14 of us set of from Headcorn crossroads on a gloriously sunny day. We wound our way through country lanes in the direction of Boughton Monchelsea. We climbed East Hall Hill which is apparently 16% in places and led Rachel to suggest that Chris the leader was conceived out of wedlock. We travelled along Back lane down Ulcombe Hill for welcome refreshments sitting outside the Corner cafe in Headcorn. Off again towards Smarden, on to Biddenden, Sissinghurst, Staplehurst and back to Headcorn via Frittenden.
36 miles average speed 14mph
Oh joy! At last a lovely sunny morning,which attracted about 25 joint D Group riders at Aylesford. After everyone had sorted themselves out deciding which ride they wanted,a group of 13 including Dee and Linton set off ,with Richard. Byatt leading. Keeping mainly in two groups( thanks Russ for keeping the second group gap distance) it was out to Eccles then over Peters. Bridge to Snodland.It continued on in the sunshine to Offham,Crouch and to the stop at Melia’s Place cafe,Borough Green.This was a new one for the group,and offered outside seating,which was very pleasant. The return leg and Richard B,led off again to Crouch,then up Gover Hill ,before the nice downhill to West Peckham.It was then another climb up Butchers Lane,Mereworth,and a meet up with the D group on the Kings Hill bye pass footpath.Shortly after several riders starting dropping off as they got closer to their homes,leaving 7 to finish the ride after the Research centre back to Aylesford.A distance of 30 miles at 13 mph. Thankyou Richard B for a great ride on a lovely Spring day.
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