This was one of the most scenic routes we did last year and I couldn't wait to repeat it. We are heading to the coast (as I like to do in summer) and on our way we will cycle along the amazing Cuckoo Trail and the jaw dropping Beachy Heads. If you haven't explored these areas yet and can manage 80 miles in your bike don't miss this ride. Check out the lovely pictures we uploaded from the previous ride (see the one we are hanging from the cliffs?!)
Start: 8.15am we meet at Clapham Junction. I will start promptly at 8.30am. Please arrive on time. This will be a long day in our bikes so we need an early start.
Route: The ride is 80 miles long, which in itself is a challenge distance wise. The elevation profile is not too bad because although the total elevation gained is high, the average gradient remains low. Nonetheless, it is a tough ride only suitable for intermediate cyclists who are comfortable with long rides. For further guidance on pace please refer to these notes.
What happens if I can't keep up with the pace: You will be asked to drop out. If there's a rail station en route you will be led to it but you may as well have to find your own way if there's no rail station nearby.
Stops: Please bring many snacks and water. The ride will be long and challenging so we will need to refuel regularly. We will stop at 30 & 60 miles only (or a needed loo or p*ncture stop). Lunch will be late upon arriving at Eastbourne.
What to bring: road or light hybrid bike in roady conditions; loads of snacks and water to refuel regularly; weatherproof gear; spare inner tube(s), pump, some cash, HELMET...Hopefully you will also need some sun tan lotion and a swimming suit. I'd love to have a dip in the sea at the end.
Return to London: We have one train per hour back to London Victoria (the train to St Pancras is ridiculously expensive). The journey is about 1 1/2hr and the ticket costs £7.5 although we could pay half that price with group savers 4. The train stops @ East Croydon and Clapham Junction so in the right group we may be able to divert to other final station (i..e. London Bridge).
Weather : The ride will go ahead with grey cloud, drizzle or light rain. I will however cancell if the forecast is heavy rains or strong winds. This may result in last minute cancellations for which I apologise 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".