02. February 2023
FGCC rides in February 2023
Saturday4th February 08.00 post NGN ride
AM JR PT RK RT TB TK and ZA
Saturday 11th February 08.00am Trek n Brek AM
MA, TK, MA meeting JR at Teddies.
At OPG JR met the riders to find out the destination, preferring to go on tarmac for the morning. Riders set off to carry out memorial maintenance at Bloody Norse Corner via Stable Lane, the SDW and off-road section through the former woods now decimated due to the Ash die-back clearance. Some extensive work needed on the memorial was followed by the customary FGCC Ode to the fallen.
Then off to Langmead, Belsen for bacons and Downslink to Teddies where Mr Roche joined us. Post brek a sea front return and via Grand Avenue, The Gallops, the Bostal and new A24 cycle path.
The return journey was the mirror of JR’s outward ride.
Total 21.7 miles and 938ft (16 miles for JR)
Saturday 18th February 08.00am training ride
In the absence of the Club’s Meteorologist from those assembled at OPG – RT & ZA – a decision was taken to brave riding into a moderate westerly wind to Arundel via the Crematorium Drive, SDW, High Peppering Farm, Wepham, and Warningcamp.
Having turned S off the SDW, at some point on the track leading down towards the Burgh, RT’s tooth implant became detached from its peg. This led to some speculation amongst the Club’s 2 septuagenarians as to what other bits might become detached from various Gentlemen of the FGCC on future rides – this, despite not growing up ‘as those who do not cycle grow up’. Continuing despite this mishap, whilst speculating about the likely cost of remedial dental work, being the resourceful fellow that he is (besides his inherited inclination to make do, mend and recycle at every opportunity), RT wondered aloud whether he might have a go at refixing the detached tooth implant himself! However, the thought that he might be unable to direct the necessary adhesive to precisely the right spot in his mouth proved a sufficient deterrent to RT pursuing such a course of action 😊
Breakfast was enjoyed at the Moat house Café, served once again by Erica (to me). In the course of conversation we learnt that Farmers Market Days can be challenging for staff at MHC in that they often are very busy – Erica told us how her young colleague, Ella, was verbally abused on one occasion by a customer irate that his takeaway order took longer than the ten minutes he’d been told it would take.
Return route was via Warningcamp, Blakehurst, Dover Lane, Angmering, Highdown, Durrington, Findon Valley Gallops: back by c. 12.30, c.26 miles.
An enjoyable excursion – as always, it was good to be out: therapeutic VT was exchanged amidst various interesting topics of conversation, e.g. RT having acquired and in process of reading the author, Anthony Selden’s account of his walking the Western Front Way.
Addendum from MA:
“By way of confirmation, the peleton was observed by myself and a car full of family riding down Arundel Road past the school in Angmering.
It is worthy of note that, despite the absence of Moses Mead, they were ignoring the temporary traffic lights and riding through the roadworks.”
TAMITS: RT for reluctance to assist the dentist to acquire his next Ferrari.
Total 26.59 miles and 1,654ft
Meanwhile CB was out on a training ride in Italia no doubt in preparation for the Monarch’s Way ride on 4th March. Total 11.7 miles and 1,694ft
CB’s account of his ride:
“Being a solo ride there is little to add (in terms of excitement/ tamits etc). But a brief summary for the blog would be that I left home on a lovely morning (18 degrees and clear skies as it had been for about 10 days) expecting to have beautiful ride in pleasant conditions. Perhaps I had forgotten that only 5 days earlier I had been skiing in the nearby mountains and that there had been snow at his house for a couple of days at the beginning of the month. Anyway I headed along the winding descent from home towards Colmurano turning left and descending quickly to the river (stream) Entogge where foolishly I took the off-road route following the river in a dark, shady valley where some snow remained and where it wasn’t snow there was some very sticky mud which attached itself to me and the steed – think Tolmare farm in January. After two km of hard work and struggling I arrived a a stone track which climbed up towards San Ginesio where it was sunny and warm but where signs of snow remained obvious on the ground. By now I had stopped many times to try to clean the steed which must have been the weight of an ebike because of all the mud it was carrying. Finally arriving at the top to then follow the ridge that for the most part descended from San Ginesio towards home. Then over 30 minutes to clean the sticky mud from the bike – and this wasn’t even the pretty bike that I try to keep clean. A good blast that took about 2 hours when my best time on the same route is 1:30.”
TAMITS: Budd’s mud discovered in Italy to make him really feel at home there.
Saturday 25th February 08.00am training ride
PT, MA, TK, RT meeting JR at Findon Garden Centre
A four peaks ride due to time constraints. Anti clockwise direction as the analoguers didn’t fancy climbing potentially slippery Church hill and North face slopes. No incidents of any note, but with a good brek at the Garden centre entertained by Mr Roches tales from his recent US travels.
JR not riding due to damaged left arm.
10.5 miles and 1,123ft climbed