May Bank Holiday Rides
On the Bank Holiday Mondays in May, we have a couple of traditional longer rides: The Bluebell Ride on early May bank holiday, and the Brighton Ride on late May bank holiday.
The Graham MacNamee Memorial Bluebell Ride
This ride follows a route enjoyed at this time of year by our late and much missed President Graham ‘Mac’ MacNamee. (Click the button to read more about Mac’s amazing life and achievements). The 100km route goes out to deepest Surrey with a couple of climbs on the way out and rolling terrain coming back. Opportunities for coffee stops at Shere and Henfold Lakes.
The riding style is usually steady Mallorca style, i.e. ride in pairs and change when the riders on the front have had enough.
The Brighton Run
On late May bank holiday, we ride to Brighton for fish and chips on the seafront. The route is about 110 miles long. The outward leg is quiet and scenic and goes through some beautiful villages and then over the Devil’s Dyke (rather than Ditchling Beacon) before descending into Brighton. Refuelling takes place at the seafront fish and chip bar before the return leg follows the coast to Shoreham-on-sea, then turns inland for a rolling route back to Twickers, whereupon rehydration takes place at a local hostelry.
Some riders opt to ride to Brighton, have the fish and chip blowout and then take the train back to town. There’s no shame in that! (but it may be a more pleasant journey from Hove).