Findon Gentlemen’s Cycling Club rides in August 2022.
Saturday 6th August 08.00am ride
JR, KBS RT & Philip
Team chaplain appeared at the start of the ride on his road bike headed for a service that he wanted to attend. Route or subsequent return unknown.
Henfield chosen for the brek. Route up Stable Lane and over to Chanctonbury and west and north down the SDW towards the A24. Turning off towards the bottom we headed east through the woods on the north side of Chanctonbury and onto Chanctonbury ring road. Excellent riding through the dry woods.
Through Wiston village and onto Spithandle Lane along which the Flying Brit was get anti-tarmac fever and suggested turning off onto each bridleway that we passed, but stayed on course when he was informed that these could well have resulted in even more tarmac.
Straight across the Horsham Road and onto the track across the Adur river and into Henfield to the Old Post House for an excellent brek in the sunshine. Philip justified his OBE tucking into his brek with gusto.
Return route was chosen to give KBS a bit more off-road and he had earlier recalled an excellent route along the river found by our team cartographer so we started off down the Downslink to turn off at the river crossing. The FD did not recognise where we were and although informed that we were to simply follow the river, elected to in another direction only to have to backtrack to join the peloton that had pressed on. (Evidencing his itching to try other routes Strava has recorded that his total for the whole ride was over a mile more than RT)
Returning along Spithandle Lane, RT experienced a disaster with a “blasteet” of the Kruger style though not as dramatic, but sufficient for a passing motorist to shout “I heard that”. Disaster because the cause was found to be a split in the tyre meaning that, against his instincts, RT would have to dispose of it. A repair was made to enable him to complete the journey home.
Another ride through the woods with Philip reaching the top and opening the gate before the FD who was no doubt exhausted by his frequent off-shoots from the route. Back of Windlesham and Collarbone alley, through the Long Furlong field and back to the village.
Total 25.7 miles and 1,832ft
subsequent email summaries received from PT and JR:
Paul et Al,
Later email from PT:
The Mead ride started early on the road at 7.30.
Saturday 13th August 08.00am ride
JR, PT, KBS, TK, TB, ZA, RT and CB, AM & MA on rides abroad.
A fine turnout saw Mr Budd out and about in Italy. (26.8miles & 2,595ft)
while Mr Avery explored parts of West Wight. (23.2 miles and 2,328ft)
and a peleton of JR, KBS, PT, RT, TB, TK and ZA popped over to Teddy’s via Coombs. JR was on a steed “brought off the bench” from ZA’s garage. Good to see Tommy back in the saddle after a broken wrist and a bout of covid. (20.3 miles and 1,010 ft.)
Mr Mead was representing us to uphold standards at a music festival at Wiston, but managed a short ride to Steyning on the pretext of obtaining victuals.
RT adds to the report:
At the brek the main peloton discussed whether there should be a memorial erected to mark the spot where Tommy fell with a check on the criteria being as follows:
Were any bones broken? Yes
Was any blood spilt? Yes
Was any medical intervention needed? Yes. Fortunately there was a representative of the medical profession present to attend.
Was the incident spectacular? Yes. How could a crash onto barbed wire on an e-bike down the last steep section of Amberley Mount not be so?
Was pride hurt? Yes. A new member of the youth wing crashing at a point past which the veterans had passed with ease!
This yields a record 50 points and the crash was witnessed, the award of a memorial being a foregone conclusion in spite of not having an EPM, though the “meeting” was sufficiently quorate for this to be officially approved.
All that is required is for the victim and team artist to be present on an Amberley Route ride for the memorial to be created. This will be the second e-memorial.
Saturday 20th August 08.00am ride
A further report from PT:
ZA represented the FGCC in the west of the county, taking in parts of the Chichester canal towpath, thus:
Return route E along A259, stopping for tea & sandwich at Fishbourne Roman Palace. Continued through Chichester to the Canal Basin, following Canal towpath back to Hunston from where we followed our outward route back to Rowans Park site“.
Saturday 27th August 08.00am ride
A further PT report: