We held the last DA Event of the year on Sunday 4 September, The Churches Ride organised by our group. Very good turnout with 20 in all taking part, 3 from Arun Adur, 9 Bognor Chichester and 8 Horsham Crawley. This concludes the years DA Events. The group with the most points in all the DA Events was Horsham Crawley on 360, Arun Adur was 2nd on 220 and Bognor Chichester 3rd on 180.
Best Individual is a tie between Bob Moore and Richard Boulton both on the maximum of 45. The winner will be decided later using the tie break of attendance on summer Sunday Rides. Best Lady was Ros Furley on 40 from Horsham Crawley.
So far as Sundays Event is concerned all groups answered all questions correctly and on the Tie Break the 3 main groups all answered just one of the 3 tie break questions correctly so we will call it 3 winners.
Following is a picture by me of the start followed by a sequence of some of the pictures taken by Anne Marshall of Bognor Chichester Group on the route.
The weather for the ride was very good, warm and not too hot, cloudy in the morning and sunny in the afternoon. It was dry all day. This was in contrast to the weather forecast given 7 day days before when it was due to be heavy rain.
The overnight rain had cleared by morning and it was just cloudy all day. On the short ride Arthur was the leader and he was joined by Lynn, Harvey, myself (Edwin) Jason, Rosemary and Graham.
We headed out via West Street with a short walk for a Street Party preparations just after the roundabout. Then onto Clay Lane and down to Bosham for a stop for the first time for me at the fairly new Café of The Crate at the back of the Co-Op.
Then on to Hambrook and a lane across to Westbourne and into Havant. Here I left the group and they continued to Hayling Island and lunch at Northney Farm Tearooms
6 out for the ride on a chilly north wind day tempered by the welcome sun. I returned after an absence to lead this ride to Petworth. I was joined by Adam, Bob Mark Paul & Sam. Sam signs on as GOG , his own acronym ‘Grumpy old Git’ and with a dodgy back, who can blame him.
We were passed by a young group of racers before we left the outskirts of Chichester but thanks to road works and traffic lights we overtook them as the lights changed in our favour. They passed us again without a nod and Paul rode their wheel for a bit. On the hills Sam and I used our electric assistance to keep up . I was frugal with my assistance as I had only one battery compared to Sam’s three. Also it is good to exercise the lungs . Sam does that by having a smoke at every stop.
Our route took us through Sutton , Coates, Fittleworth
Then it was up and down the Little Bognor loop and it was a joy to ride the Sussex Lanes again. The A272 was extremely busy not helped by the leader turning the wrong way but Petworth was reached where we meet Chris the bell after his cathedral bell ringing stint.
Our return took us down on a back lane loop through and over Rotherbridge.
The old road to Petworth used to go this way before it was diverted when the park was created around the 1750’s.
On through Graffham , Heyshot and up Cocking hill for our last coffee at the Flint Barn on the South Downs Way then home via Centurian Way . 43 miles and a day well ridden.
It could be said the I-Spy Ride went quite well at least in terms of numbers attending. The only problem was that a lot of people had been wishing for rain for their gardens for months. Did it all have to come in one go on Sunday daytime though. There was a lot more rain than forecast.
I went there train assisted to Pulborough. Bob, Sam, Maureen and Max rode there starting 8.00 Chichester Cross. There were for 4 from Arun Adur and 9 from Horsham Crawley.
It was just about dry when we met at Pulborough Station but started raining as the Event started and kept raining for the rest of the Ride. With no Bognor Chichester at the Start time I joined the Arun Adur team Richard Boulton, Dave Fox, Paul Price and Mick McCormack. Bognor Chichester had a late start of the Event. The Event route organised by Bob Moore of Horsham/Crawley took us via Fittleworth, Sutton and Bury to Houghton where the Groups met up for lunch at Houghton Bridge Tea Rooms. The rest of the route took in Amberley to finish at The Five Bells, West Chiltington.
It was a beautiful sunny day for the event though a little chilly at a maximum of 12C. Edwin was the leader who was joined by Adam Bell, Rebecca Olds, Maureen, Harvey, Jeff and Bob. We were joined at the Hall by David and Michelle and Arthur and Lynn all by bike plus Graeme making 12 out for the day.
The start at 9.30 coincided with a Palm Sunday Event with priests and 2 Donkeys.
The route was fairly straightforward being up Centurion Way and then on to the Hall next to Lavant Village Green. We had moved to a larger Hall due to Covid. This one was Covid Secure with Seats well apart and windows opened plus many hand wash stations. Graeme helped a lot by opening up and setting up in advance
Arthur chaired the meeting. We made our own ways back after the meeting.
There were 2 Rides today, a long Ride to Wickham with 6 out and this short ride to Aldingbourne also with 6 out. Arthur was the leader and he was joined at Chichester Cross by Lynn, Edwin, Harvey, Jason and Rosemary. The day was mainly sunny though with a cold easterly wind.
The first picture was of the group at the start taken by Edwin
The second picture was taken by Arthur
The group set out via West Street and then via The Centurion Way to Lavant. Then it was along the Goodwood Straight past the airfield and motor track. Work was being finished ready for the 79th Members’ Meeting which will be held on 9-10 April.
We took Park Lane east towards Halnaker and then down to Boxgrove. This used to have a very good sit down Café where we aimed for elevenses. Unfortunately they are now takaway only. We instead headed up the road to the Anglesey Arms, Halnaker but it turned out they were not an early opening Pub and were shut to 12.00
Instead we opted to give up on elevenses and continue direct to Aldingbourne. We headed up the A285 for a short hill before turning off on the much quieter Thickett Lane and then down Blackmill Lane past Mount Noddy straight to Aldingbourne Country Centre Café.
There were not too many kids around so it was quite peaceful for us to enjoy our early lunch. After we headed for the tunnel under the A27 at Fontwell where we split up making our own ways home. Mileage from and back to Chichester was about 25.
Six of us gathered at the Cross on Sunday 13th March for a ride to Rudgwick; myself (Bob) leading, Sam, Paul, Maureen, Adam and Max. I’d changed the time to 8.30 as it is a long ride and I needed to get back for something. But there was no problem over this, as we are a very mature group of responsible adults, so at 8.30 I said “shall we go?”, and immediately found Max hadn’t turned up, (though admittedly he was riding from Midhurst), Sam had a cold and had forgotten his hanky, so I rummaged around for some tissues for him and Adam started to play with his mudguards, thus setting them a bad example as they obviously didn’t want to go to Rudgwick and tried to go in a different direction. So we set off a bit late, and stopped every now and then for Adam to tell his mudguards off, which resulted in them sulking and sucking their thumbs for a while, before playing up again as soon as he stopped looking at them.
We nevertheless negotiated the new crossing system at the Oving Road A27 junction, which takes longer than it used to so Adam’s mudguards took advantage of the slight delay to start throwing things at each other, thus lengthening the delay. But onward we surged, not even pausing at Walberton and as it was still early on a Sunday went up the A29 – traffic wasn’t too bad – before zooming down Houghton Hill to the Riverside cafe for coffee.
Coffee in fact turned into breakfast for some of us, with large numbers of eggs and bits of bacon around, and it all began to seem quite grown up. We went to pay and Paul and I got our bikes ready, wondering where everyone else was and moaning about timekeeping. Eventually, one by one they appeared and slowly the group reformed, bikes at the ready, by which time Paul had vanished. I was just about to suggest a search party, but he also reappeared and I set off quick before anyone else could decide to explore the local scenery, through Amberley, and up towards Nutbourne where Adam’s mudguards started giggling and causing upset. Adam quelled them in a trice however, and we continued through West Chiltington, not stopping at a VR postbox on the way and so on to Billingshurst. We put up with the disgusting A29 again for the short distance it is unavoidable, turned off at Okehurst Lane and followed a route I really love, up Okehurst Road, past delightful countryside, through Bignor Wood and so up to Rudgwick and through Bucks Green.
“Are we nearly theeeerre yet?” Sam started to chant from the back as we turned left up Lynwick Street, followed by “How much fuurtheerr?”. I was just regretting not bringing a jigsaw puzzle, or maybe a cosh to keep Sam occupied, but we shortly went over the old railway line to arrive at our lunch stop at the Milk Churn. There, however, the staff had obviously known we were coming and were fully prepared as they provided for each of us a little gadget with flashing lights and buzzers to keep us amused and stop us causing any trouble. This intended distraction didn’t work instantly, as Paul and I started to try and throw the tables about, but there as well the Milk Churn were braced, and had screwed the tables down to prevent us vandalising. So we gave up and played with the buzzy flashy things and quietened down, our good behaviour only slightly disturbed by Sam saying “eww what’s that?” when he saw my avocado smash avec pancetta, clearly jealous. Paul, meanwhile, did his now habitual vanishing act when the pic was taken:
“Has everyone been to the toilet?” I asked anxiously as our meal came to an end, though my efforts to keep control were nearly foiled by Adam’s mudguards, which were resentful having been left out of the games with buzzy flashy things and tried to cause disruption. However Adam was in full disciplinary control of the Recalcitrant Mudguards by now, so we had only the briefest hesitation before shooting back down through Buck’s Green, to stop at a very interesting Edward VII post box a little way down the Loxwood Road.
Strengthened by this Morally Fortifying Find we continued through Loxwood, turned left to go through Ifold and then right past the golf course to Kirdford, where the tea hut stayed open just long enough to provide victuals.
Over tea, excited by our newly adopted Mature Attitude to Life, we formed a committee to consider some Unresolved Questions of Life and the Universe, with special attention to Cycle Helmets and Nutrition. We were, I think, definitely in favour of the latter, though some misguided comments were made about my Sensible Decision to cool myself down with an ice lolly (the wrapper of which proclaimed it to be “100% real”, which raised intriguing thoughts about the Ontological Authenticity of their other produce), and to fortify myself to an even greater degree than that achieved by an Edward VII post box by stuffing my face with a Chocolate Concoction. This disagreement preceded a shift in our Philosophical Discourse as we moved on the the helmet issue. There too, however, we were unable to arrive at a clear cut judgement. Aided by Adam’s impressive knowledge on the subject we could only concede that the complexities of the matter could not be reduced to a simplistic statement without doing violence to the subtle nuances inherent in the topic, in contrast, I felt, to the quite different issue of ice lollies and Chocolate Concoctions which are undoubtedly a Good Thing.
Our responsible commitment to the Pursuit of Truth was further demonstrated by the conduct of some Serious Science, in an experiment to discover the best method of taking a group pic, firstly by pointing the camera and pressing:
Then by asking people to “say sausages” while said pic was taken:
I think the second pic shows definite advantages, with slightly more evident smiles, a slightly odd look from Adam but with Sam looking equally grumpy in both.
Following the usual route back from Kirdford I was pleased to inject a Thrilling Delight into the company by pointing out another Edward VII post box at Byworth, following which we sped (or, of course, pottered in my case) to Barlavington where Max left us, but the rest staggered up Duncton Hill. Thereafter Maureen and Adam peeled off as we turned down the Lavant Valley, then Paul and Sam did the same at Lavant. I had done 67 miles from home when I got back, pleased to have aided in furthering the Body of Knowledge in matters of Thorny Controversy.
There were 2 Rides today a long Ride to West Meon with 4 out and this ride to Stansted with 5 out
On the Ride today were Harvey the leader, Maureen, Edwin and David and Michelle Sinclair. It was dry all day but it felt very cold with a strong NE wind. It was cloudy in the morning with gradually more sun in the afternoon. David was out with a new Electric Bike making Harvey the odd one out being the only one on the ride without an Electric Bike
Harvey led us up the Centurion Way coming off at Hunters Race and then back roads to West Stoke and past Kingley Vale Car Park and quiet back roads to Funtington. Then a stretch of main road before turning off on a lane to the Woodmancote Pub for elevenses. We enjoyed the large portions of cake they are well known for in the cycling community.
Then it was on via Westbourne and a lane to Aldsworth. Then on to lunch at Stansted House, Blossoms Garden Centre Café. After warming up over lunch we headed out and got ready for departure.
We retraced our route to Woodmancote and then got onto the South Coast Cycleroute via West Ashling Lane. Then it was onto Clay Lane back towards Chichester. When we regrouped I took a picture as the sun came out
Eight cyclists, Edwin, Sam, Russell, Maureen, Max, Paul, Adam and Michael met at the Cross in Chichester on Sunday 30th January and cycled out of town under cloudless skies, but with a chill in the clear air, it was only 1.1C at 9.00am.
Michael led the group out along Clay Lane to West Ashling and up Watery Lane to Funtington, where we parted with Edwin; after which we soon arrived at Compton Village Store and indulged in the Battle of the Bacon Sandwiches. The staff at the Village Store had mixed up our order with another group of cyclists, suffice to say that Russell and Paul received their boxed-up bacon sandwiches in record time, much to the amusement of all onlookers.
After the first café stop of the day, and his bacon sandwich, Russell led the group on the gradual climb up the B2146 past Uppark House and Garden, after which we all free wheeled down into South Harting. The route from South Harting ascended along narrow country lanes flanked by high hedgerows all the way through Nyewood and on to Rogate, where we crossed the A272 and climbed up through leafy glades to Milland for our second café stop of the day at the community run store and café. After gorging ourselves on Maureen’s coconut rounds,we turned right out of the car park and headed on through Redford and Iping Marsh and on past the grounds of Woolbeding House and Gardens, before descending into Midhurst.
We stopped for lunch at Garton’s Café in Midhurst, as planned and we were overjoyed to be served by the ever friendly ‘Mrs Doyle’; Sam was in his element J! We sat outside and enjoyed a hearty lunch.
The lunchtime conversation included memories of climbs up Mont Ventoux and the Col du Galibier; how to deal with grumpy French restaurant owners; the geo-political situation on the border of Russia and Ukraine; and all those parties that Boris Johnson held during lockdown!
Following on from lunch, we cycled past the polo pitches on the Cowdray Estate and on through South Ambersham, Selham and Upper Norwood and on to the fourth café stop of the day at Graffham, before cycling on through Heyshott and up and over Cocking Hill, where we competed with a line of impatient car drivers. Following the descent of Cocking Hill, we parted company with Maureen and Adam at Singleton; they were heading off to Felpham and Aldwick via East Dean and Eartham.
We cycled on to West Dean, where we parted company with Paul and Sam who carried on cycling down the A286 to Chichester; and Max, Russell and Michael ventured off down Centurion Way to Mid Lavant. Max parted company at Mid Lavant, and Russell and Michael cycled down the southern part of Centurion Way to Chichester. The round trip from Chichester covered 51.1 miles, the average speed was 12.1mph,the route included 2,428 feet of ascent in glorious weather conditions, and a great time was had by all.
There was again a good turnout on this Ride compared with some recent Rides with 8 out. Sam was the Leader and he was joined at 9.00 at Chichester Cross by Russell, Paul, Bob, Maureen, Max, Mark Jones and myself (Edwin)
The weather was dry but cloudy and dull starting at 3C and rising to 6C.
We headed out west first along West Street and then picking up Clay Lane and the lanes of the South Coast Cycleroute via Woodmancote and Westbourne. From Westbourne it was up the Monks Hill before picking up Woodberry Lane across the border into Hampshire and on to Rowlands Castle for elevenses at the Bumblebee Café.
I turned round after elevenses while the rest were continuing via Hambledon to East Meon for lunch.
Sam reports that after Rowlands directions went adrift!! At Gipsy Hill 5 people proceeded via correct route to Forge Café Hambledon.
One ended up at Bat & Ball I think and 2 at East Meon!! Re directions and we all re met at Café in West Meon!!