Twelve riders chose the D group ride to Headcorn Aerodrome from Lenham on a dry cloudy Saturday morning. The group was divided into two for safety with a back-marker and a second group leader Mike lead them out at 10.00 am. Turning left and around the back of Harrietsham to the A20 and up the hill to Kingswood and on to the village of Ulcombe and then Headcorn. When Mike stopped to wait for the group they were all there right behind. It was later found one of the group had an electric bike which may have helped the group keep to a good pace. From Headcorn a ten mile circular route around the Weald of Kent eventually leading back to Headcorn Aerodrome and a well earned break. We were treated to a display of model aircraft flying as we consumed our food, there being a model aircraft exhibition on the Aerodrome. It was a straight forward route back, a climb up Egerton hill to Charing Heath turning left and following the ridge, back to Harrietsham and then Lenham. The group were pushing all the way and were back for 13.30 with the following impressive stats. 34 miles, 1485 ft of climbing at an average speed 13.5 miles /hour. Well done to all.
A large turnout on a late summer morning evenly distributed across the 3 groups meeting in Old London Road, choosing the D Group ride. An easy run down to Borough Green for the climb up Crouch Lane and then right along Long Mill Lane. The relentless climb up The Street to Plaxtol, Plaxtol Lane and High Cross Road to Ivy Hatch. A short stop at The Snail to attend to a deflated Rainbow before the run down Hall Hill to cross the A25 in Seal. A climb to the Pilgrims' Way and Otford. Back on the Pilgrims' Way to Twitton Lane and Filston Lane to Shoreham. A few more climbs before the descent to Lullingstone Country Park for our break, a location shared with the 10 a.m. Inters. Meeting up with Darren who had ridden solo there having taken on the challenge of Birling Hill. The ten of us enjoying the fast run down Shoreham Road through Eynsford. Right into Beesfield Lane for the truly relentless climb up Knatts Valley Road with the final kick of Colman's Ash Lane sharing this with the Amici riders. Back on the Pilgrims' Way for our run back to Wrotham. A ride of good climbs and long re-grouping breaks without incidents. 28 miles at an average of 12.1 mph with 2250 feet of ascent.
Route on Strava
A really warm start at Staplehurst for 9 riders. Richard led and without incident headed off to the Community cafe at Benenden by going through Hawkenbury and Frittenden to Sissinghurst .It turned into a very casual stop sitting under an awning on the forecourt. However, too soon it was time to start pedalling again and carried on through tiny country lanes back to Golford and Sissinghurst again The heat was starting to really affect one of the new riders , so Tony Munn and Richard Barsley remained with her and assisted her to the finish whilst the rest went on..A distance of 30 miles at about 12 mph average.
D Group of 14 coordinated SFA jerseys left East Malling in the direction of West Malling, Offham and Comp and then passing through Dunk's Green, Golden Green and Tudley before reaching Paddock Wood for our coffee stop at about 20 miles.
In Paddock Wood it was suggested we go to the Cafe upstairs in Barsley's where we enjoyed variety of goodies including an impressive rainbow cake and Richard was around to come and say hello.
So we were in good Spirits for the homeward 10 miles via Laddingford, Yalding and Wateringbury saying goodbye to a few who had cycled to the start at the appropriate points for their homeward journeys.
30.50 miles - 1598ft - 12.1mph average and thankfully apart from Jo's slow punctue in the last few miles no mechanical problems to deal with.
John Blakeley sensibly cancelled ride on grounds of safety
Ten of us set off towards Marden, where we then became eleven when Rachel joined us on Sheephurst Lane. Soon after at Marden Thorn, Daniel a young new member, got his 1st puncture! Richard kindly assisted and we were soon on our way heading via Goudhurst Road to join the A229 briefly before arriving at our lunch stop at Bumbles garden centre. Disappointingly, although they had confirmed they could cater for us, they weren't prepared but at least we did eventually get to sit outside! We left there, now 9 and managed a puncture free cycle back via quiet lanes with just one short climb near Hunton. A total of 32 miles at an average speed of 13.4 mph
Due to heavy early morning rain.Allan Brown sensibly cancelled the ride.
my first lead for a long time started from aylesford to king George’s sittingbourne. I was told by the group (8 intrepid fools) that most of my rides are pub related but I would like to refute this. Here is the route.
aylesford to lower bell, then up blue bell hill to the old upper bell, we then headed of past crematorium and down past the bredhurst bell, then out to hartlip and the rose and crown then down to chestnut street and up school lane before the Tudor rose, then left past the maypole at Borden then down riddles road past the beauty of bath and into St. George’s. the munch munch crunch crunch sip sip ( lovely food) the off through bredgar past the sun up to top of hollingbourne unfortunately we had to divert so off to hucking hook and hatchet and down to pilgrims way. Along to the black horse and then the cock at detling. Continue along pilgrims and down past kings arms Boxley then up grange to the vine, then onto the Malta and back to aylesford 32 odd miles at roughly 11.5 and more hills than intended
11 of us set off from Brenchley on a lovely sunny morning. There were 3 new faces, Roger, Chris & Daniel,, with Bob leading a ride for the first time. The outward 20 miles were fairly lumpy taking us along Route 18, round the back of Goudhurst, through Hartley and into Benenden. It was at this point, after riding through the very busy high street with cars, coaches, wedding guests etc, that Bob noticed he was all alone, having inadvertently managed a one man breakaway from the peleton. A quick phone call and we were all re-united. Coffee stop was at Sissinghurst Castle, sitting in the sun. The return leg was short and mostly flat, apart from the Castle Hill Sprint that was won by Donna. 34 miles, 1800 feet of climbing, 12.5 mph average
On the hottest day of the year so far 6 of us left Barming and cycled via West Malling then on towards Plaxtol to reach Poult Wood. We eventually arrived at our destination after cycling a couple of extra miles, due to taking a wrong turn down Crouch Lane instead of Basted Lane, apologies folks!Thankfully we had an uneventful trip back and arrived at Barming having completed 30 miles but was too distracted by.the heat to check the speed!