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We have 2 spare places, contact Sue for details on 07952166819
|Sun 26th - Castle Challenge
(aka "On Yer Bike") charity ride
Please note, this ride is organised by St Leonards Rotary Club, not 1066 Cycle Club
See here for details. There is a choice of 25-mile or 40-mile routes
Club member Karen and her daughter will be doing the 25 mile route, leaving the start point around 9am. If you'd like to cycle with them please contact Karen on 07825863606
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.
|Sat 2nd Cathas Seat ride
Hilary will be leading one of the rides from Ashford station at 10:30am, which takes in a half-hour stop at Wye farmers market, arriving 1pm at Cathas Seat where we can have a picnic (bring one with you, or buy something at the market).
Celebrations go on until 3pm but we could leave whenever people are ready to do so; the route back to Ashford is well known to a few of us.
Route from Ashford station to Cathas Seat is approx 11 miles, mostly flat, a mix of small roads and gravel tracks.
Nick says "Itís going to be a slightly more low key event this year. Hopefully still some music but more of a bring-your-own-picnic sort of scenario. There will be general frivolity and a couple of roving musical troubadours might even make an appearance!" (see poster for more details)
If you're going on the train there are several options depending on your starting point.
For example if you're starting from Battle then the 09:14 (changing at Hastings) is both cheaper and faster than the 08:29 (changing at Tonbridge)
Staplehurst, Egerton & Headcorn
Starting 10:30 at Staplehurst village car park (location to be confirmed)
Our route will take us through lanes and villages to Egerton and back via Headcorn.
Very scenic, approximately 28 miles at a medium pace. Generally flatish with a couple of moderate hills
Note that the train is a bit more complicated than usual, as if you're coming from Hastings/Battle etc (say the 08:37 at Battle) then you'll need to change at Tonbridge to arrive at 10:07 at Staplehurst
If you plan to come on this ride or need more info please contact David on 07709620267
Charity Ride, organised by Rye Bay Coastguards
Start 10am 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
If coming by car, you can use the car park near the harbour
If coming on the train, note there is no connection from Battle/Crowhurst/Robertsbridge/etc
The 09:27 Hastings train reaches Rye at 09:44 (just enough time to cycle to the harbour)
Please check for engineering works nearer the day.
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)
|Tue 19th Club monthly meeting
7:30pm at Battle Club (next to "Yesterday World" shop)
Open to all club members
|Sat 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
|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
Morning country ride
Country lanes, Sunday morning energiser, return by lunchtime
...and a rumour of coffee & cakes on the return
Times and details to be confirmed, probably starting from Battle Abbey.
Call Gabrielle for details nearer the time
Dover & East Kent
This is a beautiful all day ride going up the east Kent coast on small roads along the coast.
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
14th - 22nd June is National Bike Week
See below for some of the things we have planned
Ride to the Eastbourne
(Note that the festival is also open on Sun 14th, but our ride is 13th only)
Meet 10:30am at Bexhill Railway Station, we will ride across to Pevensey then on to Eastbourne via Westham, then NCN Route 2 into town and through to western lawns.
About 16 miles to Eastbourne, we will return about 3pm taking a shorter route (12 miles) back to Bexhill
Contact Joe if you plan to do this ride (07704139879)
|Sat 20th Sustrans NCN anniversary
Celebrating 20 years of the NCN, we are joining forces with other clubs for a ride and picnic
Starting 10am at the Sovereign Light Cafe (Bexhill Promenade), we ride out towards Hooe and Herstmonceux, then across the marshes to Pevensey. The easy flat NCN2 route on the final leg from Pevensey to Bexhill
There will be a refreshment stop at Chilley Farm cafe
Beach picnic on arrival back in Bexhill around 1pm.
Approximately 24 miles in total
More details to follow, including registering with Sustrans for the ride with the chance to win a short break at Center Parcs.
For details please email Duncan@1066cycleclub.org.uk
Train times for those coming from Battle etc
|Sun 21st Date reserved for a special
|Sat 27th Battel Bonfire
Boyes summer fete
Come and meet some members of 1066 Cycle Club at our stall !
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
|Sat 11th Cuckmere
Meet 10:20am at Berwick railway station
Pretty country lanes to the sea at Cuckmere Haven & back via the woods
Bring picnic lunch, Tea stop later. Return mid afternoon.
Contact Gabrielle on 07908858233 to book in or for more details
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
Denise is going to the FreeCycle ride, if you are interested please call her on 07508262768
|7th-10th Club cycling
holiday in Newark
For details please see April's email update
|Fri 4th National cycle-to-work
||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
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!)
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
information for all rides
events | One-off events
|What do those symbols mean?|
| Suitable for any type
Suitable 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 : Mostly flat, easy pace
Grade 2 : Some hills, moderate pace
Grade 3 : More hills and fast pace.
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 :
up to 15 miles
between 15 and 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