Heather led a group of six to Ightham Mote. Everyone said they enjoyed the 'undulating' route and David Law had great delight in beating all of us to the top of of Plaxtol on his fixed wheel. After stopping for our refreshments in the café we headed down Mote Road, stopping for a group photo in view of Mote House and then back to Barming via Butcher's Lane and King's Hill
An incident free ride. 30 Miles AV 11.8
Two groups of D group riders set off from Marden Station. One led by myself and one lead by Heather W. Excellent turn out. Fabulous sunny weather. Negotiated some minor roadworks en-route. A superb cafe location at Pittlands Lakes. A beautiful hidden jewel of a pit stop set on 13 acres of manicured lawns, lakes, trees, flowers and food al fresco - which is a bonus when you have a sunny day.
Distance 29.6m at average speed 12.4mph
Two groups of D riders left Brooklands Lakes. One led by Gary and the second by Pete. This was Pete's first time as leader which went very smoothly. A good steady pace and thought for the whole group. Coffee at Weathered and Worn Hadlow and despite it being very busy the service was very swift.
28 5 miles. AV. 11 6 mph.
Despite forecast said sunny no such luck yet another overcast day. At least it was dry when 9 of us set off from Lenham to Headcorn. Fairbourne Lane down Ulcombe Hill and then all flat to Headcorn Aerodrome for coffee. A gradual climb back up to the ridge. All arrived back safely no mishaps or punctures. Many thanks to Angie for being back marker.
28.5 miles. AV. 11.3
A Joint Group Ride and a Wrotham start,with 17 riders initially.,which broke off into 3 bubbles,with Richard V, Gary and Paul C setting off at short intervals.After the puff up Wrotham Hill,it was mainly down through Hartley to Longfield and then undulations through South Darenth to Hawley Garden Centre,where the 3 groups arrived at intervals and met up with Heather and Lee. A pleasant stop and efficient despite our numbers. Richard’s Group left first and were almost immediately confronted with a large procession of travellers pony and traps,about 50 in all,going in the opposite direction,but sometimes overtaking each other,and many driven by young male teenagers almost into the group’s path. Clare,being a very experienced equestrian was able to relate the differences of the ponies.For all the groups it was then up the incline of Mussenden Lane and Billet Hill back to Wrotham. Unfortunately Angela P got 2 punctures but John B was on hand to assist,but they became detached from the group so arrived back much later. A distance of 28 miles at various speeds and 1770 ft ascents.
After the first failed attempt to lead a ride due to bad weather, his inaugural ride as leader took place from Mote Park. Leading a group of 8 to Headcorn Airfield, via Chart Sutton and returning via Egerton and the climb back on to the ridge. A grateful easy 8 miles via Kingswood and Langley saw them return to Mote Park safe and sound.Total distance 32.5 miles with ascents of approx 1200 ft and average speed of 12 mph.
A nice morning welcomed 12 at EastMalling,and with a similar number of D+ riders, and several Easy + also, the car park was pretty busy. Heather led one group of 6 and Richard the other. Heather chose a lovely looping route out to Rochester via, West Malling, Birling and Snodland ,before crossing Peters Bridge,and Borstal to the stop at Peggoty’s Parlour, Rochester High Street.The new riders, Ruth, Marjory, Roger G ,Jane ,Angie ,plus taster rider Lauren,all having no trouble with the pace. Only a few went into the cafe, as some others didn’t feel confident leaving theirs bikes unattended and out of view,even though locked up,so made their own refreshment arrangements.An equally uneventful return leg,including the off road path from Wouldham to Aylesford before returning to East Malling. A distance of 27 miles ,and about 1300 ft scents at a steady 11.5 mph. Thankyou Heather.
Thirteen enthusiastic riders joined Neal at Yalding,and with so many,including new riders,Roger G, Angela,Marjory and a returning member Kate after 5 years..Colin led a second group,and John B with Russell looking after the new riders. A lumpy outgoing route by climbing Gover Hill,then up through Plaxtol to Ivy Hatch. Colin had a puncture which was repaired in record time of 2 minutes,using a Dynaplug tubeless kit which was impregnated with a rubber plug.Very impressive. It was then onto Teal cafe,Hildenborough,who did the group proud with a reserved table and good service. The return was a lot flatter thankfully.A distance of 32 miles,at 12 mph average and 1610 ft ascents.
A joint D Groups ride from Weald of Kent GC to Tenterden on 17/7. Please see D + report.
Despite thunder and rain on route, 16 riders still turned up at Bishopstone Car Park,as the weather started to break. With Richard V leading,it was across the grass to Reculver and into a headwind along the Viking Trail to Margate,by which time the sun was warm . It then carried on to Broadstairs and Ramsgate,and a lovely stop at the Westcliff boating lake cafe sitting out in glorious sunshine. Getting out again and to the picturesque town of Sandwich,before coming inland to the country lanes of Westmarsh,Preston and Chislet before arriving at Bishopstone. A distance of 42 miles with 1700 ft ascents at about 13 mph.
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