Bognor/Chichester CTC Club Ride Notes
Sunday, 8 January 2006
Thursday, 5 January 2006
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Sunday, 1 January 2006
Sunday 1 January 2006, New Years Day Ride to the Black Horse Amberley.
There was a 10.30 start at Walberton Pond to allow for any late risers and sore heads.
Edwin led the ride joined by Sam, Gill, Christine, Anne and Jane. Alan and Liz went direct making 8 out on the day. Weather was dry but cloudy and milder than of late reaching about 8C.
The group took a standard route past the Spur and then the byroad via Madehurst to stop for elevenses at the Hikers cafe at Whiteways Lodge. Brian and Sue from Arun Adur joined us after a few minutes.
The ride continued with good views down to the Arun Valley and then a fast descent down Bury Hill before cutting across on the byroad to Houghton and then Amberley. There was a good pile of bikes outside with a good turnout from Arun Adur enabling us to take over the Bar.
A direct route was taken back via Houghton Hill and Walberton to complete a much needed ride after the Christmas excesses.
Monday, 19 December 2005
Sunday 18 December. Chichester Cross start. Tinsel Ride to the Winterton Arms, Crocker Hill
There were five of us for the start at Chichester Cross and another six at the railway station, all of the six on Moulton Bicycles, Diane & Brian, Zeffy & Linda from Hampshire and the two Brians from the I.O.W. a big thanks to them all for coming so far for our tinsel ride. The start was freezing, Sam informed us that his Bike Computer reading showed the temperature was a chilly Zero. The first attempt at a coffee stop - the Roman Palace - was closed, so off we set for the Yacht Basin via Fishbourne and Apuldram. We finally plucked up the courage to go back into the cold and headed for the lunch stop, first through Hunston then on to Runcton and Merston, crossing the A259 onto the cycle path towards Bognor turning off for Oving and dodging patches of ice on the way, from there to the Winterton Arms at Crocker Hill for lunch.
Harvey was already there with his group from Walberton pond. I think there were 22 of us altogether plus Dave and Jan the motorised contingent. At this point the temperature had risen to a sizzling 6 degrees C.
With Lindas helmet, Diane and her socks, Brian with his amazing tie and all our bikes done up in tinsel we made a very colourful sight, along with a few cheerful toots and waves along the way we had a smashing ride.
Sunday, 18 December 2005
Sunday 18th December. Walberton Pond start. Tinsel ride to the Winterton Arms, Crocker Hill.
This ride was led by Harvey who was joined at the Pond by Phil and Mary, Alan and Liz, Gill, Mike and newcomer Emily. Eric, Adrian and Chris went direct to the Pub making 11 in all. Another 11 arrived at the Pub from the Chichester Cross start making a total of 22 out on the day.
Weather was very cold. Overnight it was -6C and about 0C at the Ride start rising later to the dizzy heights of +6C. However no ice was encountered and it was a beautifully clear blue sky.
Harvey led the group to Aldingbourne Country Centre Cafe for elevenses. Then a loop was taken on byroads via Eartham to Crocker Hill for lunch at the Winterton Arms. Arthur brought in the Chichester Group to help with the total takeover of the Bar seating. Edwin judged the bikes awarding the prize of a pack of Mince Pies for best decorated Bike to Lynn.
In the afternoon some made their way back direct but 17 rode as a combination of the 2 groups on backroads round to Goodwood Park and then the Goodwood Airfield Cafe for Tea.
Edwin for Harvey
Sunday, 11 December 2005
Sunday 11 December, 8.00 am Chichester Cross, Appetite Improver Ride to Manor Garden Centre, Runcton.
Edwin led this ride and was joined by Phil and Mary and Sam. The weather was a day of extremes with bright sunny skies near the coast changing to thick fog and frost over the downs. The difference was very noticeable coming back with temperatures changing from 0C on the north side of Duncton Hill to 8C in the sunshine on the south side.
With worries about early ice the outward route kept to gritted roads as much as possible heading up the B road to the Trundle and then along the ridge. At this stage there were still clear blue skies with the sun lighting up the occasional mist patch. The ridge road had not been gritted and was covered with a white layer of frost marred by only a few car tracks. There were great views down towards the coast with mist patches lit by the low sun. The East Dean Valley was buried in a thick fog layer with the sunlit hills rising above it.
We descended down the main Petworth Road into the fog and the icy cold started to penetrate even my many layers protecting the extremities. (3 pairs of gloves. 2 socks and 2 overshoes) As we headed on to the top of Duncton Hill the road rose above the fog back into sunshine but the descent of Duncton soon brought us back into the fog.
We continued to Petworth on the main road and arrived at Tiffins at 9.45. The cafe opened at 10.00 but the kind lady invited us in to warm up. We were joined by John Maxim and Brian and Sue from Arun Adur stopping off on the way to the Arun Adur Lunch stop at Wisborough Green.
We returned on byroads to the base of Duncton hill and then up and over back into the sunshine. Then a direct route via Halnacker, Tangmere and Merston to lunch at Manor Garden Centre. With some coming direct and 16 on the short ride there were 28 at the Christmas Lunch.
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