Saturday 1st February bike ride to Rowlands Castle

Fourteen cyclists set out from Bognor Library at High Noon on a quest to reach Rowlands Castle and arrive home before sundown. Michael led the ride and was ably assisted by Steve Woods, who formed the rearguard (otherwise known as the Highland Division). We made slow progress to Chichester partly due to the overgrown cyclepath. The clouds gathered over Chichester, but the sun soon came out and shone for the rest of the ride.

We soon left Chichester behind and travelled through Fishbourne and Woodmancote before riding through Westbourne and on to Rowlands Castle. Everyone was impressed by the quality of the food and the warm welcome we received at the Bumblebee Cafe.

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Following the cafe stop, 12 of us left Rowlands Castle and prepared ourselves for the ascent of Idsworth Hill. Lucy was the heroine of the climb up Idsworth and she just kept climbing with great determination. After a photo call on the summit of Idsworth

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We all freewheeled down into Compton and on to West Marden and Walderton. The last climb of the day was the ascent from Funtington to West Stoke past the smelly pig farm. We all had great fun riding down Centurion Way; and new member Alan was in his element. We all cycled back to Bognor in high spirits in glorious sunshine, but with heavy legs and great memories. Follows is the route of the day

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Michael Eastham

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