Dinner and Mince Pie Run

Our annual Christmas get together began with a Saturday evening meal at the Tally Ho pub in Eastbourne. Clem had made the original arrangements and then disappeared off to work in Antarctica so Keith and Jane stepped in to finalise the booking for the 7 couples. This pub serves cyclist sized meals so the majority of us were glad we had a brisk walk back before bed. Sunday morning dawned clear and frosty but the sun soon started to warm everything up. Those that had stayed in Eastbourne overnight were joined by 2 further couples to bring the total to 8 tandems and 1 solo riding. We headed off to the western end of the seafront and then climbed the zig-zag road to the top of Beachy Head. The climb was well worth it because the views were quite spectacular, conditions were near perfect, clear and still and quite warm in the sun. On such a day it is easy to see where the name "Head" comes from as you have sea on three sides. We headed off down to Birling Gap followed by a nasty little climb amongst the expensive houses in East Dean up to the pond at Friston. There followed a 40+mph descent towards the Cuckmere Valley where we headed inland. As we followed the valley northwards the temperature dropped markedly and it looked as if we might ride into fog but fortunately we never did. Lunch was in Berwick Station followed by a flattish ride back partly along the Cuckoo Trail to our house in Eastbourne for tea and mince pies. Ride distance approximately 30 miles. We have had a very good year of rides with an average of almost 19 riders out each time. Three couples managed to attend all the rides, Neville & Tricia and David & Caroline in addition to ourselves.
report by: Liz Gates

The ride was 28.7 miles.


Christmas dinner - Helen getting crowned

Christmas Dinner - NULL

On the way to Beachy Head - Keith and Jane

On the way to Beachy Head - Neville and Tricia

On the way to Beachy Head - Henry and Maureen

On the way to Beachy Head - Liz and Ken (organisers and RO's)

On the way to Beachy Head - Tim

On the way to Beachy Head - Mick and Rose

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