FGCC ventures abroad from Findon in October 2022
Saturday 1st October 08.00am ride
TK, RK, JR, ZA, RT
RK having forgotten his cycling shoes, route chosen to go past his flat so he could retrieve them. Down A24 to West Worthing Stn and Grand Avenue to the seafront. Along the seafront to Brooklands for shoe retrieval then continuing on to Teddies for yet another excellent brek. Return via Lancing clump and then onto Langmead and SDW, down to Buddington Bottom, back up to Gallops Farm and then down Stable Lane.
Total 21.4 miles and 1,001ft.
TAMITS: RK forgetting his cycling shoes
A TAMITS from earlier in the week for the record: Delays on the virtual line with TK replying to MA Christmas at the Avery’s invitation from last year
Friday 7th/Saturday 8th October Go West Ride – PM Captain Kersley
PT summarises the rides as follows:
JR reported on his little incident at Nyetimber:
And Project Manager TK reported as follows:Friday 7th October – 24 miles (per gallon).
A peleton of five (JR MA RK RT and TK) left Findon for West Worthing, to catch a train to Seaford arranging to later rendezvous with ZA ( riding) and Pt (LSVing)
Arriving Seaford at 10.30 the morning we made tracks across Seaford Head to Cuckmere Haven and the famous spectacle of the coastguard cottages and Seven Sisters.
Making our way along a ride path ( footpath really) we travelled up the Cuckmere valley taking in fantastic river views before arriving for coffee break at Seven Sisters country park, then enjoyed some off-piste sections through woodland and connecting forest tracks to arrive on hills overlooking Jeavington, heading west to lunch at the George Alfriston whereupon we met PT and also happened upon ZA who has followed our route some 60 minutes later.
The afternoon ride followed the South Downs was requiring a steep ascent out of Alfriston and a ride against the wind over Firle beacon before a steep descent to Southease YHA café to meet up with PT. Suitably refreshed the final 3 miles followed the Ouse River bank direct to overnight stay in Lewes Premier Inn, where we once again met PT who had LSV’d all bags for us (marvellous work).
A convivial evening involved the Rights of Man pub and the Shazam curry emporium and a golden gallon, or was it bakers gallon ..
Saturday 8th Oct – 31 miles
Breakfast was accompanied by the arrival of KBS to join us for the ride home.
After PT had delivered a masterclass on replacement of gear cable ( many thanks again Paul) PT and ZA left in the LSV leaving KBS, JR MA RK RT and TK to make tracks climbing from Lewes up to the SDW across Ditchling Beacon, down through Pyecombe towards the planned tea stop at Seddlescombe. An uneventful ride to this point ( save for kims splitting of a pair of other riders on the SDW suddenly whilst descending Nyetimber Hill JR had a laydown that sprained his wrist, hurt his pride and caused the immediate calling of a meeting of the memorial committee. It was here decided that no memorial could be created (NB the matter has been referred to national government so expect a U turn soon) because:
* No hospital visit ensued – although the club nurse administered balm and advice post-ride (including “why don’t you grow up for once”).
** We couldn’t be ar$*^d to climb back up to complete the art work.
However, once the committee had finished its important work kind first-aid was administered by all to JR’s many wounds – actually it was third-aid because FGCC policy dictates that the actions following such a spill are always:
- Stand around and take the p!$$ and also some photos where possible.
- Convene a meeting of the memorial committee and carry out any necessary artistry.
- See if the rider is hurt and maybe needs medical ministration and counselling.
All riders now had sympathy for JRs situation and thus used all available a safe tracks to make way over Devils Dyke, to Truleigh hill and descending to Shoreham Airport for a lunch stop before the safe ( some might say too much tarmac) route along the seafront and home via west hill and gallops.
Saturday 15th October 08.00am ride
Saturday 22nd October 08.00am ride and Trek ‘n Brek at Tolmare
KBS, PT, MA, RT and AM joining the brek.
During the week KBS announced that as he would be a free man over the weekend he would like to host a brek.
AM just returned from his european expedition would join for the brek but not ride as he hadn’t been on a bike for 5 weeks. Amberley loop route with AM being informed that we intended to arrive at Tolmare around 09.45 which proved to be a bit ambitious due to stopping to discuss important matters such as the range of e-bike motors now on the market. Jiust before the High Barn the extent of bovine deposits led PT to remark that it was a visual metaphor for the Tory party – everywhere you step you are likely to land in the sh*t.
SDW to Kithurst then Amberley mount via the vines with the tracks everywhere generally muddy and slowing progress. Usual return route with a couple of stops to inform AM of our delayed arrival. KBS was invited to press on rather than wait for RT with PT on his e-bike going ahead to open gates so as to not slow down the Flying Brits progress, with MA accompanying RT.
A magnificent brek was speedily and most impressively provided by our host having prepared much of it before the ride, and during the brek Marco Polo Mead described the many places visited on his travels.
Total 17.7 miles and 1,511ft.
Saturday 29th October 08.00am ride
PT, MA, RT meeting AM at Arundel.
Team Chaplain had ridden to the start point to greet the peloton and then headed off to take son’s dog for a walk while he rides – who needs e-power when you have an energetic dog to exercise! This led to a discussion as to whether his short ride to and from his house warranted points towards the bling record.
Due to ground conditions following all the rain the peloton took the route to Arundel via Muntham, SDW and Burpham, coming across Mr Mead by the river finishing off his first coffee of the day. Another excellent brek at the “Moathouse Bakeaway” cafe and AM headed off to Ford to sort out an order for wheels at Strada. The peloton decided to follow AM a little later and then on to Climping Beach, LA, Rustington and to Highdown at which point MA parted company to return home and the peletwo returned to Findon via the Gallops. Total 29.5 miles and 1,346ft.
A more expansive record of the rides from Mr Topley: