Forty Plus Cycling Club

Surrey and Sussex Section

Section Secretary: Valerie Taylor (01737 242720),

Additional Contacts: John Copplestone 07507 436 015

Upcoming Event - Sussex Weald Ride Tuesday 18th August 2020


Keep an eye on Surrey and Sussex blog for news about restarting club rides.

Covid 19

The Forty Plus Cycling Club follows all government Covid 19 guidance. Please contact Valerie Taylor for up to date information on Club Rides.

The Surrey and Sussex Section has four divisions. The primary division, Surrey and Sussex, which meets every Tuesday and Friday, except Christmas Day. The second division is known as Surrey and Sussex Sunday, meeting every Sunday. The third division is known as Surrey Kent Sussex Borders (SKS Borders), meeting on two Wednesdays per month, and the fourth division, South West Sussex, newly formed late 2013, to provide rides, currently one or two per month, in the South Downs, the Western Weald, and the Coastal Plain, generally West of the Arun.

The Runs Lists (excepting the Sunday Section) show a morning meet at a cafe and a lunch venue at a pub. There is a group ride from the cafe to the lunch venue, the route for which is agreed between the participants.

In practice, due to the wide area from which our active riders are drawn we meet at a wide range of venues across Surrey and Sussex. Many find it convenient to meet in the morning at the cafe, or alternatively to ride directly to the lunch venue. This leaves a relatively small number of riders joining the group ride from cafe to pub.

From April to October, monthly on Wednesdays see NEWS below, we have a train or car assisted ride to take us out of our usual cycling area. These rides are included in the Midweek Rides Runs List.

Our Section is very informal. For group riding the routes are designed to take maximum advantage of the relative quiet and scenic aspects of the country lanes of Surrey and Sussex, avoiding as far as possible the busy main roads. New members are welcome and may simply turn up at the cafe or lunch meets whenever the date and destination suits.

The runs list has a link in the Meet column, which brings up a route showing the Meet, Lunch, and Tea venue if applicable (Ignore the route shown. The google route is unlikely to be the one ridden on the day). More details on the venues can be found here. We also have a photo gallery.

Runs Lists for all four sections can be accessed from the menu at the top of this page.


Founders Day Ride 7th April 2020

Lunch venue for 2020 at The Surrey Oaks at Parkgate

For Details Click here

Sussex Weald 100/100 Photos 2018 Suggested Date 18th August 2020 (Date to be confirmed)

On Tuesday, 18th August 2020, we have our annual Sussex Weald 100K event. This year as last we also offer an additional ride, The Sussex Weald 100M, to run in parallel with the 100K ride. Same organisation, same start and finish venue, and much else in common with the popular 100K ride.

Go here for details of both rides, maps, entry forms, and much more -

The Sussex Weald 100/100

Away Days

Awaydays are approx 45 miles from elevenses/meet and back to the same location by late afternoon.

IOW 10-Jul-2019 includes report and photos of the ride.

Bewl Water 14-Aug-2019

Hills of Horam 11-Sep-2019.

Norman and Friend at the Mucky Duck

Phil Griffin celebrating his 80th birthday at the Holmbush, Faygate

Congratulations on Pete Swetman becoming an Honorary member of the Fortypluscc

Pete Swetman's Honorary Membership Gathering

Pete was born on 23 May 1937 which meant that on Tuesday 23 May 2017 we could celebrate his 80th birthday. On the same date Pete was made an Honorary Member of the Forty Plus CC. This was quite a day as Pete also was made an Honorary Life Member of both the East Surrey Road Club and the Veteran's TimeTrial Association in recognition of the many years Pete has worked for these organisations. Pete is shown with his three certificates. About 50 people gathered at the Sussex Oak in Warnham, Sussex, including our President Tom Morley and Diana, his wife.


We welcome anyone who is thinking of joining our cycling club.

You may be completely new to cycling, or you may be an experienced rider who has not previously ridden with a club, or you may have moved into our area and would like to continue with your club riding.

Links to all upcoming rides in our area here - Midweek Rides; Sunday Rides (all in the Surrey and Sussex area); Surrey, Kent, Sussex (SKS) Borders Rides; South West Sussex Rides (the South Downs, the Western Weald, and the Coastal Plain).

The meet and lunch venues and tea venue, where applicable, can be located by clicking on the link in the Meet column.

Please note that all of the group rides meet at 10.45 for an 11.15 start. The Sunday Ride is a meeting for coffee and chat, with no group ride.

Introduce yourself to anyone in the group and then talk to the ride leader.

You can be assured that you will be accompanied in the group throughout the ride and you will not be left behind. If necessary, you will be guided back to the start point of the ride.

On the subject of basic advice (this also applies to all riders) you should make sure that you carry with you a map of the area in which you are expecting to ride or a garmin/smart phone with a suitable mapping app, a spare inner tube, a puncture outfit and a pump. There is no rider on earth who has not at some time in their riding careers been lost or suffered a puncture!

You are encouraged to fully join the club once you have had a few trial runs.

We all love to talk about cycling, so if there is anything that you want to know, do not be shy to ask. You will find a wealth of experience and a willingness to pass it on.

Looking forward to seeing you.