Two different rides went off from Barming ,one led by Julie and Jo with a group of 9 that did a longer distance of about 38 miles for a stop at Dunorlan Park,Tunbridge Wells. Mark described it as “ Planned by ladies,led by ladies,and mostly ridden by ladies,and it was really good “ .Gary Then took a group of 8 and headed for a shorter ride of 27 miles to Paddock Wood,stopping at Top Nosh cafe,on the Transfesa business estate, a great hit for those unaware of it’s culninary delights. Both rides were without incident and enjoyed by all.
12 set off from Marden on a gorgeous late summers day. Group of 5 led by Trevor Baker and 7 led by Russell Chidwick. 2 had to drop out of Russells group en route to the Footprints Cafe at the Singleton Environment Centre and for the return trip, all 10 rode together.
A scenic flat ride, served at the stop with great food in pleasant surroundings. The return was uneventful and slightly easier on the legs. Total distance 41 miles, elevation 800 ft and average speed of 13.8 mph.
Tony Munn stepped up to lead,from Snodland with a group of 7 and headed out on a journey to Pittland Lakes, near Paddock Wood. An uneventful ride thankfully,which went to Kings Hill ,Yalding and Colliers Street to the break. The staff looked after the group well,sitting outside in the pleasant sunshine. At Paddock Wood on the return, Richard B dropped off ,and the route carried on to Mereworth and Kings Hill ,West Malling again,where Lee and David L,took their leave whilst the remaining 4 went to the finish. A distance of 40 miles at about 13 mph.
A dull ,dry morning for a Lenham start. Richard V led with 8 others,including an ex Fairy rider, Chris Bramley . A lumpy start before the flat of Grafty Green,and undulations all the way to Woodchurch Rare Breeds Centre. A stringent track and trace and sanitising was still in place,along with outside service food only in their courtyard. We arrived just as the Fast Inters were leaving. The return was into a fairly stiff headwind,going through Shadoxhurst and up to Pluckley to the finish. A distance of 39 miles at 13 mph and approx 2000 ft ascents without incident
Mote Park was very busy ,as it was also hosting a Race for Life event, but 15 riders exited it into the town centre, where the Cycle Fest was taking place, with Russell, Steve Chevis and Lise TV running the SFA tent. After giving support, the ride went off along the river bank where Gary got his first puncture. It was decided that half the group carry on, led by Kate and Lee,which helped to split into 2 groups. A pleasant Out journey to Lenham,via the Pilgrims Way to Detling,and Hollingbourne. Both groups met up at the Chequers restaurant,in Lenham Square, when Gary got his second puncture. Fortunately he managed to fix it during the break. After a quick drop of rain, both groups set off again to return to Mote Park, via, Platts Heath, Kingswood and Otham without further incidents. A distance of only 29 miles,1510 ft ascents.
Paul and Brigitte stepped forward to lead a ride with two groups of seven, on a bright morning at East Malling. Choosing a pretty challenging route, they went out to Cuxton,then the hills started all the way up from Luddesdown through the lanes to Vigo village,and the stop at Trossley Country Park. There they had a nice break with good service. Carrying thereafter with more hills around Stansted towards Seal and Plaxtol and up the slog of Long Mill Lane to Crouch,before some flat from Offham to the finish at East Malling. A distance of 38 miles,and 2600 ft ascents at an average of 12.3 mph.
Following the usual Saturday rides cancellation due to heavy rain,it was decided to do a ride for the time as a group on a Sunday. With improving weather, Richard led with a group of 8 from Yalding Station. The route went out to Chiddingstone Castle via, Hadlow and Hildenborough. On arrival at the Castle,there was traffic everywhere as they had a fair and various activities going on,but they were doing takeaway food so all good. A flat return to Leigh ,Tonbridge and Golden Green,escaping the forecasted rain. A distance of 35.5 miles at 13 mph average,and 1222 ft ascents.
Yalding Station car park was fairly rammed with cyclists from both D groups and Easyriders,but after sorting out the numbers, Tony and Richard led two groups of 8 for a flat ride to Headcorn aerodrome. Taking reverse routes both groups arrived at the aerodrome about the same time. It is always a good stop,with plenty going on to see with the parachutists and aircrafts including the legendary Spitfire taking off. Good service,but due to popularity of seating it was a case of just standing outside. It was suggested to Jane that perhaps her saddle height should be altered,so as usual Gary jumped in and lifted it,which worked well. Again,the routes continued to be reversed homeward bound,and both groups arrived back at Yalding within a couple of minuted. A distance of 35.7 miles at about 15 mph average,without incident.
This was a joint D Groups Away Day ride from Bishopstone. Please see D group ride report
A lovely starting point of The Weald of Kent Golf Course,saw 24 turn up on a gloriously hot morning. Due to the numbers,it was decided to split into 2 groups,with Russell and Richard V leading. Before too long, Jo E’s Ride was over when her recently serviced derailleur hangar snapped,and she pushed the bike back to the start. Shortly after,a puncture on both rides,and Rachel having to leave. Independently both groups carried on along various country lanes to the Tenterden area,with Russell taking his riders to Silcocks Farm Shop,St Michaels,and Richard going to the Kent and East Sussex Railway Station at Tenterden.Both really nice stops. The returns were thankfully uneventful,with both groups getting back within a few minutes of each other. Distances of approx 32 miles and both around 13 mph,with just 1300 ascents.
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