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London to Eastbourne via the Cuckoo Trail

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".



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  • Bea

    Thank you Ben for stepping in last minute allowing this ride to happen as I had to pull out due to work committments. I understand that it was a tough ride but then again people should read carefully event descriptions to know what to expect and ensure they join a ride that is appropriate for their level. Ben, people have commended your leadership and I appreciate that you had a tough day yourself leading the group. Thanks again for your ongoing support and enthusiasm. You're one of a kind!

    June 18, 2012

  • Timothy P.

    This was rock and roll! Super tough ride... lovely people... an abundance of hills..super leadership from Ben!

    June 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great day but tough.

    June 18, 2012

  • Daniela

    Hi Anna, Apologies, it s my fault, I was planning to go till last minute, but I had an infection that got worse and had to cancel early morning :(

    June 18, 2012

  • Bea

    Apologies Anna. This is beyond my control. That's how much notice we were given by the other cyclist. To avoid this, is that I send those various emails asking me people to carefully consider the availability. Hopefully you will be able to cycle with us soon.

    June 17, 2012

  • Anna G.

    Ah shame, 45 mins before the event is bit too late notice that I've made it off the waitlist :( maybe bit more notice next time ? :) hope those who went had a great ride in any case.

    June 17, 2012

  • Bea

    Hey peeps, yes, the ride is going ahead because the forecast is rather encouraging. I won't be able to make it due to last minute work commitments (they are sending me on a trip to Yorkshire on Sunday morning). Ben will be your fantastic leader. I have checked that the return trains are running as usual. If on the way you encounter floods Ben will come up with an alternative route or if worse comes to the worst you will have to come back to London! Have a great ride, I'm so jealous!

    June 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Bea, I assume all is looking good for tomorrow then? Thank you Valerie

    June 16, 2012

  • Bea

    Hi Valerie, roughly I'd say.not before 7 because on Sunday there is only one train per hour back to London. However, please watch this space. I'm considering cancelling the ride due to flooding in the areas we should cycle through, let alone rain forecast for Sunday. I'm consulting with other members of the team and will let everyone know by Friday. Cheers

    June 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Bea, I just wondered if you had an idea of approximately what time we should expect to arrive back in London? Thank you Valerie

    June 12, 2012

  • Bea

    Stop whinging Bleicker! I'm sure a space will become available for you! :-)

    June 7, 2012

  • Alex

    I wanna go :(

    June 7, 2012

  • Bea

    If you wanna have an idea of what to expect from this ride check it out here: http://www.meetup.com/Cycling-Group/photos/2738171/#[masked]

    May 28, 2012

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