Stanmer Park, Brighton - Organisers Mick and Rose

Report by Dave

This ride started and finished at the excellent cafe in Stanmer Park. We headed up to Ditchling Beacon, fortunately climbing the easy side, before the fast descent heading towards Ditchling Village. Tim must have used his brakes too much as his front tyre exploded, fortunately just as he was stopping to turn right towards Plumpton. After some manipulation we managed to get the tyre to stay on, though it did seem rather loose. We then followed the lanes through South Strree, Barcombe Cross to Ringmer, where Tim's tyre finally died. As it was not too far to lunch at Glynde, he and Anne left their Tandem with a friendly homeowner and started walking. When the others reached the pub, two returned without stokers to collect them. After a pleasant lunch the main group headed south through Little Dene while Tim returned to the start by train to collect his car and recover the Tandem and stoker. After another puncture and level crossing stop we continued through Rodmell and Lewes to join the cycle track running alongside the noisy A27 to return to the start and a very welcome cup of tea and ice-cream.

The off from Stanmer after a great breakfast - Photo by Dave

Tim's second puncture of the day - Photo by Dave

The cause of the problem - Photo by Dave

Neville's turn - (or should it be Tricia?)Photo by Dave

Welcome refreshments back at the start - Photo by Dave

Pausing for breath at Ditchling Beacon - Photo by Neville

Tim's first puncture - Photo by Neville

Almost fixed - Photo by Neville

Along the foot of the South Downs - Along the Old Coach RoadPhoto by Neville

Some had to wait at the level crossing - Photo by Neville

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