The D Groups and the B + Group all met up on a warm and sunny morning at Yalding Station to offer three different routes. Tony Palmer recruited nine riders for his lumpy route to Four Elms, which took advantage of the shade provided by Godden Woods, Knole Park, Sevenoaks Common along Gracious Lane, Stubbs Woods and Goathurst Common. A quick stop at the Ide Hill Village Stores provided the opportunity for the group snap with a panoramic backdrop.
Upon arrival at the Elms Café, John stated that he thought he was riding to Headcorn with the D+ Group! Much to the amusement of his fellow riders, he was consoled by reassuring him that we could, if he wished, return via Headcorn. He declined, so we returned using a flat direct route picking up the pace aided by a decent tailwind.
Total distance of 39.2 miles at 14.1 mph average with an ascent of 1,735 feet.