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Bognor/Chichester CTC Club Ride Notes
Sunday, 4 December 2005
Sunday 4 December, Walberton Pond to the Rising Sun, Nutbourne.
7 of us met at Walberton Pond being myself (Edwin) Phil and Mary, Richard, Anne, Gill and Mike. Chris had a puncture en route to the start and met us at elevenses and Tom and Eric met us later at the Pub making 10 out on the day.

The weather started cloudy but dry with tantalising glimpses of blue sky to the west and north. Temperatures got up to about 8C.We headed out via Madehurst and then a fast descent down Bury Hill to stop for elevenses at the Barn by the Willow Cafe, Bury, They were just bringing out signs saying “Closed, fully booked” which was due to a big lunch party but they kindly agreed to serve us coffees.

We continued on lanes round the back via Coates and then across to Coldwaltham. We crossed the Arun which was fill to overflowing due to the recent rains. We then continued past Wiggonholt and up to Nutbourne. At the Pub as well as Tom and Eric we met Brian and Sue and John Maxim from Arun Adur.

After lunch the skies cleared to produce a bright but low Sun for the rest of the afternoon. The return ride was the standard route via Amberley and Houghton Hill with a stop for tea at the outdoor cafe at Whiteways car park.

Edwin



remote Posted by Ride Leader at 5:12 PM GMT
Updated: Sunday, 4 December 2005 5:21 PM GMT
Meeting at Walberton Pond



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Top of the Hill from Madehurst



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Leaving the the Rising Sun at Nutbourne



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Sunday, 27 November 2005
Sunday 27th November Chichester to Wyevale Garden Centre, Pulborough
A 9.30 start from Chi Cross means the stand -in leader should leave Selsey by 8.45 and as usual he leaves at 9.00, so a fast ride needed to meet up with 4 members(Gillian,Richard ,Chris and Mike) on an overcast day.

The pace slowed considerably (but well done Mike for coming out on a ride over the downs). Jeff used a cycle route through the city that avoids the main roads out to Westhampnett. Quiet lanes to Goodwood ridge and then the inevitable bit of A road before turning off at the bottom of Duncton hill to enjoy the quiet lanes and glimpses of winter sun to Coates and Fittleworth.

Early lunch stop at Wyevale Garden Centre while we waited for others to drift in from Walberton and Littlehampton. Altogether we were at least a dozen.

A return route via Pulborough town and Greatham bridge, Amberley and Whiteways kiosk for tea and a wad (Scottish expression) Westergate and Oving provided a different route back Worth getting out of bed for!.

Jeff

remote Posted by Ride Leader at 12:01 AM GMT
Updated: Thursday, 8 December 2005 12:27 PM GMT
Sunday, 20 November 2005
Sunday 20 November, stop at West Ashling Pond




remote Posted by Ride Leader at 4:34 PM GMT
Updated: Sunday, 20 November 2005 4:40 PM GMT
Sunday 20 November, elevenses at Compton




remote Posted by Ride Leader at 4:30 PM GMT
Updated: Sunday, 20 November 2005 4:40 PM GMT
Sunday, 13 November 2005
Sunday 13 November. Walberton Pond Start, ride to the Royal Oak, Midhurst.
Colin led the Ride from the Pond and was joined by Phil and Mary, Edwin, Harvey, Gill and Sam.

Weather was bright at first but clouding over and quite cold getting to about 10C with a strong NE wind.

Lanes were taken via Fontwell and Eartham and then up to the Downs and a ride along the ridge to Pillygreen. The ride then continued to East Dean and Singleton and a stop for elevenses and a warm up at the Moonlight Cafe, Cocking.

The enormous slices of Cake supplied by the Cafe were consumed with relish. After half an hour the Chichester start riders arrived being Arthur, Eric, Mike Dunn, Richard, Avryl and Jan.

From Cocking the Chichester group went direct while the Walberton group took a longer loop via Stedham. At the Pub we were joined by Chris who came direct making a total of 14 out on the day. We also met some Arun Adur riders being Brian, Sue, Graham and John Maxim.

Some of the Chichester group headed back direct while Chris, Richard and John joined Colin’s group to head back on lanes via Heyshott and a stop for tea at West Dean Gardens Cafe.

Mileage from and to the Pond was about 50. From and to Pagham was 58.

Edwin for Colin


remote Posted by Ride Leader at 5:51 PM GMT
Updated: Sunday, 13 November 2005 6:52 PM GMT
Elevenses at the Moonlight Cafe, Cocking



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Cycling home down the Centurion Way



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Sunday, 6 November 2005
Sunday 6 November, Ride to DA AGM at Wiggonholt from Walberton Pond
Although fairly dry first thing the weather was generally as forecast with rain all day plus high winds.

There was not really a lot of ride to lead as only Phil turned up. We took the usual route via Madehurst and Houghton. We caught up with John Maxim in Amberley and rode on to Wiggonholt. Colin came by Bike direct and other Section members attended with car assistance (possibly the more sensible members)

Free tea, coffee and biscuits were paid for by the DA for members attending. Tony Green from Brighton Section Chaired the meeting in his capacity as local CTC Councillor. Members were able to raise a number of issues and concerns for him to raise with HQ.

I stopped off at the Black Horse, Amberley on the way back joining some Arun Adur members.

The ride back was particularly wet being into the wind and in general I would say one of the worst days of the year to be out on the Bike!!

Edwin

Posted by Ride Leader at 5:01 PM GMT
Sunday, 30 October 2005
Sunday 30 October. Chichester Cross to Section AGM at West Stoke
Freda led the Ride on behalf of Kath who was unable to make it. 8 met at the Cross being Feda, Jim, Edwin, Richard, Phil, Gill, Avryl and newcomer Jonathon from Petworth. Tom and Eric joined the group at Chichester Station.

Despite promises of heavy rain for all of the all day the weather was quite good with a lot of cloud in the morning, a very heavy shower for 20 minutes at lunchtime and warm sunshine in the afternoon. The unseasonal warmth of the last few days continued with temperatures up to 18C.

A direct route was taken up Centurion Way and then lanes across to West Stoke Village Hall for the AGM. We met more members waiting at the Hall and more arrived from various directions for a total turnout of 22.

The formal business was conducted quite quickly chaired by Phil. All the existing Officers and Committee were re-elected unopposed. The meeting discussed the new CTC proposals for local groups and decided in principal to agree these.

There was a good discussion on organizing rides and the pace of rides and types of rides and events. The meeting closed at 12.20 and we turned to the important business of a sandwich lunch in the Hall. With the weather threatening nobody decided to go on to the Pub. As we were getting ready to leave at 1.20 the heavens opened with a torrential downpour for 20 minutes.

We left as the weather cleared with everybody making their own way back in small groups.

Edwin for Freda

Posted by Ride Leader at 4:58 PM GMT
Updated: Sunday, 30 October 2005 5:03 PM GMT
Monday, 24 October 2005
Sunday 23 October, Ride to the Bluebell, Cocking.
For today's ride we met at Chichester Cross. I led the ride on behalf of Arthur who couldn't make it. 7 of us met at the Cross, myself, Phil, Sam, Harvey, Gill and Jeff and Beatrice on their Tandem. Adrian joined us at elevenses and Alan and Eric at lunch making a total of 10 out.

Weather was fair with cloud and the sun occasionally getting through but with light winds and temperatures reaching 16C.

We rode out via Funtington to stop for elevenses at Compton Stores. We continued to the top of Harting Hill and then a fast swoop down to Harting Village. We then turned east to Elsted and the lanes at the base of the Downs via Didling to Cocking.

The return was up the main road via Singleton and then lanes to Upwaltham and on via Eartham to stop for tea at Aldingbourne. Our arrival was well timed as they had insufficient customers for lunch to eat up their large Sunday roast so rather than throw it out they brought to our table 2 great bowls of roast potatoes and lamb gratis. We tucked in with relish but even hungry cyclists could not polish it all off.

Edwin


remote Posted by Ride Leader at 10:09 PM BST
Sunday 23 October, Elevenses at Compton


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Wednesday, 19 October 2005
Sunday 16 October
Eight members met at Chichester Cross on a bright Sunday morning – Colin, Chris, Jim, Freda, Yvonne, Bernie, Mary and Phil. We headed west, crossing the railway, turning right before the A27 to cross back over the railway, and following the south coast cycleway route towards Emsworth and Havant where Adrian had arranged to meet us. We added another member, Jill, who caught up with the group before we reached Havant and met Adrian outside McDonalds.

We decided to press on, so we crossed the railway at Bedhampton (after waiting for a considerable time as the crossing gates were closed), and began the ascent of Portsdown Hill. The group fractured on the climb but coalesced again at the viewpoint where we took coffee along with a large
group of leather-clad bikers.



We pressed on along the ridge then parted company with Jim and Freda as we turned left to descend down into Porchester. We continued to the castle and everybody decided to eat sandwiches or other provisions on some benches inside the castle in the lee of the seaward walls. For future reference the
nearest pub, the Cormorant, had a sign outside saying ‘table reservations only’. The next pub along (the White Hart?) looked a better bet for lunch.



The wind had not been noticeable as we cycled east, but was now strengthening from the east as we started back. We took the lower road for our return trip to Emsworth via back streets and over Bedhampton crossing (again closed for multiple trains). The usual cafe was closed for the weekend so we went down to the waterfront where a large crane was lifting boats into dry-dock for the winter. The cafe was full so we returned to Heidi’s where Phil and Mary had tea but the others decided to press on as the sky was now overcast and there was now a distinct threat of the promised rain in the air.



Phil Turner

16/10/2005




remote Posted by Ride Leader at 7:45 PM BST
Updated: Monday, 24 October 2005 10:26 PM BST

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