On a glorious Sept morning and not put off by the M20 being shut 12 riders set out on a loop to Wateringbury. It was nice to see Les landau back amongst us for this ride.The group cycled out via Birling ,West Malling, Crouch, and Plaxtol before dropping down to Hadlow. The group continued on the flat to East Peckham and Yalding before the climb up Kenwood and the decent to the new coffee stop by the Medway. A shorter second part of the ride took us up a busy Red Hill before looping back through West Malling Birling and the start. Distance 32.5 miles Average speed 12.4 Climb 1800 ft
John Blakeley reported that he led a group of seven from Lenham. The route via Ulcombe, Hawkenbury, Lashenden to the coffee stop at Headcorn was on mostly quiet country lanes. The ride back to Lenham via Egerton, Charing Heath and Sandway included a few more hills but everyone appeared to enjoy the route. The weather was kind to the group and the ride was free of incidents apart from the ride back to Lenham when someone driving a hedge-trimming tractor decided to reverse towards the front of the group, luckily no harm resulted.
A distance of 30.6 miles, average speed 13.7mph and elevation 1,367ft.
How good it is to have Les Land back cycling with the group after a long lay off and taking the lead.He set off from Wrotham on a beautiful morning with a group of 7 to his usual watering hole of Lullingstone Country Park.Going out firstly along the Pilgrims Way,To Otford,where Gary got the only puncture of the day.(always quickly repaired by him).then Twitton Lane to the stop.The return took them back into Shoreham and Otford,and Les’s crafty route through the paths to Heaverham .It was then back into Wrotham along the Pilgrims Way.A distance of 21 miles at 11.5 mph,and thoroughly enjoyed by the riders who admired the picturesque countryside,some for the first time.
A great turnout of some 44 riders for the 4 SFACC groups meeting at Bell Lane. 13 chose to follow Russell's lead to Tenterden. A warm welcome to 2 new members, Colin and Mark. Out through Frittenden and High Halden using quite lanes to reach Cycle Route 18 to get to St Michael's. Arriving at Silcocks Farm at the junction with Readers Bridge Road. A well prepared and warm welcome with a 'Reserved for Cyclists' notice on our outside table. Great service and value, a definite must for another visit. More flat quiet lanes following CR18 leaving it to get to Sissinghurst on our return. Chris M getting the puncture of the day just before Frittenden. Arrived back at the same time as others returning from their different rides. 28.5 dry miles at an average of 13 mph with just 1230 feet of climbing.
Route on Strava
Having realised I was about to lead a group of 18 (including a new rider Mark), trepidation set in, although I needn’t of worried as having split the group into three sections I had great support from the sub-leaders/back markets who included: John, Chris, Mike, Chris and Jo.
We headed off on a somewhat undulating ride initially cycling through East Malling Research Centre, circling around East Malling and headed up to Offham and along to Crouch, flying down Hurst Hill and negotiating the 270 degree right turn continuing to drop down towards Dunk’s Green along Roughway Lane. At this point we met a number of tractors heading up the hill which caused young Mathew’s brakes to be tested and subsequent urgent maintenance carried out.
The final stretch of the mornings ride included a climb up to Plaxtol before heading to Borough Green for lunch at Melias Café.
The ride back was event free and included the pleasant lanes around Kemsing along the Pilgrims way, Ryash and Birling. We totalled 29.6 mile riding at an average speed of 11.6mph and ascending 662M.
For my first D Group lead 10 of us (including a new lady Karen) left Mote Park on a slightly cool but Sunny morning in the direction of Weavering Street to Detling. On the Pilgrims Way Natasha successfully had a blast for a Strava segment PB and met us at the Dirty Habit. Then we headed towards Harrietsham via Greenway Court Road and luckily the places I thought might be flooded weren't. We then took East Street to Lenham where unfortunately Natasha had 2 punctures to her front tyre in quick succession!! Coffee stop was at the church which as usual was very welcoming. The return leg saw us heading to Grafty Green before conquering Ulcombe Hill.
Nice run along Kingswood and Chart Sutton to Boughton Monchelsea and Boughton Lane where we started to say goodbye to people..... Valerie, Bob and Jane
Then we navigated Pheasant Lane before turning into Cranbourne Avenue and entering Mote Park via the Claygate entrance.
Ride was 28.2 miles at 11mph with climb of 1373ft
Heard from Natasha that unluckily she had a 3rd puncture to the back tyre on her way home but luckily it was close to her home so not too much walking.
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Mike said that he thought it would be his final lead/ ride with the D Group,but with a really nice group of 12 he dutifully set off from Headcorn with a planned route to Sissinghurst NT . He chose some lovely quiet lanes,firstly going north towards Ulcombe before changing direction and crossing the A274 onto Plumtree Road and Craddocks Lane to Frittenden and the stop at Sissinghurst.Sitting outside under an awning shaded from the hot sun was most pleasant. Mike continued the ride ,initially along the fairly busy A262,before turning off at the Three Chimneys Pub,thankfully returning to picturesque leafy lanes and again crossing the A 274 via Hareplain Road.He continued on past the Smarden Bell and Swifts Green before returning to Headcorn along the Lenham Road.A distance of 28 miles at about 13 mph average,without any problems. Thanks Mike,and hope you have a change of mind about staying with the D’s.
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With only one leader available,Richard led a joint group with 12 from a really hot Brenchley.It was so good to have an ex member ,Ian Rawlinson join for the day,.He was up from his home in Devon visiting family for the weekend and decided to have a ride and catch up on old times.An uneventful outward Route through Matfield to Tudeleley and East Peckham to the break at Teapot Island Yalding. The return took an alternative route,seeing various San Fairy Ann groups that went to Hunton,and Claygate before the only slightly challenging hill of Yew Tree Road back to Brenchley village.A distance of 31 miles at 13.5 mph average..All getting back well in time to watch the England v Sweden football match.Good day all around.