2014.10 October

Rides in October 2014

Saturday 4th October 08.00am ride
Four peaks selected for the route. Cissbury, Chanctonbury, A24 at which point we had to stop to adjust TK’s inoperative front brake. Up to almost the top towards the high barn, just before the gate, when we discovered that JR had lost his brake spares, so we had to go all the way down to the A24 again. Round past the school instead and back up to collarbone alley for a bit of memorial maintenance and reciting of the ode. To the top of church hill and back to Findon for a brek at Julia’s.
14 miles?

Saturday 11th October
Delayed start as we tried to sort out pumping up for JR’s tyre. Rain threatened so JR proposed brek at Steyning. Route via Cissbury car park, toward Chanctonbury, Langmead, down the Bostal, forking left into Steyning. Just as we parked the bikes JR discovered that he had a blasteet which he fixed whilst breakfast was being prepared. Return route via Bramber roundabout, the long climb up the concrete road up to Langmead and down Stable Lane to Findon.
Total 14 Miles

Saturday 17th October 08.00am ride
PT & TK in their bright orange jackets resulting in RT referring to them as the “sunny delights”.
Amberley loop route selected with strong winds and the threat of showers. JR wondered at the top of Kithurst whether the drop into Amberley would result in a soaking, but we pressed on (“we are men of the FGCC and can take it” said John) and no rain. On the way back a nice display by a couple of red kites in conflict with a couple of crows.
Brek at Julia’s on our return. PT now had full record in his Satmap of height climbed (1800ft) to apply to previous Amberley loop rides.
18 miles.

Saturday 24th October 08.00am ride.
Shoreham route selected. Up Stable Lane at the top of which ZA suffered a “blasteet” which we fixed. Onwards only for ZA to suffer a second puncture just before the junction with the track round the north side of Findon Park House (palais de Goring). However the puncture was in almost exactly the same place as the first leading to much speculation that ZA might have misplaced the first patch due to not having his glasses, but RK & RT eventually acknowledged that the hole was a different shape to the first.
Round to Langmead and drop down the concrete road, along the road to Botolphs and onto the Downslink. Across the old toll bridge back up the Lancing Hill and the slippery track round Steep Down, back across the Steyning Road, over to Cissbury car park and back to the village.
Total 15 miles?