8th Sep, Jolly Drover, (12,14)
8th September 2020 Jolly Drover , Liss ( 12 riders , 14 miles )
A group of six chaps turned out on Tuesday evening for a mystery tour of the various ascents and descents of Fyning hill , followed , at a distance , by another group of six chaps.
Strangely Brown , C2C7 , Tonka , John the Tarmac , Ghengis , Smashie , Also Chuff , Captain Fracker , Faff cheeks , Love Bus Driver , Slumpy - DRM , Big Ring - RM
And they're off , whoo! before leaving the car park Ghengis calls a halt for a minor bike alteration . And they're off , eventually , in an Easterly direction , taking the Sussex Border path to Durleigh Marsh , downhill for a long way , which is a worry for all , because what comes down must go up . A left turn and up Badgers Gully taking care to avoid the ‘Sets’ and indeed the Badger themselves , who would be waking up at this time off day.
Regroup at the top before the first gentle descent to the gravel trap . Stealth mode adopted for the bridal way that looks similar to a footpath across the field , in full view of the farm house , luckily no casualties as we reach the tarmac .
Second climb of Fyning hill on a single track Bridleway to the ridge , then regroup before the descent of the other side . A lovely long downhill with a fast jump halfway down and a wheel shape bog at the base.
A short road link , then back up the hill , over the ridge and another fantastic downhill , crossing the A272 to Terwick church . Re-cross the A272 then , surprise surprise , back up the hill to the ridge . the following downhill opens up into an huge field offering one of the best views ever .
Leave the rolling plains , back into the woods to the road . A short road section to Rake Hanger , then back to the Jolly Drover for sustenance .
1a. Strangely Brown T-shirt Meal
3a. Tonka T-shirt Meal
4a. John the Tarmac Meal
5a. Ghengis T-shirt
6a. Smashie T-shirt Meal
2b. Captain Fracker T-shirt
3b. Faff cheeks T-shirt Meal
4b. Love Bus Driver T-shirt Meal
5b. Slumpy - DRM
6b. Big Ring - RM T-shirt Meal
Mechanical incidents for Ghengis ( in the car park 2 seconds into the ride )
Fracker (low tyre pressure)
Faffer ( light problem ) .
Unintentional separation from vehicle points for Faff cheeks ( unseen by the RM but witnessed by others ).
What fun , hope to see you all next time chaps .
BR - Big Ring