Watch out for ice!

It certainly felt like the middle of winter yesterday, when I rolled up to the Swan car park in Forest Row waiting to meet Mikey and Chris. I believe my Garmin read 0 degrees! But it was sunny at least.

A 4.5 hour steady ride was the order of the day with a fair amount of climbing to give something to keep the hands warm. We crawled up Kidds Hill near Hartfield, which is a personal favorite of hill of mine to both ascend and descend. To anyone visiting the Ashdown Forest it is a must do, although the seemingly never ending straight steep part to the top is enough to put many locals off.

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Kidds Hill – not for the fainthearted

A brief descent preceded more climbing into Crowborough, then over to Hailsham via Heathfield. We passed through the historic town of Lewes after 75km, then a long drag up to the cafe stop of the day at Trading Boundaries in Sheffield Park. A brilliant place that’s popular with many locals, the courtyard shopping establishment has plenty of tasty food to offer, especially in the way of something sweet for ravaged cyclists!

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It wasn’t all for me!

Always easier racking up the miles with a couple of friends, and despite the cold it was very enjoyable.

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