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Sat 10th Etchingham and around Burwash
BurwashAny BikeMedium Ride (15-30 miles)Grade 2A ride through the Sussex hills, starting 10:20am at Etchingham Station (see train times)
Approx 21 miles in total
Bring a drink and snacks.
We return to Etchingham Station Bistro about 1pm

Contact David on 07709620267 to book in, or for more details
Sat 10th Canterbury weekend trip
KentAny BikeMedium Ride
                (15-30 miles)Grade 2A ride through autumn lanes from Ashford to Canterbury over the Downs, with an overnight stay in a cosy wood cabin before returning across the North Downs on Sunday
Meet 10:20am at Ashford station
(Train is 09:36 from Hastings, or 09:12 from Battle)

THERE ARE THREE REMAINING PLACES; please leave a message for Gabrielle on 01424 435193 for more details or to book. Deposit of £25 required.
(cost of overnight stay approx £25 to £30 + food kitty) 
PLEASE note, due to unknown numbers cabin may be mixed (male & female)

If you are unable to stay the night, then you are very welcome to join us just for the Saturday day ride to Canterbury. (you could return on the cycle track to Ashford (via Catha's seat) which is approx 17 miles, or get the train back from Canterbury)

Isle Of Wight trip planned for June 2016, see details below

If you're looking for the Mountain Bike ride, it has been moved to 24th Oct

Sun 18th Morning ride from Hastings
Commercial VehiclesAny BikeShort rideGrade 2Morning ride, quick & hilly, with a few lovely down-hills
Meet 10:45 at Hastings pier
There will be a coffee stop, followed by a look at the historic commercial vehicles in the Old Town
We will aim to finish around 12:00 midday
Contact Gabrielle on 07908858233 to book in, or for more details
Tue 20th Club monthly meeting
7:30pm at Battle Club (next to "Yesterday World" shop)
Open to all club members
Sat 24th Mountain bike ride  (note new date)
BlackcapMountain bikes ONLYMedium Ride
                (15-30 miles)Start at Glynde car park (100m north of Glynde station) at 10.30
(The 09:26 Hastings train gets to Glynde at 10:23)

Our route will be Glynde, Lewes, Blackcap (on south downs route) drop down to Falmer. Pub stop. At this point there are two options which we can discuss. Both arriving at Kingston village then on the downs again for a ride into Lewes the back to Glynde.

Shorter ride around 16 miles, longer ride about 26 miles.
On the shorter ride there is quite a bit of climbing but not horrendous. One bridleway may be mucky. There is a fun piece of single track from Blackcap to Falmer.
The longer ride incorporates the same but with a challenging long chalky rutted downhill. If its wet or has had a lot of rain during the night then this will not be done but otherwise great fun. Can be walked if necessary. Decisions to be made on the day.

Fat knobbly tyres are a necessity on this ride, as are replacement inner tubes and repair outfit. Helmets also are a necessity. Brakes need to be better than good. Bring lights just in case.
We will aim to be finished between 3pm and 4pm

Final decision on the ride taking place will take place on the Fri evening prior to take into account the weather conditions. So it will be important for me to know who intends to be on the ride so that I may contact them in the event of cancellation.
Please let me know if you are travelling by car and have a space to offer, or if you are in need of a lift.
If you wish to go on this ride or would like more information please contact John on 07505665072 or 01424 842314
Sun 25th Garden and Tea ride
FlowersAny BikeMedium Ride
                (15-30 miles)Grade 2A circular route with a few challenging hills to King John's Nursery and Gardens for afternoon tea, via Burwash, Stonegate and Bewl Water (where we will hopefully find a nice dry patch of grass for lunch over looking the reservoir!)
If weather is iffy then we'll carry on round to the Bull Inn.
There is a charge of £4 for King John's Gardens on our way back and we'll be lingering here for a bit.
No more than 20 miles but a full day out, returning late afternoon.
Meet at Robertsbridge station.
Note that the trains may be disrupted today (i.e. buses will replace trains, and you can't put your bike on a bus!). Use the journey planner to find out if this is the case
(time to be confirmed, probably around 9:30-ish)
If you plan to come on this ride or for more information contact Denise on 07508262768
Wed 28th Ladies-only bike maintenance night
Organised by Handsome BicyclesPicture
Click on the picture for more details, or see Handsome Bike's facebook page
Some info here too
See also regular rides
Sat 7th - Level 1 and 2, both short and medium distances
OrangeryToday's ride is for all abilities. We will be starting at Battle Abbey Green and riding to the Orangery, at Ashburnam Place for elevenses.
  • The Level-1-ers will go via the bridleway behind Battle Abbey and then will cycle mostly along quiet lanes. Any hills can be walked. About 6 miles there.
  • The Level-2-ers will go on a scenic route with Joe but will arrive to have coffee altogether.
After our cuppas, the groups will head off to make their separate ways back to Battle. The plan is to be back by lunch time.
To book contact Sue for level 1 on 07952166819, or Joe for level 2 on 07704139879.

Sun 15th Tunbridge Wells & Hever Castle
                CastleMedium Ride
                (15-30 miles)Grade 3Starting 10am at the Velo Cafe in Tunbridge Wells
  • If driving, note that you can park along Mount Ephraim road for free [on Sunday]
  • If coming on the train, this is the route between the station and the cafe (choice of two routes, both in traffic). The train from Battle/Hastings/Robertsbridge etc arrives at 09:38
We will ride out via Tonbridge to Hever Castle, then return back via Fordcombe and Langton Green. Our route will include a fairly leisurely pub lunch, and possibly also a stop at the Velo Cafe in Tunbridge Wells at the end.
Very pretty countryside but fairly hilly. Most suited to a road/hybrid bike, as the route is all on roads. Some busy bits of traffic at the start/finish near Tunbridge Wells
Approx 25 miles, we aim to finish around 3pm
Please text Val on 07508838209 if you plan to do this ride, or for more details.

2016 Events
January - Our annual club meal is usually in January. Keep an eye out for details here
Thu 2nd June to Mon 6th June - Darsham/Suffolk long weekend
SuffolkCost will be approx £30 for accommadation, plus £20-£25 for food.
There will be 10 places available
Bookings will be taken from mid February with £30 deposit. More details early next year.
Sat 18th June  - Midsummer night ride
This is two days before the full moon
Thu 23rd June to Mon 27th - Cross-country I.O.W. trip
There will be a trip to the Isle Of Wight, leaving Thurs 23rd June 2016 and returning Mon 27 Jun. Plan will be to ride Fri, Sat, Sun and Monday leaving on the 6pm ferry home. I can coordinate and give advice. I usually stay in B&B in Newport and can source details of that type of accommodation. Others may well want to arrange self-catering which they will have to find themselves.

Itís a great place for off-road riding and has more trails per square mile than any other county in the UK. I haven't come across any technically demanding stuff but there are some tough hills. But on the other hand some lovely flat easy rides. At the moment this is for mountain-bike owners only. The plan will be to ride from Newport on some occasions but to use our transport to get to further parts of the island to ride.
If you are interested please give John a call on 07505665072 or 01424842314

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