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Sat 29th Staplehurst, Egerton & Headcorn
Photos here
Meet at Staplehurst Station at 10:15am
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
Mon 31st Bank holiday breakfast ride
                CrossAny BikeMedium Ride (15-30 miles)Grade 2Early morning ride from Battle Abbey Green at 8.30am to Lime Cross cafe, near Herstmonceux. Some hills on the route there but worth it for the great food in the cafe. We will cycle some more pretty lanes on our return.
Back to Battle by lunch time.
Approximately 25 miles, but the ride can be extended depending on the riders on the day.
Please book in with Sue 07952166819

Thu 3rd 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.
Please bring some bike lights if you have them
Sat 5th Coastal Currents exhibitions
                  logoAny BikeShort ride, up to 15 milesGrade 2A gentle-paced ride around some of the exhibitions forming part of the Coastal Currents exhibition.
Meet 1pm at Hastings Pier. We will visit a number of galleries, stopping for a fish and chip supper around 5pm. We will then ride to the Hastings Centre on The Ridge for the opening of their exhibition and dance display. Departing from the Hastings Centre at 8.00pm, we will organise a group ride back to Battle for 8.30pm or can offer a car transfer shuttle if some people don't want to ride. Booking preferred and essential if you want a lift back to Battle. Pay and display parking is available at the Hastings Centre at a cost of 60p/hour.
A bit hilly, total distance somewhere around 10-15 miles
If you plan to come along or would like more information please contact Steve on 07789546833
Sun 6th - Up For Lunch !
Rye Wheelers logoSome members are entering the "Up for Lunch" ride which is being organised by Rye & District Wheelers. There are distances for everybody including the 20k which is escorted if you would like that. The other distances are 40k, 55k and 100k. Sue will be doing the 55k and will be at the signing in at 8.15 at The School Creative Centre, New Road, Rye. TN31 7LS.
The start times vary for the difference distances so if you are coming do let Sue (07952166819) know and then she can put you in touch with each other. The ride is in aid of ARRCC, a charity which offers day care and other services in rural Rother.
If you haven't done a charity ride before this is a great one for getting going. It is usually great fun.
Plus - this one has malt loaf at the refreshment stop. Yummy!
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 a small amount of 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
Alternatively you can download the form here, although you will still need to send away for the map. The parental consent form (if needed) is here
Cheques can be made payable to 1066 Cycle Club

Please contact Sue if you need any further details on 07952166819
Tue 15th Club monthly meeting
7:30pm at Battle Club (next to "Yesterday World" shop)
Open to all club members
Wed 16th Mid-week CTC ride
CTC logo1066 cyclists are welcome to the CTC away day, Wednesday 16th September.
Meet at Sue's (Arran, Saxonwood Road, Battle, TN33 0EY) after 10am, ready to leave to ride at 11am, parking in the road or with neighbours. Cycle parking in the court yard.
We are cycling to Etchingham and on to lunch at Bodiam castle NT tea rooms. (Some of the CTC members might call into the pub!).
Back to Sue's for 3-ish. We will do about 30 miles. You do need to be able to cycle up the hills and do about 12 miles per hour.
Call Sue on 07952166819 if you want to know more or to book in.
Rye rideSun 27th Le Tour de Rye et Romney Marsh fun ride
Organised by the Rye and District Rotary Club, and Rye and District Wheelers.

Club member Karen says "If anyone from the club fancies joining me I plan to start at 9am and I am going for the 100km, but I guess anyone who is interested could do any of the distances and I could meet up at the beginning with anyone to check they are signed in etc. Its a nice flat route and very enjoyable having done the 50km route last year"
If you plan to go and want to meet up with Karen please contact her on 07825863606
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
ONLY ONE PLACE LEFT, 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!)
Thu 2nd June to Mon 6th
Darsham / Suffolk trip. Approx 30 for accommadation, there will be 10 places available
More details to follow, or contact Gabrielle
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