|Brighton & Hove Clarion Cycling Club|
Dear fellow members and friends
4 October 2010
Thanks to Roger for holding the fort during my absence on holiday. Good to hear that Angelika's ride went off so well (but I do sympathise with Jim about his long journey home) Roger's forum report is encouraging - at least a few signs of progress.
Talking of Angelika's debut as a ride leader, I had hoped that while I was away someone - preferably someone who hasn't offered a ride before, or not for a long time - might have 'bagged' 7 November. So I haven't got anything in mind for it - not yet. I will have, but, making a virtue out of necessity, I'll keep the slot open till the last possible time (the day after the next ride) for someone to volunteer to take it on. If they do, whatever I have planned as a fall-back by then can be 'recycled' next year. (How time flies!)
Many of you will have had this message from Sue (Pringle) already. But others won't an a reminder is always good anyway. Here it is:
The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and cycling in the 1890s, (Episode 69) is at the end as usual.
Future Rides … for the rest of 2010
* Ian not available
The Next Ride
Please be clear that while all are welcome to join us we each take part in rides at our own risk.
Sunday 17 October
We did a ride incorporating the Shermanbury Place bridleway back in 2005 and I think one of Roger's used it more recently. I've tried to keep it as 'flat' as possible, make the afternoon session a bit shorter than the pre-lunch one and use when I can roads that haven't featured in many of our recent rides
We leave Hassocks station and follow the road to Hurstpierpoint where we turn south once over the A23 and follow the old London road down as far as Shaves Wood where we take the road up to High Cross. The last bit into Shermanbury involves a short stretch of busy main road, then we take the bridleway through Shermanbury - emerge onto a lane near Wineham and make our way to the Royal Oak for lunch
Then it's Bobs Lane – but in the opposite direction we typically ride it, Twineham and down to High Cross, then Albourne and retrace our route back to the station.
The Last Ride - Jenny's Report
Sunday 3 October 2010
The weather forecast for Chichester couldn't have been much worse but four of us met at Brighton station, clad in waterproofs and hoping for the best: Jenny, Joyce, Roger and Suzanne. Sadly there's no evidence of this, or anything else, as no one remembered to bring a camera.
At Chichester station we were joined by James, Joan and TJ, and we set off in drizzly conditions that got steadily worse. Joyce was feeling groggy, recovering from a virus, and the rain crashing down probably didn't make her feel any better, but well done to her for keeping going until the lunch stop at The White Horse Inn in Westbourne. What a nice pub - the landlord and staff couldn't have been friendlier or more helpful, and the food was very good with lots of veggie options. Highly recommended.
After lunch the weather did improve, but our leader Roger suggested we miss the off-road part of the route, as it would be very muddy. So we kept to the roads apart from a well-made track through the woods of Stansted Park, a beautiful route with a long downhill section where we met many intrepid charity cyclists doing it the hard way (upwards). Heading back towards Chichester young James kept our spirits up with a demonstration of his rather startling single-footed pedalling technique, before missing a turning and hurtling off in the wrong direction despite six of us bellowing at him from way behind. Luckily he caught on eventually.
Back at Chichester we had almost an hour's wait for the train. Disaster - the canalside tea-stop was closed! The only source of the magic beverage was Stavros's Food Stop, where requests for six cups of tea threw the kitchen into chaos (they specialise in kebabs) and we had to drink the tea standing on the pavement outside. Joyce was in need of cake, but Stavros could only offer a mystery ice-cream concoction called Lumpy Bumpy, which we all enjoyed very much.
In spite of the rain I was very glad I'd made the effort to join this ride, as I'm usually such a fair-weather cyclist. Getting wet doesn't hurt after all! Thank you Roger for another interesting and enjoyable day. We must do this route again in the summer, as we didn't get to see Ratham Mill, the pond, or the sawmill because of the weather.
The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and cycling in the 1890s
69. Some of the dangers of cycling - according to Swiftsure
Fortunately, I don't think we're in too much danger of achieving a "perspiring condition" at this time of year; or, indeed of finding a "handy pump" at any time of year, but here's Swiftsure from his "Cycling Notes" in the Clarion, 1 June 1895.
Next time. Some of the dangers of cycling - according to Swiftsure