Tony Munn led 18 riders on a joint ride from the The Memorial Car Park Paddock Wood on a lovely spring morning. Tony was only asked two days before to lead thank goodness for the Maps Measure App, and as he had not cycled for a month chose a flat route. The group set off through Paddock Wood and headed out to Marden the route them took them out to Staplehurst and along the Headcorn Road past the dreaded road closed sign where Ray unfortunately came off his bike, no damage done thank goodness. Reaching Headcorn the group then did a circuit via Smarden Road to the airfield. Always an interesting stop with planes and parachutists and today was no exception. Coming back Tony took them via Water Lane to the main road back to Staplehurst and Marden. At Battle Lane the group did a loop around Marden. The group continued back via Yalding before battling a strong breeze on the route back via Laddingford.
Distance 40 miles Average Speed 13.6mph.
On Saturday 31st March ten cyclists set off from St Andrews Road towards North street, on a day that threatened to rain, but never did :-) . We crossed the Medway via the Barming footbridge, working up some minor hills before descending Westhill Road, then on to the very stiff climb of Vanity Lane. No complaints, so we descended via Linton Hill, then on to another climb; Loddington Lane. We eventually descended the ridge at Chart Sutton, taking minor lanes to our lunch stop in Headcorn. Leaving Headcorn in westerly direction, then south down Water Lane, working our way south of Staplehurst, a short ascent took us into Staplehurst, then we took the most direct route to Marden and then on to the base of Hunton Hill. Onto Lughorse Lane and ascended the steep Barn Hill, where the youngest member of the party (Jonathan) did the climb in the large chain ring. We then took the small lanes to East Farleigh, crossed the Medway working back to base via Gatland lane. Almost incident free; with only 0.05 of a mile to go, Bob tried to bunny hop a kerb , but ended up with a spectacular somersault .
We covered 35.5 miles at 12.0 MPH ascending 2200 feet.
he's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy!
A lovely Group ride .with Tony Palmer doing a B + ride. 17 from the D ‘s joined him and went to Headcorn aerodrome before most went to the great lunch.Thankyou to Helen Whibley and all the helpers for making it as good as always.
Tony will be doing the report on the B+ ride reports.
A dryish morning ,and Russell led a group of 6 from Lenham,and headed off on a fairly lumpy and looping ride to Rodmersham. It was quickly onto the first incline of Hubbard’s Hill,with snow still adorning the verges.Carrying On at the top to Stalisfield Green,and the narrow lanes and general descent to Painters Forstal,then the puff up to Village.before crossing the M2 to Lewson Street and the A2 Teynham,Tonge and Bapchild to the stop at the post office cafe at Rodmersham Green,a most welcomed break.Afterwards,Russell continued the circular route and undulations to Tunstall, Milstead and Wormshill with heavy skies and numerous puddles.Near the top of Stede Hill,Allan and Jonathan sped off ahead whilst the others stopped for a photo shoot in the snow.Unbeknown,the road ahead was closed and Allan and Jonathan took a diversion,to Doddington doing 40 Miles whilst the others went through the barriers and arrived back sooner having done 38.8 miles and 2350 ft ascents,
Thankyou Russell for a really lovely ride.
Much too icy to be safe
Seven of us set off from Staplehurst on an icey cold but beautiful sunny morning, wary of the possible conditions ahead. But the sun had done it’s job almost perfectly and we found ourselves dismounting only a couple of times to avoid mishaps.
At the first hill somewhere after Cranbrook, I informed everyone that, according to my reading of Strava, this would be the toughest hill on the route. But they all knew better than me … that Rachel still hasn’t got the hang of Strava! Having tried too diligently to apply Kevin’s out of the saddle training (Tuesday evenings), I was too exhausted by the time we got to The Hill (12%, re Russell) and ended up walking. Ray very kindly kept me company on my walk which gave me an excellent opportunity to compliment him yet again on his amazing parsnips. We’re all looking forward to the 2018 harvest. Sorry about that hill folks. Chris Moon knew it would happen – that’s why he offered to lead the D group! Coward!
After Cranbrook we took the loopy route to Rolvenden to take in the views. Navigation of unnamed roads meant I had to keep taking gloves off to consult Strava, slowing progress, so I learnt to ‘swipe and wipe’ with my nose to sniff out our route. We successfully arrived at The Bakehouse Café in Biddenden having done 20 hilly miles, to find the B group sitting rather too comfortably at our prebooked table! They were so apologetic, we decided not to fight them for it and waited patiently for them to finish. After an excellent breakfast, Brian expressed a need for cake – which he had and ate. I might have helped a little. A long break but very welcome sitting out in the sunshine on such a chilly day.
The remaining ten miles via Frittenden and Hawkenbury were ‘flattish’, enabling us to run off the lactic acid from earlier hills (thanks Kevin, Tuesday evenings).
Total 32 miles at 11.8 mph, 1900 ft. Thanks Team.
Tony Munn led 16 riders on a glorious very early spring morning on a circular ride to Hadlow. The group left East Malling via Rocks Road before heading out to Wateringbury and the first of the climbs up Bow Hill to Kenwood. The group then continued on the flat through Yalding out past Laddingford and Paddock Wood. Cycling past the usual café stops they continued out to Five Oak Green and Tudeley before looping back to Golden Green. A short cycle ride then took them to the café at Hadlow College. A shorter ride back took them up Matthews Lane and Butchers Lane, Tonys attempt to get a PB on the later failed by 15 seconds but he did a PB up Matthews Lane, finally through Kings Hill and the By Pass before arriving back at the start.
Distance 29 miles Average Speed 13mph 1451 ft of Climb
Well,at least it started dry at Mote Park,and Darren led with Tony M,Chris M,Jonathan and Richard V in tow. Leaving the park then up Detling Hill footpath and onto the very mucky country lanes to Hartlip,before crossing the A2 and passing through Upchurch and Lower Halstow before reaching the Mews Cafe at Iwade.A nice relaxing new stop.On leaving ,the rain was starting in earnest,and it was into a headwind along the Old A249 to Bobbing where a white coloured gunge was seen coming from Darren’s rear tyre.With everyone fearing a lengthy hold up for a puncture,Darren just rotated the wheel and the tubeless tyre quickly sealed itself with no real loss of pressure.Brilliant! Quickly carrying on ,it was up to Oad Street,before the descent of Hollingbourne Hill. A very puddly Pilgrims Way and Water Lane(aptly named) awaited,before the final stage through Bearsted and Otham to the park.A distance of 34.5 miles with 2200 ft ascents at about 12 mph average.Great ride Darren,Thankyou
Nine riders left Yalding station in cold but dry conditions. We were soon warming ourselves up with the ascent of Kenward Rd. As we cut through the the lanes towards Coxheath we were forced on a detour down Smiths Hill and the inevitable climb back up to Heath Rd.....extra climbing which everyone was delighted about after I'd promised a flattish ride.
We descended down Westerhill Rd where unfortunately the sharp left into Barnes Lane caught out Rachel, Bob, and Gary. Soon realising what had happened we hung around in Redwall Lane and after quick phone call we all joined up, with Rachel muttering a few choice expletives to Allan. We carried on via Hawkenbury and Frittenden and got to the cafe at about midday after a longish first leg of c 22 miles. Darren had ridden to the start without having breakfast so was somewhat peckish.
Service was a little slow but with a shorter second leg of 11 miles we were not in a major rush, particularly as the conditions were deteriorating outside. We left the cafe in heavy drizzle and this carried all the way home via the Hush Heath vineyard and the familiar route back to Yalding via Laddingford. Chris and Rachel peeled off on the way back so seven made it back to Yalding, arriving just before the D group. About 34 miles covered at an average of 13.3mph.