The Last Ride: Sunday 1 October 2017 – The Level to Brighton Pier via Falmer, Woodingdean and Rottingdean

Six of us, Angela (D), Prudence, Wendy, Chris (S), Julian and Sean decided the weather forecast was overly pessimistic and set off, under Julian’s leadership with Wendy acting as backstop, for Falmer.

Rather than follow the usual route via the University to Falmer we took the underpass towards The Keep and then cycled past the Amex Stadium. Interestingly as Prudence cycled towards the road barrier across the exit road from the Stadium it duly opened to let her through and promptly closed again. The rest of us lesser mortals were left to push our bikes around the barrier.

Sunday 1 October 2017: The Level to Brighton Pier via Falmer, Woodingdean and Rottingdean

After the initial steep climb out of Falmer we paused for breath and a group photograph with the Amex Stadium as the backdrop. By this time the weather had improved to the point that a number of us felt the need to remove jackets to avoid overheating! The steady climb to the Woodingdean traffic lights was soon completed and followed by the exhilarating ride down Bexhill Road and into Rottingdean where we were greeted by sunshine.

Disappointingly The Coach House could not accommodate us unless we were prepared to compete with a football match on Sky TV. After due debate we adjourned to The Queen Victoria where we were made most welcome. The beer drinkers amongst us were impressed with the range of beers on offer and those looking for a meal were impressed with the quality of the food. As befits “teenagers” of a “certain age” smart phones were used to take photographs of the meals. A pub to remember for the future!

Sunday 1 October 2017: The Level to Brighton Pier via Falmer, Woodingdean and Rottingdean

The lunch conversation embraced the benefits of dual nationality, cycling in France, Julian’s taste in puddings and the possibility of cycling the Downslink from Guildford to Shoreham.

As we left the pub sadly it started to rain but it stopped shortly after we commenced cycling the under-cliff towards Brighton. At the Palace Pier we went our separate ways and I suspect most of us made it home in the dry.

I am sure I speak for all those who took part when I say “Thank you Julian for arranging a very enjoyable ride”

Chris (S)

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