Bognor Chichester CTC Ride Notes- Club Website is at www.bognorchichesterctc.org.uk
Sunday, 12 April 2009
Sunday, 5 April 2009
Sunday 5th April. Ride to the Hog's Lodge, Clanfield.
Upon a sunny but coolish morning Linda led Avryl, Colin, Edwin, Gill and Robin on a brisk run from Chichester Cross through Funtington and Aldsworth to Stansted for elevenses.
Pictures - Edwin
Sunday, 29 March 2009
Sunday 29th March. Ride to Hayling Island.
7 of us met at Chichester Cross. Myself (Edwin) Alan and Liz, Harvey, Linda, Jan and Chris.
Weather was cold early on but soon warmed up in the bright sunshine which developed and lasted most of the day on the coast. We saw a lot of cyclists out and about with a few even in shorts but none of us ventured that far.
I led the group on the usual route on the lanes of the South Coast cycle route to Woodmancote and Westbourne. A lot of Daffodils and Spring Flowers were in evidence together with blossoms.
From Westbourne we took a short cyclepath and then backstreets to Emsworth for elevenses at the Greenhouse Café. We were able to sit outside in the warming sunshine. After elevenses Alan and Liz left us to head straight back.
The rest of us continued via the first part of the Hayling Billy trail out of Havant and after crossing the bridge we took back lanes via Northney and West Town before riding down to the Seafront for lunch at the Coastguard Café. Jan and Chris left us here to ride home to Clanfield leaving us depleted to just myself, Linda and Harvey.
We returned by a similar route except some different paths and streets through Havant. As we neared Chichester Linda headed straight back while Harvey and I stopped for tea at Hilliers Garden Centre Café near Bosham. This had a big makeover during the winter with now a lot more space and also outside seating.
My mileage for the day was 54. Distance from and back to Chichester was 40.
Monday, 23 March 2009
Bognor Chichester Anniversary Dinner and Ride
Kevin Mayne Director of CTC and his wife Cheril were guests of honour at the 25th Anniversary Dinner of the forming of the Bognor Chichester Group of the West Sussex DA.This was organised by Avryl and took place at the Robin Hood Inn just outside Bognor Regis on Saturday 21st March 2009.
Kevin was appointed 11 years ago to modernise the CTC by the then chairman Tom Lamb. Coming from industry Kevin was considered an outsider (the Brian Clough of Cycling) but unlike Cloughy, Kevin did get the top job.
Kevin gave an inspiring and informative after dinner speech covering the resurgence of the CTC from the low point of the 1970's to the present day. Whilst the promotion of touring remains central to the purpose of the CTC it is aware nowadays people need encouragement to try cycling. The CTC is now administering multimillion pound lottery projects for various cycling initiatives, notably the Bikeability training programmes for all ages and the Cycle Champions project which aims to increase the nation's health and fitness. This brings cycling to groups of all abilities but especially those that have historically not experienced the health benefits and sheer pleasure that cycling can bring.
Kevin took us back to 1984, the year of the formation of the Bognor Chichester Group and read out a review from Chris Juden on a new breed of bikes (off road machines). This perceptively pointed out that these bikes could make very good touring bikes. Given that one of our number, Colin Bloomfield had just returned from six weeks solo touring Vietnam and Laos on a Marin that probably dates from 1984; we can see how accurate that early assessment was.
Kevin answered questions including what makes a successful group and many points were noted.
A lovely sunny Spring day greeted the 'day after riders' at Chichester Cross.20 attended on the Ride including Kevin Mayne, Colin, Richard, Jeff and Beatrice, Alan and Liz, Bob and Gill Marshall, Arthur and Lynn, Gill, Anne, Philippa, Jo Phillips, Harvey, Kath, Freda and Jim and Keith Dodman. The photo shoot with Kevin, again the guest of honour, involved Japanese tourists taking photos of CTC riders taking photos of other CTC riders.
After everyone had taken photos of each other we departed via back roads to Bosham. The low tide allowed riders to use the road around the edge of the harbour with great views of Bosham village.
There was an elevenses stop at Bosham before continuing to Rowland Castle for lunch. The ride was led by Richard Carlisle. The Ride was a re-enactment of the Bognor and Chichester Groups first Ride which was to Rowlands Castle on 14th April 1984.
Write up by Jeff Lander and Photos by Colin Bloomfield
Combined and posted by Edwin from Lanzarote
Monday, 16 March 2009
Sunday March 15th Ride to The Limeburners Arms, Newbridge
On the first sunny, settled day for a while just Colin and Linda set of from the Cross via Pilley Green, Duncton Hill and Barlavington to Tiffins for elevenses and thence via Kirdford to The Limeburners.
Arun-Adur had also chosen this pub as their lunch destination, so we had more lunchtime company from 7 of them.
After lunch it was T-shirt warmth. Winter layers discarded.
On the return journey, three of Arun-Adur rode with us the West Chiltington route for tea at the Amberley tea room. They then went their own way and we carried on up Houghton Hill and on to Walberton, where Colin departed for his home and I for mine in Chichester.
A pleasant fastish ride of 55 miles round trip from the Cross.
Sunday, 15 March 2009
Lanzarote. Thursday 12 March to Sunday 15 March. Scroll down for local Club Rides.
Ride to Fire Mountain
On Thursday 12 March most of the group were leaving. Richard and Peter midday and Harvey later in the afternoon. Weather today was hazy sun all day with temperatures late in the afternoon reaching 27C. This was a record temperature for Lanzarote for this date in March.
After watching Peter dismantle his bike and pack it in a small suitcase I led Gill and Anne on a ride to Fire Mountain the centre of the area of big eruptions 300 years ago. We took the backroads to Tias and then Conil with Gill and Anne waiting for me at the top of each climb, I may need to get used to this for a little while yet!
We continued on a different backroad from usual from Conil to the main road and then turned off north on a road across Lava fields.
We turned off on another road to the Timanfaya National Park and stopped off to look round the Visitor Centre at the Park Boundary. We treated this as elevenses and I acquired a refreshing ice cream at the shop. Then it was further into the Park across great lava fields and between Volcanoes. We turned off onto an access road and paid the entry fee and the scenery became if anything more remote and desolate.
We got the Park centre and got the bus for the tour of the Volcanoes. No pedestrians or bikes are allowed on the circuit for the very good reason that the road is the width of a bus with steep drops. The trip is amazing with the bus climbing round the volcanoe with views of vast desolate areas and other Volcanoes
After watching some demonstrations of the heat in the area including geysers set off by pouring water down a hole we had a picnic lunch and Gill attracted a few Lizards interested in her crumbs. We then headed on with a stop at a gathering of Camels used to take tourists on sand on the side of the Volcano. We descended across a vast expanse of lava fields to Yaiza and then down and a stop at the Puerto Calero Marina for an early tea. We got back to base just as Harvey was waiting outside for his taxi which soon arrived. 35 miles for the day.
Ride above the Clouds
Today’s ride was to the far North of the Island including climbs to 2000ft. Temperatures today reached 26C. Weather conditions were pretty unique as I will describe later. We had an early start at 08.40. We took the usual backroad to Tias and then another backroad among many spring flowers. At the top the sunny weather we had enjoyed changed to clouds and mist as we started to ride in the clouds. We continued on the main route with a stop for elevenses at a pleasant café in Teguise.
As we continued and rode a little way above Teguise the clouds suddenly all disappeared to be replaced by unbroken clear blue sky with very low clouds lapping against the north side of the ridge we were climbing up but not able to get over it. The weather condition is known as a Temperature Inversion. The usual decrease of temperature with height is reversed with temperatures getting lower with lower height and low misty cloud forming at lower altitude. I have never seen this before in Lanzarote and it is more usual in high mountain ranges. I have seen it only once before 20 years ago when riding up the 11,250ft Pico Veleta.
We gradually continued the climb past some big Wind Turbines and then turned off on a backroad to La Nieves, a church and viewpoint looking down over 2000ft cliffs to Famara on the North coast. Here there was an amazing view as we looked down in bright sunshine on the clouds below covering the North coast and the central Plateau area at 1000ft. Peaks of Volcanoes appeared above the Clouds.
Anne adopted a comfortable niche in the rocks to admire the view.
We continued on a backroad and rejoined the main road by a café where I turned in to look at the view to the south coast which was clear. A couple of British racing cyclists asked for their pictures to be taken with their red noses, Red Nose Day today.
We continued with a descent down multiple hairpins to the old town of Haria at about 1000ft. Then it was multiple ups and downs before we turned off on a backroad to Mirador del Rio, a viewpoint at the far NE tip of the Island. This is a spectacular road with views over cliffs still visible between the clouds lapping against the rocks.
At the Mirador we stopped for lunch with views of the clouds trying to climb over the edge.
67 miles for the day and about 4500ft of climbing. This was far and away the hardest ride I have done since the accident, helped by everybody coming out here giving me motivation to regularly get out on the bike.
On Saturday 14 March Gill and Anne were heading back late in the day. We all had a good rest day after yesterday’s exertions. We had a walk down to the Prom and Anne had a swim. There were clear blue skies and temperatures up to 25C.
On Sunday 15 March there were again clear blue skies all day with temperatures up to 27C. I decided on an easy ride to Costa Teguise along the coast taking the Cyclepath to Arrecife and then through the City on roads close to the coast with little traffic on a Sunday. Everybody was out and the beaches packed on a day which felt like the hot summer days we seem to have missed the last few years in the UK. I stopped for a picnic lunch on the way out and an Ice Cream stop in Costa Teguise. Then a tea stop or more strictly a fresh orange juice stop in a café in Playa Honda.
32 miles for the day
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
Lanzarote. Sat 7 March to Wednesday 11 March. Scroll down for local Club Rides
On Saturday 7 March with winds still strong Richard, Maurice and Steve decided on a short walk along the coast to the village of Playa Quemada. The rest of us, myself, Peter and Harvey took a short ride and met them for elevenses at Puerto Calero Marina. We stopped off on the way back for an Italian Ice Cream on the front. 8 miles for the day.
On Saturday evening Gill and Anne arrived and as Supermarkets had closed I invited them to breakfast with myself and Peter. Their arrival heralded a period of warmer and more settled weather.
Sunday 8 March was light winds sunny and warm at 21C. Breakfast was on our patio. After Gill and Anne sorted their bikes we set off on a short ride along the coast to Costa Teguise. Just after we left the apartments there was a clatter from behind and it turned out Anne’s front chainwheel had been bent by the baggage handlers making it unrideable on the big or middle chainrings. Potential disaster, especially as it was Anne’s brand new Roberts. The bike was rideable on the little ring and we rode a mile to a bike shop which luckily was open on a Sunday and the mechanic was able to bend it back into shape. We regrouped for elevenses at Playa Honda.
We then continued along the Cyclepath to Arrecife which was easy to get through on a Sunday with little traffic. Then on to Costa Teguise and a warm picnic beach stop on the Prom.
Then along the old road alongside the new one and we then turned off on another backroad for another 500ft climb to the inland town of Teguise. We stopped there for tea at a bio café with health foods. Then a descent followed by a 400ft climb to San Bartolome and a sweeping descent down the back lanes we usually come up. 40 miles for the day.
On Monday 9th March it was warm at 21C with scattered clouds. We took a ride to Playa Blanca on the far SW tip of the Island. We first rode on a backroad to Tias.
Then it was via Conil to the top of the plateau and then the smooth lightly trafficked main road along the centre of the Island to a winery bar for elevenses including cakes. Then down to Yaiza and a long gentle downhill on the old road alongside the main road from Arrecife to Playa Blanca. We stopped for a picnic lunch on the Prom in the warm sunshine followed by some ice creams.
The return ride was a different route via Fermes. The climb was gentle at first before getting harder and then vertically up a cliff. Peter, Harvey and I were joined by everybody else in walking at some stage. Gill and Richard rode most but not all of it.
We stopped for tea at a café in Fermes with views down our route back to Playas Blanca. Chocolate cake was very welcome. Then it was a long downhill along a high valley. 40 miles for the day.
On Tuesday 10th March it was sunny all day with temperatures of 22C. Steve and Maurice were flying back today so it was myself, Richard, Harvey, Peter, Gill and Anne on the ride. We took a ride to the other side of the Island at La Santa and back. We took a different route out with a lane up to La Asomada. This involved a very steep section with Peter Harvey and I walking.
We stopped at a small supermarket in the village for elevenses supplies eaten in the shade outside. We continued along a road across a lava field spread out to the horizon and stopped for Photos of a volcano with its top blown off. We stopped for a picnic lunch in a park in the town of Tinajo just before the descent to the north coast.
At Caleta just before Famara we took shelter and regrouped in a handy sturdy bus shelter. Then it was on to Famara where the wind blew gusts of sand from the beach across the road. Beyond the beach the road started to climb back up to the plateau but a change of direction provided a handy tailwind. We took a direct route back via San Bartolome and Tias and then a steep descent on the smooth main road back to town. With a steep straight road and a tail wind I got up to my second fastest speed ever, 49.5 mph. 40 miles for the day again.
On Wednesday 11 March it was clear and sunny all day with lighter winds and a ramp up of temperatures to 25C. Everybody took a rest day except Richard and Gill who took a short 26 mile ride up to the plateau, along some lanes and down to the coast to Playa Honda to return on the Cyclepath.
Thursday, 5 March 2009
Lanzarote.Tues 3rd March to Friday 6th March. Scroll down for local Club Rides
Lanzarote. Tuesday 3rd March to Friday 6th March. Scroll down for local Club Rides.
On Tuesday 3rd March we had another ride across Lava flows but in a different part of the Island. Weather was generally good and mainly sunny with temperatures of 20C. We caught the edge of one shower coming back, mainly spots.
We cycled up the back lane to Tias and then another lane to Conil. Then it was on to the main road along the centre of the Island which was quiet and very smooth surface and mainly downhill. We stopped at a winery for elevenses at a bar. At one stage 8 coaches were parked outside but the wine tasting absorbed the numbers. We continued down to the small towns of Uga and Yaiza and then on a lane with the road passing across lava flows which had split to pass either side of a hill. Then down to El Golfo, a small town on the coast with many cafes to serve tourists come to view the Volcanic Crater on the coast which had been half eroded by the sea.
We continued to ride round to a viewpoint and path on the other side of the Crater and looked at the striated rock and green mineral pool. Then it was along the spectacular coast road built across the lava flow at it hit the sea. The result was a rocky indented coast with waves crashing into the lava. We stopped at a viewing area, Los Herbivoros where waves had eroded under the lava flow.
We continued and rejoined the road further south on the route to Playa Blanca and headed north back to Yaiza and direct back to base on the coastal main road. 38 miles for the day.
On Wednesday 4th March we did a long ride to the north of the Island to visit the Jameos de Agua caves built from a lava tunnel. Maurice Allen and Steve Underdown of Arun Adur Section had arrived the previous day. We split into 2 groups with Richard leading the harder riders, Maurice, Steve and Harvey up the hill and then on the LZ1 coast road north while I led the easier riders Peter and Bruce on the coastal cycle path to Arrecife and then on to Costa Teguise before a 500ft climb to the LZ1.
We soon found that a strong NE wind slowed our progress. In my group we rode the cycle route to Arrecife and through the City near the coast and stopped on the other side briefly for pictures near the Power Station and Desalination Plant.
We joined another cycle route on the prom at Costa Teguise and stopped at a restaurant for a late elevenses with views over the sea. There was a deal for a hot drink and cake. Bruce was obviously feeling the effort of riding against the wind as he doubled up with 2 cakes and 2 drinks. After climbing up to the LZ1 we joined the main road with a good smooth surface and not too much traffic. The long downhill to the coast should have been easy but the strong NE wind meant we were often pedalling hard to go downhill. With everybody struggling we eventually got to the halfway point of the ride at the caves at 3.00pm. We had a much anticipated picnic lunch and then walked round the caves. These are very large and formed from part of a lava tube. The first part is a café overlooking steps down to a small lake. This has many tiny white crabs unique to this area.
The next part is a climb to an open area landscaped with a beautiful swimming pool.
Next we headed on back with the great advantage finally of a strong tailwind at our backs. We took the same route back but had to miss a tea stop. The outward ride took 5 and 3 quarter hours. The return ride took 3 hours 20 minutes. We arrived back at the Apartments just after sunset at 7 pm to a cheer from Richard and Maurice. We learned that the harder riding group did not quite have the same endurance as they cut their ride short at 1.30 when about 13 kilometres short of the caves. 58 miles for the day.
On Thursday 5th March we had a rest day.
On Friday 6th March had an even stronger wind with gusts up to 68 kilometres an hour. Maurice and Steve decided on a short ride along the coast assuming correctly that the wind would be stronger in the hills. I led everybody else on a short ride into the hills and then back down to the coastal cyclepath. We took back roads to avoid risks with traffic in the wind. Although Lanzarote is often windy the strength of the wind today was exceptional and bordering on the unrideable. With a head wind over the hill to the plateau it took 2 and half hours to get over the ridge, an hour longer than usual. Instead of the main road we then took a back road to San Bartolome. Part of this was almost a rough road. It seemed to be the base of a road with no tarmac laid on it. Richard enjoyed it on his mountain bike.
We stopped for very late elevenses, 1.00pm at a café in San Bartolome. Then it was a long fast descent to the coast at Playa Honda. There was a side wind blowing us towards the side of the road and at one point we were riding down while leaning into the wind at about 15 degrees angle. On the more sheltered coastal cyclepath we stopped for a picnic lunch. After another 2 miles we stopped for tea in a café and Richard had a coffee topped with ice cream.
After a few more miles we stopped for an Italian Ice Cream on the Prom back in town. 21 miles for the day.
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
Lanzarote. Thursday 26 February to Monday 2nd March. Scroll down for local Club Rides
The first three weeks of February were exceptionally good weather even for Lanzarote with clear skies, no rain and temperatures up to 21 C. Thursday 26th of February was no exception with clear blue skies and feeling very warm in the strong sun. Then at about 3 p.m. about at the time that the plane touched down from the UK carrying, Peter Wilson, Richard Boulton and Bruce McNeil, the clouds rolled in heralding a period of more cloudy and unsettled weather. Harvey Probert arrived a few hours earlier. Unsettled weather in Lanzarote usually involves sunny spells with scattered showers very often in the form of very light rain.
The first ride on Friday was a sort flat ride along the coast Cyclepath to Arrecife and back of 18 miles return. We had a late start after everybody had unpacked their bikes. We stopped at a good bike shop in Arrecife for some people to buy bits and others to look round the shiny but expensive gear. Weather was hazy cloud but dry.
Saturday was a 32 mile ride through Lava Fields and beside volcanoes. Weather was dry with a lot of sun and up to 18C for most of the day. In the late afternoon we got a few spots on the edge of a heavy shower but managed to avoid it. We rode up the big hill taking a back road to Tias and then another back road to the village of Conil at 1000ft. There was a bar there which appeared closed although there were lights on. We settled ourselves at the tables outside and they soon opened up. Being out of the Tourist areas drinks were half the normal price.
We continued across the plateau riding beside the shattered cone of a volcano and lava fields spread out to the horizon in an almost moon like landscape. At a small town we stopped at a handy shaded bus shelter for a picnic lunch. Then it was on across more lava fields into the Timanfaya National Park.
Here we paid an entry fee and rode up to a Visitor Centre. From there it was a bus trip round the spectacular central volcanic area. No pedestrians or bikes are allowed on the circuit for the very good reason that the road is the width of a bus with steep drops.
After watching some demonstrations of the heat in the area including geysers set off by pouring water down a hole we headed on. We descended across a vast expanse of lava fields to Yaiza and then down and back to base. There was a big festival/carnival this weekend with the procession starting along the seafront at 5.30. We did a fast turnaround to get changed and down there in time. We didn’t have to worry. In the end it took 2 and a half hours for the procession to pass. We stood it for an hour and then went to a nearby restaurant for a meal.
On Sunday we did a ride via Tahiche and Costa Teguise and back through Arrecife and the cyclepath back for a mileage of 33. Weather was clear to start with but then clouding over for the middle of the day with some light rain inland but dry on the coast and temperature up to 18C.. We cycled the usual quiet backroad to Tias
and then a different backroad from Tias between fields and old volcanoes with dried magma visible on their sides. There were many spring flowers at the side of the road. Then it was the central main road with little traffic to San Bartolome and a long downhill to Tahiche and the House of Caesar Manrique a famous architect and Artist whose house built from Lava bubbles left in the Magma flow had been converted to a museum. We had a picnic lunch in a shelter in the grounds and then looked round the house.
When we finished some very light rain had started but we soon left this behind as we descended to the coast at Costa Teguise. Then it was through Arrecife with little traffic around on a Sunday and on to the Cyclepath with a tea stop at Playa Honda on the front.
On Monday we had a rest day with a morning only ride to the nearby small town and Marina of Puerto Calero. 8 miles for the day.
Monday, 23 February 2009
Sunday February 21st Ride to The Hamilton Arms, Stedham
On a coolish, dry, windless day Colin led Ann, Avryl, Chris, Gill, Linda & Martin from the Cross via Lavant and the Centurion Way to Cocking for elevenses, then on to Stedham through Bepton & Woolbeding, where Colin got a puncture which he fixed in record time while we all stood back & watched admiringly.
Forewarned of the Turkey Island Hill climb back, we took it steady through Elsted to said Hill, paused for a gasper at the top, then down the Chilgrove road, turned off through the Mardens and Stoughton & returned to Chichester via Funtington & Clay Lane.
We did a good average speed of 11.5mph & the distance for the round trip from the cross was 41 miles, though most people did a sight more, cycling to and from the cross.
Saturday, 14 February 2009
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Saturday Ride - Bognor Library to Runcton, Palm Court Restaurant
Another Saturday ride run in conjunction with WSCC's Walks & Rides programme saw only 4 regulars out, despite a sunny afternoon with no wind; quite a respite from the recent atrocious weather.
Temperature was nudging 6 or 7 degrees as Julian, Christine, Val & myself set out from Bognor Library, through the back streets and alleys of Bognor, to North Bersted and out onto the cyclepath to Colworth and Chichester.
For reasons that my colleagues declined to explain, they decided not to proceed through the 10+ inches of water lying across Colworth Lane, the remnants of recent torrential downpours, so instead we diverted along the cycletrack following the main road to the Merston turning, where we then followed Merston Lane through Merston village, to Runcton and our tea stop, on the Runcton Nursery site.
There we met Alan & Liz, who had arrived car assisted, Alan 's first trip out since his recent operation.
After a suitable break for refreshment, we returned back to Bognor via Lagness and the Park Farm lanes, which were surprisingly dry and much more pleasant a ride than along the main road.
My mileage from, and back to, the library, was a modest 12 and a bit. However from home back to home with a few diversions in between, I covered 18.
Lanzarote. Sunday 8 February to Friday 13 February. Scroll down for local Club Rides.
Over this last week my cycling has much improved with some rides into the hills. Last Sunday I got in my longest ride to date taking the cyclepath route to Arrecife and then through the City keeping close to the coast and on to the next Resort of Costa Teguise and another cyclepath along the Prom. The first of 2 beaches there is a beautiful small sandy bay where I stopped on the Prom for a picnic lunch. 31 miles for the day.
Costa Teguise Beach
Weather last Sunday and the rest of this week has been clear skies and temperatures 19 – 21 C.
I followed a pattern of one day of cycling alternating with a rest day with reading the paper while sunbathing on the Apartment patio and a walk along the prom and stop in a café.
Puerto Del Carmen Cafe
Tuesday I tried a short ride into the hills taking the backroad up to Tias at 700ft. Then though the town, down a little and then a long climb on the main route to a pass.
Road to the Pass
I used a technique of putting as much pressure as possible through the good leg on the steeper bits which seemed to work well. From the pass it was a nice 5 mile descent to the coast at Playa Honda and back on the cyclepath. 15 miles for the day.
On Thursday I did a little longer ride into the hills. On the way out to the back roads I stopped to take a picture of a little trench workmen were digging in the road. See picture below. Really puts UK efforts at digging up roads to shame.
Hole in the Road
Then it was the usual quiet backroad to Tias and from there a different route on a lane up to Conil at 1100ft. On the way there I passed a field filled with spring flowers.
Beside road to Conil
Beyond the village I was on the high volcanic plateau in the centre of the Island which goes by old volcanic hills. I stopped for a picnic lunch on some benches outside a small church. Then along the smooth relatively quiet main road going along the plateau and turning off at San Bartolome followed by a 6 mile descent to Playa Honda. Then a return along the seafront cyclepath. 21 miles for the day.
Sunday, 8 February 2009
Sunday February 8th Ride to Wiston Tea Rooms, Nr. Steyning Leader: Harvey Probert
Three of us, Gill, Avryl and Harvey, met at Walberton Pond on a frosty and cold morning. Ann arranged to meet us on the other side of the icy downs. We cycled via Amberly to Wiggonholt. There was snow on the downs and a few rather dubious patches of ice on the roads. Ann was awaiting us at the RSPB centre where we joined her for coffee.
The four of us continued on our way through West Chiltington, Thakeham, and Ashington. We passed a field full of llamas which all had their heads turned towards us as we passed. Who looked the silliest?
Onwards to Wiston to the welcome Tea Room where we were glad to be in the warm. The snow coverage had been increasing as we moved eastwards. This was the remnants of the complete 'white-out' of the whole of the country the previous Monday. Fortunately the roads were clear but the verges were still covered. We were kept entertained while we had lunch by the antics of geese large and small hens, two pigs, a pregnant goat, shetland pony and rider, a turkey which appeared to be displaying to anything in, or not in, sight, a strutting hen doing a goose march, and a man trying to keep a bonfire going by jumping on top of it.
We headed back in sunshine and blue skies with diminishing snow coverage. The expert navigation by Harvey took us under the A24 at Washington and thence to Sullington, Storrington and Parham. In the Park we stopped and watched a group of deer. The next stop was for tea at the lovely little tea room at Amberley where we were made very welcome and all treated ourselves to some cake.
It started to rain and the sky looked very threatening and so we climbed on our bikes again and returned homewards.
43 miles for the day.
Reported by Avryl
Sunday, 1 February 2009
Sunday, 1st February 2009,. Ride to Cocking
A bitterly cold strong north-east wind deterred all but four stalwarts. Gill, Anne, Richard and Avryl. We left Chichester via Clay Lane and cycled to West Ashling , Funtington, Walderton, West Marden and Compton where Richard sensibly left us to battle on against the wind. (We do miss Compton's Post Ofice with it's hot chocolate and coffee).
After a brief relief stop at South Harting where we had a flutter of snow, which had been forecast to arrive by the evening with heavy falls to all parts of the country, we turned East and followed the valley below the Downs. We missed the turning to Bepton and found ourselves going in to Midhurst and then hence to our lunch venue at The Greyhound 2miles south. We found Dave Galle and Dave Fox tucking into a warming lunch and joined them at their table.
With the wind partly behind us we headed for Cocking and thence to West Dean Visitor Centre for tea. It started to snow and looked well settled in to fulfil the forecast and so we headed for home with heads down.
Leader Avryl Bavister
Saturday, 31 January 2009
Lanzarote. Saturday 31 January. Cyclepaths. Scroll down for local Club Rides
Weather today was sunny with some scattered clouds and about 18c
A week ago as part of a gradual increase in the climbing I was doing I rode up to 600ft. However the next day it was clearly too early with the hip very stiff and a little painful so it was clearly too early for the hills. In December my Physio said nothing strenuous like hills for 6 months. Obviously I ignored that and still intend to but I need to get more miles in on the flat first.
There is only one route out of here which is flat and that is NW along the coast on Cyclepaths to Arrecife. This is 8 miles so 16 miles return. After some resting early in the week with some walks and sunbathing I did this route on Wednesday and today.
There are a good variety of cyclepath styles on this route. In the middle of town there is a new cyclepath built while I have been here along a widened prom and coloured red. The locals are starting to use it which tends to sweep it clear of the wandering Tourists.
Further out of town there is a really neat one built in the last year. This is on a wide road which has been narrowed to accommodate it. None of this painting silly lines on the road though. Instead it is well separated from the traffic with plastic bollards making it impossible for traffic to pass too close and no way can any motorist park on the cyclepath.
This takes the route to Matagorda which is another resort merging into Puerto del Carmen. Here the route is back onto a wide Prom with the cyclepath coloured grey going down the middle.
The prom continues somewhat narrower past the Airport with the cyclepath separated from the pedestrians by a white line. Then on to the locals town of Playa Honda where the Prom is very wide again but no marked cyclepath although everybody cycles along it. This is a beautiful area with wide sandy beaches and cafes on the Prom and no traffic anywhere near. A series of dead end roads come down to it.
Beyond Playa Honda there is a relatively new cyclepath along the Prom built in 2003. This is a red bricked lane in the middle of the Prom which continues to Arrecife.
Mainly the number of cyclists using the paths kept them cleared of Pedestrians. However it was noticeable that even when the path was clear and coloured differently occasionally I would come across Tourists wandering along the path and whenever I heard them talking they were always British, never German and never Spanish. Interesting but not really surprising.
Monday, 19 January 2009
Sunday 18 January 2009. Ride to the Stag Inn, Balls Cross
On a nice sunny and cool day Linda led Anne and Gill from the Cross via Pilley Green, Cocking, Bepton for elevenses at Midhurst's Ye Olde Tea Shoppe. We continued after via West Lavington and Selham to join the A272, and turned off north before Tillington. This lane runs roughly parallel with the A283 from Petworth towards Godalming. Acres of vines have been planted on the sunny south-facing slopes along the A272 and also up this lane. We joined the A283 just south of Northchapel, rode south on it for a while then turned off to Ebernoe and the pub.
No food here owing to a large private party, so we pressed on to Petworth and stopped for lunch at The Stonemasons Inn, just before you get into Petworth. It was good. Nice food, reasonable price, big portions.
After lunch we came back through Petworth, Byford, Barlavington, Duncton Hill. Anne and Gill tuned off at Upwaltham for East & West Dean while Linda carried on up the hill and turned off for Chichester at Benges.
It had rained a lot in the previous 24 hours and the lanes were wet, puddled and muddy. So lots of bike cleaning once we were home.
Linda's ride was 52 miles.
Sunday, 18 January 2009
Lanzarote. Sunday 18th January. Puerto del Carmen to Arrecife.Scroll down for local Club Rides
Over the last week I have gradually increased activity levels with walks and short bike rides. Wednesday it was 12 miles out and back along the coast and today 18 miles out to the end of the cyclepath at Arrecife and back.
Since I last wrote there has of course been the dreadful news of the death of Phil Turner. Even today a week later I find that I think of him a lot. He was a very good friend who will be badly missed by me and many in the Club and our sympathies go to Mary and the children. See the home page of the Club and DA websites for a notice about the funeral on Friday and the cyclists’ procession which is being arranged to follow the cortege. I am in the process of drafting obituaries for the Pedaller and Cycle Magazine.
Weather today was sunny with scattered clouds and temperatures reaching 20C. There was a strong headwind on the way out and a good boost on the way back.
I still have the same difficulty of getting on the bike. There is no way I can get a leg over the saddle yet. However I can get there by laying the bike down flat, stepping over it while improving balance with the walking stick and then bring it up underneath me and then reversing the system for getting off. The walking stick folds up to fit in the barbag. I am starting to get used to the system which is a lot safer than it sounds
The muscles are gradually increasing in strength and I find I can do gentle slopes but nothing steep yet. Riding a bike on the flat is a great deal easier than walking and with no ill effects. I followed the seafront cycle path out past the Airport and on to Playa Honda. I stopped here at a bench on the seafront for a picnic lunch break and some sunbathing. Then further on to the end of the Cyclepath at Arrecife.
Then it was back on the same route. Although the path is wide with a designated coloured cyclepath in the middle everybody was out, it being Sunday, and care was needed to avoid stray dogs and children. The path passes very close to the Airport with the perimeter fence next to it. At one point the path passes the end of the runway with the baffles for the exhaust of planes taking off next to in. Planes landing come in at the same point passing 100ft over the cyclepath. This makes for a lot of interest and I stopped for a break on a bench to take pictures and got talking to a couple about bikes.
Then it was back on the front to town and an ice cream. The roadworks are now half finished with a one way system for cars to cut down the traffic on the front road and the space saved used for a wider prom and new cyclepath. Previously the cyclepath started on the northern edge of Puerto Del Carmen, now it will go all the way in, very sensible.
18 miles for the day.
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