With 17 wanting a final Club ride before Christmas, it had to separated into 3 bubbles setting off at different places. Mike Lambourne ,who traditionally hosts the pre festive ride set off in his full Santa costume with plenty of goodies from Marden with his 5 little elves.He just about out did Richard Barsley for the best beard.Their ride took them to Tonbridge for a takeaway from Greggs and a sit by the river. The only downside was the presence of the puncture devil who delivered 4 punctures.An overall distance of 39 flat miles,at 13 mph average.
Brigitte ,on her first lead, took her group of 6 from Ditton Community Centre,which was being also used as a COVID innoculation Station. With the puncture devil being elsewhere, they didn’t suffer any punctures or mechanicals ,but had a far more hilly ride of 2050 ft ascents, and had their takeaway in the dry at Detling Community Centre, They managed a mucky ride of 34 miles..
Richard led the third bubble of 5 from the new starting point of Larkfield village hall,on an uneventful ride to the takeaway at Camer Park,near Meopham. Again,the bikes were quickly very dirty after a period of rain,but thankfully no incidents or problems. The main highlight was passing Santa’s sleigh,being drawn by two magnificent black horses in full plumage,along the A 227 at Culverstone.and seeing his helpers distributing presents..It would have made a great photo. The ride was only 29 miles,and about 1500 ft climbs. and for all the groups arriving back to shortly find out that we had gone into a tier 4 lockdown,and the suspension of club rides again.Not a fitting end to a very challenging cycling year.