Four of us set off from Barming on another very hot day towards East Malling. We continued through West Malling and Offham, along Teston Road then across the A20 to join Ford Lane. We joined the Pilgrims Way then cycled through Wrotham and continued to join Kemsing Road. We climbed our first hill, Old Terry Lodge then shortly after cycled up Stansted Hill, both of which had some great views from the top then finally stopped at Trossley Park for lunch, which was surprisingly quiet for a sunny day. After a fairly quick stop we started our shorter route back descending Vigo Hill and then the prettier route through Tottiscliffe and on to Ryarsh then Birling. After passing back through West Malling we took the alternative route back via Lavenders Way where we bumped in to the D group and joined them for the final couple of miles home. We 'd cycled 34 miles in total with an average speed of 12.2.
A Marden start and with Gary leading a group of 13,they set off on a lovely morning from Marden station..Taking nice flat roads,the ride went out through Staplehurst at a really pacy speed,then continuing on to Frittenden before joining up with the A28, for a very short while.It was then back onto very rural lanes that eventually led to Woodchurch and the Rare Breeds Centre for the break.Gary maintained the same really good pace on the return by going to Bethersden,where he blamed the only real climb of the day on the earth tilting around with the Summer equinox Yeah right!. It was then onto Smarden,and past the aerodrome and Staplehurst ,getting ever faster to the finish.A distance of 42 miles at 14.9 average and about 1000ft ascents without incident. Thankyou Gary,certainly no hanging about on your ride!
Tony Munn led at short notice 8 riders from Brooklands Lake. Both groups combined for the first part of their routes splitting at Birling. Tonys group continued through Ryarsh before cycling through to Offham and towards Comp, Plaxtol and Dunks Green before dropping down to Hadlow. The group then continued through Hadlow and East Peckham to the stop at the Village café. On the return journey the group went via Laddingford, Yalding and the first serious climb up past kenwood. Dropping down to Wateringbury the group continued up Red Hill before taking a loop back via East and West Malling and Birling.
36 miles Average Speed 13.6 Climb 1670 ft
Seventeen riders turned up at Dickley Lane on a dry sunny morning for the D rides. Six elected to go on the D ride lead by John B leaving 10 to be led by Russell to Seasalter. Having met the challenge of the A20 and turning right into Lenham Square we met up with Bridget and Richard B who had travelled in by train. A gentle climb up Hubbards Hill then a fast run down to Eastling and Painters Forstal. Through Faversham then on to Seasalter for our café stop. Meeting up with the B+ riders who arrived shortly afterwards having ridden in from Chestnut Street, a great gathering. A quick photo shoot and leaving without seeing the sea to return back along the way we had come to Faversham. This time going south of the A2 past Brogdale Farm Shop to skirt Painters Forstal missing the climb. Deviating from the intended route along the length of Stalisfield Road by going right along Throwley Road to re-join the planned route again after Haywards Hill. The puncture of the day befell Bridget, all fixed with Brian’s skills although not within Formula 1 pit stop timings. After Stalisfield Green down Hart Hill to cross the A20 to Charing Heath, Lenham Heath and back to Lenham Square turning right before Sandway avoiding the usually mucky Old Ham Lane. Bridget and Richard B having left us at the station the original 11 met the A20 challenge to return to our start.
38 miles at an average of 12.7 mph with 2090 feet of climbing.
Route on Strava
On a lovely morning ,a group of 7 with Richard leading set off up Wrotham Hill and headed for Gravesend Promenade cafe,with Darren salivating about the prospect of his fish finger and onion sandwich.Going through the Fawkham valley Road,to Southfleet and through the cyclo Park,onto Shorne and Lower Higham.Richard then decided to take the National Cycle route 1 to the cafe.Not a good decision,as the route is okay for hybrid/off road bikes,but certainly not suited to road bikes,but everyone got through unscathed.The approach to the river front did not improve with the awful rubbish around the factories.Probably the very worst section of the entire network.Arriving at the cafe,Darren received the very sad news,that they had just sold their last fish fingers before we arrived. Gutted he was,so it had to be scampi instead.It was a more direct route return,seeing the riders climbing basically all the way ,firstly up Thong Lane,to Cobham and taking the A227, through Meopham Culverstone Green and Fairseat to the finish.A distance of 36.5 miles at about 12.5 mph and roughly 1700 ft ascents
Seven of us set off from Staplehurst, some slightly over dressed because of early wind and forecast rain. We rode out towards Marden, through lovely lanes to Headcorn, Ulcombe, Grafty Green, Egerton Forstal and on to our stop at Headcorn Aerodrome having completed 25 very swift miles. Great news here when Mick O'Flaherty received a call to say that he and Angela had become grandparents, congratulations to them! Onwards to Frittenden where a discussion about the origin of name of The Bell and Jorrocks Pub concluded that original owners were Barry Bell and Johnny Jorrocks. On to Sissinghurst, out towards Goudhurst and a big sweep down to Staplehurst.
38 miles Average speed 14.4 mph
On such a beautiful warm morning,it was no surprise that 21 riders gathered at East Malling. John and Sarah set off with their D riders group of 11 heading to Hadlow. Linton,with Dee and Julie,volunteered at a moments notice to lead 10 to Teals Cafe ,Hildenborough.. Taking the same route as the D’s and staying not far apart,the route went out to Offham and Crouch,before breaking off to Shipbourne and to the stop.The Group was warmly welcomed and sitting out in the sunny courtyard was most pleasant.Richard took over the lead after the break,and continued the circuitous route to the outskirts of Hadlow,and up Butchers Lane,Mereworth to the Kings Hill cycle path to the finish.The D Group just beat them back,and both distances were about the same. 31 for the + At 13 mph and 28 for the D’s.at about 12.5 mph.Good rides all round. Thankyou Linton for your involvement.
Tony led 10 riders from Mote Park to Legends café Rochester. The group left via Weavering Street to Detling, crossing Jades Bridge the group continued along the Pilgrims way before dropping down through Boxley Village and along to the Running Horse. They then continued with the climb to the Lower Bell and The Pilgrims Way through Burham, as the wet weather set in. The group then dropped down to the esplanade at Rochester via Shorts Way for the run to the café. Coming back the group came back via St Peters Village, Eccles, Aylesford and Ditton before climbing up to the North Pole Pub and the drop down to East Farleigh. A ride along the river bank path took the group into Maidstone and Mote park. Distance 35.5 miles Average Speed 12.5 Climb 2200ft
On a glorious sunny morning with very light winds and the prospect of a flat ride Tony led 13 riders from Yalding. As D+ and Easy Riders were also starting Tony chose a loop around East Peckham to avoid too many cyclists clogging the roads around Yalding. This added about four miles to Tonys planned route. The group then headed out through Marden, Staplehurst and Headcorn before a loop back to the airfield. Advance information was the airfield was closed due to being waterlogged but that was wrong and the airfield was very busy. Cycling back the group avoided Headcorn by cycling along Newhouse Lane, did a loop around Marden and continued back via Chainhurst and Hunton A very fast ride but conditions were near perfect.
Distance 38 miles Average Speed 15mph Climb 700ft (Sorry !!!)
Tony Munn led 12 riders on a lumpy ride to Trosley Country Park. Leaving Ditton the group sped down through Ditton crossroads to Aylesford before the climb through Eccles. it was evident that Kevyn had been drinking Red Bull as she sped up the hill and down to St Peters pursued by the group. Sadly two members dropped off here and the rest continued via Upper Halling and Cuxton. The group continued along Bush Road towards Luddesdown before the long drag up Dean Road. Unfortunately Kevyn had a puncture which Linton quickly repaired as the rest continued to the break where we were all reunited. We continued with a loop via Fairseat Lane before continuing along the Pilgrims Way and Wrotham heath. We continued with a climb up Windmill Hill to Comp before cycling back via Offham and West Malling with a final loop around East Malling and home. One puncture two derailed chains. Distance 32 miles Average Speed 11.8mph Climb 2000ft.