Saturday 23 November 2019

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.

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