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Upcoming Rides

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BrightlingAny BikeMedium Ride (15-30 miles)Grade 2Sun 1st Bright in Brightling
Meet 10:30am at Battle Abbey, we will ride out towards Brightling
Pray for sunshine as we repeat the ride last attempted in November last year, but were rained off!
Please bring lunch and snacks, as we may not see any pubs or tea shops!
Approximately 20 miles in total, some hills, medium pace.
Please join me, nobody will get left behind!
If you plan to come on this ride or need more information please contact Penny on 07931516715

Were you at the Rye "Litter Pick" a few weekends ago?
Sheena has found some items of lost property at her house, maybe they are yours!

Her number is 07963886585

Hastings PierAny BikeMedium Ride
                (15-30 miles)Grade 2Sun 8th Hilly morning ride
Meet Hastings Pier 10:15, we ride into the country...
Return for coffee 12ish
Small lanes, some steep up hills, good views  
Contact Gabrielle 07908858233 for more details or to book
Rye stationLong
                Ride (over 30 miles)Grade 3Sat 14th Rye and Hythe circular
Leave Rye Station at 10am to cycle to Hythe, see the railway and pick up a British Cycle Quest clue. We will go via the coast on NCN2 and some back inland.
We can stop at the lovely tea-shop in Appledore or keep going to Rye (we will decide on the day). Bring a snack for lunch. This ride has not been pre-ridden so we might need to check the map occasionally.
This ride is suitable for road or hybrid bikes. Back mid afternoon.
Approx 50 miles.
For more information or to book in, contact Sue on 07952 166819

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.
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.

Tue 17th Club monthly meeting
7:30pm at Battle Club (next to "Yesterday World" shop)
Open to all club members
White HartThu 19th Quiz Night (to be confirmed)
We join in with the Pub Quiz at the White Hart pub, Netherfield
A fun quiz, not too difficult. 2.50 per person to enter. Starts 7:30pm
Tonights takings are going to 1066 Cycle Club
As Sean is in the process of selling the pub to a new owner, we are unsure at the moment whether the quiz will take place or not. Check back here nearer the time for confirmation
Just turn up, or call Dale if you need any further details (07713297691)
SpringAny BikeMedium Ride (15-30 miles)Grade 2Sat 28th Spring Ride
Starting 10am at Rye Station, we will ride the country lanes, see trees in blossom & lambs
Bring a sandwich for lunch, we will stop for tea in Appledore
Contact Gabrielle 07908858233 for more details or to book

Sun 29th - Velopace Spring Classic Sportive
Joe is thinking of doing either this ride today, or maybe this one later in July (but can't decide which one to do!)
He adds... "These two events are taking place in our area and may be of interest to club members. Sportive rides are well supported and routes are signed. It is not competitive, although a time is provided for information. I plan to do one of the rides. Unfortunately the date for the discounted price for the first one in March is now gone"

If anyone is interested please contact Joe on 07704139879

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View24th-26th Hostel weekend
We will cycle over to the YHA in East Dean on the Friday, followed by a choice of rides on the Saturday.  and cycle back on the Sunday 26th. It's about 25 miles to get there. Accommodation for both nights is 42 per person. Places are limited.
We will eat out at the local pub on the Friday night and cook at the hostel on the Saturday night. There will be a food kitty (15 each) which will cover breakfast on both mornings, Saturday night dinner at the hostel, packed lunch for Sunday's return journey and a few other bits of food for snacks.  What is not included is your food during the day on Saturday.
If you wish to come then payment must be made by 30th January. Cheques payable to 1066 Cycle Club, contact Sue on 07952166819

(updated 17/11/2014)
Sun 26th - "On Yer Bike" charity ride
See here for details. As usual there is a choice of 25-mile or 40-mile routes

Usually a few people from the club go. If you plan to go and wouldn't mind acting as a contact for 1066 cycle club (i.e. people can meet up with you) then please let Dale know (07713297691)
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We will be trying to organise a ride on the new Hastings/Bexhill link road, possibly before it is open to the public. More details to follow nearer the time.
We will also be riding the cyclepath which runs along it's distance, possibly as a joint venture with other cycle clubs in the area (mainly HUB and Bexhill Wheelers)
TBA, Cathas Seat ride (an annual event)
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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

Meet time & place TBC
LogoSat/Sun 13/14th Eastbourne Cycling Festival
Some people from the club usually go. See here for details
Sat/Sun 27/28th Dieppe Raid, with an optional Paris trip. Contact Ruth for details
TBA Come and meet us at Battel Bonfire Boyes summer fete
We are inviting the police along to do some bicycle security marking 
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PosterSun 12th - Folkestone 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

Early August, Ride London events. There's usually someone from the club who goes

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!)

Last Sat
of month

Every last Saturday of the month some club members join the regular off-road riders at Bedgebury. Meet at the cycle hire shop at Bedgebury. For more details contact Denise on 01580 880889

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 Sue's mobile or to the club email address,
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