11 riders joined the D+ group for a circular route of Maidstone led by Mike. The weather was perfect, sunny, not too hot, with little wind. Starting at East Malling and cycling South! to the North Pole Pub before descending to Teston. Before lunch at Snodland cricket ground, the route passed Tovil, Mote Park, Water Lane, the Pilgrims Way, Boxley, Bluebell Hill Burham and Wouldham. Lunch was enjoyed with a cricket match being played out in the background. The route although not hilly had some good gradients with a total assent of 2431ft. We met many cycling groups from different clubs as well as SFA, all friendly and enjoying the sunshine . Total distance 36 miles average speed 12.5 m/h
A great turnout in Moat Park of 26 across the two groups, 2 more than expected. 16 chose the D+ ride to Hartlip. Exiting the park for the long climb up to Detling to cross Jade's Crossing with its stark reminder of Jade, 8.years old, and her grandmother being killed in 2000 attempting to cross the A249. The path provided a narrow but safe ascent of Detling Hill for us to rejoin quiet lanes, well except for the white BMW, whose driver determined not to slow down and give us the legal minimum safe passing distance had us scrambling into the verge before roaring away with its wheels spinning. A lovely run thereafter through Yelsted, Lower Hartlip and Newington to arrive at Iwade and a great route following the Swale to Lower Halstow. A super speedy cafe stop at the Tuck Inn where they coped with our number without hesitation. Their ride completed Richard B and Colin C left us and then at Farthing Corner Sarah L and John C leaving just a dozen of us to descend Boxley Hill and cope with the lumps on the Pigrims' Way back to Detling. Back at Mote Park the ride continued for those riding home. 33 miles, 2200 feet of ascent at an average of 11 mph.
A lovely morning welcomed 11 riders at Weald of Kent Golf Course,nr Headcorn. Richard B and Colin had started their ride earlier from the coffee stop at Hawkhurst. Richard V then led ,managing to stay on rural quiet roads going out taking in some challenging lumps after the Benenden area.The Group divided on route,when Lee got a puncture ,then later met up at the very pleasant cafe at Hawkhurst Cross roads. A moment of panic after ,when Julie was unable to get her combination chain lock open,only to find it was Wendy’s then as it was a borrowed one,Wendy had trouble remembering it also.It was then a pleasant ,slightly flatter return via Sissinghurst and Frittenden. A distance of 41 miles,and over 2000 ft ascents at about 12.5 mph average.
Following the discussions on WhatsApp 8 riders took up the challenge of Vigo Hill. Mandy Wendy Neal Mick Richard Julie Gary led by Mike. The conditions were good not too hot with little wind. Heading out through Ditton, West Malling and Offham the plan being to warm the group up before tackling the Hill but without sapping their energy. The drop down from Offham and the long climb to the top of Vigo. Everyone made it and were elated by their sense of achievement. A pit stop at the Pavilions in Snodland added to the well being of the ride. Vigo being ticked off what's next for the hill climbers? Stats 31 miles 2100 feet of climbing.
A lovely group of 8 set off from Barming, with the sun on our backs and a slight breeze in our faces.
It was great to nice some (new to me) old members return to the group with Clive, Bernadette and Rob all joining the D+ route.
The ride was uneventful, accompanied by fine weather and a great cafe stop at Weathered and Worn in Hadlow, where a cake and a coffee were enjoyed in warm spring sunshine.
On the way back our group went from 8 to 4 as cyclists left to continue with prior engagements for their Saturday, which left a brave 4 to battle Barn Hill for the last push home.
I'm pleased to say that we all survived the 17% incline, in good health and especially good time.
All arrived safe and sound back at Barming for around 14:00 having cycled for 3hrs 24mins, covering 37 miles and climbing 2,300ft.
Another great day spent in the company of the members of San Fairy Ann.
A combined D/D+ ride left BM Village Hall in the sunshine with 21 riders, but by the time we had gone through Mote Park and climbed to the Pilgrims Way at Detling we had 26. Along the Pilgrims Way to Lenham for a quick drinks stop & then back via Sutton Valance to the Hall in time for the SFA 100 year birthday celebration. 26 miles & 1500 feet climbing.
Six cyclists set off from Snodland on a dry but slightly overcast morning. Only mechanical was some dodgy gears at Offham but able to continue via Borough Green and Wrotham to pick up the Pilgrims Way to Otford. A pleasant stop at the Shoreham Air museum cafe and the sun came out as we set off back to Kemsing before picking up the Pilgrims Way again back to Snodland. Mild temperatures and despite the occasional gusty wind, the weather was kind and had a really enjoyable ride.
A cold and dreary morning not deterring 10 D+ riders venturing from Lenham to the seaside. Following the usual warm up climb of Hubbards Hill we enjoyed the slow long descent to Painter's Forstal and Faversham. From there to Seasalter to pay our respects to the sea but with the expected closed cafe we doubled back to Faversham where we were treated as best customers of Swan Cafe. Fantastic fayre, fantastic value and fantastic service. Weaving our way through the Saturday Market stalls we returned via Oare, Newnham and Doddington a long climb before a lovely descent of Stede Hill. Taking the left turn half way down on to the Pilgrims Way where we paid our respects to the Pilgrim. Back to Lenham without incidents having completed 36 miles at an average of 11.7 mph with 1500 feet of ascent.
A Group of 11 led by Richard V, started from Wrotham on a short ride to Swanley and the popular Tip Top Cafe in the town, on a sunny chilly day. A few lumps and bumps initially, before the lovely run along Knatts Valley ,and a pause by the old Ford Bridge at Eynsford ,with other cyclists enjoying a break also. It was then up Crockenhill and the Swanley coffee stop. A pleasant undulating return through Horton Kirby and Hartley back to Wrotham, meeting up again with the D Group who had done a similar ride in reverse. Only 27 miles at about 13 mph.
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