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  • 14/11/2019 11:26 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AMICI SFA – 2019 GROUP RIDE STATISTICS 5/1/19 – 9/11/19

    Number of Group Rides

    Average Riders/Ride

    Total Miles

    Average Miles/Ride

    Total Ascent

    Average Ascent/Ride

    Average Speed/Ride

    37

    5

    2082

    56.27

    95405ft

    2578ft

    15.38mph

     

  • 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.

  • 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.

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