Autumn Equinox is upon us and the nights will be getting longer…but along with shorter days and chillier times, this season also brings two of our best local group rides – courtesy of Brighton BikeTrain.
Starting with the celebration of the humble apple, which gets bigger and fuller each year, BikeTrain to Apple Day at Stanmer Park takes place on Sunday October 2nd, with two scheduled rides leaving the Level at 11am and noon.
The next ride is the huge BikeTrain to the Lewes Bonfire celebrations on November 5th. BikeTrain is an entirely voluntary group, dependent completely on people coming out to help. If anyone is free to lend a hand at either of these events, here is a note from Duncan – the group co-ordinator – explaing what they need:
With Lewes Bonfire being on a Saturday – and coinciding with a Southern Rail rail strike – it has the potential to be a huge with 500+ riders. Last year we did an amazing job of pushing it to a new level by using the A27 dual carriageway. The challenge will be to do that again on a bigger scale and with two rides there instead on one. It will really help to have enough of us involved with experience from last year.
We will also need a Bike Train Station on the Level (a marquee with tools, lights information and a base for sound systems) from about 2pm to 5pm. We could do with some people who are not coming on the ride but can help with that. Any offers?
For Apple Day, in addition to the rides, we will be running a Bike Cafe and a bike parking area throughout the day (10am – 5pm)The Apple Day ride will be a good opportunity to give some new ride marshals a bit of experience prior to Bonfire.