Findon Gentlemen’s Cycling Club rides in August 2021
Saturday 7th August 08.00am ride
PT, CB, TK, ZA
A What’s App series of communications says it all:
[08:46, 07/08/2021] John Roche: With profuse apologies for absence. Confined to barracks here at World 🌍 HQ – club salute. Wishing all a safe ride and Roy a quick recovery 🚲
[10:52, 07/08/2021] Chris Budd: Sorry to be the debacle Barker this morning. Thanks to al for your help and company and particularly to Paul and Tim (and subsequently Richard) for letting me be on time for the viewing. Perfect timing actually. Tim- I’ll collect your bike from a very helpful Richard tomorrow and return it to you taking my failed one away!
[10:53, 07/08/2021] Paul Topley: Can’t beat a good barkle🚲😁
[10:55, 07/08/2021] Tim Kersley: Chris – glad it all worked out and good news , Paul gave me a lift to nepcroft so I swapped bikes at Richard’s so yours is now back in its usual store . Have a great weekend . Tin
[10:59, 07/08/2021] Chris Budd: You a star Tim. Thanks again . Agent just called saying the guys are going to make an offer this afternoon so worth the rush and tear I hope.
[11:00, 07/08/2021] Tim Kersley: Fantastic .. good luck 🤞
[11:46, 07/08/2021] Mark Avery: That sounds like a great result, Chris. I can’t wait to read the full account of the morning’s barkles…
[11:55, 07/08/2021] Zachary Allen: I’m sure it’s been said before – or at least something similar: The FGCC – ‘Les Debacles sommes nous’ 🙂Loud though Chris’ tyre bursting was, it was a few decibels short of the noise made by Roy’s tyre exploding on last October’s IOW Ride. Impressive operation undertaken by the FGCC’s ‘Trackside Recovery Service’ 🚲🙂
[12:40, 07/08/2021] Paul Topley: And a fine example of stoicism from your good self in continuing the ride to rack up a respectable mileage! Where did you get to?
[13:09, 07/08/2021] Zachary Allen: Parting company with Chris & Tim at The Barn, continued E on SDW, crossing A24 to take on ‘The Chanctonbury Challenge’ which I’m pleased to be able to report I was able to meet in full: after an anti-clockwise circumnavigation of Ch’bury Ring made my way back to Findon c.11.00 (‘You’re back early’!) via The Gallops procuring bacons for breakfast from Peckhams ..
Feedback informs the writer that the tyre exploded in the copse at the top of the hill above Kithurst car park where the SDW meets the track going to Amberley mount. Apparently CB jogged as far back as the high barn whilst TK cycled with CB’s bike alongside – a challenging task. At High Barn CB suggested that he took TK’s bike to meet his deadline whilst PT/TK organised bike recovery operations. Meanwhile ZA undertook a little challenge as mentioned above.
Total 11.1 miles and 804ft
Saturday 14th August 08.00am ride
Saturday 21st August 08.00am ride
Saturday 28th August 08.00am ride
A peleton of four met at OPG (JL PT RK and ZA) on a bright morning, and taking time constraints into account opted for the classic “4 Peaks Anticlockwise” ride. In a rush of zeal, the pelefour departed prematurely at 08.04. The error was realised at 8:05 when we met TK hurtling down cross lane to effect his usual last-minute entrance. After greetings and a short wait (while it was observed that Mr Avery would have taken a severe position vis-a-vis the early start) the five set off up towards Cissbury.
Then north to Chanctonbury, down through the old quarry (mile 4) to the A24, then across and up towards the high barn. ZA peeled off south at the turn for Windlesham, to return to the village via the school (exactly how, via puckamuck corner and the crem, via muntham farm, or through the maize to Long Furlong, is unclear) and the remainder climbed to the barn then turned south to puckamuck corner and collarbone alley before crossing Long Furlong and climbing Church Hill (mile 9). A fast but slippery descent to brek at the garden centre (mile 10), then back to the village proper. A shorter than of late ride, but no shortage of vt from all concerned.
Total 10.6 miles & 1,138ft.