Castle Challenge – POSTPONED

I regret to report that it has been decided to postpone the planned Cycle Rides for April due to the present Covid situation. It is hoped that we will be able to arrange for the event to take place in September.
Additional information in respect of the proposed event will be emailed to you when any further decision is made.
Ian Butters
Event Organiser



Hello Cyclists

Rotary Cycle Challenge

I am sure that you will all have been disappointed that the Rotary Club were forced to cancel the event planned for 26th April 2020.  However the good news is that plans are going ahead for the 2021 challenge which will take place on  25th APRIL 2021.  The event will be organised to be Covid safe so one or two things may change but in essence the three routes will still be there. Start and finish locations will be similar although, as matters stand, we will not be able to offer you refreshments at the end of your ride.

So put the date in your diary and formal ride invitations will be sent out in December with entries being accepted from 1st January. Pre entries only will be possible so no entries on the day.

Ian Butters
Event Organiser
Rotary Club of St Leonards on Sea

Bexhill – Pevensey Bay Return (LEVEL 1)

Bexhill – Pevensey Bay Return 10am – 12 noon 
Level 1 ride approx 15 miles total. 
Start from The DLWP Colonnade proceeding to Cooden Beach then Normans Bay to arrive at Pevensey Bay. (Return same route).
Please bring your own refreshments (there maybe opportunity for coffee?)
The numbers are limited to 6 people, so first to register will be accepted. 
Covid 19.
Please note that ALL riders are required to provide ICE contact details (address) on paper which will be held for 21 days securely, then destroyed safely. 
To register for this ride please text only to John 07870 487753
I look forward to meeting you,

Coffee Ride

Coffee Ride Saturday 12th September

Do join me for coffee at Hope Farm Cottage, Hooe. I will be there at 10.30 until 11.30. I will book a table for 6 hoping a few members will join me. No need to book in. If you have any queries call Sue on 07952166819


Mince Pie Meander

NOTE different meeting point!

Meet 10am in the car park along ‘The Gorses’ (the road opposite Cooden Beach Station, pass the toilets!) for our Mince-Pie start!

We will then cycle along to Pevensey Bay for another Mince-Pie stop at the Ocean View Cafe, from here we could split into 2 groups. for anyone wishing to return, it will be a straight cycle back along the way we came!
For those wishing for a few more miles, we will come inland, through to Westham, Hankham and Rickney, before heading back to Pevensey and Cooden Beach Station.
Various mince pie stops on route, depending on how many I can carry!!

All flat and suitable for any bike, approximately 15miles. + extra loop for those who want to.

Wrap up warm as we will be cycling slowly and there will be lots of stops, so you may get cold!
Remember your Santa Hat too!!

Please let me know if you can join me
Thank You,

Cycle to the seaside

For those of you that haven’t had enough water yet, lets cycle to Sovereign Harbour to check out if the boats are still afloat!
This will be a relatively short ride, just to get out and blow the cobwebs away! Having the obligatory coffee, cake and stimulating conversation with our cycling friends.

Meet at the Colonnade Bexhill, Ready to leave at 10.30am  NOTE SLIGHTLY LATER TIME

Cycle along to Cooden Station and along to Pevency Bay where we will join the cycle path to Sovereign Harbour for coffee at Di Lieto’s, so we can check out the boats!

We shall return by the same route, returning at approx 1.30pm

Approx total distance :  20 miles max
Suitable for any bike you don’t mind getting dirty!


Children In Need ride (ours!)

Do join us for a fun, fundraising ride for Children in Need. Do wear fancy dress if you would like to but please make sure the clothes are suitable for bike riding too. The idea is to cycle gently along from Cooden Beach station leaving at 10am. Please bring something to put any donations in. You will get a Pudsey bear sticker or 2 ! You can join the ride on NCN 2 at Warrior Square by Goat Ledge cafe. We will leave Goat Ledge at 11.30.  Then on to Hastings for coffee/snack.After the break the group will cycle back to Bexhill.Total about 8 miles. Geof will collect any donations on behalf of the club and transfer the club’s total to Children in Need. To book in or any questions text Geof 07811098505.


An update from Geof, which changes things slightly…

Our legal advisor has made it clear we cannot lawfully collect donations from the general public. So what we shall do is, firstly have some fun and raise some money for this great annual event. All those taking part please give as much as you can to me and I will transfer this grand sum to Children in Need on behalf of the club. A big turn out please.

Thursday evening ride – BEXHILL

Thursday evening rides in Bexhill will be on the SECOND Thursday of every month.

Meet on Bexhill Promenade next to the Sailing Club, ready to start riding at 6:30pm. We will cycle for about an hour, then return to Bexhill for an [optional] drink at a café or pub. The meeting point is a short cycle from Bexhill Station, and is conveniently situated on the National Cycle Network route 2. There is free car parking on Bexhill promenade.

No need to book, just turn up, please bring bike lights.

Our aim is to have two ride groups; a “tortoises” short & easy ride, and a “hares” ride which will be a bit longer and faster , however as this is a new venture we will assess which ride(s) to do based on the demand that evening.

Winchelsea/Rye (Level-1)

We will begin our ride at Winchelsea Station at 11:45am and cycle into Rye via the Nature Reserve. Coffee stop in Rye. A lovely flat route with great scenery with a traffic free section of NCN 2 and a bit of practice on the road too. Some experienced members of the club in be on hand and  will be happy to answer questions you may have about riding technique, road positioning and cycling in a group.
We will be back at Winchelsea Station sometime in the early/mid afternoon.


Note: There will also be a “feeder ride” starting from Battle and arriving at Winchelsea Station by 11:45am, although the feeder ride will be at a “Level-2b” pace. Details are here

Thursday Evening ride – BATTLE

Thursday Evening rides in Battle will run throughout the summer on the FIRST and THIRD thursday of every month.

As with previous years we will meet on the Abbey Green, ready to start riding at 6:30pm. We will cycle for about an hour, then return to Battle for an [optional] drink at a café or pub

Whenever possible we will aim to have two ride groups every week; a short & easy ride, and another which will be a bit longer and faster. The leaders will describe the route(s) at the beginning and you can chose which one you want to go on.
Note that neither of the rides could be described as “Level 1” because there aren’t any routes we can use that are on the flat

No need to book, just turn up. Please bring lights and a bike lock if you have them

Ride and Swim

Meet at Cooden Beach station at 10:00am. We will go out via Whydown, Hooe and Wartling to Lime Cross for a late morning coffee. Returning through Rickney and Pevensey for a swim in the sea at Herbrand Walk for anyone who fancies it. We’ll be back at Cooden Beach between 2:00 and 3:00 depending on how long we swim for. A few hills but we will take them gently. Approx 25 miles in total
Please let Steve know on 077895 46833 if you’d like to come. Bring water, something for lunch and swimming stuff

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