A group of 18 assembled at Chestnut St,so were split into 3 bubbles, with Russell and Richard leading their groups to Seasalter,and Jonathan leading his for a longer ride to Whitstable. As they were basically going in the same directions, there were time gaps in departures. Russell took a fairly direct route and arrived at the Forget Me Not Cafe first,whilst Richard took a longer route,and arrived as Russell’s group were about to depart. Unfortunately a deluge of rain confronted them on the return for a while, and Richard’s group were held up with Ray sustaining a puncture. Rides of 36.5 and 42 miles respectively. Jonathan’s Ride also encountered the heavy rain coming back from Whitstable, and a tumble for Mick when a wheel to wheel collision occurred with Angie ,his wife and he sustained a cut leg,but was able to carry on by leaving the main group and returning on their own.
A pleasant morning attracted 17 for a start from East Malling. Russell had arranged 2 separate rides,to Pittland Lakes, near Paddock Wood, and another to Dunorlan Park, Tunbridge Wells. Setting off in 3 bubbles with Russell leading one bubble, followed by Gary taking the same route that took them out to Yalding and Claygate,then up Yew Tree Hill,Brenchley for a photo at the viewing point , before arriving at Pittland Lakes,for a lovely break sitting out in the sunshine. Jonathan led his group of 6 on a similar route,then from Brenchley to Pembury and to another delightful stop at Dunorlan Park. On the route back, all 3 groups met up briefly after the slog of Gover Hill and all arrived back safely at East Malling around the same time. Distances of about 38 miles at about 13 mph and 1762 feet ascents.
With 19 turning up at Wrotham, Russell the coordinator had already sorted the leaders and their bubbles.. Together with other leaders Mark and Gary ,he took one of 3 groups on a shorter ride of 28.5 miles with the break at Lullingstone Country Park. Both of the other groups self distanced from each other and headed to Penshurst,maintaining a good average speed.and about 38 miles distance.All 3 rides were about 2500 ft ascents without incident.
Russell organised the rota Away Day to start at Appledore,on a very chilly morning. A total of 18 turned up. Russell led with one bubble and Gary led another on a route of 47 miles to Winchelsea Beach. Mark E took on the third group,who wanted a shorter ride of 39 miles,but taking a fairly similar route without the extended bit.. The rides initially took all 3 groups out against the wind to Ivychuch and New Romney,then a lovely wind assisted flat journey to Dungeness,and onto Camber and Rye. Some stayed there for their break only to meet up again at Winchelsea Beach Cafe with others. A fairly swift return ,again int the wind back to Rye up to Winchelsea village and church for a look at Spike Milligan's gravestone,before the few miles back to Appledore with Jonathan giving Russell a break at the front.
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)
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