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  • See post #15: I'm aiming for August 30th. Also, note that this has been rebranded the Wen to Wen (#20).

    If at first you don't succeed, admit you're a failure. Or is that try again? I can never remember which.

    Welcome to my thread for The Hastings Ride: The Rematch. (If that name doesn't make sense even as I type it, my brain is busy working on a theme complete with suitable illustrations to make it work, dammit.) This ride will consist of me and anybody else who shows up, so in that respect it's nothing special. We'll be going from London down to the jewel on the Channel.

    If the weather has a better than average chance of turning on us I will cancel. It won't literally be at the last minute, but it may be close, so this event will likely only appeal to free spirits who don't have much else going on in their lives. We should have a lot to talk about.

    I don't care if you ride fixed or free, with one gear or many many. I'll be riding SS free. There are hills. I can provide a definitive map in the not-too-distant future, but there are one or two floating around which are quite close. It's no more a race than the Smoke-to-the-sea run was. Which is to say, the pace depends on whoever participates; slowest one wins.

    Not repulsed? Edging your way to intrigued? Read this and this if you require more food for thought. This too, if you've got 20 minutes to kill on fiction.

    I was informed by someone – I don't know if it was a representative of the forum nudged forward by a concerned citizenry, or just a good samaritan – that my last attempt didn't meet with great success because my pitch (and by extension I) was, and I hope I'm not misquoting here, "Too weird." This I accept with equanimity.

    Clearly I need to come up with a date, and I will. For now, let's just call it a weekend in August or September. My primary purpose with this post is to gauge interest in the idea of the ride, rather than a specific date. Despite the jokes I have made and will continue to make about Hastings, it's really not that bad. If you squint. No really, it's lovely. In the right light. Seriously, it's my kind of town. Not that I live there.

    A show of hands?


    That's the spirit! Love the 80s headband, too!


    We shouldn't have to fight our way into Hastings, but we may have to fight our way out.


    Butkus, I missed you, boy.


    Striking a note of realism: more defiance than infectious enthusiasm.
    That's the city of brotherly love behind him. Hastings is the city of sisterly love. {link has been neutered}

  • Interested, August is moderately free.

  • Barring further replies, the ride is tailored around your requirements. How do you take your tea?

    My preference is August too, if only because it comes before September and I've missed so many rides this year I'm getting desperate. Though most of my riding is solo, I require a modicum of social interaction every cycle to recalibrate my conversational matrix, currently set to sentences trailing off into mystery. Weekend of Aug 9th is good if I skip the Exmouth Exodus; something I'll gladly do to avoid paying extortionate rail fares and locking myself into 100 apparently hilly miles no matter what the weather. 16th also good. And the 30th.

    Out of curiosity – this is a question also open to anyone who isn't particularly interested in visiting Hastings – how many people make for a good ride for you?

  • Hello Sam, very tempted, pending diary/finance acceptance.

    The route last time was pretty good, rolling bits and pieces and finishing at the coast.

    For any floating voters, Sam is not particularly weird, he's certainly not even the weirdest 'on here'.

  • Hello Sam, very tempted,

    Yay hairnetnic, shown here in the seminal coming-of-age movie Breaking Away

    pending diary/finance acceptance.

    Apologies, I can't actually pay anyone to go on this ride. I'd be happy to cosign a loan for a proper helmet though, if that's what you want the money for.

  • I did a lovely early morning run to Hastings last year, mostly on back lanes (I'd like to improve on our route that was a bit busy around Tunbridge Wells). A really rewarding distance and terrain.

  • Enjoyed my last ride down to this general part of the world. Interested.

    I seem to be reasonably free in August at this point.

  • Out of curiosity – this is a question also open to anyone who isn't particularly interested in visiting Hastings – how many people make for a good ride for you?

    For a day ride between 1 and 40, for a night ride, between 4 and 2000, cf. Dunwich Dynamo.

  • I'd half planned to do the Exodus (well, fully planned but not actually bought any tickets). My best dates in August would be 2/3 or 23/24, but sounds like that might not overlap.

    PS, I did the Exodus a couple of years ago, and it was a highlight of my riding year. And not too hilly.

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  • in pending dates & times

    Out of curiosity – this is a question also open to anyone who isn't particularly interested in visiting Hastings – how many people make for a good ride for you?

    5 - 15, or 50+ larger number allows for sub groups

  • I'll pick a date with a raincheck date – Sat/Sun or one weekend to another. Saturdays are usually better for trains and stuff open in Hastings and along the route.

    It'll be fun. We can check progress on the pier, built in 1872 and largely destroyed by fire in 2010. The Stones played there back when both were younger.


    *A vision of the future pier. The amusements are still some way off.

    *

    PS, I did the Exodus a couple of years ago, and it was a highlight of my riding year. And not too hilly.

    I'm actually fond of hills, though less fond of them when it's wet.

  • Interest and questions posted in 'the other thread'.

  • other thread?

  • I'm planning a recce of the entire route on August 3rd, a Sunday. Anybody is welcome to come along. We could even call it a 'ride'. Raincheck day will be the 9th or 10th, to be determined.

    The date for the Official L2H is Saturday August 30th; the 31st or September 6/7th if it rains, tbd.

    I'll be along with a map of the route later.

    other thread?

    I've also started a thread at cyclechat.

  • Route

    Now that I've posted the route I'm having one or two second thoughts, so if it's too ambitious there may be alterations; the jog around Westerham Hill, for example, which is there because I dislike that bit so much even though it's going down. And it has occurred to me that I don't have to be absolutely committed to starting from the middle of London, though I'm loathe to change that.

    btw here's the other thread, which as it develops will contain info not in this one & vice versa.

  • doesn't look too bad to be fair, only a few climbs in it that maybe a challenge and the finish will make a nice warm down

  • that's what I like to hear

  • I'm doing my best to get out the word – besides the LFGSS/CycleChat thread [strikethrough as applicable], see later comments here (which I can't link to directly, grrr) and tweet here, which has yet to be retweeted by the power tweeters. Beyond that my influence dissipates even more alarmingly.

    Today's Hastings pic: Look Both Ways

  • I've added a blog at road.cc (it's mostly familiar stuff if you've clicked some of the links in the first post), but will continue to monitor this thread.

    Note that I've added a third ride, sort of. One weekday starting the week of July 21st I'll be doing a pre-recce recce down to where I live, which is not far from Etchingham station on the Hastings line. If anybody is free and fancies it, you're welcome to join me. I'll be shoving off at noon or a bit sooner from the vicinity of Charing X. It'll probably take 4-5 hours (though you don't have to commit to the whole ride). Which day depends on – you guessed it – the weather.

  • I don't plan on posting one of these every day, but it's 3 in the morning and I've got nothing better to do…

    Today's Hastings pic: Tilting at windmills

  • I once managed to wedge my golf ball under one of the blades (or whatever the word is for the moving round thingy bits of a windmill is) and stop the windmill erm...windmilling.

    CSB aside. I may be interested in this if I am allowed to bring gears. If nothing else I'm enjoying this thread.

  • I played golf there, once, on my birthday a few years ago. We waited until everybody else was off the course (they must've all been up at St Andrews), because I didn't want to slice and cause an incident.

  • I may be interested in this if I am allowed to bring gears. If nothing else I'm enjoying this thread.

    sorry, forgot to add, yes, feel free to bring your gears if you have 'em

  • apologies for sounding bit off but what sort of distance is this and what time start ? cant be assed to look thru it all.

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