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April
24th-26th Hostel weekend
We have 2 spare places, contact Sue for details on 07952166819
CastleSun 26th - Castle Challenge (aka "On Yer Bike") charity ride
Please note, this ride is organised by St Leonards Rotary Club, not 1066 Cycle Club
See here for details. There is a choice of 25-mile or 40-mile routes

Club member Karen and her daughter will be doing the 25 mile route, leaving the start point around 9am. If you'd like to cycle with them please contact Karen on 07825863606

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. (we've started here)
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.

See also regular rides
May
Cathas Seat ridaSat 2nd Cathas Seat ride & picnic
Hilary will be leading one of the rides from Ashford station at 10:30am, which takes in a half-hour stop at Wye farmers market, arriving 1pm at Cathas Seat where we can have a picnic (bring one with you, or buy something at the market).
Celebrations go on until 3pm but we could leave whenever people are ready to do so; the route back to Ashford is well known to a few of us.
Route from Ashford station to Cathas Seat is approx 11 miles, mostly flat, a mix of small roads and gravel tracks.

Nick says "Itís going to be a slightly more low key event this year. Hopefully still some music but more of a bring-your-own-picnic sort of scenario. There will be general frivolity and a couple of roving musical troubadours might even make an appearance!"  (see poster for more details)

If you're going on the train there are several options depending on your starting point.
For example if you're starting from Battle then the 09:14 (changing at Hastings) is both cheaper and faster than the 08:29 (changing at Tonbridge)
Headcorn SignAny BikeMedium Ride (15-30 miles)Grade 2Sat 9th Staplehurst, Egerton & Headcorn
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

Note that the train is a bit more complicated than usual, as 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
If you plan to come on this ride or need more info please contact David on 07709620267
Ride photoSun 10th Charity Ride, organised by Rye Bay Coastguards
Start 10am from the coastguard station, Rye harbour.
Choose either 30 or 15 mile route around Rye, Romney marsh, Lydd and Camber.
£5 entry fee, sponsorship optional (see link below)
The organisers have sent us a poster, map, and entry details front & back pages

If coming by car, you can use the car park near the harbour
If coming on the train, note there is no connection from Battle/Crowhurst/Robertsbridge/etc
The 09:27 Hastings train reaches Rye at 09:44 (just enough time to cycle to the harbour)
Please check for engineering works nearer the day.

Please let Dale or Denise know if you plan to go, as we need someone to be the '1066 club contact' (which simply means you check that any 1066 members that have 'booked in' are there at the start time)
Tue 19th Club monthly meeting
7:30pm at Battle Club (next to "Yesterday World" shop)
Open to all club members
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 mostly suitable for hybrid or mountain bikes.  I can lend out my hybrid to any female who would like to join us but only has a road bike.
Depart from Berwick Station at 10.30  (trains from Battle 9:12, or Hastings at 9:26
Return very late afternoon
To book in or request more information please contact Denise on 07508262768
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
See also regular rides
June
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
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)
Sustrans photoAny BikeMedium
                Ride (15-30 miles)Grade 2Sat 20th Sustrans NCN anniversary ride
Celebrating 20 years of the NCN, we are joining forces with other clubs for a ride and picnic

Starting 10am at the Sovereign Light Cafe (Bexhill Promenade), we ride out towards Hooe and Herstmonceux, then across the marshes to Pevensey. The easy flat NCN2 route on the final leg from Pevensey to Bexhill
There will be a refreshment stop at Chilley Farm cafe
Beach picnic on arrival back in Bexhill around 1pm.
Approximately 24 miles in total

More details to follow, including registering with Sustrans for the ride with the chance to win a short break at Center Parcs.
For details please email Duncan@1066cycleclub.org.uk

Train times for those coming from Battle etc
Sun 21st Date reserved for a special event !
Sat 27th Battel Bonfire Boyes summer fete
Come and meet some members of 1066 Cycle Club at our stall !
Sat/Sun 27/28th Dieppe Raid, with an optional Paris trip.
Contact Ruth for details on 07940282888
TBA Come and meet us at Battel Bonfire Boyes summer fete
We are inviting the police along to do some bicycle security marking 
See also regular rides
July
Cuckmere havenAny BikeMedium
                Ride (15-30 miles)Grade 2Sat 11th Cuckmere Haven
Meet 10:20am 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
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

August
Ride London logoSat 1st - Ride London events
Denise is going to the FreeCycle ride, if you are interested please call her on 07508262768
7th-10th Club cycling holiday in Newark
For details please see April's email update

September
CTWD logoFri 4th National cycle-to-work day

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!)



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