|Brighton & Hove Clarion Cycling Club|
Dear fellow members and friends
1 June 2009
The weather was brilliant for Sunday's ride. Let's hope it will be again in a fortnight for Roger's Bognor ride – details below. Nice and flat!
Toll Bridge Ride
If you want to take part and haven't yet sent off your form do it this week before the entry fee goes up
If you still need a form emails are email@example.com and Elizabeth.firstname.lastname@example.org. And/or phone 01273 885994 or 01273 462233. We need to sign up by early next month – otherwise it costs more.
If you aren't doing it yourself – and haven't already donated - why not sponsor Joyce? She's at email@example.com.
2009 rides for the rest of the the year will be on Sundays 28 June ( Leon), [5 = Toll Bridge ride], 12, 26 (Leon) July, 9, 23 August, 6, 20 September*, 4 (Roger), 18 October, 1, 15, 29 November, 13 December.
As always I'd welcome offers to organise/lead on any of the dates above that haven't yet been claimed by Roger or Leon. But the one marked * I definitely can't do. If you want to do a ride please make sure to let me know at least 3 weeks before – and to let me have full details at least 2 weeks before the date of the ride.
Latest instalment of the Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and cycling in the 1890s at the end.
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 14 June 2009
This is a circular ride from Barnham station, much of it through the well-manicured, West Sussex countryside, but with a chunk of urban seaside for variety.
We start by heading north to Walberton, where we turn west. We will pass close to Fontwell race course, hence the numerous signs of horse-related industry. Past Fontwell we swing south and head for the A259 into Bognor, but fear not: there is a separate cycle path most of the way alongside the main road.
Bognor seafront has everything needed for a picnic. There are nice views of the sea, places to shelter if it's wet, pubs for those who want a lunchtime pint, shops for those who didn't have time to make any sandwiches, cafés for tea or coffee (there probably won't be a later tea stop) and, of course, loos.
Once we've exhausted the delights of Bognor we head east to Butlins and then north, back towards Barnham. Part of this final stage will be on a recently opened, cross country cycle route, which was the initial inspiration for this ride when Fred found news of it last year.
Meet: Barnham station at 11:05. Assemble on the forecourt of the pub opposite.
My mobile is 0789 985 1172
The Last Ride - Joyce's Report
Sunday 31 May 2009
[More photos on Flickr]
All Clarion rides are unique and wonderful in their own way, but this one was close to ideal:- 'where every prospect pleases and [only cars were] vile'. A bumper turnout collected from diverse points at Berwick station : Alice, Angelika, Fred, Helen, Ian, Joyce, Leon, Nick, Richard, Roger, Sue. The day was glorious so we headed off in high spirits into what was the Sussex countryside at its very best , lush and green after last week's rain, with everything bursting with new growth, under a soft blue sky studded with little puffs of cloud. Through lanes with wonderful open vistas of fields of sheep and cattle, into cool wooded areas where we (I) was entranced with the patterns of the dappled sun on the road. All this with permanent bird song and a gentle breeze to temper the very hot sun.
Yes I said 'close' to ideal – there were the cars, the weather also brought out the Sunday drivers so there were more than we are used to. However the day must have affected them too because by and large they were careful and considerate, and, of course, there were lots of places where they were absent. Other groups were out too and we were pleased to encounter the Seaford branch of the CTC taking a parallel route to us.
We sailed past the Long Man, admired the White Horse, and sped down a wonderfully long descent (where Leon claims he did 35 mph), but life being what it is were brought to a halt further on ( fortunately not on the descent), when Helen came off her bike. But our luck held, no harm done except a slight graze. Onwards then to the track through Seven Sisters Park down to the Haven. Here I will leave it to Fred's pictures to describe and just say it was absolutely beautiful. The most strenuous exercise of the day was then hauling the bikes over the (very large) pebbles to get to somewhere for our picnic – after which Leon , Joyce and Alice hiked off to the sea for a paddle for Alice and a dip for Joyce and Leon.
The way back went through Friston forest and a mental note was taken that another ride could take in a lot more of the lovely forest. On then to the '30s tea rooms at Litlington, where tea was accompanied by poems and Ian's jokes.
The day was so enjoyable that, arriving at the crossroads for Berwick, and noting we had time before the next train, we diverted off to Alfriston, losing Richard for a bit on the way. The Clergy House was much admired and even visited by Angelika and Roger. And finally down to Berwick along the cycle track where in rain-sodden 25 January I had said it felt like the northern moors. What a difference! That is what is so great about Clarion rides - one sees the countryside in all its moods.
So many thanks to Ian, the weather and our luck in having the Sussex countryside, for a great day.
The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and cycling in the 1890s
35. Clarion cycling continues to spread as the first Meet approaches
More from Swiftsure in The Clarion 16 March 1895
The following week – 23 March 1895 – Swiftsure reported
Next time. Arrangements for the first Easter Meet.