Cycling

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 14th July 2019 11am

Hello Cycle Velo Virgin,

Fancy getting on a bike this summer?

Come and join me on a slow, leisurely ride from Brighton Marina to Rottingdean or even Saltdean, whatever takes your fancy?  This is your opportunity to get back on a bike, have a practice, give it go? We can have a little practice run first and then head off, feeling the wind in our hair and enjoy the freedom of riding a bike.  Let's have some fun with lots of like minded people, riding along the under cliff.  Its a really safe place to getting riding again.  

If you don't have a bike, it really doesn't matter because we will be checking out the BTN Brighton Hire bikes from Brighton Marina at 11am for a saunter along the seafront.  What's not to like?  

If you fancy a trial run beforehand, please message me, happy to arrange something.

We will be stopping for the obligatory tea/cake pitstop along the way, or lashings of ginger beer!

You will need to sign up to BTN bikes beforehand to reserve your mean machine!

Looking forward to sharing a fab ride together.  

Thanks

Gill

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Cycle from Hove to Shoreham Friday 9th August 2019

Come and join us on a lovely Friday evening ride from Hove Peace Statue to Shoreham - one of my favourites! Cant think of a better way to start the weekend, lovely bike ride, lovely  food and fantastic views out to the sea and of course amazing cyclists!

We will be meeting at Hove Peace Statue at 6pm, cycling passed Hove Lawns which always has a lot of activity on a Friday night.  We will then cycle through to Portslade where we will see the kite surfers, just before we head through Southwick.  Past  the lovely Southwick Green onto Shoreham.  I will book an evening meal at the Bridge Inn which has a stunning riverside view over the River Adur!

Looking forward to it already!

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Thanks

Gill

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The Cuckoo Trail - Bank Holiday Ride - Monday 26th August

  • From - to: Polegate (nr Eastbourne) to Heathfield
  • Distance: 11 miles
  • Terrain: Traffic-free.  Tarmac and fine gravel surface
  • Access: Polegate Train Station
  • National Cycle Network: Route 21

Route Description

The Cuckoo Trail is one of the most popular  cycle rides in the South East 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 10:31 train to Polegate where 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 . 

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 .

I will be creating a Whats App group nearer  the time so we can share information 

Dee

 

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What It Costs

Free to members.  If you are not a member then you can come along to your first ride after which you will need to join Blagss.