Too icy to safely ride.
please see his entry on the D Group forum of 24/2/18
On a sunny winter's day nine of us set off to Otford via West Malling, then along Comp Lane before turning off at Crouch down Basted Lane. After a climb back up, we continued along Mill Lane then cycled through Ightham and joined Fen Pond Rd until we reached the Pilgrims Way and cycled past Kemsing and down to Otford.Thankfully we had booked as there were two other cycling groups at Pond View tea room too! After a slightly longer lunch break due to the cafe being so busy we rejoined the Pilgrims Way and retraced our tracks due to a technical problem with Strava but did manage a slight detour along Crowhurst Lane and then up Winfield Lane to join the road back through Comp and back to the start. My apologies for nearly losing some of the group, causing a few to cycle further up the hill from Ightam! The ride was just slightly over 30 miles with an average speed of 11.8 and climbimg approx 1900ft.
John Blakeley led the ride to Staplehurst on what started as a cold and sunny day. The group of 6 left Mote Park and headed through Downswood, Boughton Monchelsea, Linton (south), Collier Street and Claygate. There was a sigh of relief when, at Marden Beech, it was discovered that a road closure allowed easy access for cycles. On the way to the coffee stop at Staplehurst the weather changed to rain.
Having warmed up at the coffee stop, the group then headed through Hawkesbury before attempting the 11% gradient hill at Chart Sutton. There was general agreement from the group that this would be a good ride to return to in the summer months. A distance of just under 30 miles at 11.8 mph average.
Yalding Station was totally packed with about 40 riders ,as it was the starting point for Both D and both Easy Groups. After each group sorted itself out,Mike Griffiths led the D Group with 7 riders.Taking a lovely flat route ,in very cold damp weather, he took them out to Benover,Collier Street,where Richard got the only puncture of the day.Carrying on after, and trying to warm up ,it was staying on quiet roads.A brief stop in Grave Lane to read a wooden cross obituary to Flight Officer Clifford,a 21 year old RAF pilot,who crashed after being shot down at the spot in 1940. It was then on to bye pass Staplehurst and to the break at the cafe in Headcorn High Street. Mike maintained the flat return journey,out towards Ulcombe then Farthing Green and Lamb’s Cross,before crossing the A229 to Hunton and into Yalding.A distance of 30 miles at 12.4 mph average.Great ride ,Thankyou Mike.
Welcome to Anita who joined us for her first ride with the D's and welcome back Sarah. Nine of us set off from Wrotham along the country lanes through Heaverham, Kemsing and on to Seal before the long climb up through Godden Green and to Underriver before descending Carters Hill. We continued on towards Hildenborough, then via Higham Wood to our lunch stop at Poult Wood. With the sun still shining on our return, we continued the undulating ride to Dunks Green and along Long Mill Lane to Crouch. From there we headed to Ightham and then up to Kemsing Road and back to the start point.We completed 27.9 miles with an average speed of 10.7, having climbed nearly 2000ft.
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A lot more than figgy pudding slowing up this ride! Please can we introduce a new SFA rule? When overtaking Your Leader, you are obliged to huff and puff and at least pretend it's hard work!! Not that it happened that often or course .... good job we love the Irish. So we set off from Brenchley via the flat plains of Marden, Staplehurst, Frittenden and on to Cranbrook and Hartley Cafe where we pipped another large cycling group at the post and had a very satisfactory break. We returned via Goudhurst and wended our undulating way back to Brenchley, thanks to our Human Satnav, Mr Valentine. Rumour has it that he 'lost signal' last week but he certainly redeemed himself today, thank you. We welcomed a new member, Anthony and we hope to see you again! Happy New Year All.
A typical post Christmas ride, it was evident early on that a few riders had enjoyed more than their fair share of figgy pudding. 10 of us set off from Barming along North Pole, down Red Hill, through Wateringbury and Nettlestead to Yalding. From here pleasant country lanes to Paddock Wood. Refreshed we headed out towards Matfield and wound our way back to Yalding, up Kenward Hill, finally crossing Kettlebridge and up the hill to the Bull Pub. An enjoyable ride of 28 miles at an average of 13.5mph. Leader Chris Moon
The ground was still icy when we left Dickley Lane car park but the sun was shining brightly in a cold, blue sky. John Caves led our group of five up Stede Hill but Inci’s and Sarah’s fingers and toes were still frozen when we reached the top, despite multiple layers. We paused to enjoy a clear view of the Thames and Medway estuaries, the island and the countryside beneath us. We cycled through Tunstall and laboured up Stocker’s Hill where John Blakeley and Roger led us to the top. Waving to the cyclists enjoying breakfast in the sunshine on Rodmersham Green, we sped past them towards Bapchild. Once over the A2 we continued our almost traffic-free ride along the Lower Road, through Teynham and then took a right turn down Four Oaks Road. We zig-zagged along narrow lanes, tackled the sharp incline of Coxett Hill (too roughly tarmac’ed for hybrid tyres), passed the ancient church on Water Lane and doubled back along Vicarage Lane to reach Brogdale Farm. We were promptly served in the cafe but the leader decided against the free cider-tastings (John C. told Sarah to focus) and tempted us back into the cold for the climb up to Painter’s Forstal. We then enjoyed a slog into a headwind up the steady incline to Eastling and Warren Street to reach the top of Hubbard’s Hill, before whizzing down through Lenham and back to the car park. 31 miles; 1,215 ft elevation; 11 m.p.h. average speed.