Richard led a group of 8,including Darren who had rode in all the way from Snodland,Kevin,Karlene,Ray,Brian,with Andy a very occasional rider and his friend Simon from Maldon CC Essex.Both on their very lightweight carbon bikes.As the route out from Harrietsham to Wye was pretty flat and country laned,the pace was good. Via Pilgrims Way,Westwell an d Boughton Aluph.The break at the Wye cafe was ok.The return ride was a lot longer,bypassing South Ashford to Kingnorth and Pluckley.Darren was feeling the strain by this time,but got his second wind before the end.A distance of 41.5 miles at 14.3 mph average.
should have mentioned that it was a Wrotham start
Chris Moon led 7 male and 2 female riders out from Staplehurst,on a morning when rain fell heavily just before the start.Chris was worried that he may have had a slow puncture,but carried on.A new rider,Tony Wilson joined the D+ group for the first time and later said that he struggled on the hills,but would not be put off.Chris took him and the group up Loddington Hill near Boughton Mon so not surprised.!However he compensated by going back down Ulcombe hill to the break at the cafe in Headcorn High Street.After,Clive Bradburn,a B group rider usually,also Kevin and Karlene dropped off to do other things,and Chris carried on through Frittenden and Sissinghurst in a bit of a blu back to Stplehurst.