Overnight Mountain Bike trip to Gumber Bothy National Trust Camping Barn
After the success of last years trip we will be returning to Gumber Bothy for a mid- summer bunkbarn camping trip on the 21st July
This is very much a social, family event with cycling thrown in.
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.
The idea is to arrive on bike by cycling along some of the South Downs Way. 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. There will be a small cost confirmed nearer the time.
More details will follow but please register your interest by sending an email or any questions to email@example.com
Thanks for now, Charlie
PPYCC riders coaches and helpers are invited to ride in the Puncheur Cycle Sportive on Sunday 4th March – starting and finishing in Ditchling.
Event Website http://puncheur.co.uk/
A Sportive is an organised, mass-participation cycling event. Riders are timed and can aim to achieve a set time for the distance. There are also feed stations and technical back up provided. Riding with hundreds of other riders is also very motivating and exciting.
The Puncheur Sportive is 65 miles long and finishes with the legendary climb of Ditchling Beacon! PPYCC riders have been offered discounted entry at £10, worth it for the food alone! If you only fancy riding half the distance you can make our own arrangement to be collected at the half way feed station at Saint Hill near East Grinstead
To ride you must be 12 or over and have your parent /guardian’s permission. You will also need to have done some longer training rides before the day. This ride is well suited to riders who have regularly ridden on the Winter Club Rides.
To enter you will need to contact the organiser Morgan Lewis firstname.lastname@example.org and ask him for a discounted PPYCC entry. Do not try and book through the Puncheur website as the event has sold out and you cannot enter online.
If you are under 18 you will need your parent /guardian to email the organiser Morgan Lewis at email@example.com to give consent for you to ride and to arrange payment.
The email needs to say:
I am the parent / guardian of ____________________ and I hereby consent to him/her participating in the Puncheur Sportive on 4th March 2018.
Both I and my son/daughter have read and understood the attached Event Terms and Conditions and will abide by them.
On the day, the adult responsible for my son/daughter will be ________________ and their contact number is ______________________.
The contact number for my son/daughter is: ________________.
Their DOB is: ____________________.
We have now decided to dispense with the specific ‘second hand sales’ page on the website and simply advertise items on the home-page for a trial period. If any members have any items for sale please email me and I will periodically post them on the site.
I will use a common title so you can easily search up old posts, namely- PPYCC Second Hand Sales
Two bargains are up for sale below right away
We have a Sky (few years old) cycling outfit.
Perfect as a spare piece of kit.
Shimano Cycling Shoes Size 7
Call Trudi 078100 25739 for both items or more info.
Thank you to all those who got in touch in answer to my survey on Sunday Club Road Rides
I have subsequently decided not to start the rides again until November when more people are available and all our other big events are out of the way.
Thanks again Charlie
Is anyone looking at the Second Hand Sales page on the website?
I am thinking it would be more efficient and easier to simply post up Second Hand items for sale on the Club Facebook site
Any comments welcome
Another quick survey
I know we have a busy month ahead with two Cyclecross races and the Club Championships but I would like to gauge what level of interest there is for resuming the Sunday Club Rides in October. These rides have traditionally been for riders 12 and over with parental permission. Please let me know if you or your son or daughter is keen to participate. I am especially keen to know if any younger riders you have not previously joined us on Sundays would like to come along. Parents are encouraged to join in!
We commonly 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. Thus there should be no new participants without prior agreement. Similarly these are club rides and not coaching sessions, so will aim to be more continuous ride, with limited stopping.
Happy to answer any questions
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
(no attendees without prior notice but we still have a few places left if you want to get in touch)
Please read carefully
For those of you cycling to Gumber Bothy
We will meet at the Preston Park track at 9.30am for signing on. We aim to ride out by 10am.
You will need an overnight bag containing warm clothing, spare cycling kit, sleeping bag, towel, toiletries. If you don’t want to sleep in the dormitories you can bring a tent and all that is needed go with it. The dorms have padded mattresses but I don’t think there are pillows. Perhaps bring any empty pillow cases to stuff with clothing.
Overnight bags will be taken to Gumber in the support van.
You can drop your bags off at ‘sign on’ on Saturday or you can deliver them to my house (90 Beaconsfield Villas BN1 6HE) on Thursday / Friday evening Text in advance 07434691462 or you can drop off at my work on Thursday / Friday ( Infinity Foods 46 Dolphin Road Shoreham BN43 6PB) Text in advance 07434691462
For those of you arriving by car or public transport
The Bothy and campsite are a two-mile walk from the nearest car park at Bignor Hill or Northwood (grid ref SU 959098) and there is no vehicle access to the site. I think you can get a bit nearer with a car to drop off gear but not for parking. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU ATTEMPT TO BRING A VEHICLE ON SITE. The cycling group aim to arrive by 4pm
You will need an overnight bag containing warm clothing, sleeping bag, towel, toiletries. If you don’t want to sleep in the dormitories you can bring a tent and all that is needed go with it. The dorms have padded mattresses but I don’t think there are pillows. Perhaps bring any empty pillow case to stuff with clothing
Overnight bags will be taken to Gumber in the support van or you can walk your bag in from Slindon village.
You can drop your bags off at ‘sign on’ on Saturday or you can deliver them to my house (90 Beaconsfield Villas BN1 6HE) on Thursday / Friday evening. Text in advance 07434691462 or you can drop off at my work on Thursday / Friday ( Infinity Foods 46 Dolphin Road Shoreham BN43 6PB) in the daytime. Text in advance 07434691462
Visitors occupying the Bothy barn are welcome to use all the following facilities: Toilets, showers, sleeping dorms, kitchen, BBQ, bike racks, pay phone, camping field and drying room available. Visitors to the campsite have access to the same facilities apart from the sleeping dorms. Please also note that although the kitchen and Bothy are very well equipped there are no electric power outlets/ plug points on site and no fridge. There are lights but bringing a small torch is a good idea.
A vegetarian evening pasta meal and morning breakfast will be provided. You are welcome to bring any snacks or extras. Alcohol is allowed for over 18’s but I won’t be bringing for all. If you have any concerns or questions about let me know.
Check in advance of Saturday that your bike is in full working order. Bring spare tubes, jacket and snacks for the ride, A small back-pack is a good idea. You will be able to refill bottles at at least 2 points on the route
Remember – pack warm for cycling – pack warm for resting and sleeping!!!!
Contact numbers for ride leaders
Charlie 07434 691462
Ed 07734 419584
Kim 07833 351822
Anthony 07757 284814
Gumber Bothy Estate Office: 01243 814484
Gumber Bothy Emergency Telephone: 07833 906595
In the event of bad weather we may alter plans as necessary
Any questions – let me know!!
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
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
Bookings can be made by email to email@example.com
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!