Sunday rides are slightly more challenging than our Tuesday rides. The routes tend to be longer, and will often venture into the hills of the South Downs. The pace on a Sunday is brisker than on Tuesdays (overall average c. 12-14 mph), but we always regroup at junctions and summits, and no one ever gets dropped or lost. The rides list below gives timings and approximate distances, and also flags occasional rides that might include off-road sections less suitable for road bikes (although usually fine for touring or gravel bikes). The majority of the Sunday routes will use tarmac roads. As with our Tuesday rides, the group will set off promptly at the start time to ride to the coffee stop (11’s), where people might decide to turn back for a shorter route. You are welcome to join the group at 11’s or lunch. The ride moves on from coffee to the lunch stop, before returning to the start point. In the autumn/winter months you will need good working lights, as you will be out all day. Our Sunday rides are intended for people who want to ride a bit further at a good touring pace. They are not like road-club training rides, and we don’t do ‘chain gangs’! We don’t insist on hi-viz or helmets. You are welcome to bring any type of bike on which you can do the distance, just make sure it is well maintained and in good working order. Please bring a pump, a spare inner tube, puncture repair kit, and basic tools including a spanner if you don’t have quick-release wheels. If you think Sunday rides might be for you, or you have any questions, please contact Richard, our Sunday Rides Secretary. Do come along and join us one Sunday, you will be made very welcome.
Sunday Rides August/September 2019
Sunday 18th. Leader Dave (50 miles)
Please bring a packed lunch for this ride
9.30. Frankland Arms, Washington
11s: Sumners Ponds, Barnes Green
11s: Kirdford Village Stores
Lunch: Leith Hill Tower, picnic
Sunday 25th. Leader Mick (55 miles)
9.30. Littlehampton footbridge
11s: Aldingbourne Country Centre
Lunch: The Hare & Hounds, Stoughton
September 1st. Event: DA Churches Ride
Please make your own way to the start
From 9.30 for 10.00 start: Wiggonholt RSPB Cafe
Ride a 40-mile route or a 30-mile route, answering a simple question at each church along the way. Routes are all north of the Downs.
Route sheets provided at the start.
Lunch for longer route: The Country Inn, Bepton nr Midhurst
Lunch for shorter route: either The White Horse, Graffham, or The Squire & Horse, Bury.