East Malling to Lullingstone on 17 November

20/11/2018 11:29 | Anonymous member
The car park behind the king and Queen Inn in East Malling was packed to the gunnels with riders from the D Groups and the B+ Group. Brian Kavanagh led the B+ Group, comprising of 8 riders, on this sunny and pleasant morning out to Lullingstone. Before setting off, Brian announced, much to the rider’s relief, that we would not be tackling Vigo Hill and he had elected to use a flatter route out along the Pilgrims Way and the A225 from Otford to then turn off at Shoreham. Riders from the Redhill Cycling Club joined us at the café at Lullingstone, which was useful to obtain the customary snaps, before commencing return lumpy route. The long climb up Bower Lane ensured that we quickly warmed up again; however, the traffic jam up Tinker Pot Lane forced many riders to abandon their climb up the steep gradient. An impromptu loop around Borough Green to return via Comp Lane enabled Brian to reach the minimum B+ Group target distance. A distance 35.3 miles at 12.5 mph average with elevation gain of 2,677 feet.
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