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July 2018 (No.1)

Dear Member

Welcome to the first Newsletter!

These newsletters aim to contain information for you on cycling events and activities going on in the club as well as cycling adventures organised by individual members. You never know you may pick up an idea for a cycling venture you would like to do!

We will give information about local classes that may interest members to help with their cycling and general fitness such as yoga, workshops etc. We will mention the dates of upcoming local Sportives that may be of interest. Health and Safe Riding tips will be included too. We also thought a ‘Wanted Cycling Items’ and ‘Cycling Items For Sale’ section may be of interest to members. (Please note that any items bought or sold are entirely on a personal basis with no club liability).



Sunday 29th July 2018 – Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100

Five of us are riding in this big event which is speeding towards us at an alarming rate! The following Club Members are taking part and should you wish to sponsor anyone their chosen charity details are as follows:

Robert Abraham (Abe) - (Mencap)

Wendy Duxbury – (Mencap)

Julia Sutherland - (Save the Children)

Sarah Hemsley - (Pancreatic Cancer UK)

Gail Aucock – not riding the Pru for a charity

Good Luck to all!

A “Pru Celebration Get Together” is planned for Friday 3rd August at Wetherspoons, Crowborough at 7.30pm..........all welcome!


Sunday 9th September 2018 – Club Treasure Hunt

There was a very good turn out last year to this fun event involving teams of 4 riding about 25 miles looking for clues along the way with the finish at The Wheatsheaf pub where a buffet lunch will be served. Prizes for the first three teams!


Sunday 14th October 2018 – Wheels Around the Weald

Please make a note in your diary for this Ride in aid of Hospice in the Weald. This is a very popular annual event and one of the charities we support so it would be nice to get a good number of members out on this ride. There are a number of distances so it caters for all levels of riders. Family and friends might like to join you too. More details to follow.



‘Wendy’s Warriors’ in Ride The Night – June 2018 – report by Fred Simpson

Fred has written this excellent blog about six Lady Club Members who entered this ride to make a difference in the fight against cancer. Please do click on the link below to read about their amazing night ride.


LEJOG: Land’s End to John O’Groats - June 2018 - report by Geoff Aucock

The ‘End to End’ is an endurance challenge of just over 1,000 miles and involves climbing the height of Everest twice. After six months of planning, Keith Ward, David Howroyd and Geoff Aucock supported by Chairman Abe set off for Land’s End on 18th June.

LEJOG had many highs and lows along the way both literally and metaphorically! Highlights included climbing to the top of Dartmoor in cloud followed by sun on the descent to Exeter and the night spent at an organic farm near Bridgewater. Crossing the Severn Suspension Bridge, The Welsh Marshes, Forest of Bowland, Glencoe and the north of Scotland. The last night spent at the Bettyhill Hotel which has magnificent coastal views and swimming at Farr Beach were also memorable.

There is no prescribed route for LEJOG, however we largely followed the route described in The End to End by Nick Mitchell. Cycling 80 to 90+ miles each day was tough and we were extremely grateful to have the support and encouragement of Abe every pedal. Between us we only suffered one puncture in a tubeless tyre which required a new tyre and some dodgy electronic gear wiring which was fixed at a very good cycle shop in Hereford.

An amazing sense of achievement on completion!


Brighton Breezy – Sunday 15th July 2018 – report by Geoff Aucock

The Aucock family (Gail, Mike and Geoff) took part in the annual Brighton Breezy sportive which raises funds for the excellent disability sport schemes run throughout Sussex by Albion In The Community. There were three routes to choose from – 110km, 75km, 40km – with the 110km passing through Ringmer, Waldron and Rotherfield. The sportive is well organised with refreshment stops at regular intervals.


Peter Cornish: Sunday 15th July - Tuesday 24th July 2018

Peter has been cycling with his son Nick from Edinburgh to Uckfield. They were starting by travelling through the Borders, the Lake District and the Forest of Bowland before heading through Chester and Shrewsbury to the Malverns and Cotswolds. Their final night saw them in Alton in Hampshire before the final “dash” along the Downs to Uckfield. We really hope they have had a wonderful trip and look forward to hearing all about it!



Yoga with Claire McClellan

Quite a few members attend this Yoga for Beginners class with Claire who tailors it for the cyclist. The classes can be paid on a ‘Pay as you Go’ basis or in blocks. It is held at Connors Yard, Beeches Road, Crowborough TN6 2AH on Tuesdays at 4.00pm for one hour. Those who already attend really feel the benefit in their cycling.

Fascia Release Workshop – Teresa Sedge

This 3 hour workshop covers different fascia release techniques for a full body, self-massage routine using small equipment which can be used at home or at the gym. This will be combined with stretches designed to improve mobility and flexibility.

The workshop is suitable for anyone. It is especially beneficial to athletes, runners, cyclists, swimmers and cross fitters involved in regular training, to enhance recovery and improve tissue condition following injury.

There will be a 30 minute break for tea/coffee and a snack (included in the price) where questions can be asked. A manual with details of the techniques will also be included. The cost of the workshop will be £35 per person with a maximum of 10 people.

If there are enough Members interested in this workshop Teresa will run it on a Saturday morning or afternoon to suit. Liz Barnes has done it and highly recommends it!



With the exceptionally hot weather we are having at the moment here is a link to a very interesting article about hydration whilst cycling: cycling--Preparation-and-recovery--0


ABE-STER’S RIDING TIPS - by our Chairman Abe

We have all at some time or other had mechanical problems out on a ride. They can hold us up and often delay the whole group whilst things get sorted out. Some, like punctures, are annoying but other things could cause serious injury. A few simple checks before every ride will reduce the risk. All too often it’s clear not everyone makes time to carry out these simple pre-ride safety checks.


Forget fancy gears, high tech frames, lycra etc, those two small patches of rubber in contact with the road and your brakes are all that keep you safe.

For your own safety, before every ride, you should always check at least the following things:

• !!Check your tyre pressures!!

• Check the tyres for nicks or tears in the tread or sidewall

• Check the quick release skewers are tight

• !Make sure your brakes are working!

• Spin the wheels to make sure they are running true

• (Occasionally) flick all the spokes to check they all make a similar pinging noise

• You should know what tyre pressures you need and be able to adjust them but perhaps you’ll need help if any of the other things seem wrong. If you are not sure, just ask - someone in your group will know.

There are lots of other things that might need attention on your bike but none are as important as those above. Some of us are more mechanically minded than others but we hope to put some more mech and riding tips in future newsletters.

Let’s get out there - and be careful!! (As they used to say on Hill Street Blues!!)



If any member has any information or suggestions for the contents of our Newsletters we would be pleased to hear from you via the email address below. Any tips and ideas about helping us all enjoy our cycling would be very welcome. The next Newsletter aims to be sent out in September/October so please submit your material as soon as you can.

The Wealden Cycle Club Newsletter is for you, the Members, so we look forward to hearing from you!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors Grovewood Wealth Management Ltd for their sponsorship of our Membership Card this year.

So for now we wish you all a very happy, fun and safe cycling Summer!

Sarah Hemsley

WCC Committee 2018

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