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Martin

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SeaShore 200 13th July
« on: April 12, 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  :)

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Re: SeaShore 200 13th July
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 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.
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Re: SeaShore 200 13th July
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 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



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Re: SeaShore 200 13th July
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 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)

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Re: SeaShore 200 13th July
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 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)

Re: SeaShore 200 13th July
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 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.

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Re: SeaShore 200 13th July
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 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....

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Re: SeaShore 200 13th July
« Reply #7 on: July 14, 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!

Re: SeaShore 200 13th July
« Reply #8 on: July 14, 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!

Re: SeaShore 200 13th July
« Reply #9 on: July 15, 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".













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Re: SeaShore 200 13th July
« Reply #10 on: October 28, 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) :)

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Re: SeaShore 200 13th July
« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2019, 08:00:22 am »
Is that Saturday 25th July or Sunday 26th July 2020?

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Re: SeaShore 200 13th July
« Reply #12 on: October 30, 2019, 09:44:25 am »
Is that Saturday 25th July or Sunday 26th July 2020?

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RP

Saturday 25th July :-[

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Re: SeaShore 200 13th July
« Reply #13 on: October 30, 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  :)

Re: SeaShore 200 13th July
« Reply #14 on: October 30, 2019, 09:43:11 pm »
Or cycle to the start  :)

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« Reply #15 on: November 02, 2019, 05:11:59 am »