De La Warr Pavillion
The ride starts and finishes at the Iconic De La Warr Pavillion in Bexhill.
The building was designed by Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff and at the time was a cutting edge modernist design. The Pavillion was opened by the 9th Earl De La Warr (“Buck”) in May 1935.
The ride takes us from Bexhill along the seafront to Cooden. Then a long ride up past Little common up to Lunsford's Cross. We ride past the stables and farms to Henley's Down and then on to Crowhurst. From here we ride through Telham and down to Battle.
14 OCTOBER 1066 BATTLE OF HASTINGS
After a bloody battle lasting over nine hours from dawn until dusk, William of Normandy defeats King Harold of England on a battlefield 8 miles from Hastings. The Benedictine Abbey was built in 1071 on the site of the Battlefield.
From Battle the course takes us to Whatlington ( there is a water station at the junction where we cross the A21 - Marshals in attendance). We then head to Seddlescombe, Cackle Street , Brede and on to Peasmarsh. We then follow the military canal into Rye.
The picturesque village of Rye is one of the Cinque Ports
"The Confederation of Cinque Ports (/sɪŋk pɔːrts/) is a historic series of coastal towns in Kent, Sussex and Essex. It was originally formed for military and trade purposes, but is now entirely ceremonial. The ports lie at the eastern end of the English Channel, where the crossing to the continent is narrowest. The name is Norman French, meaning "five ports". They were:
Rye, originally a subsidiary of New Romney, was raised as one of the Cinque Ports once New Romney was damaged by storms, its harbour silted up, and the River Rother shifted course closer to Rye. " - Wikipedia
From Rye we ride up a long hill toward Cock Marling and turn off at dumb woman's lane to head to Winchelsea. At the busy junction at Tanyard lane there will be a second water station with marshals to keep riders safe.
At St Thomas the Martyr Church you can find Spike Milligans Grave stone. Famously the headstone says 'Duirt me leat go raibh me breoite." which Gaelic for " I told you I was Ill"
From Winchelsea the ride passes through beutiful countryside towards Pett. We then turn down rosemary Lane and arrive at the dreaded Battery Hill.
All Local cyclists have ridden this hill and it is universally hated. The climb is 2 km long ,the average gradient is 7.7% but at points it ramps up to 13.8%.
After the Struggle with the hill the course takes us down hill into Hastings. Then it is along the seafront back to Bexhill. There is the slight hill at Galley Hill but after Battery Hill this will be easy.