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Greetings from Brian and Margaret

In lieu of postage and card Greetings from Margaret and Brian via You Tube link. Please make a donation in lieu of postage and card to: Heart of Kent Hospice wwwhokh.org

Brian and Margaret

Date posted 2018-12-11 Top of page


Christmas News

Every year people drop out of the Section for a variety of reasons. Two people we were very sorry to say goodbye to were Brian Barrett and Geoffrey Cleave so it was lovely to receive Christmas greetings from them both. Brian & Margaret are well settled into their Maidstone area but Geoffrey still finding his way around Wiltshire.

Our Cyclists' Carol Service took place in Hailsham this year, the place where it originally began. This year it was in the cosy chapel adjacent to the Cuckoo Trail car park. Charles worked hard to find readers for the lessons and assembled the orchestra. For several years we have welcomed a family of musicians and it has bee great to hear the younger members improve year by year. Connie arrnged the refreshments and the people who attended, mostly from the Hailsham area, agreed that they had enjoyed the afternoon immensely. Norman Wright cycled down from Heathfield, there was representation from Royl Tunbridge Wells.the Rixes made the journey from Seaford/Newhaven and Geoff and Jenny brought a friend from Ringmer.

Our last meeting before Cheistmas was at John & Joyce Taylor's for mince pies, another tradition we have enjoyed thanks to John & Joyce. £212 was raised for the Chalk Farm project, a charity supported by the Taylors, which supports people with learning difficulties. This must be a record even for this year when some very generous syums have been raised at the other three coffee mornings. Joyce is Next year we will mke our way to Marshfoot Lane on December 19th - Joyce has already marked it up on her kitchen planner.


Date posted 2017-12-22 Top of page



By now most people will be aware that we have been trying to resolve the problem of an elevenses venue for December 27th. We had hoped that the Willow Caff (open seven days a week) would do the trick but they are undecided. WESSONS are filling the breach so shout it from thr rooftops of Hailsham, Polegate, Heathfield and whereve else you can, that we are meeting at WESSONS on December 27th and then making our way to Waldron.

Date posted 2017-12-07 Top of page



Adrian Hills is the latest of the casualties to be recorded this year and let's hope he's the last. He has broken his shoulder (I expect there's a specific bname for the bone) and was out on Wednesday flaunting rather a nice black sling. We were told not to to sympathise, so we didn't, as the accident happened in the 'Bells' at Chiddingly and not when he was out on his on his bike. However, as he is the token young person in our froup our hearts went out to him and we hope to see him out riding very soon.

His recovery is particularly important as we are anticipating a slightly older token young person joing us in the near future and they will be company for each other

Date posted 2017-12-07 Top of page


18th October

There was good muster at Lime Cross today in spite of the murky conditions

The accident toll in the Section is rising as Phillip Rycroft and Peter Hatch have both recently fallen from their bikes. Philip has a broken hand which is in plaster and Pete's ribs are broken. This is a new, unenviable, record for us but given the dreadful state of the roads we are probably lucky tgat there aren't more accidents.

Date posted 2017-10-18 Top of page


Dennis Neeve

Probably there are very few people now riding with the Midweek Section who will know Dennis. Although he only came out on a few occasions he was well known by the Eastbourne Reovers/Eastbourne & Hailsham CTC.and many people in ESCA, Dennis died recently at the age of 90 and his funeral was held yesterday, August 29th at Hastings. It was a small family ceremony with a few close friends and two clubmates from his days in the Hastings & St. L. C.C. also attending.

Date posted 2017-08-30 Top of page


1066 Country Ride

The 1066 Country Ride held on August 20th 2017 was successful way beyond our expectations and Sue (Burton) was extremely pleased with the outcome.

The rain forecast for the afternoon held off and, conditions were perfect for an enjoyable bike ride through the glorious countryside around Battle. Bill Larke provided refreshments en route and there was a tempting variety of refreshments awaiting in the Guide hut HQ at the finish. Several Mid Week members, as well as those who also belong to the 1066 organising club, joined the riders and helped to set up the event.

Sue had to rescue one casualty - a young rider out with his parents broke his chain near Brightling.

Date posted 2017-08-22 Top of page


Away Day

John Beaumont has sent the following report of his Away Day to West Sussex

"Six riders met in Petworth on the 16 August for The Tourists Away day. The ride was along quiet lanes and the foot of the Downs towards Harting before heading North to Midhurst. Lunch was in The Wheatsheaf a new venue before returning to Petworth through the polo grounds and Selham. Around 30 miles for the day. The day finished with everyone enjoying cake and tea in Petworth."

The Away Days are a popular addition to our rides programme giving people the opportunity to ride in parts of Sussex and Surrey which are outside our usual range. The original idea was that these would be car assisted or, if possible, start near a railway station. The latter is not always convenient. Nontheless the rides have been popular again this year.

Date posted 2017-08-19 Top of page



Date posted 2017-08-17 Top of page


Peter Crowsley

Peter Crowsley's funeral is on Thursday 31st August at the Kent and Sussex Crematorium, which is in Tunbridge Wells.

The funeral is at 1:45 pm. Afterwards there is a wake at the Brambletye,in Forest Row.

Rob Russell received the sad news that Peter Crowsley died yesterday morning (Sunday 13th August)having been ill for some time. For the past six weeks he has been in hospital and then a nursing home.

He was well known in cycling circles and will be missed.

Date posted 2017-08-14 Top of page


Tourist Group Awayday

Just a reminder that John Beaumont is leading an Awayday in West Sussex meeting at the cafe near the car park in Petworth. Full details on the current runs list. He hopes for a good attendance.

For those people who intend to be at Lime Cross I have been notified by the Nursery owners that they have taken over the management of the cafe and are improving the food and service.

Date posted 2017-08-08 Top of page


Visit to Bridge Cottage

See details of our visit to Bridge Cottage on August 2nd. We would eventually like some idea of numbers attending to help with catering.

Meet at Bridge Cottage, Uckfield (bottom of High Street, Uckfield, opposite railway station, grid ref. TQ 210472) at 10am for guided tour of the recently renovated 14 century Wealdon House. Subsidised entrance fee of £1 (remainder will be paid out of the midweek group funds) which includes tea/coffee and biscuits. Homemade cakes will be available at extra cost. Plenty of bike parking in forecourt of Bridge Cottage. There is a limited car parking in the small public car park to the rear of Bridge Cottage and in the industrial estate beyond. Please note that cleated cycle shoes must be removed when viewing the upper floors. For further information on Bridge Cottage visit http://www.bridgecottageuckfield.co.uk/ "

Date posted 2017-06-11 Top of page


West of Ireland Road Trip (2017)

You can read Rob Foster's report of the recent trip to the West of Ireland on the Reports and Stories page

Date posted 2017-05-25 Top of page


The Energetics on the road again

The Energetics on the road again

Four Energetics met in Polegate on Sunday 23rd April to take part in the The Hell of the Sussex Coastal Hills (THOTSCH) and For Those Who Don't Do Hills (FTWDDH) 100K audaxes.

With organisation by Chris Tracey, catering by El Supremo and the promise of a dry, sunny but a tad chilly day what more could an Audaxer ask for.

Super grimpeur Steve Ratford was the first to set off on the rather challenging THOTSCH which took in Bucks Brow, Bo-peep, Firle Beacon and Hindover as well as other challenging climbs. Steve stormed round to be one of the first to finish in a time of just under 5 hours. An average speed of 20 kph which included two refreshment stops. What a hero. Peter Hatch, Mick Hilton and Chris Colyer were joined by their good mates Ian Landless, Peter Price and Tony Gale from the Lewes Wanderers CC and rode the far more leisurely FTWDDH which turned out to be a bit more lumpy this year with a change to the first part of the course to take in a few more hills including Jacobs Ladder. Chris T might have to think of renaming the Audax next year, methinks, to something a bit more appropriate. We managed to complete the ride in just under 6 hours. Another great day out.

Date posted 2017-04-25 Top of page


Bob McHardy's Memorial Meander Audax

Bob McHardy's Memorial Meander Audax in Glorious Wall-to-Wall Sunshine, Sunday 9th April 2017/pp Five intrepid Energetics viz. Joe Fallen, Peter Hatch, Mick Hilton, Steve Ratford and Chris Colyer made their way early in the morning to Hailsham Leisure Centre Car Park to partake in the 103K Audax. In celebration of the glorious sunshine and the promise of more to come Peter, Steve and Chris decided to ride out from their respective homes whilst Joe and Mick decided to pollute the atmosphere by driving there.

Starting at 9am the route took us North through Hellingly, Horam, Waldron, Blackboys, Uckfield, Piltdown and Fletching before Peter decided to test the depth of a pothole in the road immediately alongside Spring Farm Alpacas with his wheels and finishing up with a “snakebite” . With inner tube duly replaced we made our way through the lanes to Scaynes Hill, Chailey and Ditchling before arriving at the feeding station at the Natural Woodland Cemetary at Clayton where Bob McHardy is buried.

Suitably refreshed we then time trialled our way back to Hailsham along the Underhill Lane through Clayton, past the bottom of Ditchling Beacon, Westmeston to Offham then through Lewes, Ringmer, Laughton and Ripe to finish just before 2pm ……………. and then the long ride home !! Steve and Chris cycling a total of approx 180K each, Peter approx 145K and Joe and Mick 103K each for the day.

A fantastic and exhausting day with 5 sun burnt riders at the end.

Immediate Future Audaxes some/all of us are riding
Sunday, 23rd April 9am.- Chris Tracy's 100K For Those Who Don't Do Hills (although Steve Ratford will be riding the 100K Hell of the Sussex Coastal Hills that is run in tandem with this Audax) both starting from Polegate.
Thursday, 27th April 9am. – 200K Man-of-Kent Permanent Audax starting from Sainsburys' car park, Tonbridge
Please feel free to join us on any of these events. Contact Chris Colyer, Steve Ratford or Chris Tracy for further details.

Date posted 2017-04-13 Top of page


Important notice

At our recent committee meeting Andy Cackett volunteered to fire up riders in the Tourist group to come forth as leaders. This is the largest group in our Section and we rarely get leaders for the two divisions we implemented and Andy has stepped up to the plate on the majority of Wednesdays during the past year. He will be contacting potential talent, please uplift his heart with positive responses.

Because of our location the routes we use are limited but help is available if you need advice, especially if you are new to the area. Don't worry about getting lost, we're a tolerant crowd.

Date posted 2017-04-07 Top of page


An Energetic Ride?

The Energetics Flying the Flag for the Mid Weekers

Not to be daunted by the weather the Energetics met up at Luxfords in Uckfield on Wednesday to partake in a little light refreshment before departing for the morning ride. The ride transpired to be a bit on the lumpy side but nevertheless very enjoyable.

We proceeded up the High Street and made our way through Maresfield before turning right and climbing North along the B2026, through Duddleswell and Camp Hill before descending Chuck Hatch Lane. We then turned left to Newbridge and crossed the ford and turned right through Coleman's Hatch and on to Forest Row before turning South through the Ashdown Forest along the minor road/lane leading to Sharpthorne.

The intention then was to proceed to West Hoathley (W.H.) and turn left and immediately left again to make our way to Horsted Keynes but then possible disaster struck. We missed the second turning and proceeded through the village of W.H. before we realised that we were heading straight for the dreaded Cobb Lane, arguably the worst hill in Sussex. Realising our mistake we quickly backtracked to the right road and cycled onto Horsted Keynes and the Green Man pub. We were pleasantly surprised to meet Andy Cackett in the pub, fresh from his Tour of Italy the day before. We all then had a very enjoyable meal and much banter before we all cycled home.


Date posted 2017-04-01 Top of page



This week, which took in Wednesday 22nd March 2017, the Tourist Group have been taken to a training camp in Italy by their leader John Beaumont. This could well be a sneaky attempt to hone their fitness for an attempt on the Midweek record set by the Energwetics exactly a month ago. From (secondhand) experience I know that it takes some time to recover from these arduous experiences so there's time to take the record out of their reach Chris, but the clock is ticking.

Numbers were well down by the closing date for our Festive Lunch but gradually crept up to an acceptble number, with three last minute guests joining us from Wessons. Norman Wright welcomed everyone, Roger said grace and Richard thanked the ladies for their hard work. This was at least the twentieth year that the WI ladies have looked after us and they were well up to their usual high standard. The weather was horrible but the Energetics lived up to their reputation and rode from Wessons to Bodle Street Most people arrived in their cars and the dress code seemed to be jeans and sweaters. not a single item of gentlemen's casual wear in sight.

Date posted 2017-03-23 Top of page


Energetic News

On March 22nd 2017 the Energetic Group left Jasmines, where we had been enjoying elevenses, heading straight into the strong wind and made our way to Golden Cross, Ripe, Firle, then along the cycle path to Beddingham where somebody (Chris Tracey I do believe) suggested that it would be nice to carry on through Lewes and Falmer, cycle through Stanmer Park, climb up the path leading to the Ditchling Road then down the Beacon.

This seemed like a good idea at the time so we deviated from my planned route that would have taken us down to Itford (Southease), across the Ouse and back up to Lewes via Rodmell and Kingston). We carried on along Underhill Road to Offham, turning North to Cooksbridge, through Barcombe and Ringmer and then along the Broyle and down the A22 to East Hoathley - a total of 37.56 miles - is this a record or were we out of time ?

Date posted 2017-03-12 Top of page


Hell of the Sussex Coastal Hills

Starting from Polegate on Sunday, April 23rd, two Audax events organised by Chris Tracey.

The Hell of the Sussex Coastal Hills


A challenging 105k ride in the Southdown National Park, including the classic climbs of Bo Peep, Firle Beacon and Butts Brow. This ride can be used to claim the prestigious Grimpeur du Sud award (Five hilly rides needed to claim this award).,/P.,P. For those who don't do hills.

A gentler alternative to the Hilly, this106km cycling event has more mills but fewer hills than Andy Seviours 'Hills and Mills'. Both events can be entered online via the Audax website or hand a completed entry form to Chris Tracey on a Wednesday. £7 entry fee.

Date posted 2017-02-17 Top of page

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