The D Groups and the B + Group all met up on an overcast by dry morning at Aylesford Station Road to offer three different routes. Tony Palmer was unable to recruit some of the D Group riders because his planned route to Penshurst Place included ascents totalling 2500+ feet. Four undeterred riders set off towards Wateringbury in a very mild temperature of 10°C which necessitated the removal of apparel after climbing Bow Hill. Adrian, Brian and Anita took full advantage of Tony’s bulk by sheltering behind him as the group headed into the strong wind on their route to Tudeley. A warm welcome to Adrian Cole who contributed significantly to the conversation while we munched our bacon baps. Suitably refreshed the group tackled the remaining hills, notably Moat Road, on their return journey.
Distance of 48.2 miles at average speed of 13.3 mph average speed with elevation gain of 2,666 feet.
The car park at Brenchley was heaving with riders looking to work off some of their Christmas stodge. Eleven left base on a cold but dry morning but this soon became ten as Darren peeled off due to a lack of recent riding. Having navigated the short stretch down the A21 we made our way to Ticehurst, passing Frant and the lumps of the A267 to Mark's Cross on the way.
The Greedy Goat café normally closes at noon on Saturday but they stayed open for us and it was well worth the wait for our food. After leaving the café we skirted Bewl Water and made our way through Kilndown and on to Goudhurst. Riders were reasonably spread out at this point but we regrouped before the final climb up Castle Hill and back to the start, with Gary unleashed from his normal back marker duties and showing an impressive turn of pace up the climb. My stats were 35.5 miles, average speed of 13.1mph, and 2,657ft of elevation.
Abandoned at 8:30AM due to wet weather conditions.
A dull but dry morning for a mass meet up at Bell Lane with the D's but just a magnificent 7 for Russell's lead to Tenterden Garden Centre. Out via Frittenden and Buckhurst along the back lanes to High Halden for a short stretch of the A262 to reach the Green and to join Cycle Route 18. Along a quite Plurenden Lane to Great Engeham Manor and the great sweeping descent of Shadoxhurst Road into Woodchurch. Then Appledore and on to Reading Street and the Garden Centre. Great service and then a photo shoot with both Mr & Mrs Claus out for the first time this year and not even December yet! It was back through Wittersham and Rolvenden to Benenden and Glassenbury.
Kept dry, some mucky roads interspersed with some new tarmac and best of all no punctures.
45 miles at 13.7 mph average with 1900 feet of ascent
Route on RideWithGps