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See also regular rides
July
Sat 4th  Three galleries south coast ride
Ride from Eastbourne to Hastings, contact Sue for details

Sun 5th Cuckmere Haven
Cuckmere
                havenAny BikeMedium Ride (15-30 miles)Grade 2Meet 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
Thu 9th 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.
Sat 11th Mystery trip to Canterbury & Kent coast
Mystery photoAny BikeLong
                  Ride (over 30 miles)Grade 2Long day's ride from Ashford to the Kent coast & east, with lots of interesting places & views.
Note that although this is a level 2 ride, it's a long distance
Some of us are staying over at Canterbury Youth Hostel on the Saturday night & cycling back the next day
(you are welcome to join us; phone Gabrielle on 01424 435193 for more details)

Warrior SportiveSun 12th Warrior Sportive
Sue and Joe are riding the Warrior Sportive on July 12th which has a feed station in Battle, and starts and   ends at Herstmonceux castle
See here for details on how to enter (Note this ride is not organised by 1066 Cycle Club)
There is a choice to do 90 , 65, or 40 miles but all go through Battle
Joe is doing the 65mile route, and is the contact for the club on 07704139879
Sun 12th - Folkestone Channel Rotary Charity Bike Ride
PosterA 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
Sun 19th Bedgebury Forest main tracks
Bedgebury
                  ForestMedium Ride (15-30 miles)Grade 2Choice of meeting places...
  • If coming by train, meet 09:23 at Stonegate station. We will ride 5 miles to Bedgebury forest.
  • If coming by car, meet 10am at the "back entrance" to the forest here. There are two laybys close by on the A21 where you can park (a small one by the forest entrance, and a larger one 200m further north on the southbound carriageway)
At the forest we will ride the main tracks, which for the most part have a hard/gravel surface and are suitable for mountain bikes and hybrids/tourers.
We will stop near the end of the ride for coffee/snacks at the visitor centre, there is the option to bring your own drinks/snacks too. We will ride back to Stonegate station afterwards

If coming by car you have the option to meet at the junction here; there are two laybys nearby on the A21 where you can park (a small one by the junction, and a larger one 200m further north on the southbound side of the A21)
To book in or for more information please contact Dale on 01424773606 or 07713297691
(let me know where youre starting from, Stonegate station or the A21)
Tue 21st Club monthly meeting
7:30pm at Battle Club (next to "Yesterday World" shop)
Open to all club members
Sat 25th Cycle maintenance workshop
A hands-on learning session open to all, led by Dale, Gabrielle, Denise, Steve, John and possibly Sue.
We will cover areas such as bike checks, puncture repairs, gear adjustments, oiling and cleaning, possibly other topics too such as ride planning and first aid (to be confirmed).
Should be a useful afternoon, no matter what skills you currently have

The plan is...
Have a ride beforehand (Probably an easy ride starting in Hastings, details to be confirmed)
A small snack (soup/salad/sandwich) is being laid on for us around 12:30pm
We will go to Mendham Hall in Vicarage Road around 1pm. We have use of the hall until 4pm, and it has tea/coffee making facilities which we can (and will!) use.

If you have any questions about the maintenance session or could lend a hand then contact Gabrielle on 07908858233
If you plan to come on the ride beforehand then let Dale know on 07713297691

August
Sat 1st - Ride London events
Ride London
                logoDenise 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
Now fully booked
15/16th Eastbourne Airshow
(We usually go to this. More details to follow)
Sat 22nd Morning coffee ride
WillsLong Ride (over 30 miles)Grade 3Morning 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 Rother event
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

September
CTWD logoFri 4th National cycle-to-work day
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. 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.
Details of how to register and timings to follow...
Please contact Sue for details 07952166819
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!) 
Staplehurst, Egerton & Headcorn
(date to be confirmed)

Headcorn SignAny BikeMedium Ride
                (15-30 miles)Grade 2Starting 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

October
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

Regular events...
Wed
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
Wed
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!)

Thu
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 http://www.ctc.org.uk/british-cycle-quest
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 bcq@1066cycleclub.org.uk
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