About Brighton & Hove Clarion Cycling Club

Clarion 2015

Five Clarion riders admiring the view from High Beech Lane, north of Haywards Heath, in September 2015

The Clarion Cycling Club was founded in 1894/5 as an offshoot of The Clarion weekly socialist newspaper edited by charismatic journalist Robert Blatchford. Unlike other Clarion organisations, the Cycling Club survived through the 20th and into the 21st centuries. For more information see the national website www.clarioncc.org. (A short history is also available on this website; go back to the “About” tab and click on “The Clarion Movement”.)

The Brighton and Hove Section was formed at the end of February 2004. An earlier Brighton section disappeared in the 1950s(?). It included one of our current members. At the moment we are concentrating on organising fortnightly rides. Usually these involve meeting at a railway station. For this our basic principles are:

  • Start at a relatively civilised time
  • Avoid busy roads, long or steep hills as far as possible
  • Distances of 20-25 miles (or less particularly in winter months)
  • Return to Brighton station before dark in the winter.

Anyone who wishes to is welcome to join us; it is not necessary to join the Clarion in order to participate. Safety is, of course, a paramount concern but we all participate at our own risk. Browse our archive to get a better idea of what we do.

It is not necessary to join the Clarion to participate in our rides. Equally it is not necessary to participate in the rides to join the Club! If you’re interested in racing, Audax rides or strenuous touring, contact Bob Harber at bikerider@phonecoop.coop.

To join the Clarion CC please print out and fill in the Subscription form making sure to sign the declaration at the bottom. The membership fee if you’re 18 or over is now £8; this all goes to the National Clarion Cycling Club, as the local section subscription has been suspended for this year.

If paying by cheque or P.O. make payable to Brighton & Hove Clarion Cycling Club. Julian will then send it on to the national membership secretary, Donald Lever. Email me on i.bullock@ntlworld.com if you have any queries or if you would prefer a paper form.

Send completed form to:

Julian Arkell, 17 Normandy House, 18 The Drive, Hove, BN3 3JB with the appropriate fee.

Details of history, rides and activities prior to 2011 can be found on the old Clarion website.

Eastbourne Easter meet

A record turn-out (augmented by Clarion CC riders from across the UK) at the Eastbourne Easter Meet, 4 April 2010, for a ride up The Cuckoo Trail and around the Pevensey Levels


4 Responses to About Brighton & Hove Clarion Cycling Club

  1. Bob Harber says:

    My email is now bikerider@phonecoop.coop so could you amend the home page, please? Thanks Bob

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