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General Category => Audax => Topic started by: Martin on 12 April, 2019, 01:51:24 pm

Title: SeaShore 200 25th July
Post by: Martin on 12 April, 2019, 01:51:24 pm
A little baby Manotea and me conceived with a lot of genes from a previous and well respected organiser.

It was a regular Hailsham start but has moved West, taking advantage of the bottom half of the London Orbital 300 before striking South into GdS territory and the iconic flat coastal route through Brighton. Shoreham harbour is a real working port and well worth the detour.

Very ECEable too  :)

http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/19-229/
Title: Re: SeaShore 200 13th July
Post by: Wycombewheeler on 12 April, 2019, 06:29:33 pm
Hmm been toying with entering the London orbital but put off by the early start being further away than last year. 8am is more appealing but that seafront section into a likely headwind makes me pause.
Title: Re: SeaShore 200 13th July
Post by: Martin on 12 April, 2019, 07:37:43 pm
I rode that section twice over the winter was very happy to reverse the second time but it was ok the normal way too.

There is a cycle path all the way  from Saltdean under the cliffs through Brighton to the turn for Carats but you can also mix it with the vehicles on the road instead for a bit more lumpiness


Title: Re: SeaShore 200 13th July
Post by: Manotea on 13 April, 2019, 10:24:56 pm
I'm not anticpating wind being an issue on the day, as 'the under the cliffs' section is relatively sheltered and more to the point it will be July, and a heady combination of seaside, sunshine and grockles will mean riders can expect to be in gentle cruising mode on the Seaford to Shoreham leg. In fact a gentle sea breeze will probably be quite welcome. 8)

Click the graphic for more details.

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/cd3p755pt45nj8q/SSA6.jpg?raw=1) (http://seashore200.paudax.com)

Title: Re: SeaShore 200 13th July
Post by: Martin on 02 July, 2019, 10:48:02 pm
anyone else up for this? a real treat around quiet lanes dramatic scenery with a small s and not at all quiet seafronts  8)
Title: Re: SeaShore 200 13th July
Post by: Neil C on 04 July, 2019, 05:12:11 pm
I rode the London Orbital last year but have opted for the SeaShore 200 this year.
Will probably ECE it - just need to add a little distance to the direct route and sort out the paperwork.
Title: Re: SeaShore 200 13th July
Post by: Martin on 04 July, 2019, 11:31:02 pm
I should add the "only one hill" is a more general description of the High Weald than a single climb....
Title: Re: SeaShore 200 13th July
Post by: Martin on 14 July, 2019, 09:10:09 am
had a nice ride round this inaugural event. The first 71k was very benign taking in last years Orbital 300 route. But then came the old adage "if I was going to Seaford I wouldn't start from here" I think there was a mass sense of humour failure after Mother Crowborough and all her little daughter hills. Once there the sailing club café was a very welcome and sunny spot. The undercliff route (gdunk gdunk!) was a lot better than the last two times I did it, yesterday without the walnut sized pebbles and 3m waves crashing over! If you think it's a nice bit of cycle / pedestrian provision its primary purpose is a big tunnel underneath to take sewage away from Brighton (near the Palace Pier where it used to come out)  to discharge into the sea a couple of miles further East.

Brighton seafront was challenging! although if anything the preponderance of their own version of Boris bikes did keep the cycle path mostly free. A few riders said they couldn't find Carat's will give better destructions next year

The tail end of the Sussex Steam Fair at Wiston was a very nice disctraction through Steyning

Thanks Manotea!
Title: Re: SeaShore 200 13th July
Post by: grimpeur du sudocrem on 14 July, 2019, 08:35:01 pm
The undercliff was still a pebble-fest until as recently as Friday, when I passed the sweeping machine making its first visit since last summer. Obviously booked by the wonderful org!
Title: Re: SeaShore 200 13th July
Post by: Pete L on 15 July, 2019, 06:50:52 pm
Cracking ride, the coastal section was superb. Nice promenade along the front at Seaford, the superb white cliffs on the undercliff path, then cyclepath along the front at Brighton, occasionally wall to wall pedestrians, but mostly not too bad, a few Boris bikes and the occasional hipster on a fixed. Then the deserted road through the docks, and over the impressive lock gates. The cycle path out of Shoreham on the banks of the river with views of Lancing College, and the wooden bridge crossing were a great finale to the coastal bit. A few seaside pics below!

I confess to being one of the people who failed to spot the Shoreham cafe, although to be fair, if there hadn't been an alt control listed, I would have made the effort to backtrack from the lock gates to go and find it.

I did have one technical issue on the ride, my GPS seemed to be playing up, it was reading 2185 metres of ascent by the end of the ride, which seems way off for a route with "only one hill".

(http://c8h10n4o2.org/audax/rrty19/fullsize/seaford.jpg)

(http://c8h10n4o2.org/audax/rrty19/fullsize/undercliff1.jpg)

(http://c8h10n4o2.org/audax/rrty19/fullsize/undercliff2.jpg)

(http://c8h10n4o2.org/audax/rrty19/fullsize/brighton.jpg)

(http://c8h10n4o2.org/audax/rrty19/fullsize/shoreham.jpg)

(http://c8h10n4o2.org/audax/rrty19/fullsize/steyning.jpg)
Title: Re: SeaShore 200 13th July
Post by: Martin on 28 October, 2019, 08:34:54 pm
Event planned (subject to the Man from Del AUK saying Yes!) as a standalone X rated 200 from Horsham next Sat July 26th slightly less lumpy but bonus coastline including Eastbourne Beachy Head and Birling Gap  8) :)
Title: Re: SeaShore 200 13th July
Post by: Phixie on 30 October, 2019, 08:00:22 am
Is that Saturday 25th July or Sunday 26th July 2020?

Regards,

RP
Title: Re: SeaShore 200 13th July
Post by: Martin on 30 October, 2019, 09:44:25 am
Is that Saturday 25th July or Sunday 26th July 2020?

Regards,

RP

Saturday 25th July :-[
Title: Re: SeaShore 200 13th July
Post by: Martin on 30 October, 2019, 08:31:42 pm
Assuming the new route gets approved it's;

First section a little South of this year's just clipping the Northern edge of Gatwick then through Horley to Edenbridge (where those wanting something more than snacks at Leigh control 10k later should stock up at Co-Op)

Crowborough is replaced by Mayfield (or is it Heathfield?) as the high point (it's possible to avoid the climb to Heathfield by staying on the A267 but it's longer), there isn't really any way to avoid that ridge heading South but once at Heathfield you are on the flat well surfaced Cuckoo Trail until almost Pevensey. Simple Tesco Express control but again there is more in Eastbourne.

Then it's a tour of seafronts, Eastbourne first followed by the easiest route I could find up to Beachy Head (Dukes Drive a lovely Alpine style hairpin), Birling Gap with iconic views either side of the Seven Sisters. A short bit of busy narrow climb on the A259 to Friston but I'm looking at alternatives. Downhill to Exceat where you pick up last year's route all the way to Shoreham Harbour (will give more detailed directions to Carat's this year). The official route goes down to the undercliff path at Saltdean but riders can stay on the A259 if they prefer)

The last section avoids this year's last busy and fast trafficked road (at that time of day) to Alfold in favour of a laney info before rolling downhill to the finish.

Be advised Horsham is not a place to park on a Saturday! it will set you back £12-14  :o I've found a free alternative 2km away. Or you can always get the train  :)
Title: Re: SeaShore 200 13th July
Post by: AJB on 30 October, 2019, 09:43:11 pm
Or cycle to the start  :)

Anton
Title: Re: SeaShore 200 13th July
Post by: Martin on 02 November, 2019, 05:11:59 am
Now open for entries  :)

http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/20-229/
Title: Re: SeaShore 200 25th July
Post by: Martin on 14 January, 2020, 11:45:49 pm
only 30 places left!
Title: Re: SeaShore 200 25th July
Post by: postie on 15 January, 2020, 08:57:09 am
This does look rather good , cant make the 25th.
But any chance you want a route check done beforehand?
Title: Re: SeaShore 200 25th July
Post by: Martin on 15 January, 2020, 10:44:26 am
This does look rather good , cant make the 25th.
But any chance you want a route check done beforehand?

yes please as I'm riding on the day  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: SeaShore 200 25th July
Post by: postie on 15 January, 2020, 08:05:45 pm
Its a done deal, will be in contact nearer the time. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: SeaShore 200 25th July
Post by: OMIL on 15 January, 2020, 08:25:18 pm
Just entered, thanks for notifying me about this.
Title: Re: SeaShore 200 25th July
Post by: Jethro on 17 January, 2020, 11:16:00 am
Entered.

Might book into a nearby Premier Inn where there is also free parking.
Title: Re: SeaShore 200 25th July
Post by: Martin on 20 January, 2020, 10:16:48 am
PLEASE NOTE

Owing to high demand this event is going to close entries soon but is being repeated on Saturday 15 August as the Airbourne 200, on the same day as Eastbourne airshow. This is likely to involve diversions around Eastbourne seafront but other than that the route and controls are the same.

If you wish to swap over to the Airbourne please PM  :)
Title: Re: SeaShore 200 25th July
Post by: Martin on 22 January, 2020, 06:37:44 pm
Full! (And 10 entries over the max to allow for DNS)
Watch out for the Airbourne on August 15
Title: Re: SeaShore 200 25th July
Post by: GdS on 13 June, 2020, 08:01:12 am
Event moved to 19.9.20; otherwise May 2021

I will also run it again next summer, this year's is currently full

Note revised route avoids about a third of the A267 to Mayfield and the (not nice) A264 on the last section

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32971838
Title: Re: SeaShore 200 25th July
Post by: postie on 13 June, 2020, 06:04:42 pm
Offer of route check is still there if needed/wanted.
Title: Re: SeaShore 200 25th July
Post by: GdS on 13 June, 2020, 06:52:03 pm
Thanks; much appreciated  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: SeaShore 200 25th July
Post by: GdS on 01 August, 2020, 09:03:20 pm
Did a route check of the intended route today to kick off my 2020 RRTY  :thumbsup:

Apologies for the Leigh- Heathfield section it's pretty brutal (by my standards although not done more than 160 in 4 months) but better than last year's and there isn't really any way to avoid that ridge in order to get to the coast. The Cuckoo Trail may not be to everyone's taste but it's hard surface the whole way. Total climb about 1900m which is way out of AAA but still a bit of a work out

The Leigh post office 52k control was a welcome surprise cheap flapjacks and an even cheaper coffee machine! (£1)  :P
Title: Re: SeaShore 200 25th July
Post by: dave d on 21 September, 2020, 12:13:35 pm
A couple of us took advantage of what might be the last sunny weekend of the year to do this as DIY on Sunday. 

Strong headwinds made the first part to Leith tough.  Unfortunately the Post Office there shuts on a Sunday, so no chance to sample the flapjacks and instead stopped at the Waitrose at Heathfield after what was also a very tough and undulating section.  As pointed out, the Cuckoo Trail surface is fine, but don't expect to go fast with all the barriers, road crossings, nervous cyclists, children, dogs and ponies around.  Enjoyed the seafront section, again need to watch out for pedestrians but generally not too crowded.  More difficult was trying to work out which bit is actually a cycle lane, particularly as they seem to be putting in new (covid social distance related) cycle facilities as we speak.  Unfortunately hit a pothole not long before home, but just a few grazes on me and a new bar tape on the bike to sort out and will be fine.
Title: Re: SeaShore 200 25th July
Post by: GdS on 22 September, 2020, 08:12:59 am
As with last year's event there's no easy way of avoiding the high ridge between Ashdown Forest and Heathfield in order to reach the South Coast. I thought Beachy Head and Birling Gap were an important addition for a calendar event.

I have various DIY mandatory route versions which avoid a lot of that hilly area if you are interested, mostly they turn at Exceat near Seaford.
Title: Re: SeaShore 200 25th July
Post by: dave d on 24 September, 2020, 08:55:59 pm
Agreed - worth a few extra hills for more sea views!