A beautiful sunny day meant a monster turn out of riders. Seventeen left Yalding station and made our way to the village and an early climb up Kenward, not that we needed much warming up. There was an early mechanical issue shortly followed by a puncture for Chris Moon which Gary soon sorted out. We cut across the A229 at the bottom of Linton Hill and followed the lanes down to Hawkenbury, through Frittenden and on to the cafe stop at Knoxbridge. They were quite overwhelmed when we all walked in and the owner soon locked the door behind us. The food was worth the wait and while most of us tucked into the usual savoury fayre Kevyn had her first experience of Spotted Dick and Custard. The flattish and shorter route back took us past the Hush Heath vineyard, the outskirts of Marden, through Laddingford and into Yalding. We came back at a fair lick given the terrain and the splendid weather. It was one of those mornings when it was a joy to be on the bike. A distance of 34 miles was covered at an average of 13.3 mph.
With most of the groups going on the away day,John Spencer could only muster 4 others, Ian Murdoch Dave Pannell,Chris Daly and Eddie Walker for the start from Larkfield village hall In very overcast skies John led out,but by the time they got to Leybourne it was raining quite heavily,and Eddie who was on his e bike was worried that water would get into the electrics so called it a day. John carried on,out through Birling and Trottiscliffe before heading to the Jungle cafe at Addington for their break.Eddie joined them,having gone by car.Setting off again,John decided to give the group a bit of a puff by going out viaOffham,and then the climbs of Gover and Butchers Hills before returning to Larkfield.A distance of 25 miles,averaging 10.8 mph.
Many thanks John.
A really good turn out of 19,set off from Staplehurst,on a well planned away day trip,organised and led by Brian Kavanagh,and headed off to the Oasis cafe near Brenzett. Keeping in 3 very well disciplined groups,Brian journied out ,sometimes on main,but usually country lanes,skirting Frittenden to the three Chimneys,before going past Biddenden vineyards to St Michaels and Tenterden.Then onto the Appledore Road into that village for a comfort break.Mike G,whilst stopping,came a cropper,and unfortunately fell onto Jo's front wheel,buckling it a bit,but she was able to carry on ok.Brian steered the group to the stop on the A259.Chris Moon discovered that he had a puncture and mended it while he waited for his food.The skies were looking really dark,and just after setting off again,the rain hammered down,and the temperature dropped like a stone,and when shelter could be found the group took refuge.Funnily enough,a couple of miles further on,the road was completely dry.Brian looped a route back via Warehorn,where a second puncture held up the riders,then undaunted set off again past High Halden into Biddenden.Approaching Frittenden,the third puncture,so some of the group carried on .Thinking that it third time unlucky, until just before the finish,the puncture demon struck again,but Andy,the puncture czar leaped forward once again,and belatedly all made it to the finish.A distance of 48.5 miles for most,but Russell and Richard Byatt,wanted to do a 50 + ,so they did a final extended loop. An average speed of about 12.5 mph.
Thankyou Brian for a great ride
Thankyou Brian Kavanagh for stepping in at the last moment to lead the ride from Headcorn.,on a hot morning.With a total of 6 riders they set off to Yalding.Out through Marden and up Yew Tree Hill to the viewing area,before the flat again of Laddingford to the Teapot cafe.with temperatures really climbing,Brian set off again,over Yalding bridge to Hunton ,before crossing the A229 and Church Hill to Staplehurst and finish.A total of 32.5 miles at a good 13.3 mph average,with over 700 feet climbing.
Thanks again Brian
Russell was due to lead,but had to drop out,however,he sent the strava route to Darren,who graciously volunteered from Aylesford.A large congregation at the car park,but only a total of 7 elected to go with him.In glorious sunshine,Darren took the group out to Eccles and Burham,up to Borstal,and Rochester then Strood,before continuing out to Cliffe.Going then on quiet lanes and lovely countryside to Higham,before the puff to Shorne Country park.Sitting outside was delightful,but inevitably the ride had to carry on,and still following Russell's strava route,Darren led to Cobham ,Sole Street and Meopham,before the last climb of the day to Harvel,then the lovely descent of Holly Hill.Darren had to peel off there,so Richard guided the riders back to Aylesford through housing estates.Unfortunately,outside Aylesford railway station,they came across a road accident,where a female pedestrian had been struck by a car,hitting the windscreen.!but the teenager was conscious and being tended to.A distance of 38 miles at about 11.5 mph average.Well done to Rebecca,Jo and Sarah Burgess for 'stepping up'and doing well.
Thankyou to Richard Byatt for leading a lovely ride from West Malling, out to The Fountain pub at Cowden.A new area for most of the 14 in the group.Pretty undulating in parts,especially in the Weald area,but very picturesque.A distance of 51 miles at about 13 mph.
Thanks again Richard.
Seven joined me from Barming,and with the sun initially shining,we headed off to Grays cafe at Brenchley.A few climbs and descents on route,via Tovil and upto Coxheath,then nicely down Hunton hill onto the flat,before going back up Castle hill to Brenchley.At the viewing site,we saw that the metal plaque showing distances to various places had been removed,nicked we supposed,which was quite sad,as it was a lovely visual object.When we got to the cafe,the skies opened,but was starting to dry up again as we left.Unfortunately,by the time we had reached Wateringbury,the rain came down far worse,and despite sheltering for a while,we just had to eventually get on with it,and travelled through deep puddles,totally soaked back to Barming.doing about 33 miles
party on 6 of us headed out from snodland on my first lead. I decided to bring my tourer so I could carry plenty of spares as a wanting to impress as first time leader should :).
route took us out along A229(guys on the lightweight bikes did not fancy path through Leybourne lakes) through new Hythe to Aylesford, we then headed up through Eccles and down to motorway crossing through Wouldham. Once over bridge we headed down into outer Strood then up to Higham, Shorne then through Cobham to break at Camer Park. once filled up we headed out through Longfield hill to Stansted and back through Trottiscliffe, Birling and Ryarsh and back to Snodland.(guys turned down the extra loop through Wrotham). totals 38.26 miles, 12.63 avg speed and total climbing of 654Mtrs.
Thankyou Mike Lambourne for offering to lead from Marden,but with only Tony Munn with him,possibly due to several regulars going on an away day French trip,Mike and Tony went with the D group for a joint ride to Headcorn airfield,which turned out to be a very nice ride of 28 miles.