Colin Shea led the East Malling Ride with 6 others initially,on a bright chilly morning. Keeping in two groups,he took them out to Barming,and Aylesford,before crossing the M2 bridge,and the gradual climb to Harvel ,where Sarah Shea joined. An unfortunate incident occurred when one of the riders overshot the junction at Harvel,and ended up head first into the opposite grass bank. Fortunately only his pride was hurt. Colin then continued down Holly Hill,for an outside break at West Malling. Several of the riders then peeled off,and Colin did a shortish loop around Trottiscliffe and Birling back to East Malling. A distance of 37 miles.i
A combined report as there were 3 bubble rides.The First was from Yalding,where David Cole led for the first time with a group of 5 on a very chilly morning. They did a 32 mile flattish ride that took them to a chippie van at Horsmonden Green for a takeaway. The other rides started from Hothfield Common,with a total of 12 riders.Russell led one route and planned the other ,which Mark Eyres led going in vaguely opposite directions for stops at New Romney.and once again having to eat outside a cafe and by the church memorial . Distances of about 43 miles and 47 miles,at about 12.5 mph respectively.
Four riders met at the new start point at the Weald of Kent Golf Club, Headcorn (a great start point) for a ride to Silcocks. Bob E (leader), Brian O, Matthew G & a relatively new member Jill E. The weather was almost perfect & the route was about as good as you get for seeing Kent at its best, going out via Tenterden & returning partly on cycle route 18 to Headcorn. Silcocks Farm was a good stop for a take-away & some people even managed to get a sneaky bacon butty, and we were able to sit outside on a horse trough & enjoy the sun. The stats: 32.3 miles, 971 feet climbing, 13.3mph average speed, no incidents / mechanicals.
It is nearly April, and it was my first club ride of the year! A new year a new bridge I had to take my group over the new pedestrian bridge that joins East Street south to East Street north the old concrete one being spectacularly knock over by a crane on the M20. After many year, a new steel bridge is in place. I could tell you how good it is.... I will leave you to find out. Starting from Aylesford we ( Mike Paul Steve Bridgette and Jonathan ) travelled in the opposite direction to our destination Ditton, East and West Malling, Offham, East Street and the new bridge. A straight forward ride via Snodland Halling Wouldham to the Castle grounds at Rochester. After a laze in the sun a brisk ride back to Aylesford. 32miles 12.8mph.
21 met up in sub 6 groups at 4 locations, worth all the juggling to have 4 great Covid compliant rides on such a sunny day. Thanks to the leaders for making it a success. Group 1 had 5 riders led by Russell starting at Chestnut Street heading out to Teynham and Faversham. We then extended our ride from Seasalter to Whitstable to take advantage of the beach allowing Lisa to have her obligatory swim. Takeaways from Keith's Coffee Hut fuelled those who had not brought their own snacks for our ride back to Ospringe and Rodmersham. 44 miles at an average of 12 mph with Lisa extending her ride to 66 miles by cycling in. Great to be back as a group again.
How nice to be back in Club kit again,and although with restricted numbers,it was really lovely to ride in a group again.Richard V led 4 ,including Jo B,on a taster ride from Ferry Fields Car Park,Aylesford. A quiet ride out to Plaxtol where Martin P joined,and then onto Tonbridge for takeaway fayre sitting on a wall opposite the Castle in nice sunshine. The return was also uneventful via Kingshill ,with 3 dropping off,and the others returning to Aylesford.A distance of 38.5 miles at 12.5 mph average.
riders. Richard V,Tony M,Angie and Mick O,Martin P and Jo Byatt( taster rider)
A group of 6 met up as a bubble at East Malling,and welcomed Sarah and Colin Shea,as non regular riders with the group on a dry morning. Richard led and took the group on a very looping ride out ,via a sightseeing trip firstly through King Hill ,Hadlow and Tudeley,before the break at the Village cafe, Paddock Wood.Fortunately there were seats outside which were welcomed. The return saw the only item of interest,when traffic was held up because of a stray dog running loose on the road,but it was quickly scooped up and put in a car. After that it was onto Yalding ,and the rises back to East Malling via,Kenward and Teston. A distance of 35 miles,at about 12 mph and 1500 ft ascents.
It was great to be back riding with the Midweekers, after a 11 months forced break, even better to lead it. I promised a flat relaxed ride, it was flat however the group dictated a faster pace. Tonbridge was buzzing after the quiet of lockdown 2. With the group supporting Greggs it was pleasant to have coffee over looking the river.
Stats 33miles 13.5mph elevation flat!
Good to be out again on a Club Run. Two Bubbles of 6 planned their separate rides with separate start points. Mike Lambourne kndly planned his route and lead his 5 riders to Tonbridge for an outdoor coffee break by the river in Tonbridge.
Russell lead his 5 riders out through Collier Street and Hush Heath to join the A262 for the ride into Goudhurst and a coffee stop on the green with hot coffee and food supplied by Weeks Bakery. A lovely run down (for a change) the hill to join NCR 18 with its lumpy bits. The puncture of the day belonged to Paul and was soon fixed. Back to the start by way of Horsmonden and Castle Hill to get back to Yalding to find Bubble 2 had beaten us back. £1 miles, average 11.1 mph and 1663 feet of ascent.
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