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Cycle in East Sussex and The Ashdown Forest (55 miles, intermediate level)

Please join us for our first (this year) of many exciting cycle rides completely outside London. 

An exciting adventure along some beautiful quiet country lanes from East Grinstead and down through Ashdown forest in East Sussex. Our route will cross the river Ouse and go through the village of Fletchling, which is almost as old as the Ashdown forest, one village inn dates back to 1150. 


This event is for Road bikes, CycloCross bikes or Hybrid bikes (without suspension) with slick,slim tyres ( 28mm or less ) only, do not put your name down unless you own one of these bikes, with the specified tyre widths. 

We welcome cyclists who feel they have progressed beyond beginners level and wish to set themselves a challenge of reaching a higher level. However please carefully read the speed descriptions below, these are pretty accurate. 

1) Meet at Costa coffee inside Clapham junction station near barriers.

2) Take 9.30 train to Three Bridges, arrive 10.15am

3) Cycle to East Grinstead and then south down through Ashdown forest.

4) Lunch in a nice country pub (1 hour)

5) Cycle back to Three Bridges Train Station, take 4.30pm train back to Clapham, arriving 5.15pm.

Tickets normally cost £12.50 with group discount we get them for £9.50 

If the trip is cancelled, then full refunds will be given. 

Our average cycling speed will be approx 13-14 mph, which translates as approx 16-20mph on flat roads and approx 7-9 mph up hills.

No one will be left behind, however if you are struggling to keep up then we will talk to you about how you are feeling and if necessary advise you to bail and give you directions to the nearest station.

Helmets, lights and a spare inner tube will be compulsory. Every week someone has a puncture.

In terms of difficulty from (1-5(hardest)), we would categorise this ride as difficulty level 4. 

The total mileage including the lunch stop will be approx 55 miles. 

This will be quite  hilly route with a total of 2000ft of climbing, there are 2 cat 5 climbs. 

PLEASE READ THE SPEED DESCRIPTIONS CAREFULLY, PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP UNLESS YOU CAN MAINTAIN THE DESCRIBED SPEEDS. IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO KEEP UP WE WILL TALK WITH YOU AND IF NECESSARY KINDLY ASK YOU TO BAIL OUT, WE WILL GIVE YOU DIRECTIONS TO THE NEAREST STATION.

This meetup will be weather dependent so 12 hours before the event begins if heavy rain is forecast then the event will be cancelled, please check the website the evening before the event begins.

If you are not sure that you will be able to cope with the speed and the distance please email Suki for some advice.

Please do not put your name down unless you are serious about attending. If you repeatedly put your name down for rides and then pull out or don't show, you will automatically be put on the waiting list for future rides.

Priority will be given to cyclists who have a high RSVP to attendance ratio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Daniel K.

    It was amazing ride and definitely I could go there again. The weather was excellent and companions also. Thanks.

    March 23, 2014

  • Martyn

    For those interested in fly-by-wire riding and worried that electronic derailers jam when the batteries run out, the good 'uns have a manual override: http://www.campagnolo.com/jsp/en/tech/id_26.jsp

    For now I shall continue to pedal with mechanical systems because I have not sufficiently worn me bike out yet!

    March 17, 2014

    • Suki

      Well done Martyn ! I had a hunch there had to be a back system !

      March 17, 2014

  • Neil O.

    Thanks for another great ride and a lunch with views to die for! I had a long soul to soul with my bike and it agreed no more punctures for the next ride...

    1 · March 16, 2014

  • Suki

    fantastic day, fantastic scenery, fantastic group, thanks to everyone for making it such a really lovely day ! :-))

    March 16, 2014

  • Alrazi

    A great day with great people. As ever, brilliant team work. Pleasure meeting you all.

    March 15, 2014

  • Clair

    Chasing chasing chasing the ribble machine. The only time I got ahead is when I was bombing it down that hill...but I loved every second and thank you. Lovely day with super brilliant cycling peeps. Thanks Suki and Alrazi for organising.

    March 15, 2014

  • Hillary

    Hi, it says that it's full - is that right? would love to join you guys on Saturday!

    March 12, 2014

    • Suki

      Hi Hilary, yes sorry, the ride is full for this sat , Suki :-)

      March 12, 2014

    • Hillary

      Ok, thanks for letting me know. Have a good ride on Saturday :)

      March 13, 2014

  • Martyn

    Can you put me down - some reason getting an error each time I try to RSVP?!

    February 26, 2014

    • Suki

      Hi Martyn, you need to pay in order to RSVP, maybe that is the problem ? If not let me know and i can bypass the system , :-))

      February 26, 2014

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