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Bognor/Chichester CTC Club Ride Notes
Sunday, 26 November 2006
Sunday 26 November. Ride from Chichester Cross to Arundel.

Today’s ride was nominate Leader on the day and I was elected. 4 more joined me at the Cross, Avryl, Harvey, Adrian and Richard. The Cross itself was taped off with many Rotary Club members busy putting up the Christmas Tree and its lights.

 

Rain was forecast for the middle of the day but in the end none arrived and a cloudy morning gave way to a bright and sunny afternoon and very mild with temperatures up to 15C.

 

We rode via Westhampnett and back roads to Halnacker and then across to the Eartham road and down to Aldingbourne for elevenses. We were joined here by Alan and Liz. Despite the heavy rain overnight we decided to risk the track through Binsted woods. This has the advantage of very quiet backroads either side of the track. When we reached it the stony base prevented much mud but some parts were more puddles than track.

 

We continued on quiet roads through the golden colours of the woods and then through estates to Arundel. We had lunch at the Tudor Rose Cafe.

 

The afternoon ride took us down a very quiet Ford Road the reason for which turned out to be the crossing being closed for engineering works and all traffic being diverted. We got round this by using the underpass at the Station.

 

Richard and I stopped for tea at Alan and Liz’s. I got back home just as the sun was setting below a red streaked sky.

 

For me 38 miles for the day.

 

 

Edwin

 


Posted by Ride Leader at 5:20 PM GMT
Updated: Sunday, 26 November 2006 5:22 PM GMT
Sunday 26 November. Binsted Puddles

Posted by Ride Leader at 4:50 PM GMT
Sunday 26 November. Riding through Binsted Woods

Posted by Ride Leader at 4:47 PM GMT
Sunday, 12 November 2006
Sunday 12 November. Ride to Rowlands Castle.

7 of us met at Chichester Cross, myself (Edwin) Richard, Harvey, Avryl,Christine and Alan and Liz. I led the ride in place of Arthur who couldn't make it. Weather was very good with a light westerly wind and a lot of Sun all day and temperatures up to 13C. 

I led the ride up Centurion Way and then lanes to West Stoke. A piece of metal on the road caused an instant rear wheel deflation. I asked Richard to take the Group on while I mended the puncture. A touch of training pace riding saw me catch up just as the rest were entering the Greenhouse Cafe, Emsworth for Elevenses. We continued via Westbourne to the Village Café, Rowlands Castle for lunch. Here we met up with Adrian and Sam and briefly John Maxim who went back early. 

After lunch 9 of us now headed back on the South Coast Cycle Route with a stop for tea at Hillier's Garden Centre Café. 

Edwin


Posted by Ride Leader at 4:57 PM GMT
Updated: Sunday, 12 November 2006 5:04 PM GMT
Sunday 12 November. Meeting at Chichester Cross

Posted by Ride Leader at 4:44 PM GMT
Updated: Sunday, 12 November 2006 5:05 PM GMT
Sunday 12 November. Leaving Rowlands Castle

Posted by Ride Leader at 4:41 PM GMT
Updated: Sunday, 12 November 2006 5:05 PM GMT
Wednesday, 8 November 2006
Sunday 5 November, Ride to DA AGM

Phil led this ride out and I led back. There was an early 9.00 am start at Walbeton Pond for the ride over to Wiggonholt. A good sized group gathered being myself (Edwin) Phil and Mary, Avryll, Ann, Colin and Harvey. Weather was very cold early on near to freezing but rising to 13C later with a lot of sunshine.

We took a direct route via Madhurst and then down Houghton Hill. There was a striking view from the top with layers of mist in the Valley. We continued via Amberley to Wiggonholt. We were joined there by Eric, Mike and Jeff. A good number from Arun Adur attended and a few from Horsham.

After the AGM we went on to Amberley for lunch where Sam was just leaving. We joined Arun Adur on the way back as far as Houghton where they turned off to do a longer loop round via Sutton and we headed straight back with a diversion via Slindon to stop for tea at Aldingbourne.

Edwin


remote Posted by Ride Leader at 6:17 PM GMT
Sunday, 5 November 2006
Sunday 5 November, Ride to DA AGM

Phil led this ride out and I led back. There was an early 9.00 am start at Walberton Pond for the ride over to Wiggonholt. A good sized group gathered being myself (Edwin) Phil and Mary, Avryll, Ann, Colin and Harvey. Weather was very cold early on near to freezing but rising to 13C later with a lot of sunshine.

We took a direct route via Madhurst and then down Houghton Hill. There was a striking view from the top with layers of mist in the valley. We continued via Amberley to Wiggonholt. We were joined there by Eric, Mike and Jeff. A good number from Arun Adur attended and a few from Horsham.

After the AGM we went on to Amberley for lunch where Sam was just leaving. We joined Arun Adur on the way back as far as Houghton where they turned off to do a longer loop round via Sutton and we headed straight back with a diversion via Slindon to stop for tea at Aldingbourne.

45 miles for the day

 

Edwin


Posted by Ride Leader at 10:09 PM GMT
Updated: Sunday, 5 November 2006 10:26 PM GMT
Sunday, 29 October 2006
Sunday 29 October. Lane near West Ashling

Posted by Ride Leader at 5:25 PM GMT
Sunday 29 October. 11s at Compton

Posted by Ride Leader at 5:20 PM GMT
Sunday, 22 October 2006
Sunday 22 October. Ride to West Stoke for AGM.
Heavy rain was forecast for today but it started dry if threatening. Alan had asked me to lead the ride for him and I went to the Cross but only Phil turned up.

The ride was short heading out on Clay lane and then up a lane to West Stoke Village Hall. Gill, Harvey, Colin and Adrian came by bike direct. Another 13 came to the AGM car assisted so 19 in all attended.

We went through the usual business of minutes and Accounts. All of the Officers and Committee were re-elected unopposed. Under any other business we decided to make the day for all Evening Rides Thursdays and had a long discussion on various methods of attracting new members.

The rain started soon after we got in the Hall and continued torrential throughout the meeting. After the meeting some of us had sandwiches in the Hall. Nobody was interested in going on to the Pub.

It was 1.20 by the time I left the Hall by which time the rain was just starting to ease from torrential to light. Everybody on bikes made their own way back at different times and in different directions. I headed down a lane towards Chichester which was like a river in places. My departure time was well chosen as the rain eased to very light during my ride with the next pulse of torrential rain starting soon after I returned home.

Exactly 20 miles for the day and a good workout for the waterproofs.

Edwin








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remote Posted by Ride Leader at 3:17 PM BST
Sunday, 15 October 2006
Sunday 15 October. Ride to the Limeburners, Billingshurst
No one was at the at the Cross
I met up with Steve, Nicola & Ernie at Petworth at 11.00's  and Christine Howard & Chris Dart at lunchtime. All rode back to Pulborough and other points south.
Cracking weather. Sunny all day and up to 18C.
Colin

Posted by Ride Leader at 9:23 PM BST
Updated: Sunday, 15 October 2006 9:26 PM BST
Sunday, 8 October 2006
Sunday 8 October. Selborne Ride.

Today there was a choice of a long ride from Chichester to Selborne or a short car/train assisted ride to Selborne from Petersfield.

Weather was generally good with long sunny spells and temperatures up to 17C.

4 of us met at the Cross, myself (Edwin) Richard Boulton and Phil and Mary. By coincidence all of us had just returned from Greece. Honed by 2 weeks of Greek hills we made good progress and I had to add on some extra loops on byroads to avoid reaching Petersfield too early.

At Petersfield Tesco we met Gill, Adrian, Colin and Christine. We headed out of Petersfield to the North and then a convoluted route on twisting narrow and quiet byroads via Hawkley up to the Queens Head, Selborne for lunch.

In the afternoon it was more backroads via Blackmoor and Greatham and then up to Rake to the Garden Centre for tea.

Adrian, Gill and Christine headed back via Petersfield while the rest of us headed back to Chichester via Rogate. I added a sting in the tail to the ride with a steep climb up Telegraph Hill to the Downs above Harting and then back via Chilgrove.

60 miles from and back to Chichester, about 25 miles from and back to Petersfield and 71 miles for me from Pagham.

Edwin


remote Posted by Ride Leader at 7:30 PM BST
Sunday 8 October. The Group at a junction near Rake




remote Posted by Ride Leader at 7:11 PM BST
Thursday, 5 October 2006
Thursday 5 October. Mykonos, boat trip to Delos.

Today was our day of Classical Culture with a trip by boat to the nearby small Island of Delos with many ruins from ancient Greek times.

Weather was bright blue skies with light winds and temperatures up to 26C.

We had an early breakfast and caught the 9.00 am ferry from the Harbour which arrived already laden with American Tourists from a cruise Ship moored nearby.

The crossing was 30 minutes. We followed advice from a guide book and took a hilly circuit first which meant of course a climb to the highest point on the Island which few of the tourist attempt to about 300ft up to the ruins of the temple of Zeus. We stopped there for elevenses with great views.

Then on to explore more of the ruins with good reconstructions of Temple Columns and a visit to the Museum. We found some shade for a picnic lunch and explored more ruins before catching the last ferry back at 3.00 p.m..

We relaxed with a tea and Ice Cream stop back at the Harbour.

Tomorrow we fly Back so a few statistics. 202 miles for the 14 day trip but all very high quality with 17096ft of climbing (over half the height of Everest) I took about 1300 digital photos during the trip.

Edwin


remote Posted by Ride Leader at 7:15 PM BST

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