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|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 best suited to mountain bikes, although could be managed on a sturdy hybrid with thicker tyres. I can lend out my hybrid to any female who only has a road bike and would like to join us.
Depart from Berwick Station at 10.30 (trains from Battle 9:12, or Hastings at 9:26
Return very late afternoon
If you wish to go on this ride or would like more information please contact Denise on 07508262768
|Sun 24th Way Out
A fast long ride to Upper Dicker, leaving Battle Abbey Green at 10am to go to a club favourite for the snack stop.
Lots of hills on the way there and back, with a flattish section in the middle!
Cycling through some pretty East Sussex villages.
Road bike recommended, Distance 45 miles
Back 4:30pm approx
If you wish to go on this ride or would like more information please contact Sue on 07952166819
|Thu 28th 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.
If there are sufficient numbers we can split the group into two; an easy paced ride, and something a bit longer/quicker.
|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
|Staplehurst, Egerton &
(date to be confirmed)
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
If you plan to come on this ride or need more info please contact David on 07709620267
As far as trains go, 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
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
Start time & place TBC
To book in or for further details please contact Gabrielle on 07908858233
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)
|Sun 14th Tri-Store Sportive
Some of us plan to take part in one of the events at the Eastbourne Cycling Festival. We are going to do the short route of the Tri Store Sportive which is 46 miles if anyone wants to join us on the Sunday which starts early between 8 and 9am. You register on line via the link from the festival page and it is £16. Spaces are limited to 300 and so signing up sooner rather than later would be advisable to avoid missing out on a place. There is a goody bag and a medal at the end for those that like presents!! Anyone else who would like to give this a go with Sue and Karen would be most welcome.
If you are interested please book yourself on the event here, and/or contact Karen on 07825863606 to arrange a meeting point (if you like!)
|Tue 16th Club monthly meeting
7:30pm at Battle Club (next to "Yesterday World" shop)
Open to all club members
|Thu 18th Bike Week Supper
For Bike Week we are having a special sharing supper at The Queen's Head in Sedlescombe on Thursday 19th June. Do come and ride with us first, leaving Battle Abbey Green at 6:30pm, or 7:15 at the pub. Cost for our food is £6 which you need to give to Sue by Tuesday 17th June.
If you don't usually ride on a Thursday, you would still be most welcome.
20th Sustrans NCN anniversary ride
Celebrating 20 years of the NCN, Duncan, Sue and Joe with their "Sustrans hats" on are leading two rides with Sustrans members and other clubs for a ride and picnic in the Pevensey Marsh/Herstmonceux area, starting and finishing on Bexhill Western promenade.
This ride is for confident riders and covers a distance of around 24 miles using a mixture of B-roads and quiet lanes. There is one short steep hill up to the Lamb pub at Wartling where you are very welcome to walk up and admire the view.
Two guided rides will take place, one at approximately 12mph, the other at a slower pace. (subject to change depending on what riders come)
We now have permission to cut through the picturesque Herstmonceux Castle for a short picnic, so please bring some light food and drink. We may also stop for a quick cuppa at Chilley Farm if the group wants to and it’s not too busy.
Meet at the Sovereign Light Café at 10.30am for a briefing. There are toilets nearby.
Nearest railway stations are Collington and Bexhill.
We aim to depart at 11.00am, and to be back around 2.30pm
As we need to control the numbers for this ride you will need to pre-register. Just follow this link and scroll down to the "Eventbrite" booking form (which looks a bit like this -->)
For details please email Duncan@1066cycleclub.org.uk
Train times for those coming from Battle etc
|Sun 21st Mid-summer ride and
A moderately paced 2 hour ride around the lanes towards Northiam and back to Karen's to celebrate midsummer with a special afternoon tea in her garden
Meet at Karen's house (Forest Lodge, Whatlington) 12.45 ready for a 1pm start (see map)
£2.50 donation on the day.
Please let Karen know by Wed 17th June if you'll be going (07825863606)
If you don't fancy the ride before, come along for the tea and get-to-gether.
If weather is not looking promising then tea will be cancelled
Boyes summer fete
Come and meet some members of 1066 Cycle Club at our stall !
We are also inviting the police along to do some bicycle security marking
Note to club members, please contact Dale if you are able to help on the stall. It's fun and easy, you don't even have to be there all the time (Fete is only from 11 to 4pm anyway)
|Sat/Sun 27/28th Dieppe Raid
(please note the optional Paris trip is now fully booked)
Contact Ruth for details on 07940282888
|Sun 5th Cuckmere
Meet 10:45am 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
|Sat 11th Mystery
trip to Canterbury & Kent coast
For details see the club email update (sent 09/05/2015) or speak to Gabrielle
Channel Rotary Charity Bike Ride
A few of us went last year.
Choice of 10, 30, or 50 mile routes
We're looking for someone to be the 'club contact' for this ride, which simply means they act as a contact person on the day to ensure we all start the ride together (it's not essential that everyone rides together though, depending on which ride, and at what speed you want to go!)
If you are going and could be the 'club contact' then let Dale know
|Sat 25th Cycle maintenance
Date and venue to be confirmed (probably in Hastings Old Town area)
There will be rides on the day too
Denise is going to the FreeCycle ride, which is a traffic-free route in central London, passing some of the capital's famous landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliment and St Pauls cathedral
If you are interested please call Denise on 07508262768
|7th-10th Club cycle holiday
For details see the club email update (sent 09/05/2015)
|15/16th Eastbourne Airshow
(We usually go to this. More details to follow)
|Sun 23rd Active
We have been asked to have a stand at a health event in Bexhill, organised by the "Active Rother" organisation
More details to follow. Please contact Sue if you might be able to help
|Fri 4th National cycle-to-work
|Sat 26th or Sun 27th 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
|We've heard rumors that the
to Hastings link road will be completed around
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!)
||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!)
||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.
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