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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 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
                Ride (over 30 miles)Grade 3Sun 24th Way Out West
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
WoodlandSun 31st 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
Headcorn SignAny BikeMedium Ride (15-30 miles)Grade 2Staplehurst, Egerton & Headcorn
(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
See also regular rides
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

Start time & place TBC
To book in or for further details please contact Gabrielle on 07908858233
NBW logo

14th - 22nd June is National Bike Week
See below for some of the things we have planned
LogoAny BikeMedium Ride (15-30 miles)Grade 2Sat 13th Ride to the Eastbourne Cycling Festival
(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.
Sustrans photoAny BikeMedium Ride
                (15-30 miles)Sat 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
Booking form
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

Train times for those coming from Battle etc
Cream TeaGrade 2Sun 21st Mid-summer ride and afternoon tea
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
BBB feteSat 27th Battel Bonfire 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
See also regular rides
Cuckmere havenAny BikeMedium Ride
                (15-30 miles)Grade 2Sun 5th Cuckmere Haven
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
Mystery photoSat 11th Mystery trip to Canterbury & Kent coast
For details see the club email update (sent 09/05/2015) or speak to Gabrielle
PosterSun 12th - Folkestone 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 workshop
Date and venue to be confirmed (probably in Hastings Old Town area)
There will be rides on the day too

Ride London logoSat 1st - Ride London events
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 in Newark
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 Rother event
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

CTWD logoFri 4th National cycle-to-work day
PhotoSat 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 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!) 

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