Riders brave muddy banks of River Ouse at Big Pedal in Peacehaven

Muddy Banks of the River Ouse near Newhaven.
Muddy Banks of the River Ouse near Newhaven.

The cold wintry weather wasn’t enough to put these hardy riders off taking part in the Big Pedal in Peacehaven.

A total of 17 cyclists turned out for the intermediate ride and 25 took part in the family ride on Saturday January 31 to help promote the Big Park.

The event was organised by the Big Parks Project, Sustrans and Cycle Seahaven.

Cycle Seahaven planned the intermediate ride and said despite abandoning the muddy river bank, the new route worked out well.

Andy Lock from Cycle Seahaven said: “The original plan was to continue on the Egrets Way to Rodmell, but the tough conditions meant we had to cut the ride short and take the more direct road route.

“The easy, flat road was a joy to ride on after the muddy river banks, but it soon started its climb out of the valley and up Gorhams Lane to Telscombe Village, crossing the C7 on the way.

“This is almost 300 feet of climbing in a mile and a half.”

Andy said the rain had eased off while they rode towards Newhaven using the quiet roads on the designated cycle route along Arundel Road.

The river banks at the Ouse were very muddy and hard work for part of the route, but the scenery was stunning.

The family ride chose quiet back roads to pick up at Peacehaven Heights Junior School and Meridian Community Primary School then headed off to Stud Farm for lunch where they were joined by the mountain bikers.

Riders counted wildlife and won prizes if they could spot ten different animals on the journey.

Lucy Dance from Sustrans said: “After lunch we were joined by the hardcore mountain bikers and cycled back through the park where we raced down some steep drops.

“The youngest cyclist was just five years old and the oldest 85 years old. Both loved the ride and would like it to be a monthly occurrence. “

Andy added: “The Big Parks team had done us proud.

“Another fantastic free day out courtesy of The Big Park,Sustrans and Cycle Seahaven.”