Following Darren’s very successful lead to Penshurst Place from Yalding last Saturday, he graciously took the lead for the second week,and Gary taking a second group, with 12 overall from Lenham to the Cafe at the Creek,Oare. A chilly start that was quickly warmed up by going up Doddington Hill,then onto some very mucky but thankfully quiet lanes after heavy rain, that went to Newnham and Faversham ,before arriving at the cafe with bright sunshine and a nice sit outdoors by the creek.A pleasant return via Teynham and Rodmersham, then down Hollingbourne Hill,where a taster rider got a puncture,and even Gary with all his puncture wizardry was unable to prise the tyre from the rim,which was stuck like superglue .Fortunately the green slime in the inner tube hardened and managed to stay up long enough for him to get back. A distance of 34.5 miles at 12 mph and 2050 ft ascents. Thankyou Darren and Gary for a lovely ride.
Following Covid-19 Lockdown restrictions being eased separate D and D+ rides were restarted and Russell led a group of seven riders on a slightly ‘lumpy’ D+ route from Staplehurst to Bodiam. The ride was very enjoyable and for the majority of the route the ride was free of heavy rain. On arriving at Bodiam it was good to see the steam train boarding passengers for the journey to Tenterden. The group stopped for an enjoyable lunch at The Hub and even managed to find cover from a short rain shower. The ride was incident free apart from a rear derailleur problem on Mick’s bike whilst climbing one of the hills. The issue was quickly resolved with help from Gary and Neal.
Distance 35.3 miles, average speed 13 mph and elevation 2060ft
Hopefully, for the last time for ride numbers to be restricted and cafes to provide outdoor takeaway facilities. A group of 19 assembled at East Malling,and divided into almost 3 bubbles with Richard, Russell and Gary taking the leads. The rides varied in length with distances of 38,33 and 30 miles, going to Nell’s cafe, Shorne Country Park,and Mockbeggar Farm,all without incidents
It would have been very easy to cancel the rides,as it was raining heavily,but Mike graciously decided to lead from Mote Park with a group of 4. They headed off out of the Park to Pheasant Lane,and later down Hunton Hill,through Chainhurst and then the slog back up to Chart Sutton,for a stop at the Ridge Golf Club by which time the weather had cleared up. The return took them to Boughton Monchelsea and back to the park.A distance of 35.7 miles at 11.5 mph.
Richard led a second group of 5,from East Malling,for a looping ride to Tea Pot Island cafe, Yalding. Outward ,took them through Crouch , Dunks Green,and Laddingford to the break,sitting under an awning outside. A fairly short return up Kenward Hill, and over Teston Bridge to Barming,and back to East Malling.A distance of 28 miles at 13 mph average.
On a sunny morning,23 assembled at Yalding Station,many of them having cycled in. All the groups left separately,with Bob taking 4 ladies for a ride to Penshurst Place, whilst the other 3, led by Mike, Gary and Richard headed off towards Paddock Wood. Mike took his riders on a 40 mile route ,going to the Village cafe,and did an impressive 14.5 mph average overall. Gary did a loop out to Staplehurst , whilst Richard took a slightly less route, but both arrived at Pittland Lakes cafe at the same time. Great stop and excellent service. Afterwards,keeping apart,they did the same route back to Yalding via Five Oak Green. Distances around about 32 miles,at 13.5 mph average.
A bright sunny day welcomed 14 at Riverside Country Park.The rides were divided into 3 groups with Richard, Gary and Darren leading.The routes were similar to the Sheppey bridge,then Gary and Darren did the loops around Queenborough and Sheerness to Minster, before going off road for a distance near Warden Bay to Leysdown. Richard stayed on the road,but when arriving via the footpath at Barton’s Point found that the connecting canal bridge had been removed,but not the Cyclists Dismount sign alongside,which provided a photo opportunity. It was then onto Leysdown via Minster and Eastchurch.On arrival,Russell knew of a good outside stop at the Neptune cafe ,then an opportunity to view the Shorts Brothers statue,in commemoration of the first aviation flights from close by. All 3 groups met up again on the green at Leysdown, and separately made their way back by slightly different routes,and all arriving at the start at the the same time..A distance of 42.5 miles.
A sunny chilly morning,and 2 groups set off from Wouldham. Gary with 2 others.The Route was similar and shorter than Richard’s group of 6.Both went to Rochester and onto the Isle of Grain. Gary’s group popped into High Halstow Church which displayed items in commemoration of the Duke of Edinburgh ‘s funeral,and then a break at Mockbeggar cafe. A distance of 25 miles. Richard’s group continued out to Lower Stoke and back into Rochester,where the pubs outsides were rammed with customers.A distance of 35 miles.Russell led another group of 6 from the Weald of Kent golf club and did a 35 mile route for a break at Silcocks farm shop near St Michaels, going out via Smarden and High Halden and returning via Biddenden and the outskirts of Headcorn.
More like January weather than April,but Tony M led with Mick,Dave Law and Richard V, for a trouble free ride to Otford via,Crouch and Wrotham..The break saw the group sitting on a bench outside the church,and realising how busy traffic wise the picturesque village was. Tony then continued back through St Cleres Estate,and Trottiscliffe.A distance of 36 miles,avoiding the rainy forecast.
After some debate about the weather Jo, (welcome to a new member) Jill and Russell lead by Mike left Mote Park for Sittingbourne. The aim was to get there and have a break before the rain set in. A route via the pilgrims way was chosen, a quick sprint up Hollingbourne Hill ( we passed a jogger!) and a run down all the way to Sittingbourne Centre where Greggs provided the refreshments. Suitably refreshed we headed back via the gentle gradient of Warren Lane to Boxley Hill. It was light rain at this point, Jill needing a picture of cycling in the rain for a family challenge we had to empty our water bottles over Jill for the family photo! It then rained a little heavier so we diverted from the original route to see Russell home. He made it safe and sound. Stats 32miles 12mph. 2100 feet no incidents. Good company good ride
Richard V, led out with a group of 6 from Ditton,with a group of 6. An uneventful route took them out to Tonbridge,via, West Malling,Plaxtol and Tudeley for the break sitting on a wall beside the River Medway. It was then trying to warm up again,for the return via,Hadlow,through Kings Hill estate to the finish.A distance of 35.5 miles,without incident
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