We arrange rides throughout the year. Details should be posted at least a few weeks beforehand. Our programme aims to please both leisure riders and those looking for something faster, more mileage and challenging hills.
FOR INSURANCE PURPOSES ALL RIDERS MUST WEAR A CYCLE HELMET.
How We Ride
Social Short Rides. Easy rides for Easy Riders on roads or cycle paths and at a relaxed pace. Food will be an important feature of our sociable rides and we will stop for coffee or lunch - either en route or at the end. Any type of bike is suitable.
Longer Road Rides. Slightly faster paced than the Social Rides. These rides typically take up to 4 hours and will include a cafe or pub stop. Any type of bike is suitable.
Mountain bike rides. Off road rides up on the South Downs, suitable for mountain bikes and hybrids.
Cycle Velo Virgins
Well, what can I say the Cycle Velo Virgins did a fantastic job. I was blown away by the enthusiasm and gusto of these willing participants to join me on such a lovely a ride. We rode along the lovely Undercliff from Brighton Marina to Saltdean with no hiccups, cyclists happily cycling along with the wind in their hair and smiles on their faces, what a lovely sight to see :)
You were a great bunch to ride with and we enjoyed some lovely refreshments along the way at the delightful little pitstop called 'Mollys'. The weather was fantastic and the sea looked wonderful, we could have been riding along the Amalfi coast!
Anyway, everyone did a sterling job on their mean machines and I look forward to seeing you on the next ride?
All the best,
The Cuckoo Trail - NEW DATE : Sunday 08 September
From - to: Polegate (nr Eastbourne) to Heathfield return
Distance: 11 miles each way [ slight downhill on return ] Easy Pace
Terrain: Traffic-free. Tarmac and fine gravel surface Access: Polegate Train Station
National Cycle Network: Route 21
The Cuckoo Trail is one of the most popular cycle rides in the South East [ a reason we decided to move the date from Bank Holiday Monday] and gained its name from an old Sussex tradition of releasing a cuckoo at the Heathfield Fair. Once a railway line, this trail offers a superb, peaceful, traffic-free route ideal for cyclists and walkers of all ages. Horse riding is also permitted along some rural sections of the route. There is a gentle 122m (400ft) climb over 11 miles (17.5km) from Polegate to Heathfield.
The trail runs through a mixture of broadleaf woodland, open grassland, arable farmland, and pasture with verges often thick with seasonal wildflowers like vetch and willowherb. Listen for the laughing call of the green woodpecker and a host of other birds. There's also wild garlic at several places between Hellingly and Horam with its pungent aroma. In early summer, orchids grow near path edges and under trees.
Along the way there are dramatic sculptures and carved wooden seats which were designed and made by Steve Geliot from oaks felled by the great storm of 1987. Look out for the metal sculptures by local artist Hamish Black too.
You will ride through a number of quaint little villages – Horam, Hellingly and Hailsham (the largest) – all worth a stop. Near Hailsham you'll find Michelham Priory - a historic house and remains of and Augustinian Priory set in seven acres of beautiful gardens, surrounded by the longest water-filled medieval moat in England.
We will set off from Brighton Station in time to catch the 11:05 train to Polegate arriving at 11:37 when we will cycle the short distance to join the Cuckoo Trial . We will return form Polegate at approximately 16: 18 [ return time is approximate as this will be a leisurely ride allowing for coffee stops and a picnic ] Of course, you can meet us at the start too . There is a car park for Cuckoo Trail riders close to the station
This is a lovely ride and suitable for most bike types [ it is a trail so not suitable for road bikes with smooth tyres] Please remember to wear a cycle helmet and bring a spare inner tube . We will be taking it easy with regular stops so don't let the distance put you off!!!
I will be creating a Whats App group nearer the time so we can share information
Please send your number to 07956 568634 and I will add you to the WhatsApp group
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