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London to Chichester

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.

ATTENDANCE: Please only RSVP if your social/work calendar looks free for this date.  We don't welcome last minute cancellations. Please review our attendance policy (Discussion/Message Board/Attendance Policy tab at the top of the screen)

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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  • Ejike A.

    Rain, rolling terrain, 14 punctures, hills a plenty, random sheep tied up by the road, 14 punctures, sunshine, an inner tube graveyeard, dodgy last resort food from a kebab shop, 14 punctures, stunning views and oh did I mention, 14 punctures! This ride had it all. This was a great day out even though the cycling Gods were against us. Looking forward to the next one.

    Thanks guys.

    3 · September 8, 2013

    • Bea

      You couldn't have captured the joys and lows of the ride better!

      1 · September 8, 2013

    • Graham

      the only bad thing i see in Ej's post is the food from the dodgy kebab shop .. the rest is just part of the sport we love.. oh yea .. how many punctures was there?

      1 · September 8, 2013

  • Graham

    another great ride Bea , with a great team of people and the added excitement of punctures ... a ride not to be forgotten !! p.s... I thought you didn't do night rides Bea :P

    2 · September 8, 2013

  • George

    I didn't mind 14 punctures,hills, random sheep, wind..... but the kebab food we had.. Oh dear !!! .It is amazing how one such event can make all the preceding events insignificant. Great ride and excellent team work. Thanks everybody : -)

    2 · September 8, 2013

  • Menno B

    Loved the route, less so the punctures.... Chichester won't be known for the cuisine either :) thanks all!

    2 · September 7, 2013

  • Bea

    Amazing route but a nightmare of a ride. 14 bloody punctures. 14! And head winds and pubs with no food in Chichester. I'm only grateful that there was such an amazing team to go through it all. We'll repeat it and enjoyit all the way!

    2 · September 7, 2013

  • Thomas V.

    As Graham said... It was one of these days..gutted to drop put, but funny thingis that i got the 3 rd puncture in a row before taking the train, it was def my bad luck day...Hope you got a more lucky and hilly end of ride!

    1 · September 7, 2013

  • gillku

    Hi I can't get to ldn bridge until 835. Can u wait?

    September 7, 2013

    • Bea

      Of course :-)

      September 7, 2013

    • gillku

      Ty :-).

      September 7, 2013

  • Bea

    See you all tomorrow. Roll on Chichester!

    September 6, 2013

  • Roberto

    I can't do it on Sunday.

    September 6, 2013

  • Andrew

    I can't do Sunday. It was showing something worse earlier but seems better now. Good for tomorrow.

    September 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    no Bea..lets stick with tomorrow..815 London Bridge...see u tomorrow guys...

    September 6, 2013

  • Bea

    Hi guys, I'm not sure which website you're looking at. BBC for Saturday is now predicting for London a dry day with light showers at 5 and 6pm. And for Chichester showers in the morning and dry as of 12pm.
    Andrew, Alex, Thomas, I take it you'd rather move it to Sunday. I need to have everyone's agreement though. As far as I'm concerned this is still good cycling weather.
    Mind you, the wind is stronger on Saturday!!

    Menno, Raul, Graham, Gillku, Paul, Ej, Roberto, let me know your views. If no views are shared before 8pm then the ride will have to go ahead :-)

    September 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    people..seriously gonna rain..I would postpone it for Sunday..it looks much better for sunday..see BBC weather

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2643743?day=1

    September 6, 2013

    • Thomas V.

      Happy to move on sunday as I have no rainproof gear :)

      September 6, 2013

    • Ejike A.

      Ughh

      September 6, 2013

  • Andrew

    It does look as though it is going to be rather wet !

    September 6, 2013

  • Graham

    are we gonna hit the beach at bognor regis if the weather is good ?

    September 4, 2013

    • Graham

      lol .. probably ;)

      September 6, 2013

    • Ejike A.

      Don't be so easily fooled my friend. In fact, those images are probably from Brazil and the Med!!

      September 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    its going to rain guys....prepare your canoes...

    September 5, 2013

    • Bea

      Alex, you're very negative and I will blame you for any rain that falls upon us. How long have you been living in England? Scattered showers do NOT qualify as rain :-) x

      September 5, 2013

    • Ejike A.

      Menno, I admire your optimism.

      Bea, if it does rain I reckon this Alex chap with his jinxing ways should pay for lunch - in the Savoy!!

      1 · September 5, 2013

  • gillku

    Graz, not if you wear your speedos lol

    1 · September 4, 2013

    • Graham

      Im too old for speedos mate .... Ugh not pretty

      September 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi guys.....just to let you know that rain is forecasted for saturday...I think we should start considering to postpone it for sunday.

    September 3, 2013

    • Bea

      Rain forecast is for Friday. Saturday and Sunday should be ok...so far

      September 3, 2013

    • Ejike A.

      Rain?!!!!!!!!! Noooooooooooooooooooooo!­!!!!!!!!!

      September 4, 2013

  • Mirka F.

    Hi there,
    if there are any drop outs I am happy to take the place! Looks like an awesome ride!
    Mirka

    September 3, 2013

  • Martin

    Perhaps i am being a little ambitious. Really fancy the ride, but I hear ya. Spose you guys are right and it's probably not ideal for my first ride in a group anyway. Maybe it's best I wait till I've upgraded my two wheeler...Besides, hills that makes a grown man - on a fixy - cry? Enough said! Thx for the info Bea, Paul & Graham. Will hopefully catch another ride soon.

    August 29, 2013

    • Graham

      Hey Martin , no problem mate .. and hope to see you on another ride soon bud .. take care and be safe.

      August 29, 2013

  • Paul P

    maybe depends on the gearing, saw a guy get up ditchin beacon on a single speed (front cog 48 inches).. although he was crying now of the way up.. but second the above.. I wouldn't want to do it :)

    August 28, 2013

  • Martin

    Hi peeps, just joined the clan. Hope I'm upto it. Guess will find out. Still using a fixy at mo, so hope the hills don't kill me off. Looking fwd to the challenge though and meeting you all.

    August 28, 2013

    • Bea

      Hi Martin, welcome to the group. I was just about to ask whether you were still on the fixy. To be really honest I don't think you will be able to do this ride on a fixy. Well, I defo wouldn't but I'm not very strong. We have hills peaking at almost 800ft. Maybe someone else could shed some light on this? Graham, any views?

      August 28, 2013

    • Graham

      Hey guys, wow well let me just say I wouldnt wanna do it, but only you know what your capable of... I know I couldnt live without my gears on some/most of the inclines.

      August 28, 2013

  • Clara M.

    I'd love to attend but have already got plans for the day. Have fun guys!

    1 · August 28, 2013

  • Ejike A.

    Man. I'd love to go, but I might need to leave that date free for flat viewings. Hmhhh...

    1 · August 27, 2013

    • Ejike A.

      Peer pressure!!

      1 · August 27, 2013

    • Ejike A.

      OK, I've just been approved for parole so I'm in

      1 · August 27, 2013

  • gillku

    c'mon Ejike...flat huntings are for sunday's!

    2 · August 27, 2013

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