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Tuesday, 9 August 2011
Sunday, 7 August 2011
Sunday 7 August. DA Picnic Wisborough Green
First a bit more about the Loire trip.
From Azay le Rideau we rode the next day to Candes St Martin at the confluence of the Loire and Vienne rivers. Our route took us north to the Loire and then along a back road on a Levee overlooking the Loire. We took a mile diversion to visit the Chateau Usse. Because of its combination of beauty and fortress like appearance, it is believed that Perrault wrote his famous story, “Sleeping Beauty,” based on Usse.
The castle played another part in history when it stood as a model for the design of Disney’s famous Cinderella’s Castle in Disney World. Designers used this and other Chateau of the Loire Valley.
The day was dry but very cloudy and dark. You might not think it from the picture of us riding towards the Chateau. I replaced the sky with blue skies from another picture and did more editing to brighten up the picture.
The room in the next picture is the Guard Room of Usse Chateau. The ceiling was painted in imitation marble using an Italian technique called tromp l’oeil. This was done during renovations in the 17th Century.
Last Monday I did a short ride up Summer Lane to take this HDR sunset picture. This will be familiar to those who have used this cycle route to Pagham as the bridge over the Rife.
Todays ride was meeting at Walberton Pond to ride to the DA Picnic at Wisborough Green. There were a couple of short torrential downpours in the morning but the rest of the day was dry and often sunny, though with a strong SW wind. Gill was the leader and I was the only other taker for the ride. Chris Dart joined us at lunchtime. I arrived at Walberton Pond bus shelter/cyclists rain shelter just in time to duck inside before a storm started. This lasted about 20 minutes so we were a little late in starting.
The skies cleared and Gill took us via Eartham to the top of the Downs. We headed north on the main road to the top of Duncton Down where the second shower hit. We gained a little shelter from a tree at the side of the road. Then it was on down the hill and right at the bottom to take back roads to Petworth. This is the scene at one junction.
Further on at Shopham Bridge we splashed through a deep flood right across the road. Another half mile further and the roads were bone dry. The lady at Tiffins said they had no rain there all day. Hot chocolates and toasted teacakes refreshed us.
Then it was on via Balls Cross and Kirdford to Wisborough Green. We met here Chris, Bob, Richard Boulton, John Wickens, Tony York and Brian and Sue.
In the afternoon we rode with Chris, Richard, Tony and John on the track over fields and over the Arun.
Then it was on byroads via Broomers Hill to Pulborough. Different riders took different routes from here. Gill and I stopped for tea at Wiggonholt and then returned via Amberley and Houghton.
Distance from and back to Walberton was 40 miles. My mileage was 57.
Sunday, 31 July 2011
Sunday 31 July. Longer Ride to Portsmouth
First a little more on the Loire and some HDR pictures. We stayed 2 nights at Azay de Rideau. After looking round the Azay Chateau for the first few hours of the morning Alan and Liz did their own ride while Peter and I took a short ride (with a big hill in the middle to the Chateau Villandry alongside the river Loire. The weather was dull and cloudy but stayed dry. Villandry is famous for its extensive Gardens as seen in the picture below.
There were some beautiful rooms inside the Chateau including the Dining Room in the picture below.
Today there were 2 rides to Portsmouth a longer hillier one led by me and a shorter flatter ride led by Harvey.
I was joined at the Cross by Gill, Anne and Colin. The weather was sunny and warm with a SE wind.
I headed out via the Centurion Way and then West Stoke, Funtington and Racton with a stiff little climb on a side road to warm up. Then it was Rowlands Castle, Finchdean, Chalton and up the hill to cross the A3 and on to a welcome elevenses break at Queen Elizabeth Country Park cafe. Unfortunately Colin had an upset stomach and had to return home from Clanfield.
The rest of us continued on a convoluted route taking quiet lanes via Hinton and Denmead. Then it was a steep climb up the back of Portsdown Hill coming out by Fort Dibley and The Churchillian Pub, a route I have not tried before.
Then it was a ride along the ridge of Portsdown Hill with great views looking down over all of Portsmouth. After a fast descent to Cosham we took the cycle route via the ferry port and round to Southsea common for our Picnic Lunch at the War Memorial. We arrived at exactly the same time as Harvey with Jan and Avryl. Alan and Liz had been with them during the morning and had returned home from Hayling Ferry.
After lunch the groups merged and we headed east along the front and on to the Portsmouth Beam Engine House which is open free the last weekend of every month. We had a good look at all the machinery and engines. We met Roy Wasdell there who had seen it in the Rides List and came by car.
Jan headed home and I led the rest of the groups up paths and backstreets to get to the Eastern Road Cycle path. I found a route I had read about on the Web to the Langston Harbour footpath which goes alongside the water and avoids convoluted backstreets. The path crosses over the old Milton Sea Lock.
Further up we joined the cycle path following the eastern edge of the Portsmouth peninsular with good views over the harbour and then across to Havant. In the Havant pedestrian precinct we stopped for tea at a Costa Coffee cafe. Then it was back via Emsworth, Westbourne and Woodmancote.
Mileage from and back to the Cross was 61. My mileage for the day was 72
Thursday, 28 July 2011
Evening Ride - Felpham to The Spur, Slindon
John led this ride which took place on a sunny evening, pleasantly warm, and with very little wind. Joining John were Janet, Ray, Graham, and Julian. Edwin met us at the pub, meaning 6 out in total.
We took a route through the back of Felpham to Yapton, Ford Lane, and Tortington. However we had started out a bit late and when we reached the turning for Binstead Wood it was gone 20.30, with potentially another 40 mins or so riding. After some discussion we decided to take a shorter route straight along the A27 to Mill Lane.
This was a first for me as I have never cycled along that stretch of dual carriageway - however apart from the first 300 yards there was a well maintained pavement for more than half the distance, ending at Binstead Mobile home park. The A27 itself was very quiet and the surface of course very much smoother than the country lanes we are used to. Crossing it without difficulty we took Mill Lane and that sharp climb up to the pub, arriving about 20.55.
For the return route John and Edwin decided to take the A29 for a spot of fast running all the way back to Bognor. I led the rest of us back down Mill Lane and straight down to Yapton via North End, then the usual route back to Middleton & Felpham.
My mileage for the evening was 19.0
Monday, 25 July 2011
Sunday July 24th Ride to Arundel
There were 2 rides today. This was the short ride. Scroll down for a write-up on the long ride to Southwater.
Despite the warm sunny start to the day only 2 riders turned up at the Cross, myself and a newcomer to Chichester, Sarah Williams. This was designated a flat easy ride and so we headed for our coffee stop at The Aldingbourne Centre via the aerodrome, Goodwood Hotel, Halnaker and Tinwood Lane. After coffee we crossed the A27 and went through Walberton and then Binsted Woods to Arundel where we did a brief sightseeing tour of the town.
We lunched at The Putting Green Cafe. There were some threatening clouds which came to nothing but the afternoon was mostly overcast on our return journey via Ford, Barnham, and Oving stopping at Lily's in Barnham for tea.
Mileage 33 mls
Sunday, 24 July 2011
Sunday 24 July. Ride to Southwater
First a few more pictures from the Loire. From Chenenceau we cycled 35 miles riding south of Tours to Azay le Rideau on the banks of the River Indre a tributary of the Loire. We stayed for 2 nights at a really nice Hotel a few hundred yards from the Chateau. Peter and I went to look at the Chateau from the outside while the weather was good. We found they had a discounted rate for access to the gardens after 5.30. The light was perfect for photography and among many others I took the HDR picture below.
The next morning we all did the full visit to the Chateau arriving as soon as they opened before the crowds. The picture below is of a passageway. The HDR technique allowed for the creation of a picture where full detail can be seen both inside and through the window.
The picture below is looking up a spiral staircase in the Chateau.
On Sunday after a wet week we finally had some sunny dry weather. In the morning it was Sunny and warm. Clouds built up in the afternoon but it stayed dry.
For the long ride to Southwater Colin was the leader and he was joined at Walberton Pond by myself and Anne. For a change we were able to sit by the Pond instead of the nearby Bus/Rain Shelter.
Colin took us at a fairly brisk pace on the usual route via Madehurst and Amberley for elevenses at Wiggonholt. We sat out in the sunshine overlooking the water meadows.
Then it was on lanes to West Chiltington and Broadford Bridge. Then it was on lanes I rarely use for a loop to the north before coming down to Barnes Green and across to Southwater Country Park Cafe for lunch.
On the way back Colin took on a short stretch of the Downs Link and then a lane I have never tried to Maplehurst. Then on via Littleworth and Partridge Green to Steyning. Then it was on a route over the downs I have heard of but never tried up Steyning Borstal. The route we took on a concrete farm road closed to traffic was longer but I gather less steep than the main route. There were great views from the top, see picture below.
The days of the Camera never lying are long gone. The picture above is edited. I corrected a wonky horizon with the crop tool at an angle. I added in more Saturation and brightness. Also I did not like the sky which was full of dark clouds so I copied a sky taken later in the day at Littlehampton and pasted that over the picture, tidying it up with a layer mask. The original genuine picture is below.
We rode on down to Sompting and then followed a cycle route through estate roads to Worthing seafront. There was the usual strong SW headwind. We followed the seafront towards Ferring and back streets to The Bluebird Cafe for tea.
There followed a decently intricate series of private estate roads so convoluted at times that even Colin became confused occasionally. Still we escaped the traffic and emerged on Littlehampton seafront. We returned via Ford and Yapton where I turned off for home.
Mileage from and back to Walberton was about 63. My total mileage was 80.
Sunday, 17 July 2011
Sunday 17 July. Ride to Stansted House Garden Centre
First a few more HDR pictures of Loire Chateau. We had cycled down from Cheverney to Chenonceau in the morning and after checking in at a Hotel went down to the Chateau in the afternoon. We started at 3.00 and it was still very busy. Only by 5.00 had it become quiet enough to get some pictures in empty rooms.
The picture below is of The Gallery. This is the feature which makes Chenonceau so famous as it is an enclosed bridge going across the River Cher which is a tributary of the Loire.
The picture below is of Diane de Poitiers’ bedroom
On Saturday evening there was the Club Barbecue and 20 of us enjoyed the excellent hospitality of Mary Turner. The day’s rain managed to clear before the evening.
Today there were 2 rides. The long ride was our 100 mile ride to Odiham near Basingstoke North Hampshire. Those who went on that were Colin, Anne, Sam and Ray. On a day of strong winds and frequent showers I decided to give that a miss and go on the short ride.
Harvey was the Leader and I joined him at the Cross together with Keith Dodman. The weather was windy with regular showers passing through quickly. Mostly the showers were not very heavy and we stopped briefly to shelter when it did get heavier. As we left Chichester a brief sunny spell passed through.
Harvey took us on Clay Lane and then via Woodmancote and then down to Southbourne, We continued via Prinsted to stop for elevenses at The Greenhouse Cafe, Emsworth.
Then it was a short ride via Westbourne to Lunch at Stansted House Garden Centre. The new extension was finished so there was plenty of room for the usual crowds.
In the afternoon we rode the hill to Forestside and then down to the B-Road near West Marden joining the route of the Chichester Triathlon which had finished earlier in the day. We continued via Funtington. The picture below of an approaching storm was taken just before West Stoke. We caught the edge of this but nothing like the downpour which must have hit Tangmere. A road nearby was flooded with water pumping up from a drain.
We stopped for tea at Tangmere Museum Cafe.
The mileage from and back to Chichester would have been about 28. My mileage for the day was 43.
Thursday, 14 July 2011
Evening Ride - Arun Leisure Centre to Sidlesham, The Anchor
Six of us met on this sunny but very blustery evening - Janet, Ray, Steve, Carol, Jo, and me. The ride to Sidlesham follows a south-westerly route, so this evening we had a very gusty wind against us almost the whole way there!
We went from Felpham through Bognor along the seafront to Aldwick, then Stoney Stile Lane to Nyetimber where we took Summer Lane across the fields to Bowley Farm. Then we joined NCN Route 88 across more tracks via Fisher to Chalder Farm. Officially the route then by-passses Chalder Farm, but I took the "old" route through the farmyard so that we could briefly stop on the other side of it to inspect the remains of Chalder station - formerly on the old Selsey Tramway (closed 1935). Late last year the undergrowth was cut back to reveal the old platform still in situ (the corrugated iron building long gone) - but the weeds were rapidly taking over again and only a very small portion was still visible from the road.
We did not leave the pub until about 21.40 but the wind had almost completely disappeared and it was still light enough to attempt a return trip via Pagham harbour. We dropped down into Sidlesham proper and across more farmtracks, with only one stile to negotiate before climbing on to Pagham Wall, the embankment that runs around the west and north sides of the harbour. Riding along this with caution, due to the bumps and the undergrowth,we were treated to an extremely pleasant view of the full moon reflecting across the water and the mud flats, whilst nearer the old Salt House the swans were bedding down for the night.
Arriving back on the tarmac in Pagham, it was still just about light and we had not met a soul since Sidlesham.
We returned to Felpham via the Bay Estate, Barrack Lane, and, in an act of uncompromising civil disobedience, cycled the length of the prom from Aldwick right through to Felpham.
My evenings mileage was 19.5 - over half of which was off-road in some form or another.
Monday, 11 July 2011
Sunday July 10th Ride to Hayling
There were 2 rides today. This was the short ride. Scroll down for a write-up on the long ride to Dundridge. There were 9 of us out on the short ride today - Arthur, Lynn, David, Keith, Diana, Brian, Ray, Janet and myself. Occasionally there was a threatening cloud but otherwise it was sunshine all the way.
We headed off along Clay Lane to Woodmancote where we turned off to Westbourne and hence to Emsworth. Shock horror - no free tables inside or out at the Greenhouse cafe! We crossed the road and settled happily at Heidi's. Onward then to the Hayling Bill Way, to Hayling Island and Coastguards cafe where we had lunch. A visit to the Open Day at the Lifeboat Station was on the itinerary but there were no takers.
Ray and Janet made their own way back and the rest of us returned via the main road as far as the turning to North Hayling and Northney. After the road bridge we wheeled our bikes round the front of the pub and followed the pathway round to meet the A259. We carried on along here until turning off to Bosham at the roundabout and headed back to Chichester via Taylor’s Lane and Old Park Lane. We stopped for a somewhat prolonged tea at Fishbourne Roman Palace and then headed for home.
Mileage - 38 miles Written by Avryl who led the ride.
Sunday, 10 July 2011
Sunday 10 July. Long Ride. Ride to The Hampshire Bowman, Dundridge Nr Bishops Waltham
First a few more HDR pictures from the Loire. These are again of the great Chateau at Chambord. The first one below is of a lavishly appointed bedroom.
The picture below is of one of the upper floor Hallways leading to the central staircase
There were 2 rides today, one to Hayling Island and this ride to Dundridge.
We had an early start at 9.00 at Chichester Cross. I was the leader and I was joined at the Cross by Colin, Sam and Mandy. Jeff joined us at elevenses making 5 out on the ride. Any passing showers missed us and we had a dry day with warm sunny intervals.
The ride out was the usual route along Clay lane and on via Woodmancote to Rowlands Castle. Then it was Finchdean and Charlton to stop for elevenses at Queen Elizabeth Country Park. Sam was out on his all Carbon super lightweight bike which he calls his poser bike. Due to illness he has not used this much since he bought it 3 years ago.
We continued on convoluted Hampshire lanes to Dundridge arriving good and early at about 12.10 The Pub has a good sized garden at the back though prices are fairly dear. After lunch Jeff gave us a demonstration of his Airnimal bikes folding capabilities.
Lunch was followed immediately by a sharp climb through the woods. Then it was lanes across to Soberton Heath and Hambledon. From here there is a steep climb on a nice little lane. Mandy and her husband have been staying in Sussex temporarily. In a few days they return home so this was Mandy’s last ride with us. I took her picture coming up and at the top she asked if I was able to edit it to make it look like she was going faster. Pleased to oblige so below is Mandy zooming up the hill.
We continued with more lanes and a sharp climb at Cathrington. Then it was via Horndean to Rowlands Castle for tea. We returned to Chichester via West Stoke.
Mileage from and back to Chichester was 58. My mileage for the day was 69.
Saturday, 9 July 2011
Saturday Ride: Chichester Library to Tangmere Aviation Museum
I led this ride, substituting for Phillippa.
After the previous day saw the heaviest rain I can recall for July, together with ANOTHER tornado hitting Bognor http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-14082158 this outing seemed to get off to a particularly unpropitious start.
This afternoon the rain had gone, and the sun was (mostly) out, but it was a blustery day with winds gusting at up to 33mph. Unsurprisingly it was only myself and Janet who appeared at the start point.
As we had the advantage of a tail wind, we decided nevertheless to go out to Tangmere, so set off round the back of Chichester, to end up at Church Road, crossing the bypass at the lights and taking the old road across the airfield between Tangmere and Oving. This road is rough at the best of times but today was seriously flooded, although a dry route is possible (and clearly well used) via the adjacent field. As we were by-passing the water, a car came along this narrow bumpy lane at some speed, charged through the water which I estimated to be about 10 inches deep, and spun its wheels on the mud before disappearing into the distance, barely dropping in speed. Coming from round a bend, the driver could not possibly have seen us had we been on the road negotiating the flood. A classic example of a drivers utter disregard of anything else that should be in his way.
On arrival at Tangmere museum (via the Oving cyclepath) we caught the tail end of a reunion lunch gathering by ex members of SOE who had been stationed at Tangmere 1939-45. Some suited, booted and badged security had been laid on and they eyed us suspiciously as we wheeled our bikes through the gathering.
On the return route, to avoid the flood we went via Oving and intended to take a route I had not used for years which ran down the boundary of the now closed Littlemead School. No trace of it whatsoever! The farmer had evidently incorporated it into the field and I have a suspicion it may not have been a public path but for the benefit of the school. Undeterred I recalled another path which went through the school grounds. We found this one which was easy cycling and clearly well used. It went past the derelict school buildings. Janet pointed out the "Private - no right of Way" sign which genuinely I did not see until we passed another one at the other end. However by this time we were out on the Shopwhyke road. A very useful cut through and evidently in regular use despite being unofficial.
Janet turned for home at Shopwhyke Nurseries, towards Drayton and Bognor, whilst I had business in Chichester so decided to return there via another route I hadn't done for years, up the old Coach Road and a bridleway which parrallels the A27. This turned out to be very unpleasant. Although wide and cycle-able the undergrowth had been cut back along the entire length and the ground was absolutely strewn with Hawthorn and Blackberry thorns. I ended up wheeling the bike cautiously for the best part of a mile and counted myself lucky not to have got a puncture. I pulled 2 thorns from the tyre before getting on the tarmac again. Fortunately they had not gone in very deep.
The round trip from Chichester amounted to no more than about 10 miles -however I at least doubled that by the time I got home.
Sunday, 3 July 2011
Sunday 3rd July. Two Weald Rides from Wisborough Green.
Sunday 3rd July. Two Weald Rides from Wisborough Green.
I did a bit more processing of Chateau pictures during the week. This time it was the turn of Chambord located in woodland south of Blois. We had approached it on a long cyclepath through the woods. It is the largest Chateau on the Loire and was built as a “Hunting Lodge” for the King.
The picture below is a distance shot across a lake in front of the Chateau.
The picture below was taken looking up inside the central double helix staircase. 3 exposures have been combined as an HDR to get more detail in the darker lower part.
On Thursday evening I was feeling a little under the weather and not feeling up to the Time Trial on the Hilly course via Whiteways Lodge. Instead I rode to Slindon and took pictures of the Riders coming up the hill to the Spur. The picture was originally sharp but has been edited in Photoshop to produce an artificial Zoom Burst effect.
Todays ride was meeting at Wisborough Green and doing a choice of four 25 mile loops. This was a DA Event organised by Horsham Section and with riders from Arun Adur, Horsham Crawley and our Section there were 18 out on the day altogether. From our Section there was myself, Colin, Anne, Roger and Alan and Liz. Weather was great, warm with clear blue skies and light winds.
Colin, Anne, Roger and I went on the eastern loop. Alan and Liz arrived later and did the Northern loop.
Our ride to the East took in Shipley and Southwater. While in Southwater I spotted these Cycle Sculptures and decided to add my Mercian.
After a picnic lunch back at Wisborough Green I rode back to Billingshurst to take the train home. Colin and Anne headed off on another loop to the North.
My mileage for the day was 41.
Thursday, 30 June 2011
Evenig Ride: Arun Leisure Centre to Climping, Black Horse
A variable day weather-wise, at first without a cloud in the sky but then getting duller and even a suggestion of rain at one point. However no rain materialised and by 6pm the clouds had dispersed, leaving a lovely summers evening with no wind either. It did however get noticeably chilly as the sun started to go down.
Perhaps the glorious evening encouraged some riders and there were 8 at the start - Alan, John, Julian, Carol, Janet, Steve, Ray & myself. Harvey rode direct to the pub to meet us there, meaning 9 out in total.
We went up the cycle track to Barnham, then along Hill Lane (which is in urgent need of re-surfacing - worse than some off road tracks). From there it was Yapton, Horsemere Green, Climping School and the footpath (I'm sure its marked bridleway on my map) through to Climping Street and the pub.
It was still light when we returned direct along the A.259 so following a little encouragement I diverted the ride across the fields to Ancton Woods where we took the bridge over the Ryebank Rife and the woodland route to emerge back at Middleton and home. The track was clear, dry and very rideable - a pleasant diversion pedalling through the trees at twilight.
My mileage for the evening - a modest 13.4
Sunday, 26 June 2011
Sunday 26 June. Lee on Solent Ride
I returned on Friday from 11 days in France including 7 days cycling in the Loire visiting Chateaux. Those taking part were myself, Peter, Alan and Liz. My digital SLR was taken along and with 1600 pictures taken the HDR pictures on the Blog are likely to feature Chateaux for a little while to come.
The first Chateaux visited was Cheverny about 8 miles south of the Loire. We stayed at a Chambre d’hote a few miles away for the first 2 nights so got to visit this one before the crowds arrived. This Chateaux is still privately owned and is the most luxuriantly furnished and decorated of all the Loire Chateaux.
The pictures are all HDR which is 3 pictures at different exposures combined. The first picture is an outside view looking up the front drive. It was taken with a tripod but these are forbidden inside so I changed the ISO, equivalent to film sensitivity up to 1000. It is usually 100.
The picture below is the Kings Bedchamber.
The picture below is the Grand Salon.
For today’s ride I took over as Leader as Arthur was away. I was joined at the Cross by Sam, David Glue, Avryl, Jeff and Bea and Ray. There was a garden market going on in East Street. The weather started misty but cleared by lunchtime with temperatures reaching 25C.
As the destination of Lee on Solent is a long way along the coast I took a route on the A259 using cyclepaths alongside and the Prinsted loop. We stopped for an early elevenses at The Greenhouse Cafe, Emsworth.
Then it was on to Hayling Island taking the lanes via Northney and West Town. We arrived at the ferry to Southsea just as was it getting ready to leave. They opened up quickly to let us on but Jeff, Bea and Sam were too late and were left behind on the Quay. As time was getting on I decided to cut the ride short and go to The Custom House Pub at Gun Wharf Quay. Mobiles came in useful to arrange to meet up there after the stranded trio caught the next ferry.
The return was on cycle routes up to Cosham and then across to Havant. We continued to Rowlands Castle for tea where I had my usual Apple Pie and Ice Cream to fuel up for the ride home.
We returned on the South Coast Cycle Route via Westbourne.
Mileage from and back to Chichester was 46. My mileage was 57.
Thursday, 16 June 2011
Evening Ride: Felpham to The George, Eartham
John led this ride but I was the only other person out; the knowledge that the pub is at the top of a hill, plus poor weather no doubt both contributed to the low turnout.
It had been windy with heavy showers all day, however by the evening the sun was out and all prospect of rain had ceased. However there was a very strong southwesterly, about 22mph, with gusts of 33mph.
It was quite a battle with the wind as we headed west through North Bersted then on through Colworth, Woodhorn and across Tangmere airfield where finally the wind relented as we headed north through Aldingboune, across the A27 at Crockerhill then straight up the hill to Eartham. Harvey met us there, having made his own way up.
We did not leave the pub until about 21.45 and it was still light, although the chilliest evening I can recall for quite a while. The wind however had dropped. We sped down the hill back to Crockerhill, then to Westergate where Harvey left us for Barnham. John and I went down the A29 back to Bognor, John peeling off at Shripney and no doubt upping the pace a little on the way home.
My mileage for the evening was just shy of 22, about 21.9
Sunday, 12 June 2011
Sunday 12 June. Wet Sunday
Today the long ride was scheduled to go to Upham near Bishops WalthamI got up in good time and dressed for cycling. Then checking out BBC News 24 weather showed the rain arriving earlier than last nights forcast. Then a check on the Met Office Website rainfall radar website revealed this image.
This website is very useful for deciding whether go out on the bike. It is updated every 30 minutes and previous images give a good idea which direction the rain is headed
The final confirmation came with the pitter patter of raindrops on the windows which continued all day so I “stood down” from cycling mode for a day indoors.
So what is a cyclist to do on a wet Sunday? For starters of course, wash the bike. Naturally without a lady of the house to get outraged the bikes are stabled in the living room. The bike washing of the Roberts bike was done in the warm and dry with an old sheet on the carpet to stop it getting wet.
Next a bit of research on the Computer for the next bike Holiday.
To round off the day some photo editing of cycling pictures. Last Tuesday evening I went to Goodwood Motor Race circuit to take pictures of the Cycle Racing. The picture below was taken with a long lens and then edited in Photoshop to crop it and then add a zoom burst centred on the lead rider with a special filter.
Saturday, 11 June 2011
Saturday Ride: Bognor Regis to Aldingbourne country Centre
A bright afternoon - sunny but with a blustery SW wind - saw 6 meeting up at Bognor library - Alan, Avryl, Janet, Ray, Christine, and myself. We met Steve and Carol along the way at Flansham, meaning 8 out in total.
To avoid a headwind, we set out westwards via Felpham and Flansham. However as we travelled through the Roundle, Janet had some difficulty with a slow puncture which suddenly became rather faster, so she and Ray decided to turn back to get it sorted, before we headed too far into the countryside.
After a quick stop for Steve & Carol to join, we took to the fields using the Barnham cycletrack, then through Barnham itself and on to Eastergate, where the village fete was in full swing.
Then it was across the A29 to the unmade Northfields Lane, into Level Mare Lane and then "take your life in your hands" time as we crossed the 4 lanes of the very fast and very busy A27. On the tranquil lane the other side, it was a quick half mile to Aldingbourne Country Centre.
On the return route, Avryl headed toward Tangmere straight for home, along with Carol and Steve who were also heading east. Alan, Christine and I took Eastergate Lane to Walberton pond and then straight down to Barnham where Christine took the train back to Shoreham. Alan and I returned to Flansham back down the Barnham cycle track and i got home having completed a round trip of 19.9 miles.
Sunday, 5 June 2011
Sunday 5th June. Ride to Kirdford
Last Wednesday the ride was to Singleton. I took my SLR for taking pictures on the way to the start and on the way back. The picture below is an HDR (3 pictures combined) of Cirrus cloud above Pagham. The viewpoint is the start of the footpath to Summer Lane by the farmer’s reservoir.
On Sunday the Ride Leader was Gill and she was joined at Walberton Pond by Edwin, Sam and Colin. The weather was cloudy and about 17C. It started dry but after elevenses light spots of rain gradually got heavier through the day especially after tea. It remained light thought never reaching the downpour level.
Gill led us over the Downs via Fontwell and Eartham to the Petworth Road and on to descend Duncton Hill. On the main road there were a lot of flash sports cars passing us heading back after the Goodwood Motor Circuit monthly Breakfast Meeting.
We then took lanes via Barlavington and Shopham Bridge to Petworth for elevenses at Tiffin’s. With the benefit of some toasted teacakes we set off again. Just as we were leaving a group of racing cyclists on a Club Run arrived who had come from the Reigate area.
Then it was on to the Forrester’s at Kirdford via Balls Cross. Arun Adur had been due to join us there but with several of their Sunday riders away nobody turned up. John Maxim arrived though to join us for the return ride. We headed back via Wisborough Green and then south on lanes and a track across fields to Lee Place.
Then it was on via Broomers Hill to stop for Tea at Wiggonholt. Here we met a group from West Surrey CTC including Chris Juden the CTC technical expert.
Then it was back home via Amberley and Houghton Hill.
My mileage for the day was 57.
Thursday, 2 June 2011
Evening Ride: Felpham to The Holly Tree, Walberton
Another evening with the benefit of warm sunshine and little wind to speak of.
Eight of us started the ride at the Arun Leisure Centre - Janet, Roy, Steve, Carol, Julian, John, Harvey, & myself. Edwin & Gill met us at the pub, meaning 10 out in total.
From Felpham we made our way via the tracks at North Lane, behind the Golf course, onto the cycletrack to Barnham, noting the encroaching development at Flansham.
Then a brief stop at Barnham Court Farm, where the disused Portsmouth Canal crosses our route. The Sussex Industrial Archaeological Society are re-building the 1820 iron swivel bridge here, using some parts dug up on site, including the transoms, which were abandoned and buried when the bridge collapsed after 100 or so years use, long after the canal had been closed. They are also making use of other parts collected from the sites of other swivel bridges along the route.
At Barnham, the route to Walberton is a turn eastwards. However I ploughed on west, waiting for somebody to point out we were heading in the wrong direction. But they all know me too well .... yes it was a mile or so of "rough-ish" stuff as we took one of my favourite, but not used for a while, bridlepaths (at least, i'm sure it says bridlepath on my map) due north to emerge in Eastergate Lane. From there a couple of minutes ride brought us to Walberton pond, and the pub.
The homeward route took us down Walberton Lane back to Barnham (with a brief stop whilst Ray kindly sprinted back to retrieve my cap!) and it was still light enough, at 21.45, to take the cycletrack back across the fields to Flansham and Felpham.
After all that, a modest round trip ride of 13.0 miles.
Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Holmbury St Mary YHA Weekend 28-30 May
This was a Hostelling long weekend organised by John Maxim. Taking part were just John, Edwin and Anne. Colin joined us on the Sunday.
The weather was chillier than of late at about 17C with very strong SW winds luckily easing down for the return on Monday. It was dry apart from a little drizzle early and late on Monday.
This write-up will mainly be about the Sunday ride. John let us to Holmbury on the Saturday and back home on the Monday. Anne who lived in the area for a few years led us on the Sunday.
On Saturday we started from Walberton Pond and on to Tiffin’s Petworth for elevenses. Then it was on to The Three Compasses near Cranleigh for lunch. After a long long climb from Ewhurst and a long descent to Shere we stopped for tea at the Lucky Duck tea rooms. 57 miles for the day.On Sunday after a substantial breakfast we gathered outside for the ride. The picture below was taken as we were ready to leave with luggage on Monday but shows the group and the Hostel. On Sunday Colin joined us at 9.00 after getting a train to Horsham.
Luckily the answer was no. She took us instead on some very petty and quiet lanes with gentler climbs over the Downs at a lower point and down to Shere for elevenses at our old favourite by now the Lucky Duck tea rooms in Shere.
After elevenses some serious climbing started. We crossed the A25 and up Coomb lane which includes a 17% grade. After a long downhill there was another steep climb to the ridge of the Downs and Ranmore Common. After a sharp descent to Westhumble we crossed the A24 and started on the long climb to Box Hill. This will be used as a circuit 7 times during the Olympic Road Race. There is a trial Road Race using the Route on 14 August. More details here –
The picture below is of John Maxim fast being caught by the pack!
After buying some lunch at the National Trust Centre we went a short way to the viewpoint for a picnic
After continuing through Box Hill village we descended south onto more gentle back roads. Then it was on to Capel Church for Tea. This is a well known Cyclists Mecca of the area. The reason, the ladies of the Parish provide an enormous selection of Cakes at very cheap prices.
I had a scone with jam and cream, a slice of coconut cake and a squash for the grand total of £1.20. They open fortnightly in the summer 3.00 to 5.00. Well worth a visit.
Soon after we arrived a big group from Cheam and Morden CTC based in SW London arrived. They included a couple I had last met when they took part in my first tour of New Zealand in 2000. After tea we chatted outside for a while.
Colin headed back to Horsham for a train back soon after tea and the rest of us took a fairly gentle route to the Hostel.
49 miles for the day and 3290ft of climbing.
Saturdays return ride took in Cranleigh for elevenses, Sumners Pond at Barnes Green for Lunch and Houghton Bridge for Tea. 55 miles for the day.
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