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|Sat 1st - Ride
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
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
Now fully booked
|Sat 15th Eastbourne Airshow
We 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
Morning 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
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
Staplehurst, Egerton & Headcorn
Meet 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
|Fri 4th National cycle-to-work
|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
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!)
|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
A 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!)
June - Midsummer night ride
This is two days before the full moon
||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