MIDWEEKERS RIDE REPORTS

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  • 27/07/2016 16:53 | Anonymous member

    A new starting point at Dickley Lane,Car park,Lenham with 10 riders,including 3 tasters. .Richard led off in the rain,out to Platts Heath,Kingswood,Langley,Loose village and Boughton Monchelsea quarries,before the stop at the cafe in  Coxheath. Tim and Ian J then left the group,to do their own ride home,as they had cycled to the start.Richard took the remainder down the lovely descent of Stocketts Lane to Tovil,and across the estates to Mote Park,and Detling.The remainder of the ride was mainly along the Pilgrims Way,then  Hollingbourne to Lenham,with the sun shining.A rather disrupted ride,due to a slow rider,of 28 miles at 12 mph average,but fortunately without incident.

  • 21/07/2016 09:01 | Anonymous member

    12 of us turned up for the ride from Yalding and with Tony volunteering to lead, set off for Headcorn Aerodrome. He took us through Laddingford to Claygate, where the pub is now completely shut and boarded up, before joining the Goudhurst road into Marden. On into Staplehurst and past Hawkenbury to Headcorn and then a loop around Smarden to the Airfield. A lovely sunny day when we arrived, so we sat outside for our break and watched the first of the Skydiving planes take off that day, which had been delayed so far by the windy conditions. From there we crossed the A274 and along New House Lane, to retrace our route after Headcorn until we turned off to Wanshurst Green and Milebush, then Chainhurst and Hunton to arrive back at Yalding Station. Total of 37 miles at 14.4 mph average. 


  • 20/07/2016 21:57 | Anonymous member

    Thankyou Speedy Gonzales Tony for a lovely ride today.

    Richard

  • 13/07/2016 16:36 | Anonymous member

    An average turn out of 7 started off from Chestnut Street.Richard led and in very overcast weather(as usual from ChestnutSt),headed off for a longer ride to Tankerton.They went out via Borden,Tunstall and Rodmersham,then onto Tenyham where Keith got the only puncture of the day.Off again to Luddenham and through Faversham to Graveney,into a very busy Whitstable to the break at a little cafe overlooking the Thames estuary at Tankerton,sitting  out in the very warm sunshine.With the tide out and visibility good,it was most enjoyable.The return leg again took them through Whitstable and around Faversham,then onto Ospringe,Painters Forstal and Newnham.However,the heavy clouds were gathering,and by the time they got back near Rodmersham and Borden,they had to take cover under trees with torrential rain.Carrying on through the puddles to the finish.A distance of 46 miles at 13.6 mph average.

  • 07/07/2016 09:05 | Anonymous member

    Chris led the ride from East Malling with 15 starters including Les and Eddie on their electric bikes and two new riders from Ashford who had already tried a B+ ride. After going through the Research Station we joined Kiln Barn Road and then into The Heath before climbing to Offham via West Malling. Not long after Offham Eddie got a puncture on his bike and decided to return. Crossing 7 mile line, the road past Comp had just been resurfaced so care was needed on the loose topping, but no problems. Instead of our usual route down Long Mill Lane Chris kept on the ridge to go down Gover Hill, then Matthews Lane to a short run on the A26 before heading through East Peckham. Along the cycle way beside the A228 seemed the safest way to get to the road into Paddock Wood for the coffee stop. Beautiful sunshine so we all sat outside for the efficiently served good food. The return was via Queen Street and Laddingford to Yalding, then up Kenward and Hunt Street to join the East Farleigh Road and over Teston Bridge. The long climb up Teston Hill spread out the peloton before regrouping at the North Pole pub and back to East Malling via The Heath and Stickens Lane. Total of 32 miles at 12.6 mph average.


  • 03/07/2016 16:04 | Anonymous member

    Last couple of rides have been from Snodland and Wrotham.Both luckily rain free and fairly well attended.From Snodland we went to Nev's cafe on the Frindsbury trading estate,out via upper Halling,Cobham and Shorne ,before having a quick stop outside Upnor castle.The way back via Rochester and the new road past Wouldham and Aylesford without incident and about 35 miles.our Wrotham ride last week took about 8 of us to Swanley,a usual route via Longfield and Hawley to cafe Ciro in Swanley village.Heavy skies on the return via Farningham and Knatts valley.A fairly lumpy ride,again about 35 miles.

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  • 20/06/2016 22:20 | Anonymous member
    Ride report from Russell


    It was to be one of those rides. 15 meeting up at Harrietsham accepting Russell's offer to lead there being no offers of a downhill all the way wind assisted smooth Tarmac option proposed. Setting off and up Marley Lane to the Pilgrim's Way, through Lenham for the Hubbards Hill climb and the flat ride along Waterditch Road. Tim picking up the first puncture of the day leaving us waiting outside The Bowl which was sadly not open. Through the mucky roads of the woods at the top of Charing Hill to the Canterbury Road. Josh missing the turn by Cedar House Farm to be reined in and rejoining the route down the hill to Westwell.  Bob collecting a puncture on the way down and Ray a bruise or two by a fall. Before the A20 Bob collected his second puncture. The group anxious for their cafe stop headed off to find Gourmet Angel's Catering, the burger bar, at Hothfield lay by and abandoning a longer ride to Bethersden. Far from fast food but worth the long wait. Mark leaving, before the last of us had been served, to return by the quickest route to Sevenoaks. Our luck changed and we had an uneventful enjoyable ride through Little Chart, up Coach Road to Platts Heath and down Fairbourne Lane to our start point.   Just 26 miles at average of 12 mph. 


    Route 

    https://www.strava.com/activities/610058428


  • 09/06/2016 17:14 | Anonymous member

    A bumper turn out today with 20 riders at Yalding. Richard volunteered to lead again and we headed towards Bedgebury Pinetum through Laddingford, onto Horsmonden and then an “easier route” around Goudhurst. Richard had said this would be “undulating”  but not steep like the climb into Goudhurst.. Well it was definitely undulating with a few short steep climbs, very taxing for a few riders. We went through Kilndown and then a short stretch of main road to Bedgebury, where the café was very quiet. They coped very speedily with the food and drink orders, and their cake selection was excellent. Because the outgoing pace had been a bit too much for some of us we agreed their would be a slower group of about 5 for the return. Richard proposed going straight up the main road hill into Goudhurst, to get it out of the way asap. Infact it was better than the undulating route. Return then by the same route after Horsmonden. Total of 31.5 miles at 12 average by the slower group. 


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