FGCC rides in December 2022
Saturday 3rd December 08.00am ride
CB, PT,MA, RT meeting JR and AM at the Moathouse Cafe.
At OPG JR appeared without steed and on learning of the peloton’s destination threw down the Bus Pass challenge gauntlet, intending to beat the peloton to the Moathouse ahead of the riders.
Route to Arundel via Burpham due to the still sticky conditions via other routes. No incidents along the way but to our surprise we arrived at the cafe to find both Messrs Mead and Roche half way into their coffees. It transpired that JR had taken a bus to Pulborough and then a train to Arundel to achieve what he regarded as a win, though this was contested due to the fact that the whole idea of the bus pass challenge is that it should be by bus and foot and free.
Route back via Dover lane, Highdown and the Gallops.
Total 23.3 miles and 1,543ft
TAMITS: JR the Not-award for not quite winning the bus pass challenge?
Saturday 10th December 08.00am ride
PT, MA, CB
A peleton of three, comprising CB and the turbo twins (MA on a spanking new demo bike), decided to make a circuit taking in Chanctonbury, Wiston, Steyning and brek at Shoreham airport.
Reaching the ring via Stable lane, views were admired:
MA and the view north, and
CB and the view southeast
Saturday 24th December Christmas Eve ride?
PT and CB headed off up Stable Lane and to the SDW as far as Langmead. Down the concrete road to Steyning, arriving at Truffles at 09:15 to rv with JR and TK who arrived by car. A convivial brek, then PT and CB proceeded down the Downslink to the Airport, then back along the beach and up the cycle superhighway (Findon Valley). At the Black Horse we met Mr Mead, setting off on his mtb for a last spin of the year (no idea where or how far he went)
Meanwhile, but a bit later, ZA took his road bike for a 14 mile spin to Lancing and back:
Saturday 31st December Trek’n Lunch at the Avery’s
A rainy day with strong SSW wind. MA collected PT from Horsham and the two proceeded to OPG, to meet CB. CB proposed a route taking in Chanctonbury, Cissbury and the Golf course to the A27. We took it. Wind blew us up to Chanctonbury, then rain started and hammered our right sides as we rode east along the ridge. South toward Cissbury against the gusts, and then along the A27 to Broadwater where we called in to Starbucks for a coffee. West by road, then northward up Cote Street against the current (more Cote Stream than Cote Street). Along Honeysuckle Lane and down Church Hill to Findon. CB home to dry out, MA and PT by car to Angmering for a super lunch chez les Averys, with CB, AM, ZA, TB, RT and respective Ladies, and of course Clare Carl and Edie
ZA, still bereft of his mountain bike, took a road route of about 11 miles in the wind and rain, just to be out:
before heading off to Angmering for the event at the Avery’s.