THIS IS RIDE FIVE OF NINE IN OUR 'SOFA TO SPORTIVE' SERIES - going from 10 to 40 miles over 9 weeks, to get you ready for a cycling challenge, charity ride, or holiday.
This is a TOURING TANGERINE ride aimed at experienced riders, 9 - 10 mph on varied roads with more hills.
This is a hilly route, getting you used to climbing as well as descending if you're following a series of training rides.
We start gently climbing as we leave St. Ann's Well Gardens in Hove, heading up towards Devil's Dyke. Once onto the South Downs, we're on quiet country lanes, and keep the ridge of hills on our left as we head west along Edburton Road (through the villages of Poynings, Fulking, and Edburton).
We can pause in Bramber or Steyning if we want a breather, or push on to head south again on Coombe Lane, a popular cycling route. Once we're in Shoreham we follow the seafront back towards Hove, using quiet residential streets and cycle paths.
Please check your bike before heading out:
- are the tyres fully inflated?
- do both brakes work well?
- is the chain lubricated?
Bring a spare inner tube for your bike (easier to change an inner tube than fix a puncture by the side of the road, and all bikes are different so you need one to fit your bike), suitable clothing for the weather, and money for the café.
If you're not sure what an inner tube is, or how to know which size to buy, this little video should help you: https://youtu.be/3uzsEystB-Q
Please arrive at the café in plenty of time for the ride. We will not necessarily wait for you if you're late.