On June 23rd me, Paul Grout, Ciaran, and Paul Brown from Amici, along with Jon and Glenn from Velo Forte, rode the 150K route from the SFA summer series of Audaxes.
Starting and finishing from Bethersden Village Hall these routes are designed to be as flat as possible so that newcomers to this type of event can have a go with abetter than average chance of completion.
On the whole the weather was kind to us. It was overcast and quite warm which made for a humid atmosphere. The wind kicked in as ever in the vicinity of the Romney Marshes and Dungeness.
We rode well as a group and it was only after about 55miles, into the section at Dungeness (think Chernobyl on Sea), that the wind really made its presence known. It is probably just me but it always seemed to be in our faces whatever compass heading we were on!
Jon and Glenn are by far the stronger riders in these conditions and pulled away from the group here. After the food stop in the cafe, which sits in the shadow of the power station, the same trend continued but we hooked up with them again at the final food stop with about 20miles to go.
These events aren't races but none of us could resist a sprint for the line as we made the approach to the finish at Bethersden.
All in all a good day out. A great route, fine weather and good company. We all made it home safe and sound with no mishaps save for an annoying puncture to my front tyre and Paul Grout leaving his phone at the last cafe stop. Thankfully we were only a couple of minutes down the road when he realised!
Well done to Bob Watts who does all the organising and also his band of stalwart helpers who man the checkpoints and food stops.