ESCA Reliability Trial 17th November 2019

The 2019 Reliability Trial for the ESCA Rally Shield will be held over a 50 mile course, with the start and finish at the East Hoathly Sports Pavilion, London Road, East Hoathly, East Sussex BN8 6QE. 

Riders can choose one of the three events: 

Event A – 4 hours       with the first group off at 8:15am

Event B – 3½ hours    with the first group off at about 8:45am

Event C – 3 hours       with the first group off at about 9:15am

Groups of no more than 15 riders go off at 5 minute intervals to complete the course in the time declared.  Please note that if there are a high number of entries in Event A it might be necessary to have a later starting time for Event B and Event C as keeping group sizes to no more than 15 must take priority.

The ESCA club with the highest combined number of successful finishers from all three events will hold the Rally Shield for one year.  In the event of a tie, the club with the largest number of successful finishers in Event B and C will be declared the winner.  The Rally Shield will be presented to the winning club at the ESCA prize presentation.


The route can be downloaded at the links:

Ride with GPS   


Entry Fee             £5.00

Closing Date        Saturday 9th November 2019

Enter Online 😊    Rider HQ

Event A (4 Hour)—event-a-4-hours

Event B (3.5 Hour)—event-a-3.5-hours

Event C (3 Hour)—event-c-3.0-hours

You must be a member of an ESCA affiliated club and enter the event in advance as there are no entries on the day.

If you are under 18, you must send or bring a signed parent consent form with you on the day.

The Order of Start and Route Sheet will be emailed to each ESCA club Secretary for distribution to their riders if needed.  These will also be published on the Brighton Mitre website and ESCA Facebook group

Once the order of start has been published riders cannot change the event they have entered, or their ride time so please liaise with your club mates before submitting your entry.  

You will be required to sign on no later than 10 minutes before your start time.  At the signing on point you will be given a control card to carry with you during the trial.  Your control card must be stamped at each of the control points and handed in to the timekeeper/checker at the finish for your official finishing time to be recorded on your card.  Your completed control card will be used to validate your ride.

By signing on you confirm that                                                                                                     

  • Your name and club has been correctly recorded
  • You agree to ride in a safe manner in accordance with the law
  • You agree to place no liability on the organiser, ESCA or Brighton Mitre CC
  • You are a member of an ESCA affiliated club

The usual rules for reliability trials will be applied

  • You must complete the course
  • Have your control card stamped at each control point
  • Hand you control card in to the timekeeper/checker at the finish to enter your finish time
  • Your completed control card will be used to validate your ride
  • You may not pass the finish earlier than 10 minutes before your allotted finishing time
  • There is to be no racing between riders or teams

Patrick Brown Takes the Win in Final Evening Hill Climb

Another big field of 27 riders turned out to take on the 2.5 mile mill hill at Shoreham in the final evening hill climb of the season. The evening had taken on a distinct autumn feel with a fresh south westerly breeze giving an edge to the sunshine.

Patrick Brown took the win, with the rider from VC Venta finishing with a time of 7:50,  a full 20 seconds ahead of second placed rider Mark Day (URDT). Francis Schofield was the first Mitre rider as he came home 2 seconds later in third place.  Sharona Harrington was the first woman, finishing in a time of 10:16.  Full results below.

Attention now turns to the club’s hill climb double header on the 5th October. The open events start on Steyning Bostal with the first rider off at 11am. We then move over to Shoreham for the afternoon event on Mill Hill with the first rider off at 14:30. Please do come along to watch and let’s get a good atmosphere on the hill to encourage the riders up the steepest bits, cow bells and all!

1 Patrick Brown 07:50
2 Mark Day 08:10
3 Francis Schofield 08:12
4 Hugh Chapman 08:26
5 James Gilmore 08:30
6 Dan Street 08:31
7 Ed Jarman 08:39
8 Jack Smith 08:48
9 Kev Witton 08:50
9 Jez Parsons 08:50
11 Simon McLeod 09:01
12 Ferdie Parsons 09:08
13 Ali Bird 09:22
14 Scott Bartha 09:24
15 Edward Tuckley 09:24
16 Ed Sowden 09:36
17 Tomas Navickas 09:40
18 Jonathan Morcombe 09:40
19 Tristian Court 09:49
20 Mark Pratt 09:50
21 Alex Girdler 10:15
22 Sharona Harrington 10:16
23 Janet Clapton 10:59
24 Alice Gilmore 11:16
25 Brian Jongs 11:20
26 Alison Lewis 13:00
27 Andrina Kelly 15:40


Group Riding Principles

These general principles for Brighton Mitre group rides go along with the group riding guidelines previously published and are intended to ensure that group rides are safe and enjoyable for all those who participate.  They are specifically for all the non-led rides which take place every Saturday and now most Sundays too.  On these rides there are no designated ride leaders which means that we are all leaders and all have a responsibility for the safety of the group.  It follows that we are all therefore responsible for highlighting instances of poor riding so…


We Ride as a Group

  • British Cycling recommends that group rides are kept to a maximum of eight riders. This is an easily manageable number and makes communication within groups easy.
  • On the road there may be times when groups come together – generally when there are a lot of traffic lights such as either direction along the sea front. In this case, it is generally better for the back group to slow down and allow the front group to distance itself.  If it’s clear that the back group is faster then the groups need to agree that they will swap places.
  • Whilst it’s fine to ride off the front up the odd hill, the default is that we ride together as a close compact group. That means that some people will inevitably be riding more slowly than they might have done but as someone commented recently, “It’s a club ride, not a training ride”.

We Ride with Consideration for all Road Users

  • We ride in a manner to make it as easy as possible for traffic to pass and with due care for pedestrians and horses.
  • When we’re riding two abreast, we ride close to the kerb and close to each other. If we need to ride single-file to allow cars to pass then we do so and this means that EVERYONE needs to do so.  If even one rider fails to comply then it negates the purpose of the group riding singly.
  • If we approach stationary traffic such as at traffic lights then we wait as a group. It’s simply not possible for a group of eight riders all to filter safely to the front of a line of cars even if you might do this as an individual rider.

We Communicate as a Group

  • If you’re at the front then you’re calling out approaching hazards and obstacles. If you’re at the back then you’re calling out traffic behind and judging whether it’s necessary to single out.  Listen for calls and act upon them.

Mike Coyle Wins Mill Hill Evening Hill Climb

Mike Coyle (Brighton Mitre) took the win finishing in 8.04 on a beautiful evening at Mill Hill.

A light southerly breeze and warm evening sunshine welcomed a record 25 riders to take on the 2.6 mile ascent of Mill Hill near Shoreham.

Coyle proved too strong for the field, leading team mate Ben Huttly home by 15 seconds. James Bullen (URDT) came in third with a time of 8.21.

The 25 strong field also included 3 women with Janet Clapton proving the fastest in a time of 11.05.

Full results below:

1 Mike Coyle 8.04
2 Ben Huttly 8.19
3 James Bullen 8.23
4 Josh Monk 8.33
5 Francis Schofield 8.38
6 John Tindell 8.40
7 Dan Street 8.52
8 Jack Smith 8.58
9 Jez Parsons 9.02
10 Ed Jarman 9.07
11 James Stone 9.12
12 Kev Witton 9.16
13 Jonathan Morcombe 9.47
14 Al Bird 9.48
15 Ferdie Parsons 9.51
16 Edward Tuckley 10.00
17 Mark Pratt 10.21
18 Neil Pizey 10.22
19 Steven Aumont 10.30
20 Janet Clapton 11.05
21 Luke McKeown 11.17
22 Brian Jones 11.36
23 Robin Johnson 12.38
24 Maria Pali 12.51
25 Alison Lewis 12.57

We return to Mill Hill this Tuesday (03/09) for the final evening time trial of the year, with the first rider off at 7pm.


New Course Record Set at Final Wineham Time Trial

Matthew Smith (Team ASL) set a new course record of 21:33  at the final evening 10 of the season at Wineham, beating Simon McNamarra into second and Mike Coyle (Brighton Mitre) coming in third.  A record 35 riders all started and finished on a warm and sunny evening with only a slight breeze.

Full results below:

1 21.33 Matthew Smith Team ASL
2 21.54 Simon McNamara South Downs Bikes
3 22.52 Mike Coyle Brighton Mitre
4 22.58 Rupert Robinson Crawley Wheelers
5 23.02 Kevin Plummer South Downs Bikes
6 23.22 Jez Parsons Brighton Excelsior
7 23.50 Loz Coyle Brighton Mitre
8 23.50 John Tindell Brighton Mitre
9 23.54 Ross McCracken URDT
10 24.07 Graham Winstanley SRVC
11 24.10 Pete Marshall Sussex Nomads
12 24.13 Ben Huttly Brighton Mitre
13 24.21 James Stone Brighton Excelsior
14 24.41 Kev Witton URDT
15 25.07 Martin Gibbs Team ASL
16 25.12 Jack Smith Brighton Mitre
17 25.18 Matt Reid SRVC
18 25.20 Ian Baines TMG Horizon
19 25.41 Eoghan McHughy Sussex Nomads
20 25.43 Mark Pratt Brighton Mitre
21 25.55 Michael Thyer Sussex Nomads
22 25.57 Simon McLeod Brighton Mitre
23 25.58 Tomas Navikas Brighton Mitre
24 26.02 Doug Moxon SRVC
25 26.19 Adrian Bennett Sussex Nomads
26 26.31 Ali Bird URDT
27 26.38 Phil Tarry URDT
28 26.40 Matt Fisher Sussex Nomads
29 26.56 Gary Longmate SRVC
30 27.22 Mark Sykes Sussex Nomads
31 28.24 Ferdie Parsons Brighton Excelsior
32 29.13 Nathan Waite Brighton Excelsior
33 29.38 Robin Johnson Brighton Mitre
34 30.09 Philippa Winstanley SRVC