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Sat 1st - Ride London events
 Denise is going to the FreeCycle ride,  a 10 mile traffic-free event in central London, passing some of the capital's famous landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament and St Paul's cathedral, finishing  in Green Park. Lots of entertainment on the way and a great day out!  We have done this event before and there hasn't been a problem in getting back by train. Trains Depart 08:50 from Hastings. Return 16:25 from Charing Cross
Apologies, Sunday's Rye ride has been cancelled
Thu 6th Evening Battle ride
(and every Thursday throughout the summer unless otherwise stated)
As in previous years, we are doing bike rides from Battle on Thursday evenings
Meet at the Abbey Green, ready to leave at 6:30pm
We will be out riding for about an hour, followed by a quick drink (optional) in a Battle cafe/pub. We will always try to split the group into two; an easy paced ride, and something a bit longer/quicker.

Note that tonight there will probably only be one ride, as many people are away
7th-10th Club cycle holiday in Newark
Now fully booked
Sat 15th Eastbourne Airshow
VulcanAny BikeLong Ride (over 30 miles)Grade 2We will meet on Battle Abbey Green at 10am, then ride to Cooden Train Station to pick up any riders who want to join us from Bexhill or Hastings at 10:45.
We will then ride along the coast road to Eastbourne Seafront to watch the show.  As I understand it at present the Vulcan will be flying at 2:30 and the Red Arrows at 4:30.  This is the last year that the Vulcan is flying so one of your last chances to ever see and hear this iconic plane in the sky.
We will return by the same route after the Red Arrows have completed their display.
Reasonably paced and predominantly flat ride suitable for all types of bikes.  Total distance about 37 miles, 19 miles if coming from Cooden.
If you plan coming, or joining at Cooden, please let Chris know on 07725914325.
Tue 18th Club monthly meeting
7:30pm at Battle Club (next to "Yesterday World" shop)
Open to all club members
Sat 22nd Morning coffee ride
WillsLong Ride (over 30 miles)Grade 3Morning ride to Northiam to the famous Will's coffee shop.
We will leave Battle Abbey Green at 10am and conquer the hills to get there and back. (East Sussex is so good for fitness training!)
About 30 miles, at about 12 miles per hour.
Return early afternoon.
To book in or for further details contact Sue on 07952166819
Sun 23rd Active Rother event
We will have a stand at a health event in Bexhill, organised by the "Active Rother" organisation
More details to follow. Please contact Dale or Sue if you might be able to help
Sat 29th Staplehurst, Egerton & Headcorn
Headcorn SignAny BikeMedium Ride (15-30 miles)Grade 2Meet at Staplehurst Station at 10:15am
(Trains from Battle, etc, need to change at Tonbridge)
Our route will take us through lanes and villages to Egerton and back via Headcorn. Very scenic, approximately 28 miles at a moderate pace. Generally flatish with a couple of moderate hills.
Finishing at/near Frankies coffee shop

Please let David know if you are travelling by car and have a space to offer, or if you are in need of a lift

If you are coming by car you can either park at station (3.50 all day), or on housing estate roads nearby. Suggest turning left at cross-roads (traffic lights before the station) towards Marden, and then turn left or right into any of the estate roads. Please park considerately.

If you plan to come on this ride or need more info please contact David on 07709620267

CTWD logoFri 4th National cycle-to-work day
Sun 13th Battle Randonee
East Sussex CTC is organising an on-road cycle ride starting at the Guide Hut, Battle Recreation Ground, North Trade Road, TN33 0HA.
There are 2 distances, 50 Km and 100 km and both routes include a fair number of climbs. It is in aid of Battle Health Pathway. 5 for 50 km 8 for 100 km. There will be refreshments available before and after the ride. The event is open to everybody.
Please note Battle train station is less than 1 mile away. There is no parking at the Recreation Field, but there are car parks in the town and some street parking around. Car sharing advised!
Start time is between 9 and 11 am.
Entry forms can be obtained by sending a stamped addressed envelope marked Battle Randonee to Esther Carpenter, 10 Maplehurst Road, St Leonards, TN37 7NA

Please contact Sue if you need any further details on 07952166819
We've heard rumors that the Bexhill to Hastings link road will be completed around September time.
As cyclists we're not too interested in the road, but there will be a greenway which runs from one end to the other, and we're looking to have some sort of launch party when it opens, probably with people from Hastings and Bexhill cycle clubs, walking groups, etc.
Dale and Steve went to look at the site's progress in May, and it looks like it will be a superb cycle route (not as straight or flat as the Cuckoo Trail, but more picturesque!) 

Sat 3rd or Sun 4th Open artists' studios
(date to be confirmed)
Open artists' studios Chiddingly East Sussex
We will take the train to Berwick & ride the lovely autumn lanes & visit some of the artists studios
Contact Gabrielle on 07908858233 to book in or for more details
Sat 10th Canterbury weekend trip
KentGrade 2A ride through autumn lanes to Canterbury, probably taking the train to Ashford.
With an overnight stay in a cosy wood cabin before returning across the North Downs on Sunday
Limited places available, please a message for Gabrielle on 01424 435193 for more details or to book. Deposit of 25 to be paid by Aug 10th
(cost of overnight stay approx 25 to 30 + food kitty ) 
PLEASE note, due to unknown numbers cabin may be mixed (male & female)

2016 (Yes, we're planning ahead!)
Sat 18th June  - Midsummer night ride
This is two days before the full moon

Regular events...
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
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!)

During the summer months we run short evening cycle rides starting from Battle, meeting 6:30pm at Battle Abbey Green, going on for about an hour. We will usually try to have two rides (if there are enough people), a leisurely-paced ride and a faster one. Some of us enjoy a drink back in Battle afterwards.

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
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 David Newman's mobile (07709620267) or in an email to
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