“…one can almost smell the fertile soil being turned in the spring afternoon”

The 1066 UCX offered a slightly different kind of blue. A few shades lighter with added grey for that element of unknown. Sam designed a course which took you into the hidden depths of East Sussex – a tour over the diverse geology of the county. Not without its challenges; short sharp hills, rutted whapple ways, some squidgy woodland paths and the westerly headwind as the route turned back on the marshes to Eastbourne.

Courtesy of Philip Griffiths

Photograph: Philip Griffiths

From the Rape of Pevensey to the Rape of Hastings and back again: Hundreds and Boroughs; From Eastbourne, Willingdon, Pevensey Lowey, Foxearle, Netherfield, Henhurst, Staple, Battle, Ninfield, Bexhill and Pevensey back to Eastbourne – Marshes, woods, white chalk hills, swooping roads, follies, Castles, Priories, and an Abbey.

We left as a group and stayed as a group mainly. We rode hard, laughed, joked and waited patiently for those that had punctured. The sun shone warmer than expected.

The day not without incident of course, there was a moment in Darwell Wood but I refer back to the Devil Take Hindmost blog post: A Beginners Guide to Ultracross in particular the section ‘How to Stay on an Unmarked Course’. As Jo says the first rule of UCX – “don’t mention the Forest”

There was the man Andy who took a route over a barbed wire fence but managed to tangle his foot up and slicing the back of his leg in the process – I have since been informed that it was just a scratch. And the stolen stamp and Jelly Babies from the Wartling Hill check point. What sort of a monster steals Jelly Babies?

A glorious day of riding Ultracross followed by Vedett and other Belgian delights at the Belgian Café.

Photograph: Jo Burt

Photograph: Jo Burt

Vainglorious bastards: Jo, Nigel, Phil, David, Paul, Damien, Charlotte, Tim, Andy, David H-H and Simon – Thanks.

Special thanks to Sam and Lois and Jo.

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