FGCC rides in February 2022.
Saturday 5th February 08.00am training ride
CB, ZA with AM on road.
With CB keen for a different route for a change the peletwo headed towards Pulborough, so AM decided to head off west rather than go up the A24 racetrack to join them. Precisely where he went is not known. The peletwo route set off up Muntham, to SDW to Kithurst Hill and then down Rackham Mount and past Rackham to the entrance to Parham. Then a walk on the driveway as this is a footpath (?) and onto the A283 to Storrington.
A split here as the baconsmeister wanted to test the bacons at Truffles whilst Team Chaplain wanted to press on.
It is understood that they both took the same return route – through the south side of Storrington and up Chantry Lane to a track across to Sullington Manor Farm and up the steep track to the High Barn. Onwards to Collarbone Alley and down across the field to Findon Roundabout to complete the ride.
Total 16.5 miles and 1,434 ft
Saturday 12th February 08.00am training ride
CB, ZA, RT with AM on a separate ride.
The peloton of the two old farts and the young pup decided to head south and east and were about to set off when AM arrived at Pond Green on his road steed, keeping his distance and intending to head off west, to get in a good few miles before his forthcoming big trip west. No sermon on the mount, but AM was singing praises of his steed and how much he likes riding it, professing that once on it he just finds that he keeps “rolling, rolling, rolling” and can’t stop, (“Yeehaw”).
The peloton set off up to and round the east side of Cissbury to the top, where CB found a dry spot – a brave location considering the strong gusty wind. Then down alongside the golf course, through Sompting and weaving through the streets to Lancing high street and to the greensward.
A breeze along the seafront with the assistance of strong winds and a brek taken at Teddies with plenty of VT in spite of there only being the three.
Return route via Lancing clump. No incidents to report. Total 17.3 miles and 1,158ft.
TAMITS: AM the “Yeehaw” award for regularly singing the praises of his road steed
On a mid-week BDN Amberley loop ride CB’s rear mech fell apart half way down Amberley mount resulting in his having to walk/scoot back to Findon, with some a-power push assistance once the peloton had done the loop and caught up with him at High Barn. A possible TAMITS is “The Y-fronts award for getting to the finish line a jockey short”
Saturday 19th February 08.00am training ride
PT, KBS, CB, RT
Saturday 26th February 08.00am training ride
CB, PT, MA, RT
Route to Henfield and back with RT intending not to stop for a brek to be back by 12.00. Delays from the start with RT & CB both discovering front wheel blasteets at Nepcroft, and with CB finding that he had two on the same wheel having repaired the first.
Cissbury towards Chanctonbury and down Llama lane to Chanctonbury ring road. Route as per previous rides up to Dial Post and then east to Partridge Green to join the Downslink to Henfield.
Take-away from Truffles instead of a brek at the Old Post Office because of time likely to be taken at the latter, but chaos at Truffles resulted quite a long delay. Back down the Downslink where CB suffered yet another blasteet. After fixing that we headed down to Shoreham footbridge intending to head along the sea front, but both CB and RT were running out of time so the peleton split with CB/RT taking A27 and parallel streets plus A24 home. Meanwhile PT/MA took the sea front route parting company at Grand Avenue.
Total CB/RT: 30.1 miles and 1,355 ft
Total PT: 34.7 miles and 1,340ft
Total MA: 44 miles & 1,711ft