• 21/07/2019 11:55 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AMICI SFA – 2019 GROUP RIDE STATISTICS 5/1/19 – 20/7/19

    Number of Group Rides

    Average Riders/Ride

    Total Miles

    Average Miles/Ride

    Total Ascent

    Average Ascent/Ride

    Average Speed/Ride









  • 20/07/2019 18:55 | Anonymous member

    The 5 brave Steel Baroudeurs were to set out on a steel trip to the Rare Breeds Centre for the second ride of the year. However the threat of lightning and rust put pay to that idea. So a decision was made to use modern bikes for the same ride. This allowed Paul and Miranda to join myself, Paul G, Ralph R, Del who has recently completed his Tour of France for Team Volvo and Dave L on his 50s fixie.

    We left the sports centre at 9.15 in slightly changeable weather and put our rain jackets on, 5 mins later they were off as we were too hot. We headed out towards Frittenden and Biddenden at a good pace where we hit a traffic jam.

    With no milk to be had we carried on to the Rare Breeds Centre where Dave was hoping to hand pick his Bacon sandwich (Only joking kids a rare pig was too expensive). We managed to get within 1 mile of the said sandwich when double trouble came out. 

    Miranda got a puncture, and we found out that Continental tyres are too tight for any rims, however once Miranda had loosened the tyre, myself and Paul managed to get it off with a joint effort. Little did we know that behind us Dave also had a puncture.  

    As you can see Del and Ralph adding great support. By this time Paul G was already enjoying his Bacon sandwich. You will never hear me championing tubeless (Glenn). Anyway new inners all sorted and we went for breakfast.

    We then headed home to Marden in glorious sunshine with a uneventful ride except we were buzzed by 2 Spitfires close to Headcorn. The group photographer was too slow to catch them. 

    When we got back we had a nice coffee and watched a bit of Cricket or rather we were watching for the Batsman to hit cow corner where Pauls car was parked.

    43miles. 1631feet of climbing. 15.9mph average speed.

  • 13/07/2019 16:17 | Anonymous member

    An overcast threatening sky saw six riders set off from the new club house to Waldens at Seasalter, being a first for the Amici group. The route took us up the Downs via Hart Hill and onto the A2 passed Painters Forstal. The M2 was shut causing complete grid lock in and around Faversham, which caused some particularly intense cycling. The run in via Graveny saw quite an increase in pace as four Amici decided to chase down a group of renegade cyclist and match them all the way to the cafe. This had the unfortunate effect of dropping two of the group. As the 'four' dropped the chase and turned into the cafe we watched the two lantern rouges happily cycle by into the distance. Following a very pleasant coffee break the regrouped six headed for home via Doddinton and Lenham. An uneventful return saw figures of 63.5miles at 15.1mph with 2500 feet of climbing.

  • 12/07/2019 09:10 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our first start from the new Sports Ground on Maidstone Road began with just four of us (Paul Brown, Paul Grout, Andy MacKay and Phil Crane) but on our way through Marden we picked up Miranda and Paul Weller.  Gorgeous run down to Rye through Frittenden, Benenden, Newenden, Udimore and Winchelsea, with just one puncture (Andy) to slow us down.  It was a warm day, so the shady lanes through Beckley Wood were much appreciated.  Breakfast at the Cafe on the Quay, where Phil left us to get home early, before continuing back via Warehorne for a welcome drink on the balcony of the new club house (Note to future ride leaders:  leader buys a round may become the new tradition).  All in all, just under 65 miles with 2650 feet of climbing at an average of about 15.9 mph.

  • 29/06/2019 21:07 | Anonymous member

    Leaving Marden with Dave King and Ralph Robinson, heading towards the Hawkhurst Fish Farm on the hottest day of the year. The heat must have got to me as Ralph had to shout out to me to turn left instead of straight on - obviously Ralph must have a better Wahoo than me! The heat didn't seem to slow Dave down on the hill climbs and it didn't affect Ralph and myself on the way down either!  We were glad to arrive at the Waterside Cafe and we were lucky enough to be given a table on the veranda. I was reluctant to leave and face the heat again.

    It was an uneventful journey back apart from the occasional dodgy motorist, all was well until we got to Hartley Dyke Farmshop where I was struck down with double cramp. Ralph came to my rescue and I had to hang on to his shoulder with me pulling my legs back to try and relieve it. It must have provided a funny sight for the passing vehicles! Dave suggested a drink in the farmshop to restore our equilibrium and 3 green teas later we were back on the road to Marden. Ralph summed it up well 49 miles, 14.6 mph, 2679ft of climbing and VERY HOT!


  • 26/06/2019 21:36 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On June 23rd me, Paul Grout, Ciaran, and Paul Brown from Amici, along with Jon and Glenn from Velo Forte, rode the 150K route from the SFA summer series of Audaxes.

    Starting and finishing from Bethersden Village Hall these routes are designed to be as flat as possible so that newcomers to this type of event can have a go with abetter than average chance of completion.

    On the whole the weather was kind to us. It was overcast and quite warm which made for a humid atmosphere. The wind kicked in as ever in the vicinity of the Romney Marshes and Dungeness.

    We rode well as a group and it was only after about 55miles, into the section at Dungeness (think Chernobyl on Sea), that the wind really made its presence known. It is probably just me but it always seemed to be in our faces whatever compass heading we were on!

    Jon and Glenn are by far the stronger riders in these conditions and pulled away from the group here. After the food stop in the cafe, which sits in the shadow of the power station, the same trend continued but we hooked up with them again at the final food stop with about 20miles to go.

    These events aren't races but none of us could resist a sprint for the line as we made the approach to the finish at Bethersden.

    All in all a good day out. A great route, fine weather and good company. We all made it home safe and sound with no mishaps save for an annoying puncture to my front tyre and Paul Grout leaving his phone at the last cafe stop. Thankfully we were only a couple of minutes down the road when he realised!

    Well done to Bob Watts who does all the organising and also his band of stalwart helpers who man the checkpoints and food stops.

  • 21/06/2019 17:06 | Anonymous member

    Wanted, for hire or sale a child's hybrid or mountain bike suitable for our 11 year old grandson. He is coming with us to the New Forrest, in August, and we plan to ride the Forrest trails. If so please contact Ralph Robinson on 07845 169647.

  • 18/06/2019 10:13 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It was my lead this Saturday and following the deluges that had occurred midweek decided to take a ride down to New Romney keeping off of the really minor roads that I thought might still be strewn with debris washed off of fields.

    Five initially lined up at Marden for the ride and then Paul and Miranda Weller joined our ranks in the search for a faster ride than they might have been expecting in their usual group They had rode with us earlier in the year and it was really good to have them on board again.

    Sadly we were very soon down to six riders as Dave King broke a spoke before he had turned two corners and despite initially thinking he might be able to continue the ride eventually accepted the advice of the rest of the group and decided to walk the bike back to his car.

    Cafe stop was the Oasis Cafe. Its new decor hasn't quite shaken off the transport cafe image but for food, service and prices it makes a great place to stop. 

    The weather was great, if not a little blustery at times, and the clear, flowing route made for a fairly pacey ride. Paul and Miranda got the longer, quick ride they wanted and were right up there every pedal turn of the way.

    All got home safe and sound achieving the an average speed of 16.7mph for the 58miles and 1949ft of climbing. A good day all round!

  • 11/06/2019 15:30 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Well done to Ciaran Johnson for incorporating a ‘Steel Baroudeurs” ride in to his lead for AMICI SFA on Saturday 1stJune.

    Eight riders turned out including three from groups other than Amici. The ages of the bike ranged from Andy Mackays newly aquired late ‘40s, early ‘50s Holdsworth (soon to be the subject of a restoration), through to Rick Gambling’s modern steel steed with Di2.

    The weather could not have been better for riding an old steel classic with shiny spokes! The sun was out, the temperature was hot and the bikes glistened!

    To take into account the abilities of riders from differing groups (and the abilities of the older bikes) Ciaran had kept the route down to 40miles with minimal climbing and we made our way from Marden to our coffee stop at Suzy’s Kitchen in Tenterden.

    All in all a great day out and the type of classic ride which we hope to do more of during the summer months.

    If you want to be kept informed of any steel rides which we do in the future you can get in touch with me on 07736 518935 or 

  • 08/06/2019 20:13 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dave KIng's lead today taking us over to the village cafe at Rodmersham Green. Absolutely appalling weather, - torrential rain for nearly all of the ride plus high winds.

    We cut the ride short by about 8miles so ended up with 47miles, 2350ft of climbing and average speed of 14mph. Sadly no photos, I think everyone was just too soggy, - and that includes sitting in the cafe!

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