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Pizza in the Park - sold out

08 July 2021

I'm pleased to advise that our Pizza in the Park evening is a sell out. I'm afraid that there are no more spaces, if you havent booked. If you have booked to go and cant make it, can you let John Crawley know please

Summer Pizza Evening - new date

28 June 2021

Please note the new date - Thursday 5th August - due to extension of COVID restrictions.

Celebrate summer with your cycling club! On Thursday 5th August, we've booked Fenwick's in Priory Park, Chichester for the evening, from 6pm to 9pm for pizzas and drinks.

Cost is £10 per head which will include a free drink and slices of pizza

The evening is open to prospective members too, so bring a friend!

Further details available from John Crawley.


Summer Pizza Evening Thursday 8th July

03 June 2021

Celebrate summer with your cycling club! On Thursday 8th July, we've booked Fenwick's in Priory Park, Chichester for the evening, from 6pm to 9pm for pizzas and drinks.

Cost is £10 per head which will include a free drink and slices of pizza

The evening is open to prospective members too, so bring a friend!

Further details available from John Crawley.

Paul Frisby

27 May 2021

It is with great sadness that we learnt this week of the loss, to pancreatic cancer, of our friend, Paul Frisby. Our thoughts are with his family, and we hope that the wonderful memories, that we all have of him at SDV, might offer a little solace. We loved riding and spending our time with Paul, and he'll be missed on the road, the trails and at races. He was somebody who cycled with a smile on his face, welcoming and friendly to everyone he rode with. He will stay with us in our riding memories - at the Maratona, in Belgium and at Goodwood, as well as on so many of our social rides. It's hard to believe that he won't be physically with us, but his spirit will still be there when we ride. Rest in Peace.

The SDV Randonnee! 5th June.

18 May 2021

As a further celebration of the return of club riding, we have decided to organise our own Isle of Wight Randonnee. on 5th June, we'll be catching the ferry at 9am from Porstmouth to Fishbourne. It is best to book the ferry in advance online. I'm sure that there will be a few of us who will ride from Chichester to the ferry, meeting up with those who want to save their legs. Let us know via facebook etc if you are keen to ride from Chi.

We will go clockwise round the island broadly following the randonee route; a lunch stop is planned at ‘Off the Rails’ near Yarmouth after most of the climbing is done, at about. 1pm.

Put the date in your diary and lets hope for a sunny day!

Club Rides are Back!

14 May 2021

Delighted to announce that the Saturday club ride is making a return!

On 22nd May, get your club kit on and join us at the Mercedes Garage on the Bognor Road at 9 and follow the usual club route. The more the merrier, and we'll be having coffee and/or lunch at the Woodmancote (see the previous news item). The Rowlands Castle sign hasnt moved since the last ride, by the way! It'll be great to ride with everyone again.

Saturday Ride with Extras

11 May 2021

Celebrating a return to riding with the club, on Saturday 22nd May, we'll be having an alternative stop on our Saturday ride. We'll be meeting at the Woodmancote between 11.30 and 13.30 for lunch and a post-COVID get-together. The Woodmancote is the only pub in, errm, Woodmancote, but if you're still not sure where it is, here's a link to their website.

The Woodmancote Pub

Full details available from John Crawley and thanks to him for organising.

Club Rides

19 April 2021

Your committee met today, and one of the items discussed was club rides, and what our view is. There remains some confusion about what is and isnt permitted, so we thought it would be a good idea to set out our understanding of the rules, and how they apply to us as a club.

In theory, you are allowed to ride in organised groups of up to 15 at the moment. However, this is subject to some very stringent conditions (including rules about where we can ride, how far apart we need to say, hand hygiene, keeping records of who is riding, informing the club if you get COVID symptoms etc). A few of us have seen other, larger groups riding, and they will need to adhere to these rules.

Our view is that we don't think we can honestly stick to the current, stringent rules, and that riding in large groups may give rise to criticism at the moment.

The next change is scheduled for 17th May, when many of the rules should be relaxed and we hope we will be able to return to club rides then (or shortly afterwards). In the meantime, please enjoy your rides in groups of up to six, and we hope to see each other out and about.

We are keen for the club to be up and running (or riding!) soon and we should be able to report soon on some great social events, time trials and maybe even some racing. Any queries, please contact any of the committee members.

Rowlands Castle Cafe

16 July 2020

We have had some feedback regarding the cafe at Rowlands Castle and I'd be grateful if we could all give some thought, before Saturday, to how we behave when we are there, to help out the cafe owners and to keep up the club's good reputation.

The cafe is offering table service and trying to stay within the current guidelines. Last weekend, members (including me) moved chairs and tables to sit in larger groups, and the cafe had laid out tables and chairs carefully to comply with the rules. If you want to sit at the cafe, please follow their rules and sit in groups of four and dont move tables and chairs around.
It's not a bad idea to make use of the take away service and to sit on the village green, where we won't be putting the cafe owners in an awkward position. It's important to remain aware of the club's reputation too, so it is better to avoid sitting in large groups. There are quite a lot of people who are keen to have a pop at cyclists, so lets try to avoid giving them extra ammunition. The cafe will also appreciate our co-operation.
Thanks in advance







18 March 2020

Your committee has been discussing the implications of coronavirus for the club, and we have agreed some significant, temporary changes.


As a club, we feel that we should follow government guidance, in line with the request for each of us to comply with the scientific advice to lower the peak of the pandemic. We are also mindful of the image of the club, and of cycling in general.


As a result, we have reluctantly concluded that we should suspend the Saturday ride for the foreseeable future.


We appreciate that smaller groups will still want to go out together. We would encourage you not to wear full club kit if you are riding as a group, as this wont be a club sanctioned ride and we want to avoid giving the impression that SDV isn’t taking this matter seriously.


I am sure that some of our regular cafes will still appreciate the support of cyclists, particularly if we are considerate towards their other customers (remember that we can be a bit sweaty and mucky!). Let's spread the word about which cafes are open on our facebook page.


We hope that the situation will get back to normal soon and it won’t be long till the club ride returns, along with racing, time trialling, sportives etc.


In the meantime, look after yourselves, stay strong and let us know about your rides on the club facebook page! Look out for updates and photos on the news section of the website.

Saturday Club Ride

08 March 2020

Great turn out on Saturday, with about 20 members doing the full route (adapted because of the lakes that have formed where roads used to be in Hampshire!), and about 30 in the cafe. How many SDV does it take to mend a puncture?

Mountbatten Racing - Coming Soon

06 March 2020

Not long till the racing season commences!

There will be two series of races at the Mountbatten centre in Portsmouth this year - the Omega Portsmouth Circuits, on Saturday mornings, and the Portsmouth Evening Circuits, on Wednesday evenings.

Additionally, on 11th April, there are the Portsmouth Easter Circuits (featuring a category 4 race at 09.00, women's at 09.45 and category 3 at 10.30, as well as an Elite 1/2/3 race). 

The Saturday races start on 4th April, including a category 4 race (at 9 am), women's at 09.35 and cat 3 at 10.10. The format is repeated on 2nd May, 23rd May, 11th July and 29th August. Mountbatten is a great place to race and you can warm down by cycling to the cafe at Rowlands and telling people how you got on.


The first Wednesday evening race is on 1st April (I'm not joking), but the first 4th category race isn't until 6th May. The 4th category races start at 19.30, with the start time for 3rd cats varying (check the British Cycling website).

Full details can be found on the events page of the British Cycling website



South Downs Way in a Day - 20th June

01 March 2020

The provisional date for the Southdowns Way Mountain Bike ride is sat June 20th 2020

Glenn Gasson will be leading a group to ride the Southdowns Way in one day. starting in Winchester and finishing in Eastbourne. 20th June is more or less the longest day of the year so ideal for this epic ride.

If you are interested, contact Glenn Gasson.


Dates for Thruxton

01 March 2020

Not long now until racing starts at Thruxton. The races at Thruxton are friendly and well attended, and this year they start before Goodwood, so they are a great way to get some practice in. I expect that there will be a few of us going over to Thruxton for most of the events, and last year Phil Wise, Tony Toynton, Nick Fenmor-Collins, Mark Trimmer, Paul Lewis and Jake Davies all raced there. Let one of us know if you are keen to go. The early season dates are:

Tuesday 7th April
Tuesday 14th April
Tuesday 21st April
Tuesday 28th April

Portsdown Time Trial League is back this year

15 February 2020

After a two year absence the Portsdown Time Trial League will returning this year. The PTTL is an inter-club league, with points being awarded based on how many people turn out for the club, as well as where you finish. You don't have to enter every event - you can just enter one.

You dont need a time trial bike to enter and these are great events for those who are new to time trialling, as well as experienced competitors. They are friendly events with cake at the end!

We currently have 4 events agreed already and hope to add another, so save the dates (if you dont know what the course references mean, or if you need info about distances or what you have to do, ask Shaun Smart or one of the other regulars like Deb Smith, Phil Wise, Keith Webb, Mark Trimmer or Dave Bridle):

Sunday 15th March 07:30 - Course P851C/15 Hampshire Road Club


Sunday 17th May 07:30 Course P822c/35k Portsmouth North End Cycling Club


Sunday 5th July 07:00 Course P825A/25 Fareham Wheelers


Sunday 4th October 08:00 Course P911/28 Southdown Velo


We will be ending the League in Chichester on the 4th of October on Southdown Velo's OPEN event. The other events will be club events. If you're not sure what this means, ask Shaun or one of the other regulars.



Exciting Year Ahead

10 February 2020

Looking forward to the New Year

Exciting events coming up for 2020 for us all to look forward to:

  • The return of our popular and successful series of races at the Goodwood motor racing circuit
  • SDV's time trial series. Four TTs planned.
Racers and volunteers needed!

We'll be racing at Thruxton, Mountbatten and elsewhere and taking part in time trials around the county and further afield.

Plans are also afoot for an end to end mountain bike ride on the South Downs Way, later in the year.

Don't forget the Isle of Wight Randonnee, which takes place on 3rd May this year.

And, of course, our regular weekly Saturday ride - meet us at 9.00 am at the Mercedes Garage on the A259, between Chichester and Bognor Regis. Just come along and give it a try; or contact Shaun Smart on 07976 446 805 for more info.

We'll be posting more information about these and other events on the website, so keep an eye out for news.


2018 award winners

28 January 2019

Our 2018 award winners were announced at the AGM last night (27th January 2018) club chairman Garth Staden awarded Time Trial champion award to Shaun Smart, Road race champion Sam Horwill, Most improved road racer Martin Cleaver and Most improved non-race member Sandy Langmead


Maratona 2017 conquered by a strong team from SV

07 July 2017

SV once again provided a strong representation at the Maratona in the Dolomites this year with many riders beaten g their previous PR's for this awesome event

The guys mastered Mont Ventoux today

15 May 2017

Well done John Rowlands (club secretary) Hossein Parvin, Ian Stewart, Neil Dawtry, Keith Webb, Nick the wine and Steve Humphreys for conquering the fabled Mont Ventoux almost 2000 meters today.

First trip of the year to the mountains

14 May 2017

The first club trip of 2017 sees a group of our more senior members in the south of France - today they conquer the Col De Perty - Mont Ventoux still to come - good luck guys.

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