MW - 12th January - Wrotham to Swanley

12/01/2022 17:53 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

A sunny, clear blue sky and crisp morning welcomed 19 riders for Richard V's planned ride to Swanley a substitute destination as Sundridge Garden Centre was closed.  Welcome to Jonathan Leeson, a new member of the group.  Double cafes arranged Oaks Cafe, Manse Parade and TipTop Cafe, Station Road, Swanley.  Tony Palmer leading the 'Breakaway' only for three of them to be caught by Richard's 'Peloton' when Jonathan E took a puncture for the team.  A great route with many new roads with lots of downhills to repay us for the iniitial climb up Wrotham Hill leading us through Fawkham Green, Longfield and South Darenth.  Negotiating a tight gap between an on coming truck Steve F was assaulted by a hedge leaping out at him and ripping his new leggings.  Well nourished from our Swanley cafe stops it was a gentle climb to Crockenhill then a long descent to Eynsford with some small groups of cyclists meeting the challenge of their long climb in the oppoosite direction.  The slow ascent of an unusually quite Knatt's Valley due to a road closure through which we were able to pass through with the water engineers allowing us to cross their newly dug trench.  All arriving back at Wrotham by 2.00 after a very enjoyable 30 mile, 2000 feet ascent ride at a good pace.  A really great route and ride - thanks Richard.

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