Brighton is not the only coastal town in SE England. In our bid to keep discovering other options I have chosen the cathedral town of Chichester as our next destination. Granted, it's not strictly on the coast. I'm sure seagulls will lead us to the seaside if we have any spare energy upon arrival. We will have to cross Surrey and West Sussex so expect both a strenous ride and spectacular scenery.
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Start: We meet 8:15am at London Bridge, next to Evans shop. I will depart promptly at 8.30am.
Route: This is an 80 mile ride with a total elevation of 5000 feet. Expect a tough yet rewarding event. From mile 20-43 you will have hills coming in your face all the time. The last 35 miles will be of rolling countryside with convenient flat stretches. The London getaway is never pretty although I will use a quiet, cycle friendly route. The rest of the route will then go along quiet countryside roads although expect busier stretches for the last 5 miles as we arrive in Chichester. This is to avoid killer hills at the end.
PACE OF THE RIDE: The usual 15mph average pace. This will be a tough ride. If you haven't cycled long distances before or if you are a slow rider you won't feel comfortable on this event. 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 although you will benefit from having a smart phone in case you need to reach a railway station. Please check our pace policy ((Discussion/Message Board/Pace + Health & Safety tab at the top of the screen)
If you are unsure about whether you will fit in with the group's pace feel free to drop me an email.
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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. We will have a drink/meal in a pub at Chichester. We won't stop for lunch en route.
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 or to London Bridge (with 1 interchange). I will aim at catching the 17.41 service that arrives at London Bridge at 19.15. Based on group savers 4 to London Bridge the train fares will be £16. Any more/less difference will be sorted on the day.
Fees & Fares: The £17.5 charge will include your train ticket to London Bridge (based on a group saver 4 thus subject to change on the date) + £1.5 contribution fee.
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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