It looks as if some of us will be in London this coming Bank Holiday so I thought about organising a second event. This is a nice intermediate ride, suitable for those who want to try something a little bit longer, with some hills but still enjoyable.
London to Newhaven is the first leg of a London to Paris ride (if you go via Dieppe). I have done this a few times so I decided to try new roads and to experiment with a slightly different route. Since we are actually going to Paris in October this will be an opportunity to test the first day of our trip, time it and to consider any necessary changes.
Start: We meet 8:45am at London Bridge, next to Evans shop. I will depart promptly at 9:00am.
Route: This is a 70 mile ride with a total elevation of 4500 feet. We have a couple of steep climbs to negotiate at about 20 and 42 miles into the ride. The rest of the ride should be plain sailing particularly the last 25 miles.
PACE OF THE RIDE: The usual 15mph average pace. I came up with a simple rule of thumb that should tell you whether you're within our pace. If you can't see the person in front of you then you're going to slow. If you can't see the person behind you then you're going too fast. This should allow for both slower and faster riders to participate. Outside those standards you may find the ride boring (you're too fast) or too challenging (you're too slow). Within reason we usually wait for slower riders but if you unduly slow down the group we may have to ask you to bail out. There will be railway stations en route if this is the case.
If you are unsure about whether you will fit in with the group's pace feel free to drop me an email.
ATTENDANCE: Please only RSVP if your social/work calendar looks free for this Monday. We don't welcome last minute cancellations. We rely on group savers for cheaper fares. Review our attendance policy please: if you cancel the day before or if you don't show up you may be removed from the group.
Stops: We don't really stop often. A toilet/mechanical stop when needed plus a quick snack break at 25 and 50 miles.
Lunch: On long rides I always rather have lunch at the end. Unfortunately, there are not many lively pubs in Newhaven. We'll have another look when we arrive there but we may have to rely on an off licence for post ride fuel :-(. Alternatively, if we find a nice pub in the outskirts we may stop for lunch just before arriving in Newhaven.
What to bring: Please buy snacks in advance, loads of them. You'll also need water to refuel regularly. Weatherproof gear. Spare inner tube(s), pump, a mobile phone and some cash. A Helmet is mandatory when you ride with us.
HEALTH & SAFETY: Cycling is fun and safe but no sporting activity is risk-free. To minimise such risk when you take part in our rides you will be expected to ride safely, wearing a helmet and abiding by the Highway Code. No red light jumping, unexpected turns or dangerous overtaking will be accepted. If we feel you are putting other group members at risk you will be asked to bail out immediately. Please note that you join us at your own risk and that by joining us on this trip you understand, accept and agree to take all the risks inherent and expected from cycling on the roads exempting myself and your fellow riders for any accident/injury you may sustain. This should be read as a clause of exemption of liability for all purposes.
Return to London: We have two trains per hour to London Victoria with 1 interchange at Brighton. I will aim at catching the 18.03 or 18.30 services, which arrive in London at 19.40 and 19.59 respectively. If we have a nice sunny day with no wind we may also consider cycling 10 miles to Brighton to take a direct train. With group savers the ticket should cost us approx. £9.
Weather: I will happily go ahead with forecast of drizzle and scattered showers. Anything less appealing like heavy rain and gusty winds will result in cancellation of the event. Apologies in advance.
One of the aims of the Cycling group is to appreciate of our natural surroundings, local towns and villages. We hope to minimise our impact by making sure that we are responsible for our litter. Please dispose of all of your litter and snack wrappers carefully".
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