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March
Sat 28th Spring Ride
Starting 10am at Rye Station, we will ride the country lanes, see trees in blossom & lambs. This will be a new route, with great coffee & tea stops. Bring a snack / sandwich for lunch. A couple of hills to get into the north edge of the Marsh then quiet & flat country lanes with not a car for miles, just sheep & birdsong. Contact Gabrielle 07908858233 to book in, or for more details

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April
CellarAny BikeShort ride, up to 15 milesGrade 1Sat 4th Winchelsea Cellar Tour
Starts 9:50am at at Rye Station (we will wait for the 09:54 train to come in from Hastings/Battle/Bexhill)
The route will be mostly on hard-surfaced tracks and small country lanes, most of it flat. There are short sections which are hilly and busy, we can walk these.
When we reach Winchelsea you have the choice to do your own thing for a while, or join the cellars tour (5 per person), which takes around 1 hours
We will return to Rye afterwards, possibly along the same route, or via the harbour nature reserve if everyone is happy to do so (we'll decide on the day).
Optional coffee stop in Rye afterwards
To book in please contact Dale on 07713297691 (text) or 01424773606 (phone)
Sat 11th Club Annual General Meeting (AGM)
At the Bull Inn, Battle. Open to all club members
Come along to show your support for the committee, hear what's happened over the past 12 months, and help to shape the club's future.
As part of the AGM the current committee will stand down, leaving all committee positions available to be filled. Please contact anyone on the current committee (Sue, Chris, Denise, Dale, Steve, or Ruth) if you are thinking of joining the committee.

In addition to the main committee positions, we are also looking for people who could do occasional small tasks during the year.
 
Please arrive at the pub by 11am (when the pub opens), the aim is to sit down and start the AGM promptly (we will be in the back restaurant section)
The club will provide a free tea/coffee for all current members.
The pub will also have flapjack at 2 per slice, or Victoria sponge, carrot cake, or chocolate fudge cake at 2.50 a slice.

There are a couple of rides before the AGM...
  • Gentle ride leaving Battle Abbey Green at 9.50, taking the road out of Battle looping to Catsfield and coming back up up through the fields behind the Abbey. Please let Ruth know if you will be joining this ride 07940282888
  • Medium-paced ride leaving Battle Abbey Green at 9.30, riding out to Crowhurst Park, through Crowhurst and round to Catsfield then back to Battle past Claverham. So a fair few hills packed in (approx 13 miles). Please let Steve know if you will be joining this ride on 07789546833
  • Gabrielle will lead a ride from Hastings, please contact her for details on 07908858233
  Let us know if you can lead a ride

The club is putting together a pack of easy-to-lead rides (maps, directions, coffee stops, etc), so that leading a ride is more attractive to more people. (we've started here)
If you have any ideas for new routes, or there's one you enjoyed and fancy doing again please get in contact with Denise, Steve, Dale, or Sue.

Tue 21st Club monthly meeting
7:30pm at Battle Club (next to "Yesterday World" shop)
Open to all club members
View24th-26th Hostel weekend
We will cycle over to the YHA in East Dean on the Friday, followed by a choice of rides on the Saturday.  and cycle back on the Sunday 26th. It's about 25 miles to get there. Accommodation for both nights is 42 per person. Places are limited.
We will eat out at the local pub on the Friday night and cook at the hostel on the Saturday night. There will be a food kitty (15 each) which will cover breakfast on both mornings, Saturday night dinner at the hostel, packed lunch for Sunday's return journey and a few other bits of food for snacks.  What is not included is your food during the day on Saturday.
If you wish to come then payment must be made by 30th January. Cheques payable to 1066 Cycle Club, contact Sue on 07952166819

(updated 17/11/2014)
Sun 26th - "On Yer Bike" charity ride
See here for details. As usual there is a choice of 25-mile or 40-mile routes

Usually a few people from the club go. If you plan to go and wouldn't mind acting as a contact for 1066 cycle club (i.e. people can meet up with you) then please let Dale know (07713297691)
Rye stationLong
                Ride (over 30 miles)Grade 3[date to be confirmed]
Rye and Hythe circular

Leave Rye Station at 10am to cycle to Hythe, see the railway and pick up a British Cycle Quest clue. We will go via the coast on NCN2 and some back inland.
We can stop at the lovely tea-shop in Appledore or keep going to Rye (we will decide on the day). Bring a snack for lunch. This ride has not been pre-ridden so we might need to check the map occasionally.
This ride is suitable for road or hybrid bikes. Back mid afternoon.
Approx 50 miles.
For more information or to book in, contact Sue on 07952 166819
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May
Ride photoSun 10th Charity Ride, organised by Rye Bay Coastguards
Start between 8.30-10.30am from the coastguard station, Rye harbour.
Choose either 30 or 15 mile route around Rye, Romney marsh, Lydd and Camber.
5 entry fee, sponsorship optional (see link below)
The organisers have sent us a poster, map, and entry details front & back pages

Please let Dale or Denise know if you plan to go, as we need someone to be the '1066 club contact' (which simply means you check that any 1066 members that have 'booked in' are there at the start time)
We will be trying to organise a ride on the new Hastings/Bexhill link road, possibly before it is open to the public. More details to follow nearer the time.
We will also be riding the cyclepath which runs along it's distance, possibly as a joint venture with other cycle clubs in the area (mainly HUB and Bexhill Wheelers)
South DownsMedium
                Ride (15-30 miles)Grade 2Sat 23rd South Downs
A repeat of one of my favourite East Sussex rides!
A complete mix of scenery and terrain taking in the South Downs, Seaford coastal path, Cuckmere Haven and then the pretty meandering lanes through to Alfriston.
Take lunch, snacks, flask etc as there are no facilities until Seaford. This ride is mostly suitable for hybrid or mountain bikes.  I can lend out my hybrid to any female who would like to join us but only has a road bike.
Depart from Berwick Station at 10.30  (trains from Battle 9:12, or Hastings at 9:26
Return very late afternoon
To book in or request more information please contact Denise on 07508262768
TBA, Cathas Seat ride (an annual event)
Fri 29th MTB weekend in the Chilterns
Would anybody like to join Sue and Ruth at a mountain bike weekend in The Chilterns organised by Skedaddle?
You can book direct with Skedaddle and find out more here
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June
DoverSat 6th Dover & East Kent
This is a beautiful all day ride going up the east Kent coast on small roads along the coast.
Picnic lunch 
As this is further away we need offers of carshares (with bike racks) to Dover.
Please contact Gabrielle if you can offer this

Meet time & place TBC
LogoSat/Sun 13/14th Eastbourne Cycling Festival
Some people from the club usually go. See here for details
Sat/Sun 27/28th Dieppe Raid, with an optional Paris trip.
Contact Ruth for details on 07940282888
TBA Come and meet us at Battel Bonfire Boyes summer fete
We are inviting the police along to do some bicycle security marking 
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July
PosterSun 12th - Folkestone Channel Rotary Charity Bike Ride
A few of us went last year.
Choice of 10, 30, or 50 mile routes
Let Dale know if you intend to go

August
Early August, Ride London events. There's usually someone from the club who goes

September
CTWD logoFri 4th National cycle-to-work day

Regular events...
Wed
Most weeks some club members join East Sussex CTC group on their regular Wednesday rides, which are held every week, rain or shine. The format is the same every week; meet for coffee then start riding at 11am for a 2 hour ride to a pub for lunch. Some people take a picnic and eat together. There are 6 groups of riders going at different speeds from the very gentle to the very fast. There is something to suit everybody. Non CTC members are welcome to try but are expected to join if you attend regularly. (Don't forget you can have reduced membership through 1066 Cycle Club). You can see the current events list here.  If you would like to know more or would like some assistance getting started do call Sue 07952166819
Wed
We have been invited to the HUB Community Bike Workshop, every Wed 6-8pm, at the Labyrinth on the Lower Promenade, opposite Warrior Square. Get a free basic bike check, access tools and advice to work on your own bike, work on donated bicycles, learn new skills, meet other cyclists and get information about local cycling issues.
(check before going there!)

Last Sat
of month

Every last Saturday of the month some club members join the regular off-road riders at Bedgebury. Meet at the cycle hire shop at Bedgebury. For more details contact Denise on 01580 880889


British Cycle Quest
There are 402 checkpoints across the country and a question about each one. There are six questions each in East Sussex, West Sussex, Kent and Surrey. The idea is to cycle to a checkpoint, answer the question and complete an answer card. Each card holds ten answers. Completed answer cards are then returned to CTC who verify the answers, return the verified card to you, and award certificates and medals according to the total number of questions answered. The first answer card is free, with a small charge for additional cards. For more information and downloads, please see http://www.ctc.org.uk/british-cycle-quest
We thought it might be fun to have a little competition within our club and see who can get the most answers between now and the AGM. Club members can send a scan/photo of their verified answer card(s) either to Sue's mobile or to the club email address, bcq@1066cycleclub.org.uk
There will be a small prize for each set of ten correct answers and a slightly larger prize for whoever gets the most answers.

Note: Steve spotted that CTC are using an unusual format for map grid references. He suggests the following... "The OS numbers refer to OS Landranger sheet numbers (1:50,000), and not OS Explorer sheet numbers 1:25,000 which is what a lot of us use. Ignore the hyphen and you then have the six figure local grid reference that you can find on your map"


Important information for all rides

Regular events | One-off events



What do those symbols mean?
Any Bike Suitable for any type of bicycle

Mountain bikes
              ONLYSuitable for Mountain Bikes only



All rides are graded 1 to 4, a measure of the ride's average speed, and number/severity of hills.

Grade 1 Grade 1 : Mostly flat, easy pace

Grade 2 Grade 2 : Some hills, moderate pace

Grade 3 Grade 3 : More hills and fast pace.

Grade 4 Grade 4 : Challenging, hilly, fast pace

It's very rare that we put on a "grade 4" ride. If fast road riding is your thing then one of the other cycle clubs in the area might better suit your needs
In addition to the Grade, we also show the Distance of our rides, which fall into 3 categories :

Short ride, up to 15 miles up to 15 miles

Medium Ride (15-30 miles) between 15 and 30 miles

Long Ride (over 30 miles) over 30 miles

When looking at our ride programme please consider both the ride's Grade, Distance and your fitness. It will help you decide which rides are most suitable for you.
(Having said that, we are a cheerful and flexible bunch of people. You will never be left behind on a ride)
If you're unsure of your ability and whether a particular ride would suit you then please call the leader for that particular ride, they will be more than happy to chat about it.
Although we try to finish rides on time this cannot be guaranteed, and there have been occasions where they have over-run; it is wise to consider what impact this may have on you.


Thanks to ESCC for their kind permission for the use and reproduction of these symbols