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Cider Run

We had a turnout of over 30 for the bike club's annual pre-Christmas Cider Run to Middle Farm, near Lewes. I had volunteered to tail-end what turned out to be a challenging ride: one bike refused to start, which delayed my setting off (the owner later discovered he'd put diesel in it by mistake); someone fell off (shocked, bike a mess, but OK); and someone else ran out of petrol and had to use the container he had hoped to fill with cider for fuel instead.

What with all this, some of the riders marking junctions had to wait more than half an hour for me to roll up, but they all stayed faithfully in position, and we reached our destination without further incident. Someone bought me a coffee so I wouldn't have to go to the back of the considerable queue in the café, and afterwards I filled my reusable plastic cider flagon (having joined the cool kids' club last year) with ginger cider, my eventual pick from the hundreds of options available. By then it was time to hit the road again, for a much speedier and less fraught ride back.

On Sunday I washed half of West Sussex off my bike, as well as changing the headlight bulb, which had blown at some point on my return journey.
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You were only a few miles from me! I would have waved!

Aahhh, I forgot you were down that way! I would have too :)

My colleague at work who attends the Eastbourne Beer Festivals advises me that the ciders produced there cannot be beaten. His favourite this year involved elferflowers

Edited at 2015-12-22 01:50 am (UTC)
Interesting! I don't like beer but I know there is often a stealth cider, or several, lurking around at beer festivals...
There were almost 50 ciders and perries in 2015.

*cut and pate* Beer Festival, Fri 27 - Sun 29 May 2016 http://www.visiteastbourne.com/Eastbourne-Beer-Cider-by-the-Sea/details/?dms=3&feature=1005&venue=3414532
I am so crappy at linkythings
Awwwww, I already know I will be up in Birmingham that weekend!
There is also http://www.visiteastbourne.com/events/Eastbourne-Eastbourne-Beer-Festival/details/?dms=3&feature=29&venue=3412255&easi=true&catid=130&nd=1&pvieflag=e

That's Thu 6 - Sat 8 Oct 2016 - it;s theoriginal Beer Festival, but plenty of ciders I am told.
Noted! Thanks!

Why have I not been informed of this important development?
It was news to me too (of a most welcome kind). I'll check the label for you when I get in, assuming it's still legible.
We had a Ginger Cider at the Kynn last year, it was very nice... I recall Bradders got totally wasted on it.