10 of us ventured out led by myself and Mo Wells who kindly provided the route. We had an incident free ride through Platt and Ivy Hatch then had a break at Mo’s daughters cafe on Seal High St. Birch’sWhole Good food Cafe. They provided refreshments plus a birthday cake for me suitably nourished we carried on to Heaverham Wrotham then back to East Malling . 31 miles at an average 11.5 mph
Eleven of us left the car park and within minutes, a dog crossed my path, took me out, then nearly did the same to Ray! Continuing along the country lanes, soon after climbing Church Hill (Jelly Babies were at the ready!) we had the 1st puncture of the day! A heavy downpour then swayed me to cut the route slightly shorter to Lenham and we arrived at the Corner House, dripping wet! On the return across the Downs, we had a compulsory stop for our 2nd puncture! Eventually we arrived back safely having completed 32.5miles at an average speed of 11.9 mph. Thanks to Rachel and Chris for being chief photographer and puncture repairer respectively!
Five riders followed Mike on a combined Nature and Group Ride from Mote Park, Bob, Mick, Angie, Kevyn and Richard. Kevyn kept the group entertained and informed by identifying many of the plants and trees as we cycled to Bearsted along the Pilgrims Way and on to Boxley before descending through the beautiful Kent Countryside to Aylesford. On route we passed the site where 2000 wild Orchids were destroyed by the KCC drainage team as explained by Kevyn, Mick also took the opportunity to brush up on his Latin helped by Kevyn. Angie was using clip-ins for the first time and fell off when stopping three times, Richard managed to catch her the first time! but it was knocks and bruised on the second and third attempt and had to retire at the Jungle café. A return via the Medway River path completed a very enjoyable ride, 34 miles at 11.5 mph with good company.
17 of us left sunny but chilly Yalding with some regretting exposed fingers and knees.
Travelling through East Peckham, Golden Green and Colts Hill on our way to Lamberhurst and our stop at Scotney Castle where poor Tony had a surprise shower while under the umbrella!!!
Return via Gouhurst, Horsmonden and Laddingford we could see rain clouds and although avoiding the worst we did get a hail facial and had a surprise guest of a heron along the route.
31.2 miles 11.5mph 1952ft
With the threat of storm Hannah making everybody apprehensive a combined group of d and d+ riders set off from East Malling, down Red hill to wateringbury and up kenward hill for the first time. From here we descended into Yalding through laddingford and into Paddock Wood. Tony Munn took us to Top Nosh Cafe where we were very well catered for. The return journey took us through Benover into Yalding and back up Kenward Hill. We then cycled up Teston Hill and glided the last mile back to East Malling.
30 miles average of 13mph.
special thanks to Richard and Mike who kindly hung back to help a new member
The D Group turned up leaderless at Headcorn,but Daniel Beckham did the group proud by leading 8 riders to Susie’s cafe,Tenterden,with only one puncture to spoil the very warm ride..The return was without incident,and covered 25.5 miles and about 800 ft climbs only. Many thanks Daniel
This morning’s gathering at Aylesford had four groups for the start. A bit lively to say the least, not helped by the looming rain clouds just waiting for us, so all thinking to join a ride that would go in the other direction. It was just our luck that our carefully planned ride would take us directly into the darkness. It didn’t deter ten hardy souls to think nothing except the bread pudding and bacon butties at the coffee stop on the distant horizon.
It went well until just after Eccles when wet stuff started to fall, and by Peters Village we were battered by the hail. Huddling under a bus shelter to add clothing seemed the best idea ever! They did say it was going to be only showers today, so it couldn’t last forever right? 30 minutes later, and well past Cuxton and up Bush Road it all got better. Now for the steady climb up through the valley to Harvel. So we got to Trosley CP after bumping along the top. One cycle group was just riding out, and another (Sidcup Cycles) getting ready to leave as we parked the bikes. 17 miles at this point.
A coffee we rubbed shoulders with a big group of CTC Swale, one or two ready for a bun fight, and others much more friendlier…
During coffee we had another shower, just not good timing for our descent of Vigo. The resurfacing down there has made it (almost) a pleasure to ride it. Out through the villages and up to Offham, passing John C’s D+ ride on the way. A quick sprint through the Mallings & Ditton back home in the sun was just the ticket!
Under the circumstances, what with the lumps & the rain, we did a very sprightly 11.9mph average, 28 miles total, approx. 600m ascent. Thank you all those who joined me today.
7 of us left Paddock Wood heading out towards Castle Hill on our way, via Claygate, to Staplehurst before heading west again to our coffee stop in Marden of the newly opened Old Post Office cafe. We sat downstairs but there was also about 10 tables up stairs. Not lots of space for bikes outside but it coped with ours and also Julie who caught us up after heading in from Allington. And we also saw Darren who came to see what it was like. Tasty food and good service. Julie joined us for part of the route back before heading for home and we travelled in the direction of Yalding before heading back to our cars.
Weather was a bit drizzly but thankfully no punctures or incidents. Being a smallish group we made good time and was back just after 1pm.
Everyone was up for a good pace so we actually managed our 28.3 miles (only 686ft climb) in an average of 13.5mph
9 riders left Barming 5 minutes after the D + who were taking the same route as far as Sweets lane. All went well until we met up with the D+ at the junction of Winterfield Lane and again in Norman Road West Malling where chaos ensued as to who was what and where. Sorted the Ds continued in a loop via Ryash and Snodland and across the new St Peters Bridge where Mike G gave an impromptu history lesson. Continuing the group made the stop via Shorts Way and Rochester High Street. Heading back the group met the Easy + Group who where going via Burnham Road the same as us. Passing them we continued along the top road and down via Eccles and Ditton before meeting the D+ group again at the junction of The Heath and Winterfield Lane. The last part back to Barming effectively becoming a joint ride but enjoyed by all.
Distance 32.5 miles Average Speed 12.1mph Climb 1600ft
A huge gathering at Boughton Monchelsea village hall for the annual birthday set of rides. Richard led a joint D Groups ride with 19 . He headed off down Weirton Hill onto the flat of Rabbits Cross then by passing Staplehurst and Marden Thorne to the break at Paddock Wood,where the group divided to various refreshment places. After the downhills of the way out,it was inevitable that there going to be hills on the return,and after the pleasant lowland roads,around Laddingford ,the climbs started going up Kenward Hill to Coxheath,then a quick dash to get to the hall where some stayed for the excellent as always Birthday lunch. A distance of 30 miles. A very big Thankyou to Helen and Jenny for all the wonderful organisation .