Overnight Mountain Bike / Camping trip to Gumber Bothy 9th – 10th September

Overnight Mountain Bike trip to Gumber Bothy National Trust Camping Barn

Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th September

After a break of seven years we are finally returning to Gumber Bothy for an end of summer bunkbarn camping trip.

This is very much a social event with cycling thrown in. We will also be inviting our friends at VC Jubillee and Solent Pirates to join us.

Gumber Bothy, up on the South Downs near Bignor, is a fantastic place to spend the night and we have been lucky enough to secure exclusive access for PPYCC. Check out the website

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/slindon-estate/features/slindon-estate-has-a-converted-barn-and-campsite

Just like in 2010 the idea is to arrive on bike by cycling along the South Downs Way. On the Sunday we will cycle home reversing the route. But all are welcome however you arrive. We will use a support vehicle to bring in food, sleeping bags and tents etc. There is no direct vehicular access to the site. The NT will bring our gear in from Slindon village.

The route is almost entirely off road using the South Downs Way but we will ride for about 3 miles on the road. The only busy road section is a one mile ride from Amberley to Houghton which we will ride as a group with PPYCC coaches at the front and rear. The section of the South Downs Way we are riding is bumpy in a lot of places although there are some smooth grassy sections. The main challenge will be the four ascents and descents on route. The full 28 mile route is challenging and we do not recommend that any riders under 10 years or any riders with no mountain bike experience years attempt the full route. We may offer alternative start points at Washington or Amberley for younger riders and tag bike riders if required. Strong parents may be able to manage the whole route pulling a tag bike but it would be a long bumpy day on the back for a child! Experienced riders should be able to manage riding a low geared Cross bike. There is also an option of only riding one of the two legs. All children will need assigned, consented adult supervision.

Below is a download of the route. we will leave from Preston Park around 10am

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/15536642

Bookings can be made by email to charlie@ppycc.org.uk

Cost- £12 per adult and £6 per child

There will be some small extra costs for shared food and petrol etc

Sleeping arrangements -25 bunks in three rooms and room for 16 -20 tents. Sleeping arrangements will be agreed by general consensus once numbers are confirmed.

Fully equipped Kitchen and Wash/ Shower rooms on site.

If you do not have a suitable bike we may be able to lend you one. Just ask

Any questions about contact Charlie Booth or Ed Raynard, Hope to hear from you soon!

Update on Club Sunday Road Rides

After some consultation I have decided not to run any Club Sunday Road Rides for the next three months. The reasons being – We are entering the school exam and holiday season when attendance tends to dip considerably – I am struggling to always find time at present and am away several weekends myself. I know this also applies to the other ride leaders. (I would particularly like to thank Mark Bishop and Duncan Churchill for all the time they have given to the club on recent Sundays)

When we get going again in September I am hoping that we can encourage new faces to come along. The rides are tailored for all club members over 12, parents are also encouraged to come along. Please be in touch with any questions, keep riding- Thanks Charlie

Club Road Ride Sunday 14th May

Club road rides continue on Sunday 14th May for riders aged 12 and older.  Please contact the ride leader Charlie Booth if you have any questions – 07434 691462

Riders must have parental permission to ride. Parents are encouraged to come along.

The route will be decided on the day and be tailored for all abilities.

Meet at the track ready to leave at 10.00am for a two hour ride though note that we commonly return at 12.30 or after. There will be no charge  but the nature of these rides is that a higher level of self-sufficiency is required. This means riders should be capable of safe return if they become separated from the group and that suitable clothing and equipment are used. Thus there should be no new participants without prior agreement.

The rides are not coached sessions and there is not an organiser with legal responsibility for other riders. A club ride is simply a group of riders on a joint excursion on the open road which may include sections on busy roads and descents. Riders participate at their own risk and are expected to obey the Highway Code at all times.

Please ensure your bikes are road worthy this includes using tyres that are not worn or suffering cuts and nicks. COME FULLY CLOTHED FOR  ALL WEATHER or you will not be welcome to ride. Bad weather cancellations will be posted on the website by 9am

Club Road Ride – Sunday 30th April

Club road rides continue on Sunday 30th April for riders aged 12 and older.  Please contact the ride leader Charlie Booth if you have any questions – 07434 691462

Riders must have parental permission to ride. Parents are encouraged to come along.

The route will be decided on the day and be tailored for all abilities.

Meet at the track ready to leave at 10.00am for a two hour ride though note that we commonly return at 12.30 or after. There will be no charge  but the nature of these rides is that a higher level of self-sufficiency is required. This means riders should be capable of safe return if they become separated from the group and that suitable clothing and equipment are used. Thus there should be no new participants without prior agreement.

The rides are not coached sessions and there is not an organiser with legal responsibility for other riders. A club ride is simply a group of riders on a joint excursion on the open road which may include sections on busy roads and descents. Riders participate at their own risk and are expected to obey the Highway Code at all times.

Please ensure your bikes are road worthy this includes using tyres that are not worn or suffering cuts and nicks. COME FULLY CLOTHED FOR  ALL WEATHER or you will not be welcome to ride. Bad weather cancellations will be posted on the website by 9am

Longer Club run on Sunday 23rd April with actual cake stop

This coming Sunday I would like to take the club ride on a slightly longer ride involving a cake stop. Sussex Nomads CC will be holding a ‘pop-up’ cafe at Bushovel & Wiston Village Hall, just of the A243 Steyning Road, BN44 3DD. It will be open from 1000 – 1330.

All the cakes are homemade and the portions are generous, to say the least!

The purpose of this event is to raise money for the charity ‘Dreamflight’. This is Derek Middlehurst of Sussex Nomads chosen charity for the 2017 Virgin London Marathon so please bring a couple of pounds along.

Please contact the ride leader Charlie Booth if you have any questions – 07434 691462

Riders must have parental permission to ride. Parents are encouraged to come along.

Meet at the track ready to leave at 10.00am. I have a planned route of 43 miles for this Sunday – allow 3 to 4 hours for return although we could be back sooner if we have a consensus on the day.

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/14696707

The rides are not coached sessions and there is not an organiser with legal responsibility for other riders. A club ride is simply a group of riders on a joint excursion on the open road which may include sections on busy roads and descents. Riders participate at their own risk and are expected to obey the Highway Code at all times.

Please ensure your bikes are road worthy this includes using tyres that are not worn or suffering cuts and nicks. COME FULLY CLOTHED FOR  COLDER WEATHER or you will not be welcome to ride. Bad weather cancellations will be posted on the website by 9am

Club road ride Sunday 9th April – with alternative meeting arrangement!

Club road rides continue on Sunday 9th April for riders aged 12 and older.  Please contact the ride leader Charlie Booth if you have any questions – 07434 691462

Riders must have parental permission to ride. Parents are encouraged to come along.

The route will be decided on the day and be tailored for all abilities.

BECAUSE THE BRIGTON MARATHON IS TAKING PLACE AT PRESTON PARK ON SUNDAY MORNING WE WILL MEET AT 10AM OUTSIDE CAFE TILT AT FIVEWAYS (134 Preston Drove, Hove, Brighton BN1 6FJ) MAKE SURE  YOU CHECK ON THE MARATHON WEBSITE TO SEE WHICH ROADS ARE CLOSED. YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO CROSS SOME JUNCTIONS EVEN ON A BIKE. I STRONGLY CAUTION AGAINST DRIVING IN FROM OUT OF TOWN BECAUSE OF LIKELY CONGESTION.

(For younger readers a marathon is a mass participation 40km run, Older readers will  course know that it is really a caramel chocolate bar with peanuts in the middle)

 There will be no charge  but the nature of these rides is that a higher level of self-sufficiency is required. This means riders should be capable of safe return if they become separated from the group and that suitable clothing and equipment are used. Thus there should be no new participants without prior agreement.

The rides are not coached sessions and there is not an organiser with legal responsibility for other riders. A club ride is simply a group of riders on a joint excursion on the open road which may include sections on busy roads and descents. Riders participate at their own risk and are expected to obey the Highway Code at all times.

Please ensure your bikes are road worthy this includes using tyres that are not worn or suffering cuts and nicks. Bad weather cancellations will be posted on the website by 9am