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  • 03/01/2020 11:21 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AMICI SFA – 2019 GROUP RIDE STATISTICS 5/1/19 – 28/12/19

    Number of Group Rides

    Average Riders/Ride

    Total Miles

    Average Miles/Ride

    Total Ascent

    Average Ascent/Ride

    Average Speed/Ride

    42

    5

    2346

    55.85

    106447ft

    2534ft

    15.41mph

     

  • 03/01/2020 11:07 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sadly, we only managed two rides in December. The winter bikes are out and that definitely slows things down a bit.

    Severe flooding put paid to the ride on 21/12 but we all did manage to get to Marden for the Amici/Velo Forte Christmas Brunch at the Old Post Office Cafe, - well done Ralph for organising that.

    After Xmas most of the group were either incapacitated through some bug or other, or still suffering from the effects of too much food, drink and slowing about. Ciaran and Ralph managed to get out but as there was just the two of them jumped in with the Inbetweeners.

    Date

    Leader

    Riders

    Route

    Café Stop

    Distance

    Climbing

    Average Speed

    7/12/19

    Paul Brown

    7

    Marden

    Hamstreet

    Marden

    Cosy Kettle

    51miles

    2021ft

    15.9mph

    14/12/19

    Del Leslie

    6

    Marden

    Hawkhurst

    Marden

    Village

    Cafe

    55miles

    2592ft

    14.8mph

    21/12/19

    Ride Cancelled

    FLOODING

    Xmas lunch

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    28/12/19

    Ride Cancelled

    Effects of Xmas

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

     


  • 05/12/2019 18:53 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    One ride cancelled, but all for a good cause, - namely to watch England play South Africa in the World Rugby Final. Sadly we lost!

    Thankfully we managed to miss any significant rainfall during November. Unfortunately due to the rain that did fall some of the roads are just full of mud and debris so we did our best to steer clear of those.

    A new coffee stop at The Pantry in Aylsford, - nice place, will use it again.

    Date

    Leader

    Riders

    Route

    Coffee Stop

    Distance

    Ascent

    Ave. Speed

    2/11/19

    NO RIDE DUE TO WORLD RUGBY FINAL

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    9/11/19

    Dave King

    3

    Marden

    Rodmersham

    Marden

    Village Cafe

    51miles

    2593ft

    15.2mph

    16/11/19

    Del Leslie

    6

    Marden

    Aylesford

    Marden

    The Village

    Pantry

    58miles

    2408ft

    15.9mph

    23/11/19

    Paul Grout

    6

    Marden

    Hildenborough

    Marden

    Teal Cafe

    50miles

    1421ft

    16.4mph

    30/11/19

    Andy Mackay

    4

    Marden

    Woodchirch

    Marden

    Rare Breeds Centre

    50miles

    1600ft

    15.6mph

  • 30/11/2019 19:10 | Anonymous member

    A late cold, but sunny start for Dave K, Paul G, Ralph R and myself from Marden to Woodchurch. Breakfast at the Rare Breeds Centre in a relaxed environment, prepared us for a cold and windy (in some places) return journey. Well done to Paul Grout who lead 99% of the 50 miles 1600ft at 15.6 mph average route 

       



  • 26/11/2019 11:37 | Anonymous member

    A slight hiccup to the start of the day as the entrance to the Marden Sports Club car park was barred by a locked barrier to which no-one had a key. However, after an 'on the hoof' decision Velo / Amici reverted to the car park at the rear of Marden library. 


    A bit of a damp start to an otherwise relatively easy ride over to The Teal Cafe at Sevenoaks.  This is always a popular and busy cafe with generally good service. When we arrived we were pretty wet through, feeling a bit chilly and looking forward to a hot drink and food.  We were seated in the outdoor marque which on this occasion was pretty cold.  The only heating was a small fan heater and despite having the appearance of a small industrial space heater it was totally useless and we would have been warmer huddled around a candle! The temperature was clearly an issue for other customers as on leaving the cafe, a member of staff was entering with a proper space heater from Hire-It, alas too late for us!  However the food and drinks were as ever very good.


    Feeling a little chilly we maintained a good pace on an otherwise uneventful ride back to Marden.


    6 riders. 50miles. 1421ft of climbing. 16.4mph average speed.


  • 25/11/2019 10:44 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    My lead on Saturday 16/11 and I thought I'd go to the Village Pantry at Aylesford. I went there the other day for the first time with Yalding Velo. It's a very good cafe with safe storage out the back for the bikes.

    This week it was great to have Glenn and Jon riding with us again.

    A little late, four of us set out from Marden, - to be met by Dave King cycling up the road after underestimating the time it would take to cycle in!

    We picked up Glenn at Offam, - he was using a shorter version of my route as a recovery ride.

    Weather was good, roads were good and we got to the cafe pretty much bang on the booked time of 1130.


    After the cafe stop Dave made off on his own straight for home, and Jon peeled off at Ditton. Glenn's recovery ride took him as far as East Malling leaving leaving three of us to sally forth back to Marden.

    6 riders. 58miles. 2408ft of climbing. 15.9mph average speed.


  • 03/11/2019 19:13 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The ride for Saturday 2/10 was cancelled due to Ciaran not being able to do his lead because of fitness, torrential rain, but primarily because England were playing in the World Rugby Cup Final against South Africa and most of the group wanted to watch it. 

    Paul G. and I took ourselves out with Eric and his Sunday group. Six of us were out and the weather was great, - but the roads over the North Downs left a lot to be desired! Mud, mud, glorious mud!

    Another good scrub gown for the bike!

  • 29/10/2019 18:20 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sadly, on the day we "Cancelled Due to Weather" the torrential rain that was forecast actually held off so we lost a good day!

    Date

    Ride Leader

    No of riders

    Route

    Café Stop

    Distance

    Ascent

    Ave. Speed

    5/10/19

    Paul Grout

    3

    Marden

    Hildenborough

    Marden

    Teal Cafe

    51miles

    1755ft

    17.6mph

    12/10/19

    NO RIDE DUE TO WEATHER

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    19/10/19

    Del Leslie

    3

    Marden

    Fawkham

    Marden

    Speedgate Cafe

    59miles

    3081ft

    15.5mph

    26/10/19

    Paul Brown

    4

    Marden

    Hamstreet

    Marden

    Cosy Kettle Cafe

    61miles

    3484ft

    15.6mph

  • 21/10/2019 10:30 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Due to a good deal of health, fitness, business, weather phobia and canine issues it was just three of us out this week, - me, Paul G. and Dave King.

    We went over to Speedgate Cafe at Fawkham, just behind Brands Hatch.

    A nice uneventful ride in great weather. I say uneventful but somehow we managed to lose Dave on the arrow straight A20 as it passes Brands Hatch. A quick phonecall was put in and we arranged to meet at the cafe so it was only a temporary absence.

    3 riders. 59miles. 3081ft. 15.5mph average

  • 06/10/2019 10:53 | Anonymous member

    Having had a couple of fairly demanding rides over the last couple of weeks, I chose a pretty flat route out to Sevenoaks. Only three of us,  Paul B, Paul G and Del, out this week as other regular riders unable to be there due to medical conditions, broken bike or away on holiday enjoying themselves. 

    Uneventful ride other than being stopped en route by an irate van driver who was scouring the roads looking for another cyclist who had thumped his van - in what I presume was road rage incident   ‍♂️

    Stopped at Teal Cafe -  as always good food and fast and cheerful service. One of the better places to stop I think.

    A dry  fine day and a flat route enabled us to maintain a good speed with an average of 17.6 mph for the ride over 51 miles. 3 riders. 1755ft.

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