Findon Gentlemen’s rides in June 2022
Saturday 4th June “Not Jubilee T&B to the tank.”
Or the “Not the Not Jubilee T&B to the tank” ride as it didn’t take place – no PM. However a pelethree consisting of RK, PT & RT with AM going by road assembled at Pond Green with low numbers possibly due to the fair weather cyclists being put off by reports of rain. In the event not a drop of rain was experienced and even sunshine towards the end of the road.
When RT arrived at the start point the location for the brek, clearly the highest priority, had been selected (Teddies at Shoreham) but not a route. Having communicated a meeting time to AM the pelethree set off deciding upon a route via Coombe Farm and then the Downslink. At the top we were presented with a wonderful view of fields of poppies:
Along the Downslink witnessing an altercation in the estuary between a lone heron and a group of gulls presumably defending their nests, and then coming across the familiar sight of Mr Mead approaching us up the Downslink.
A splendid brek at Teddies as per usual and during the general VT it slipped out that “The Croc” had been watching “Homeland”, a programme on the activities of the CIA, no doubt for him to pick up tips for his next assignment (or maybe one is under way already?).
AM elected to head on across the harbour lock gates and possibly to Brighton to have a coffee and then be blown back along the seafront, whilst the pelethree headed west along the seafront to Worthing and then return to Findon via the Gallops.
Total 20.5miles and 931ft.
TAMITS: RK studying “Homeland” to get tips for his next assignment.
Friday 10th – Sunday 12th June IOW ride.
Mr Avery celebrated the seafaring traditions of the Isle of Wight by organising a “three ferry” trip. AM, MA, PT and ZA convened at Southampton Central, and rode to the Ferry terminal to catch the boat to Hythe
A tea stop in Hythe preceded a ride down through the New Forest to Lymington (14 miles and 427 feet on Strava)
Saturday 11th June 08.00am ride for the non-IOW-ers.
Saturday 18th June 08.00am ride
AM, TK, KBS, JR & RT
A sunny hot day in prospect and JR expressed a wish to try out the Marine Gardens cafe in Worthing with a ride through APE for a bit of shade along the route. Eventually decided upon route up through the crem and along to the SDW to Kithurst Hill and then down the Flying Brit’s “vrooom” route. Then up to the trig point and down his second “vroom” route along the north west ridge for Wepham woods in APE. Then SE to get to the Dover Lane car park and to the A27. Short section of the A27 into Angmering and over the bridge to Highdown. Then rather than going to the top of Highdown heading south and across the A259 with even the great presence of Moses Mead failing to stop the speeding two lanes of traffic to permit him to turn right into the lane into Ferring. “Don’t they know who I am” expression from Mr Mead to the entertainment of the peloton and we headed down across the level crossing and to the seafront, not forgetting of course a section of the Ilex Way for JR. Seafront to Marine Gardens losing the Flying Brit who had suffered brake failure (“what was the problem as he doesn’t know how to use brakes, does he?).
General conclusion of the brek was that it was not up to standard due to the quality of the ingredients and particularly the deep fried fried bread which made one feel as if one was eating a kilo of cholesterol with each mouthful. The one exception was AM who thoroughly enjoyed the brek because fried bread came as standard.
Return to Findon via the Gallops.
Total 22.7 miles and 1,273ft.
Saturday 25th June 08.00am ride
ZA PT TK JR MA KBS RT
A full peloton out to enjoy the sunshine and all with time to head out to Old Barn Nursery. Up to Muntham, round the back of Windlesham and west along the SDW over the A24. Then left through the woods north of Chanctonbury to the bottom of Llama lane. Then Chanctonbury ring road and north up Water Lane and a track parallel to the A24. Sadly half way there the Flying Brit ground to a halt as a bolt in his rear frame sheared and even the attentions of Team Mechanic were not able to assist him so he had to start walking back. Apparently after a while the obstructing bolt section dropped out and he was able to pedal home. The peloton then continued onwards to the brek location for a fine brek.
After the brek ZA & JR headed back home via the A24 while MA had been summoned by family to meet them at Southwater. The now pelethree of PT, TK & RT headed across the A24, through the southern edge of the Knepp estate and then south to Ashington. Over to Warminghurst and then to Thakeham and across the A283 towards the Downs. The question was then whether to scale the heights to the SDW via Sullington or the less demanding route via Washington and Windlesham with he latter being chosen. Then finally vial Collarbone alley and across the field to Findon.
Total 24.9 miles and 1,702 ft