Mileage - 38 miles Written by Avryl who led the ride.
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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.
Posted by RideLeader at 00:01 BST
Updated: Monday, 11 July 2011 13:35 BST
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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
Posted by RideLeader at 21:21 BST
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
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Updated: Friday, 17 June 2011 00:16 BST
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.
Posted by RideLeader at 19:24 BST
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.
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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.
Posted by RideLeader at 19:08 BST
Updated: Sunday, 5 June 2011 19:11 BST
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.
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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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Sunday, 22 May 2011
Sunday 22 May. Ride to West Meon
Yesterday it was particularly good weather, sunny and warm. In the afternoon I went to Pagham Harbour and took pictures with my SLR including the one below, an HDR combination of 3 pictures.
The weather today was not as good with a chilly and strong SW wind and some showers around. We dodged most of them though, only encountering 2 which lasted only a few minutes.
I was the leader and I was joined at Chichester Cross by Colin and Mandy.
We took a route out via Clay Lane, West Ashling and Funtington. Then it was up the valley road via West Marden to stop for an early elevenses at Compton Shop Tea Rooms. Mandy had to get back early so she turned round from Compton.
Colin and I continued across to Idsworth and then the steep climb (15% on my bike computer) to Chalton. Then it was over the A3 and up to Butser Hill. After a sharp descent to East Meon we continued on the valley road to West Meon.
We had been due to go to the cafe at the back of the Village shop. However I had found out from the Internet that this was now closed on Sundays. Instead we went to the Church and found a good seat in the Church grounds for sandwiches. Then it was on north to West Meon Hut to stop at Loomies Cafe for a drink. This was inundated with Motorbikes, the Whiteways of the West. The picture below is one taken by Colin of one of the interior displays.
In the afternoon it was a convoluted route on lanes we seldom visit via Privett, Froxfield Green and Langrish. Then onto a more familiar lane to Buriton and a sharp climb up the hill. Thanks to Colin for his picture of me recovering at the top.
Then it was on via Finchdean to stop for tea at Rowlands Castle. The return to Chichester was on the usual route via Westbourne.
Mileage from and back to Chichester was 55. My mileage was 67.
Posted by RideLeader at 19:47 BST
Sunday, 15 May 2011
Sunday 15 May. Ride to Graffham
Sorry no pictures today as my Camera failed to work.
Before dealing with today’s ride I did take some pictures on Tuesday using my SLR of the Cycle Racing on the Goodwood motor race circuit. The picture below has had a few edits. The exposure was changed. It was cropped to bring the riders in closer. A white shed behind the riders was removed and other parts of the background copied over it. The zoom effect was not done with the Camera but using the Photoshop zoom blur filter moved to centre on the face of the lead rider. Anybody want a dead Bin Laden picture?
Avryl was the leader and she was joined at Chichester Cross by myself, Gill, Harvey, Chris, Roger and Andrew. Colin and Alan and Liz met us for lunch so 10 out during the day.
The weather was sunny to start with later clouding over and with a chill NW wind. Temperatures were about 16C.
Avryl took us on lanes to Waterbeach where Roger left us for a longer ride. We continued via Halnaker and Tinpot Lane to stop for elevenses at Aldingbourne.
We then continued riding over the Downs via Eartham. We saw numerous riders coming the other way taking part in the Duncton Sportive.
Then it was on down Duncton Hill and turning off on a quiet lane via Seaford College to The White Horse Graffham for lunch. We met there 3 riders from Arun Adur.
Colin joined us for the return while Chris headed east to get home to Littlehampton. We took lanes via Heyshott and Cocking and then the main road south to West Dean for tea at West Dean Gardens.
Mileage from and back to Chichester was 35. My mileage for the day was 45.
Posted by RideLeader at 17:50 BST
Sunday, 8 May 2011
Sunday 8th May. I-Spy Ride from Billingshurst
There was a lot of rain overnight Saturday into Sunday but this cleared early so it was a dry day with temperatures up to 18C and clouds with sunny spells especially in the afternoon.
There are unfortunately no pictures of today’s ride as my compact camera choose this morning to pack up working.
We all met at Billingshurst Station. There was just myself Colin and Anne from our Section. Another 9 took part from the other Sections. We split into 4 groups. The 3 of us from Bognor Chichester and John Maxim formed one group.
Bob the organiser handed out the route sheets with clues. Most of these related to signs and house or farm names available to spot on the route.
The morning’s route took us via Wisborough Green and Plaistow and then on some lanes I have not used for a while via Gospels Green. Then it was on via Lurgashall to lunch at The Half Moon, Northchapel. Bob checked the morning’s clues and found all 4 groups had the correct answers to all clues.
The afternoon’s route took us on lanes to Kirdford and Wisborough Green to the finish and tea at Fishers Farm. On a lane on the way to Kirdford there was what turned out to be a crucial clue. This was “a place with a helicopter in the news” This turned out to be a little weather vane NSEW with a little helicopter on it. We got all of the answers right and our nearest competitors Arun Adur missed only the helicopter clue. Bob forgot to buy the usual prize but we forgave him and thanked him for all the organising,
I took a train to the start but decided to ride home with John, Colin and Anne. We returned via Adversane, West Chiltington and Houghton.
The I-Spy route was 26 miles. My total mileage for the day was 65.
Posted by RideLeader at 20:33 BST
Thursday, 5 May 2011
Evening Ride - The Gribble Oving
Six of us met at the Arun Leisure Centre - Steve, Carol, Julian, Janet, myself, and Ray from Arun-Adur group. Harvey and Edwin met us at the pub, meaning 8 out in total.
Once again it was very pleasant cycling weather, bright and sunny, with only a light breeze.
We made our way around the back of Bognor to North Bersted where we joined Shripney Lane. Then it was northwards via Lidsey and Woodgate to Hook Lane at Aldingbourne, and finally skirting Tangmere Airfield around the back of Oving to the Gribble.
The return route was via lanes to Colworth then joining the Chichester-Bognor cyclepath to North Bersted. Lastly we arrived back at Felpham via Highfield Bridge.
After a very convivial evenings cycling, I had done 17.6 miles on arriving home.
A circuit from and back to the ALC would have been about 16.
Posted by RideLeader at 00:01 BST
Updated: Saturday, 7 May 2011 22:05 BST
Sunday, 1 May 2011
Sunday 1st May. Ride to The Victoria West Marden
Before getting into details of today’s ride first my latest HDR picture. This was taken at Marine Park Gardens in Bognor Regis on Saturday. It is a combination of 3 exposures and then enhanced in Photoshop including the blur of the background.
Today’s ride was led by Avryl and she was joined at Chichester Cross by myself (Edwin) Sam, Jo, Arthur, Lynn, Harvey and newcomer Andrew. Chris Dart joined us for about a mile and then had to head back due to gear problems. We met Gill at the Pub so 10 members out on the day.
Today the weather was sometimes overcast but often hazy sunshine with temperatures up to 18C and a strong NE wind.
Avryl led us west out of Chichester on Clay Lane via Woodmancote and Westbourne and on to Stansted for elevenses. Here we met members of local Time Trial racing Club Bognor Regis Cycling Club.
After a refreshing break we headed up the gentle but long climb though the woods to Forestside.
Then after a ride along the top it was a sharp downhill to West Marden and lunch at The Victoria Inn. Here we met up with members of Arun Adur led by Richard Boulton.
For the return ride we were joined by Arun Adur member Ray who was stopping at Bognor on the way home. We had a gentle downhill along the valley road and then on to Funtington. On the way towards West Stoke we diverted on to a bridleway along an unmade road through some Bluebell Woods. Then it was more back lanes to stop for tea at Fishbourne Roman Palace.
Mileage from and back to Chichester was 26. My mileage was 39.
Posted by RideLeader at 18:26 BST
Thursday, 28 April 2011
Wednesday 27 April. Recycling Centre Ride
Wednesdays Ride was very unusual with a Ride to the Viridor Recycling Centre at Ford for a guided tour which we had booked months before. This is available for groups of a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 14.
The weather was dry and sunny but a lot cooler than of late with a chilly NE wind.
We met for elevenses at the home of Alan and Liz on their sheltered and sunny patio. One of the household residents spent some time in the flowerbeds.
The cyclists were myself, Alan, Liz and Julian. Eric, Mike, Richard and Elizabeth joined us by car.
Alan led us via backstreets to the Felpham Barnham cyclepath across the fields. Then it was on via Yapton for lunch at The Oyster Catcher.
Then it was on to Ford where our visit was due to start for 2.00. This started with a very interesting presentation with a screen by our guide the Education Officer, Jennifer Hake. These included details of how the recycling process and machinery works and why some items can be recycled and some cannot.
We then got kitted out to go on the viewing platform above the machinery. This included safety jackets, Helmets with ear mufflers and walkie talkies to hear further explanations. The picture below is of our motley crew getting ready in the classroom.
Then it was out on to the viewing platform. The picture below shows an overview with some of the machinery and conveyor belts in the foreground. In the distance against the far wall a lorry can be seen with its sides partly open and packed with bales of paper ready to be sent out. This picture had my special treatment. It is called a false HDR. Just one RAW image file opened in Photoshop and 3 pictures created from it at different exposures and then those pictures combined for a wider range of detail.
The picture below shows the viewing Platform. The group with their faces visible from left to right are Mike, Elizabeth, Eric and Richard.
The picture below is of a conveyor belt taking our rubbish to be processed.
The picture below is of a cut-out in the metal of the side of the viewing platform with light shining through on to the floor.
For more about recycling and the Ford Education Centre see http://www.recycleforwestsussex.org/ford_materials_recycling_facility/education_centre
Posted by RideLeader at 12:04 BST
Sunday, 24 April 2011
Sunday 24 April. Ride to Midhurst
Before starting on today’s ride first a word about the week’s rides and HDR enhanced pictures.
All week has been beautiful sunny summer like weather and I made the most of it in rides and picture taking. On Tuesday I did a ride to Racton Tower near Funtington. The picture below was originally in color but I converted it to Black and White to get a darker mood in line with its reputation as a haunted building. The picture was taken with blue skies in the middle of the day. The HDR combination of 3 pictures enhances the sky.
The Wednesday ride was longer than usual to Highdown on the Downs above Ferring for a Carvery at £5.25. Alan took us on a route including a bridleway to Patching which goes through Angmering Park Woods which has an extensive carpet of Bluebells. I went back there on Friday with SLR and Tripod and a Picnic Lunch in the panniers for a Photo Session. The pictures below are HDR combinations of 3 exposures. The week’s mileage ending Saturday was 203.
Today my route to the start included a ride alongside the Chichester Canal where I spotted this Duck and her family.
We took a route via the climb up Pillygreen and then along the top of the Downs. Then it was the main road to Duncton Hill and then quiet back roads via Barlavington. I got a quick picture on a hill before we dropped down to Shopham Bridge.
Then it was on to Petworth for elevenses at Tiffin’s and some welcome toasted teacakes. We continued with a short stretch of main road before turning on to lanes a Tillington. Then it was a very quiet backroad to River with views across to the Downs. From River village it was down to the river and the inevitable climb back up.
Then it was on to Lodsworth and down on back roads to South Ambersham and more backroads to Midhurst and lunch at Ye Olde Tea Pot Cafe in the High Street.
We returned via Bepton and lanes across to Cocking. Then it was the main road to West Dean for Tea on the Patio at West Dean Gardens.
Mileage from and back to Chichester was about 44. My mileage for the day was 57.
Posted by RideLeader at 20:59 BST
Thursday, 21 April 2011
Evening Ride - The Tour of Bognor
Every year I get a request to start the summer programme of evening rides off with a Tour of Bognor. The tour is designed to be a short run through the back streets of Bognor covering some territory cycle rides don't normally do, and preferably finding somewhere that even Bognor people haven't been before.
Six of us met at the start point (ALC) - Julian, Val, Carol, Havey, John and myself.
It had been a beautiful April day, temperatures touching 24 degrees and no wind to speak of. The evening continued in similar vein - excellent cycling conditions.
As might be expected, we did a fairly circuitous route down to Elmer, through the University grounds and central Bognor, Aldwick, Bersted, Felpham, Flansham, Middleton, Ancton and Elmer, using some back alleys, side roads, and even some off roading at the Glenwood. A nice little run of about an hour and as dusk fell we arrived at the Elmer pub, where Steve joined us later.
We returned back to the ALC direct via Middleton Road; a short return ride and a round trip mileage of a modest 10.5. Hopefully the weather bodes well for the rest of the summer season!
Posted by RideLeader at 00:01 BST
Updated: Saturday, 23 April 2011 00:15 BST
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