July 25th, London to Hastings: the Wen to Wen ride

Discussion in 'CycleChat and Recreational Rides' started by anothersam, 3 May 2015.

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Which ride most interests you?

Poll closed 5 May 2015.
  1. London to Hastings

    6 vote(s)
    75.0%
  2. Tunbridge Wells to Hastings & back again (the Witch's Hat)

    2 vote(s)
    25.0%
  1. OP
    OP
    anothersam

    anothersam SMIDSMe

    Location:
    Far East Sussex
    July 25th. This is the date. (Sorry velovoice!) Start time TBD, 8 or 9. That's a.m. – this isn't a Saturday night ride to the coast.

    Ignore the poll now, it's from London to Hastings. Or if you're not up for the whole thing you can hop on (or off) at Tunbridge Wells. (Of course you can hop off anywhere, helped by various stations along the route.)

    The route will either be as in the post above, or this, which is about 8 miles shorter and goes through Battle instead, with added traffic. They diverge at about the 60 mile mark. If you're signing up for this please assume either route.

    sign up sheet
    anothersam
    theclaud
    gr3g0ree
     
    Last edited: 14 May 2015
  2. theclaud

    theclaud It's teeceegawnmaaaad

    Location:
    Swansea
    Yes please.
     
  3. iLB

    iLB Hello there

    Location:
    LONDON
    All being well I should be here on that date, otherwise I would have fancied it.

    Happy to advise on route choice if needed.
     
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  4. OP
    OP
    anothersam

    anothersam SMIDSMe

    Location:
    Far East Sussex
    That looks a bit steep, so I've flattened the gradient. Unfortunately you pay for it later.
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  5. Dogtrousers

    Dogtrousers Kilometre nibbler

    Poo. Can't make it. But I might ride to Hastings some time in a Velosolo kinda way and go along that route-ish, and eat some chips when I get there which is kind of participating.
     
  6. OP
    OP
    anothersam

    anothersam SMIDSMe

    Location:
    Far East Sussex
    You don't need to know how many ghost signs are on the Ghost Signs ride, or bridges (or beers) are on the Bridges & Beers ride, to have a good time. Nevertheless I have made a list of the following to be counted on the way from London to Hastings.

    Bridges: only three worth mentioning
    – the one named after a Eurovision song contest winner
    – the one over the car-filled moat surrounding London
    – a pretty little bridge in Penshurst just before we get to Rogue's Hill.
    troll.jpg
    Dinosaurs: 1 pack of
    dinosaurs.jpg
    Pyramids: 1. See inside
    pyramidbike2.jpg
    Homes of Churchillian Prime Ministers: 1
    churchill.jpg
    Homes of pre-eminent Victorian evolutionary biologists: 1
    downhouse2.jpg
    Homes of Nobel prize-winning authors: 1
    kippled2.jpg
    Homes of former UKIP party leaders: 1
    ukip.jpg
    1066 battlefields: 1, depending on route
    1066.jpg
    Piers being rebuilt after they were burned down: 1
    godzillapier.jpg
     
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  7. gr3g0ree

    gr3g0ree Member

    I'm in for any date but the 8-9th Aug and any route. Hopefully with my new bike this time. Sign me up.
    What if we get rain forecast for all weekend?
     
  8. man in black

    man in black Active Member

    Can't make the 25th July sorry!
     
  9. OP
    OP
    anothersam

    anothersam SMIDSMe

    Location:
    Far East Sussex
    patches of light rain = OK


    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vb7htoJAK7g

    = postpone
     
  10. jiberjaber

    jiberjaber Über Member

    Location:
    Essex
    25th July might be challenging as I come back from holiday just before that, but will slot it in the diary as a reminder. :biggrin:
     
  11. martint235

    martint235 Dog on a bike

    Location:
    Welling
    I'm probably doing a 200 miler from Doncaster to London on the 25th but if for any reason that falls through I'm interested in this.
     
  12. theclaud

    theclaud It's teeceegawnmaaaad

    Location:
    Swansea
    Nice to know that joining us is your second choice, Martin. You've not been around much lately - intensive residential course at the Charm School?
     
  13. martint235

    martint235 Dog on a bike

    Location:
    Welling
    Just covering my bases!. If the Doncaster ride falls through, I'm equally happy to stay at home and put my feet up if having this as a first choice ride is a requirement.

    I went to the Chill Out School for a bit, I'm back now though.
     
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  14. theclaud

    theclaud It's teeceegawnmaaaad

    Location:
    Swansea
    Not as far as I know - I'm not in charge. Just helping you out with the social skills,... There is no charge for this, barring perhaps a post-ride pint.
     
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  15. martint235

    martint235 Dog on a bike

    Location:
    Welling
    Oh come on, how long have you known me? And you're still expecting social skills? :smile:
     
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