Bognor/Chichester CTC Club Ride Notes
Sunday, 11 December 2005
Sunday 11 December. 10.30 Chichester Cross start. Ride to Manor Nurseries, Runcton.
Alan led this ride to the Clubs Christmas Lunch and was joined by 15 other members. Weather was cold but sunny all day, later reaching 8C.
The route took in Clay lane before turning south towards Bosham and a stop at Hilliers Garden Centre cafe on the main road for elevenses.
The ride continued with a loop on byroads west of Bosham before returning to Chichester taking in cycle routes and then heading south to Runcton.
With some members making their own way and also meeting up with the fast group at Runcton the total numbers attending the lunch was 28.
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.
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!.
Sunday, 20 November 2005
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
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!!
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