London to Eastbourne - 20 October (night ride)
Ride leader Jim says:
This ride affords views of some of the finest Sussex countryside. At over 70 miles, it is also be one of our longer rides and probably one of the hilliest so may not appeal to everyone.
We'll escape London via Dulwich and Crystal Palace on quiet roads, climbing to the top of the North Downs at 885 ft. Although it is a long climb to the top it is not very steep and we are rewarded with a magnificent descent to the village of Titsey. The halfway stop will be in Forest Row, where the local scouts will be providing us with refreshments, after which we'll climb through the dawn over the beautiful Ashdown Forest. This is the toughest climb of the ride and is comparable to Ditchling Beacon, although it is shorter and the average gradient is less.
Important note. Our half way stop at the scout hall is manned by volunteers who will be getting out of their warm beds to make sure we are fed and watered. So they are not out of pocket if people cancel at the last minute or don't show up for the ride at all, we are asking for a non-refundable pre-payment of £8. For this you will get unlimited hot drinks and a sandwich - a selection will be available - and perhaps a banana or something sweet.
Please send your payment to either:
THE FRIDAYS CYCLING CLUB (FNRTTC), sort code 30-98-97, account number 40385560
or via Paypal (but please do this as 'friends and family' to minimise charges) and send to email@example.com
Whichever option you use it is essential you include a payment reference that includes the ride destination and your surname. (e.g. Brighton Bloggs). For Bank payment you may need to abbreviate. Your registration for the ride will not be complete until payment has been received.
The route flattens out once we descend from Ashdown and the last few miles into Eastbourne are lovely and flat.
Registration has now closed.
To whet your appetite, check out the 2022 ride report.