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  • 06/10/2019 15:44 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AMICI SFA – 2019 GROUP RIDE STATISTICS 5/1/19 – 5/10/19

    Number of Group Rides

    Average Riders/Ride

    Total Miles

    Average Miles/Ride

    Total Ascent

    Average Ascent/Ride

    Average Speed/Ride

    34

    5

    1918

    56.41

    86247ft

    2560ft

    15.37mph

     

  • 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.

  • 29/09/2019 12:19 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Some pretty good average speeds in September, - and three new cafe stops.

    Date

    Ride Leader

    No of riders

    Route

    Coffee Stop

    Distance

    Ascent

    Ave. Speed

    7/9/19

    Ciaran Johnson with Steel Baroudeurs

    5

    Marden

    Woodchurch

    Marden

    Rare Breeds Centre

    43miles

    1463ft

    15.9mph

    14/9/19

    Dave King

    5

    Marden

    Charing

    Marden

    Mulberry’s Cafe

    53miles

    2313ft

    16.5mph

    21/9/19

    Andy Mackay

    8

    Marden

    Chilham

    Marden

    Shelley’s

    Tea Rooms

    55miles

    2644ft

    15.1mph

    28/9/19

    Del Leslie

    8

    Marden

    Winchelsea

    Marden

    Beach Cafe

    62miles

    3125ft

    15.8mph

  • 28/09/2019 17:48 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    8 riders turned for my lead on todays ride. Well done to Ralph and Ciaran who weren't feeling their best but put their ailments to one side and turned out with us.

    The route was one originally put together by Anthony Warren. I say this only so that we have someone to blame for any bits we didn't like.

    We headed out for the Beach Cafe at Winchelsea. Thankfully a number of the group had downloaded the route onto their GPS which got me out of trouble when my technology failed when we only just about half way there. I don't really know this neck of the woods too well, in fact I didn't really have much idea where the route would take us other than Winchelsea.  

    Eventually the gremlins sorted themselves out and normal service was resumed.

    It was a good day as far as the weather was concerned but it was goddam' windy!


    There was no precipitation, - just some "spume", (according to Ralph), whilst we were at Winchelsea.

    With about 16 miles to go on the way home, Ciaran's ailments hit him with a vengeance when severe cramping made it impossible for him to make any kind of sprightly progress. 

    He waved us on and made his own way back at at a pace he could handle getting back to the car park about 30 minutes after us. Well done for hanging in there Ciaran.

    Given the distance, the terrain and that damn wind we managed a very respectable average speed of 15.8mph.

    8 riders, 62miles, 3125 feet of climbing. 15.8mph average.


  • 22/09/2019 10:49 | Anonymous member

    We were blessed with beautiful weather as eight of us,  Paul B, Paul G, Ralph R, Dave K, Phill C, Mark R from Inters + and Ciaran J. from Velo Forte and myself turned right out of the Hockey Club towards Chart Hill, to make our way to Chilham for breakfast.


    We cycled up Chart Hill, along to Lenham, up Hubbards Hill on to the North Downs, along to Painter's Forstal, across the Ashford Road and on to Chilham Square and breakfast at Shelley's Tea Rooms.


    We had a very pleasant stop and burnt off breakfast riding up Sole's Hill, Shottenden Road, across the A251 onto Charing, Egerton, Hawkenbury,  Staplehurst, Marden, covering 55.5miles at an average speed of 15.1mph, 2644ft. No punctures and no mechanicals.

  • 10/09/2019 14:31 | Anonymous member

    At the beginning of the week it was looking promising for potentially 7 hardy riders on the second Baroudeurs ride of the year. Weather was looking good as well for a sunny ride.

    However due to various commitments such as forgetting that your bike was in bits the night before, working and a dog walkers sudden sickness we were down to 3. (Myself, Del and Paul G)

    We were joined by Paul W and Miranda on their modern bikes to make us 5 who headed off to the Rare breeds centre in Ham street.


    We set off from the Hockey and Cricket club at 9.30 after we waited for to see if we had any stragglers turn up. This took us through Frittenden and  Biddenden arriving at the Rare breeds in good time. Breakfast was quick and to their usual good standards.


    Once fed we headed back through Bethersden and Headcorn to Marden allowing us to enjoy a pint of cabbage water at the club bar and watch some village cricket. It was mentioned that a gym would be good at the club, but not sure if that was for us to use or the fielder at silly point to use.

    43 miles,  Elevation 1,954ft, Ave speed 15.9mph, 5 riders, no punctures

  • 08/09/2019 17:18 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sticking to roads that I know just in case my technology let me down I took Andy, Paul B. and Dave over to Turners Cafe at Horton Kirby.

    The trouble with going over to the north of the county is that it gets a bit hillier, a bit more traffic and a roads that are a bit more rubbish (surface that is) than out in the more rural realms of Kent.

    Turners Cafe is one that we haven't used before but it's well worth a stop. Food is good, service is pretty decent and the prices are right.

    I was trying out my new bike for the first time on a long run and I'm pleased say it performed well, - I'd have been more than a tad disappointed if it hadn't.

    As said perviously there were a good few hills on this run for us to deal with and after 3/4 of the ride was done I think we were all starting to feel the effects of them. This was our first run of over 3500ft for some time and it seems that previously learnt lessons about pacing are easily forgotten.

    8 to 10 miles out though Andy seemed to get a second wind and pulled us home at a sustained 20/21mph.

    The weather stayed good throughout the ride, though thankfully not too hot for us when taking on the hills. 

    All got home safe and sound without incident.

    4 riders. 64 miles. 3583ft of climbing. 14.7mph average speed.

  • 19/08/2019 16:55 | Anonymous member

    As last weeks ride was cancelled due to the inclement weather it was decided to have another go at the same route this week.  With the weather looking reasonable six of us (Paul G, Paul B, Del, Ralph, Phil and Dave) set off in good spirits heading for Silcocks Farm Shop, nr Tenterden.  With total faith and confidence in the ability of the leader no one else in the group had felt the need to load the route onto their “device” believing that it would just be a case of 'follow the leader'. However, it soon became clear that the groups confidence was misplaced as about three miles out we were off route – lost!   After some lively debate and recalculation we got back on route. Another couple of detours and a puncture, we eventually arrived at Silcocks.  After some good food and cheerful service, confidence was restored. However, the mornings disruptions seemed to leave the group a little disheartened as the return journey seemed to take forever. Two dropped off leaving the remaining four to finish at Marden somewhat relieved to be back .

    58 miles and 2741 ft

  • 05/08/2019 17:35 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    0844hrs on 4th August 2019 saw me, Paul Grout and Paul Brown setting off on the Prudential 100 from the Olympic Park in Stratford. Up ahead was Jon Craig from Velo Forte who had an earlier start.

    Paul Brown had opted to forego his scheduled start time of 0708hrs and instead gatecrash our later starting wave. They normally police the gates quite closely but on this occasion they seemed far more relaxed about that sort of thing.

    This was the fifth time at this event for Paul G. and me but the first for Paul B.

    We set a good pace of 18.5mph for the first 38miles when stopped at one of the Hubs to replenish the water bottles and grab a quick coffee and bacon roll.

    Leaving here we ran slap bang into our first traffic jam at 39 miles caused by nothing more than the huge volume of riders at a narrow bottle neck of road.

    Between 39 and 43 miles we were held up more times than an angler's prize trout and did a fair bit of walking on this stretch.


    Because of these holdups we were diverted around Leith Hill and straight onto Box Hill which shortens the overall distance to 92 miles.

    At the top of Box Hill we took another refill of the bidons and also caved in to another coffee and bacon roll.

    At this point I suffered from a front derailleur malfunction and couldn't get onto the big chainring and we also picked out Jon Craig in the crowd. His earlier start meant he hadn't been diverted from Leith Hill.

    As the now group of four embarked on the last stage back to London I was unable to maintain the pace due to the derailleur problem and dropped back during the next 20 miles or so. My little legs could just not go any faster!

    Holding back slightly in the hope I would catch up Paul G.  got separated from the other two and so briefly stopped at the last Hub at Wimbledon for a water refill whilst Paul B. and Jon, who were both going really well, carried on as a pair. I considered stopping at the Wimbledon Hub but thought better of it, and low and behold just as I was passing, saw Paul G. exiting the Hub! At this point I had another go at changing on to the big chainring and was successful, - so now it was head down and backside up in an attempt to make up some time!

    I'm normally rubbish at the last 20 or so miles of a century ride but the coffee and bacon rolls had worked their magic and along with Paul G., who always seems to finish strongly on this ride, managed to come in at a really good pace. 

    As always at the end of the Pru 100 there are thousands of people at the finish so hooking up with Paul B. and Jon was going to be a tall order.

    Little did we know that our two pairs had crossed the finish line just over a minute or so apart!

    My total saddle time was 5hrs 54mins with an average of 15.4mph. Total ride time was 7hrs 02mins.


  • 03/08/2019 21:05 | Anonymous member

    My first lead from Marden Hockey ground, we left Marden heading out to Biddenden with four other riders (Ralph, Dave Paul and Will ) on to Tenterden, Smallhythe, Wittersham, Four Oaks and on to Northiam. We had a very pleasant stop at Will's Bakery and Cafe, only marred by the very persistent wasp population!


    We all shared the load and it was a pleasure to lead the ride.

    We returned via Ewhurst Green, Bodiam, Sandhurst, Benenden, Hartley and Marden Thorn. We finished the ride with a 'traditional drink' in the bar. Average speed 16.2mph, 53 miles, 2663ft

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