A fantastic turnout for the three rides meeting at Bell Lane, Staplehurst. Ten courageous riders accepted the challenge of Russell's claimed flatter than last week's ride! First challenge was negotiating our way on foot through the extensive Marden Road closure. Making our way through Marden Beech and Claygate for our 1st slope of the day, Castle Hill. Missed the opportunity of a very early cafe stop at Gray's, Brenchley to join Cycle Route 18 for the 2nd lump of the day to get to Kipping's Cross and the challenge of crossing the hectic A21. Then is was the pleasant ride past the Curling Centre before some more slope for our 3rd more challenging slope at Swatland Farm only for our success to be thwarted by by an oncoming 4x4 forcing us off our bikes just before the top. A mucky road at Wood's Green to avoid busy B2100 to get in and out of Bewl along a mud track but at least it avoided the A21. A really pleasant sunny break then a great downhill into Lambershurst before our 4th good slope of the day towards Horsmonden. Back on CR18 skirting Goudhurst then on past Blantyre HMP and Hush Heath Winery to get back to Bell Lane just after the B+ riders. 35.6 miles at just on 11 mph because of the roads traversed with 2779 ft of ascent.
Route on Strava