We met for the Ride today at 10.00 at Chichester Cross. I was the leader and I was joined by Harvey, Jason and Maureen. Weather was overcast with very light rain mid morning not enough to require a coat and mainly over lunch
We headed out along West Street and then Clay Lane and the South Coast Cycle Route to stop for elevenses at The Woodmancote and partook of their giant cakes.
Then it was on via Westbourne and Southleigh Road and before the level crossing took First Avenue to back roads to take the footbridge over the northbound railway. Then it was a railway crossing over the combined northbound and Eastbound railway which resulted in waiting for 3 trains each from a different rail operator.
On the other side we joined the northern end of the Hayling Billy Trail and then on to Langstone and over the Bridge to Hayling Island. It was then a short way to Northney Marina and the Salt Shack Café for lunch.
Harvey led the group back via Emsworth with a mileage for the day from Chichester of about 30
It was a perfect blue sky day for the ride today. Bognor had the highest temperature for the local southern area at 26C. It made it more surprising that only 9 turned out from 3 Clubs. None attended from Arun Adur and there were 4 from Horsham Crawley. 5 were from Bognor Chichester. There were Harvey, Alan and Bob Birtwell and Bob and Gill Marshall plus myself as organiser. We met at Chichester Canal Basin Café.
A summary of the route with Churches was West Stoke, Compton, Idsworth, Rowlands Castle, Westbourne. Chidham, Bosham, Fishbourne, Birdham, Sidlesham and Merston. Sidlesham Church is shown in the picture below taken earlier.
Horsham Crawley did part of the abbreviated short route. Harvey, Alan and Bob did most of the long route and Bob and Gill Marshall won the event by doing all of the long route.
By virtue of not being sure of when everyone would get back I did my own short ride for elevenses to a new Café at Birdham Pool and then back to Chichester for a picnic lunch before returning to the finish at Chichester Canal Basin.
This was the last DA Event of the year. For the full year Horsham Crawley were the winners and Bob Moore of Horsham Crawley was the best individual by taking part in all 3 events. See the full results at https://ctcwestsussex.wordpress.com/da-events/