Findon Gentlemen’s Cycling Club rides in May 2022.
Saturday 7th May 08.00am ride
PT JR MA ZA TB, meeting AM for brek at Teddies
AM rode direct to Shoreham with return home via Rustington
24,3 miles and 1,504ft for the peloton. 29 miles for AM
Saturday 14th May 08.00am ride
Report awaited and participants unknown other than definitely MA from his Strava record and presumably KBS because of the route taking in the “jumps route” on north face near the Langmead memorial.
What’s app reveals that AM took a road route and that other member of the peloton was TK.
A route to Shoreham via Steyning for a brek at Teddies and returning home via Lancing clump.
AM reports that he rode direct to Teddies via the Fort, returning via Yapton, Middleton, LA, etc. as he needed to up his mileage after low mileage in Cornwall sans bike
MA total 32.4 miles and 2,798ft. AM 51 miles
Saturday 21st May 08.00am ride
TK, ZA, TB, MA & RT with MA on road.
With TK suffering from home-made cider tasting the night before, RT from having not ridden for over a month, ZA on a time limit for domestic duties and MA for a sailing event, a less demanding westerly route was chosen.
Through the crem, along to SDW, Burpham and into Arundel for a brek at the Moat House meeting AM there. Two tables needed and TB sitting with AM was soon being shown a picture of his Smart car having been vandalised for the catalytic converter. Whilst this was awful vehicle news yet again besetting the AM (apparently the 16th car crime against them), TB was warned that the should be prepared for a long discussion on all the crimes including possible murder, many thefts from vehicles and theft of whole vehicles.
After the brek AM headed off somewhere and the main peleton headed to the top of Dover Lane via Warningcamp where the first split took place. ZA being late (we trust that any repercussions were not too severe) took the Monarch’s Way directly to Findon and the peloton turned down the Dover Lane route. Along the A27 and into Angmering where MA took his leave and the pelethree climbed Highdown with RT now trailing. Via Durrington to lower Salvington where TB parted and the remaining peletwo returned to Findon via the Gallops.
Great riding weather and a total of 24.9 miles and 1,668 ft for the peloton. 26 miles for AM on road.
Meanwhile the Italian Stallion was out and about with a ride from his house there finishing at the Abbaye:
Saturday 28th May 08.00am ride
The Catfish and Koi (aka Kia) ride.
AM, TK, KBA, JA, PT, RT
“A morning particularly characterised by indecision over the route resulted in a ride up through the crem to the SDW and on to Amberley for brek at the riverside tearooms:
During the debate on a route at the start of the ride, AM raised the subject of the Not-Jubilee brek at the tank “as after all it was scheduled in the calendar” for 4th June and it was decided that this could be a subject for the breakfast later. Needless to say as with any gathering to discuss a particular subject VT took over during the brek and it was overlooked.
However, the subject of events on the calendar was particularly relevant as in the week leading up to the ride there was a bit of an email “barkle” over the subject of the Go-West ride later in the year with TK (Project Manager) having suggested dates for this ride. The situation was eloquently described in a mournful communication from Mr Topley as follows
There followed several communications resulting in the ride being restored to the scheduled date and PT being able to participate.
TAMITS: AM for (unusually Mrs M might say) taking note of events on the calendar.
PT for planning his holiday excursions around the FGCC calendar
TK for not taking note of the FGCC calendar when PM-ing an event.
A further matter during this eventful ride again featured Mr Mead, who, along with Messrs Roche and Kersley wished to do a “last post” from the top down through Muntham Farm. AM, otherwise known as “Moses Mead” for his expectation of traffic to move aside in his presence, descended the track to join the Gun Club track at the same time as a vehicle (a Kia with two men) heading in the same direction. In the interests of another vehicle coming in the other direction the Kia stopped very suddenly and swerving into the side and path of Mr Mead, who looked back at his fellow cyclists with a very serious expression full of expletives (though not uttered) as well as implying “don’t they know who I am”. The situation was repeated several times down the route until the third stop to wait for an approaching vehicle led to him overtaking in the face of the latest oncoming vehicle.
TAMITS: AM – “Don’t they know who I am”?