Bognor/Chichester CTC Club Ride Notes
Monday, 1 May 2006
Sunday, 30 April 2006
Sunday 30 April. Round the Island Ride
Weather for today started bright and sunny but soon clouded over and was fairly chilly at 14C.
8 of us started off from our Hotel in Ventnor and we rode west along the clifftop road to the control point at Whitwell where we started the Round the Island Randonee.
The group fragmented a little as we followed the well signposted route each at our own pace. John was off the front chased by Sam. We regrouped at Yarmouth for elevenses with substantial amounts of food piled high for an expected 1000 plus horde of hungry cyclists over the day. We started at the nearest control point to Yarmouth so got to the food first.
We stopped at a cafe in Cowes for lunch where we again all regrouped. Then on over the chain ferry filled with cyclists and lanes across to Bembridge for tea at the control point.
I took it easy for the last section back to Whitwell staying with the 2 Richards. Sam was still trying to keep up with John and sorely regretting it.
The round the Island route was 66 miles with 3800ft of climbing. Our total distance for the day was 72.4 miles.
Saturday, 29 April 2006
Saturday 29 April. Isle of Wight Weekend.
7 of us met at Chichester Cross to ride to Portsmouth for the ferry to the Isle of Wight. Myself, Phil and Mary, Sam, Richard Carlisle, Richard Boulton and John Maxim.
We took the usual lanes via Westbourne to stop for an early elevenses in Havant where Jim Jennings joined us. Then on to Portsmouth taking the cycle route into the city from Cosham.
We caught the 12.00 car ferry to Fishbourne getting on before all the car drivers and getting to the onboard cafe first with John there ahead of everybody.
Lunch was taken at Havenstreet steam Railway cafe with some steam engine sightseeing.
Soon afterwards we met 3 members of Brighton DA who planned to stay at Shanklin.
We took a narrow lane down to Newport and then the new cyclepath on the old railway toward Sandown. We turned off this after 4 miles and then down on lanes to Godshill for tea. Then more lanes via Wroxall where I had a puncture. Phil assisted with his super grip ripping the tyre off without tyre levers.
Then on to Ventnor and our base for the weekend at the Hillside Hotel where we were welcomed with tea in the Conservatory with great views down to the Channnel.
Friday, 28 April 2006
THURSDAY 27 April 2006 - Evening ride to the Winterton Arms Crockerhill
A gloriously hot and sunny morning steadily deteriorated throughout the day to bring a cold damp and dark evening with a few spots of rain and worse threatened. No surprise then that only myself and John (R ) met at the start point for this ride.
We waited a while and debated whether or not to proceed. Eventually we set off in the general direction of Crockerhill but I pulled up just north of Bersted with a front puncture. At this point we decided to cut our losses and went our separate ways. The ride was abandoned for the evening.
Thursday, 27 April 2006
Wednesday 19 April. Evening ride to Elmer.
By tradition, the Tour of Bognor inaugurates the seasonal evening rides programme, and today’s kicked off in fine style with excellent weather and 8 riders.
The route was Felpham to Elmer, a distance of just under 3 miles as the crow flies – this being a tour however, we had managed almost 12 by the time the ride ended.
The complex route weaved around the back streets of Bognor with opportunites to admire a few regency buildings, a few “blue plaques”, plenty of back alleys, and a few back gardens! Our destination, reached via Ancton, was “The Elmer”, which appeared to have been completely re-furbished in honour of our ride.
We returned back in darkness to Felpham, by the direct route this time, in the hope that the fine weather will bode well for the remainder of the evening runs programme.
Sunday, 23 April 2006
Sunday 23 April. Chichester Start to the Elephant and Castle, West Chiltington.
With light rain all morning it was no surprise that only one, Anne Kelly joined me on the ride from Chichester. We made good time riding via Pillygreen, Upwaltham, Duncton Hill and Sutton to stop for elevenses at The Barn by the Willow Cafe, Bury.
We continued via Fittleworth and Coldwaltham to West Chiltington arriving at 12.10. Members of Horsham Section were already there soon joined by Arun Adur members. Shortly after our Walberton Pond start ride arrived led by Phil and Mary with a better turnout with Gill, Bruce and Alan and Liz.
After lunch all Sections rode for a couple of miles to the freewheeling hill. I set people off at the start and Dave Galle checked how far they went at the bottom. Barry Deacon went the furthest and Nicola Yerrell went the furthest out of the ladies. 20 took part in all.
From the finish the various Sections went back on different routes and our group headed back with a stop for tea at Houghton Bridge.
Tuesday, 18 April 2006
Sunday 17 April, Ride To The Unicorn Pub, Heyshott.
Sunday 17 April, Ride To The Unicorn Pub, Heyshott.
The weather today was warm, muggy and overcast, with occasional bright spells when the sun broke through the clouds.
Harvey, Ann, Gill and a new member set off from the Chichester Cross and made their way to Compton along minor roads where they had elevenses at the village store there. They then headed via South Harting & Cocking to Heyshott for lunch at the Unicorn, where I met up with the group having cycled there straight from home.
We spent a pleasant hour eating lunch in the garden. Whilst we were doing this we noticed that dozens of tiny black insects were crawling over our fluorescent clothing, presumably under the impression they were some sort of flower!
After lunch we set off east along minor roads through Graffham and meandered through the grounds of the Bletchley Park like Seaford College. We then changed direction and headed up Duncton hill and then via East Dean & Charlton to West Dean garden centre, where we had afternoon tea. After tea here we all dispersed and made our own ways to our respective homes.
My mileage at the end of the day was 105km.
Monday, 17 April 2006
Monday 17 April, New Forest Weekend.
Weather today was bright and sunny in the morning with more cloud in the afternoon. Temperatures reached 15C.
The original plan for today was to return on the Hythe ferry to Southampton. However we decided to avoid the urban sprawl by getting the Lymington Yarmouth ferry to the Isle of Wight, then cycling along the NW side of the Island via Cowes and getting the Fishbourne to Portsmouth ferry.
We started the day with a 10 mile ride to Lymington on lanes. Just outside Burley we were held up briefly as a Film Crew filmed a short scene at the side of the road. Then on to Lymington in time for a ferry 15 minutes after we arrived. We had elevenses on the ferry and then cycled on the round the Island route to Cowes and over the Chain ferry arriving just as a ferry came in.
We continued to Fishbourne arriving again just as a ferry was docking. We congratulated John on his organizing. Lunch was taken on the ferry which was a smart new one. After the 45 minute crossing we cycled on the cycle route to Cosham and then across to Havant and a stop for tea at the Greenhouse Cafe, Emsworth. 3 of us ordered a very delicious caramelized Apple Pie with ice cream recommended by Phil.
Mileage from Burley back to Chichester was 48
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