London to Newhaven (1st leg of Paris' trip)

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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  • Andrew

    Really enjoyable ride with great bunch of people and perfect weather. Hopefully there will be a decent photo so I can use this for my profile instead of my wife's picture!

    3 · August 27, 2013

    • Graham

      Hey Andrew .. i must say you look much better in your other picture not this new one...

      2 · August 29, 2013

    • Helene

      I agree ;-d

      August 29, 2013

  • Clara M.

    Great ride guys, thanks

    1 · August 27, 2013

  • Ejike A.

    Nice ride. Nice scenery. Nice people.

    1 · August 26, 2013

  • Tinkoo

    fantastic! Great bunch of fellow cyclists

    1 · August 26, 2013

  • Menno B

    Really enjoyed today! Thanks for organizing and the great day. Don't forget your helmets :)

    2 · August 26, 2013

  • gillku

    Thanks for organizing Bea...was a pleasure to meet all you guys. Hopefully see you all again Soon!!

    1 · August 26, 2013

  • Julian P.

    Good ride out guys... nice to meet you all. We have to repeat other killer hills later.
    Thanks!!!Some photos uploaded

    1 · August 26, 2013

  • Helene

    Great day out! I still can't believe I stuck it out 'till the end. There were some serious killer hills that made me swear at my alum. bike. ;-) Thanks for the snacks and laughs, really nice meeting everyone! ;-) ;-)

    1 · August 26, 2013

  • Graham

    really great ride again thanks Bea .. the route out of London was good but once out of London it was awesome, good job.. the group was great .. the weather was great .. the beer at the end was great .. all in all .. a perfect ride!. Take care and be safe guys

    2 · August 26, 2013

  • Bea

    Fabulous ride! Admittedly, I chose an awful route out of London (if ain't broken why fix it?!!! I should've stick to my usual route!) but once in the countryside it really peaked in beauty. I underestimated the elevation profile as hills kept coming in our face. Then again, the downhills were fantastic. Great weather but most importantly today we had a superb, really wonderful team. It was really nice to see friendly new faces and the good old mates alike.

    1 · August 26, 2013

  • Bea

    Could I please ask everyone to make sure they are still coming along,no friends visiting no Bbq invite, no parents turning up etc? It's very rude and frustrating when people cancel last minute. Please change your status now if your plans have changed. Anyone who cancels after 3 pm today may be removed from the group. Regards

    August 25, 2013

    • Helene

      Hi Bea, I'm just getting back from a ride today and have a slight problem. My carbon frame cracked so I won't be able to ride it tomorrow. Will I be ok on an aluminium frame road bike?

      August 25, 2013

    • Bea

      Hi Helene, so sorry to hear about your cracked frame! :-) The frame shouldn't really matter. We are not a pro club at all! A few guys have aluminium frames and swear by them. It's about how you feel riding with that bike.

      August 25, 2013

  • Bea

    Hey guys, I've forgotten to upload the gpx. I'm on my way back from Brighton. I will upoad the file as soon as I get back home.

    August 25, 2013

    • Ejike A.

      Tut Tut. You've let me down. You've let everyone in the group, and more importantly, you've let yourself down.

      1 · August 25, 2013

    • Bea

      File's been uploaded now :-)

      August 25, 2013

  • Clara M.

    Still coming :-)

    August 25, 2013

  • Menno B

    Still in :-) cu tomorrow

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • Andrew

    I joined and was on waiting list. Accidentally put my wife's facebook picture !!

    2 · August 25, 2013

  • Valentina

    Sorry I cannot make it anymore as I've got friends visiting. Have fun!

    August 22, 2013

  • Menno B

    Same here, looking forward!
    (Ps I have a national railcard for the way back if needed)

    1 · August 16, 2013

    • Bea

      Hi Menno, please do bring your railway card. If we are odd numbers it may come in handy for better discounts. Thanks

      August 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I am now working on this day :-(

    August 19, 2013

  • Alejandro

    I have just decided to do a trip from next Wednesday for 10 days :)

    1 · August 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Think I overestimated my ability signing up for this ride. Not quite ready for that distance. Enjoy, and hope to see you on another ride.

    1 · August 16, 2013

  • Matt

    Last min holiday booked, I will make it on a ride one day! Hope it goes well!

    1 · August 16, 2013

  • gillku

    Looking fwd to my first meet-up

    1 · August 16, 2013

  • Matt

    Had my bike stolen last week, so on the proviso I can get a new one sorted by then, sounds great!

    August 12, 2013

    • Bea

      Oh no Matt! I'm very sorry, I know the feeling. Update us the Wednesday before the ride pls.

      August 12, 2013

    • Matt

      Will do

      August 13, 2013

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