For the first part: I'm sure I speak for many when I say that you will be missed. A Felpham ride would be most welcome on the 2020 calendar. Apart from anything else can send some business your way on the Saturday morning Good luck with the new enterprise. Expect some familar-looking rubberneckers as soon as you open.This may be the last night ride I do for a while, as my new bike shop is almost ready to open, so I won't have Saturdays free.
The first time I did Ditchling, I had to walk after the first bend. Now it doesn't bother me. So for those of you out there who might have struggled with the climbs, stick with it. They do get easier.
For the second part, I am reminded of the wise words of Greg LeMond: "It doesn't get any easier, you just get faster". True that.