of Team Chaplain. (Total 18miles & 1,582 ft)
Andy’s route: Rode to Shoreham Fort and back via Ferring both ways and back to The garden centre for a fine brek with the rest of the peloton. Back at OPG cateye informed me I had completed 30.4 miles
Zach’s expedition: (road bike) -> A280 (Long Furlong), Coldharbour/France Lane/Arundel Rd, Patching; A 27 cycle path Hammerpot – Poling – Crossbush; A27 towards Arundel, The Causeway/High St/Tarrant St, Arundel; Ford Rd (4 trains at level crossing by Ford Station!); Ford Lane, R towards Walberton, L immediately after level crossing to follow Lake(?) Lane -> Barnham; Eastergate – Westergate (just 3 trains this time!) – Lidsey – Shripney – Bersted St; R on Chichester Rd, L Hawthorn Rd, L on Nyewood Lane, R Nelson Rd to reach my destination – Crescenta Walk, Bognor PO21 2YA (c.10.05)
Dep PO21 2YA c.13.30 – Westingway, Richmond Rd W, Aldwick Rd, Esplanade – Gloucester Rd – High Street – Bognor Rd – Upper Bognor Rd – Sea Rd, Felpham – Vicarage Lane – Limmer Lane – Summerly Lane – A259 (Felpham Way; Middleton Rd, L Yapton Rd, A259 to Littlehampton; cycle path nr Tesco through Lineside Industrial Estate and then parallel to A259; Worthing Rd, Rustington – L nr Windmill pub – past Sainsburys – Heathfield Rd etc to E Preston level crossing; A259 cycle path to Durrington R’abt; Salvington Rd/Hill and thence back to Findon (c.15.20)
Saturday 17th July 08.00am ride
ZA, KBS, MA, RT.
A hot sunny day in prospect but various reasons prevented others from turning out. Henfield brek proposed, but with return via Llama lane to satisfy the suicidal wishes of the Flying Brit.
MA had arrived with arms lacerated and bloodied by the undergrowth on the ridge above Long Furlong.
Cissbury car park round to Langmead, down the Bostal and on to the Downslink and to Henfield.
During the brek conversation turned to ancestry and a question as to whether one of MA’s Booth ancestors might have been the founder of the Salvation Army. Other spurious connections with famous persons of the past were offered by RT and ZA, before the question was put to KBS as to whether he had looked into his family history. We were informed that, whilst he didn’t believe it, someone in the family had claimed that they were descended to King Knud (aka Canute), causing much merriment and RT to comment that it explained everything. MA had a mouthful at the time and almost choked whilst trying to say the same. What can one say but TAMITS.
Return route via Partridge Green, Dial Post, Chanctonbury Ring Rd, Llama Lane and Stable Lane. Total 25.3 miles and 1,740 ft (MA total 37.2 miles and 3,039 ft).
TAMITS: KBS admission that he is descended from King Knud
My friend Kevin( not Turvey) arrived a bit late to join you all so we repaired to Shoreham as a pelotwo via the valley, various Worthing back streets and the seafront. Bacon rolls and large capuccinos were consumed in the sunshine before returning again via the seafront to GeorgeV
Saturday 24th July 08.00am ride
KBS, MA, PT, JR, TK with ZA & AM part time.
MA had driven over from Angmering because he had forgotten to charge his battery giving RT the hope that the target of a drained e-bike battery could be achieved. JR was itching to cycle through home turf of Worthing whilst KBS was itching to get to the hills. Should we to to “Mark’s favourite cafe” on the seafront? Discounted as being too soon into a ride and we settled on the Shoreham Airport cafe initially via Cissbury and the golf course.
Setting off the route changed to going via Lancing clump as we hadn’t ridden in that direction for some time. Down to the airport and the Hummingbird Cafe for an excellent brek. ZA parted company prior to the brek but route not known.
During the brek we were informed that Mr Mead had made his way to Teddy’s thinking that we might be there – apparently a late departure due to a “Three bilges” event that put the whole of School Hill on alert. We then headed off via the footbridge to Shoreham to meet up with AM for a ride along the seafront. AM wanting his second coffee-stop at “Daves” the peleton mostly joined him but RT & KBS wanted to head home going via WW then Mill Lane and to Tolmare for KBS and Church Hill for RT. Main peloton returned via WW and the gallops. Total 21.3 and 1,127ft for RT/KBS and 20miles and 842ft for the main peloton.
Saturday 31st July 08.00am ride
Roy completed a half-dozen of Gentlemen riders on the day, with an outing in Hertfordshire:
JR adds to the report: