A beautiful morning,with a very large crowd of both D group riders assembling at Yalding station.Tony Munn led a group of 13 and headed for Headcorn aerodrome.Tony picked a really flat route,which was very welcomed due to the heat.Initially waving to C group,by the bridge,then off via Laddingford and Claygate to Marden.Continuing on ,Tony led the group through Staplehurst into Headcorn,across the extremely busy A274,and around to the Smarden Bell to the aerodrome.Very good to see the C and B groups there also,so what with all the other visitors it made the cafe extremely busy.All 3 groups set off at the same time,past Watermans, Quarter,with good humoured exchanges.Tony continued a steady sedate pace taking a direct route through Hawkenbury and Staplehurst,bypassing Marden and Benover back to Yalding.A distance of 35.2 miles at 12.4 mph average,fortunately without any incidents.
Well done Tony,Thankyou for a lovely ride.
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A large turn out of 16 at Headcorn,welcoming back Natasha after a long lay off.Richard led ,on a glorious morning and headed very loosely towards Ashford.via Smarden,and the lanes to Bethersden and Great Chart to the break at the popular Old Foundry cafe.The return route continued on mainly quiet lanes skirting Bethersden and through Smarden again back to Headcorn,without incident.A distance of 31 miles at about 11.5 mph,according to whose Garmin you believe!
Len Burgess had a good crowd of 13 to lead out from Aylesford,on a beautiful morning.He went through the industrial estate and then the track that went to Snodland,when Tony took over for a short while.Len then led again ,going to Cuxton and crossing the M2 bridge,then Borstal and Rochester to the break at Nev's cafe,Frindsbury.A very popular and now a frequent stop.Len took a fairly traditional return,back via, the new housing development at Wouldham ,then Burham and Eccles.A distance of about 28 miles. Thankyou Len.
Thankyou David Pannell for leading a group of 10 out from West Malling to Paddock Wood,on a lovely,but breezy morning.A nice stop at the Station cafe enjoying the Paddock Wood carnival pass by.A distance of about 28 miles at 11 mph average.
Thankyou to Len Burgess for leading a group of 11 to the station cafe at Paddock Wood.He went out via Wateringbury and Collier Street,and sat outside the cafe in glorious sunshine.A traditional return,without incident took them to East Peckham and Mereworth up Butchers Lane,then East Malling and North Pole Road,arriving back just before the rain.A distance of 29 miles at 12 mph average.
Ian Murdoch led 12 out from Marden,after a bit of confusion about where to park,due to the old Pattenden Lane car park closed off.A joint D group ride,as only 2 D + riders turned up,but Ian took them out to Headcorn airfield on a lovely country laned route of 28 miles at 13 mph average,arriving back at Marden just before the heavens opened.Thankyou Ian
I stepped in to lead late on and decided to go from Snodland to Nev's cafe on the Frindsbury industrial estate.Nine riders joined me,and on a dull but dry morning the route took us 20 miles before the break.Out via,Cuxton and Luddesdowne,then up to Gold Strret and Cobham to Shorne Ridgeway,Higham,Chattenden and Upnor,without incident.Good,cheap food awaited us.A really nice stop.A traditional route back into Rochester,where Lisa had tyre valve problems,which demanded regular inflation for the rest of the ride,through Wouldham,Eccles and Aylesford.Longer than normal ride of 35 miles at 11mph average.
A good turnout at Harrietsham with 9 riders opting for the ride out to the Kent Gliding Club at Challock. Suitably briefed the group set off to join the Pilgrim’s Way towards Lenham. Warmed up and prepared for the Hubbards Hill climb to the North Downs this was tackled with enthusiasm. Re-grouping at the top we had the joy of a flat ride with views along Waterditch Road to then tackle the mucky roads through the woods at the top of Charing Hill. Crossing the Faversham Road then a brief stint along the busy A252 Canterbury Road to Squids Gate Lane and the Kent Gliding Club. More bikes than gliders present as we found the Easyriders already there. A good catch up and refreshments with a group of Medway Velos arriving soon after us. A return along the A252 and then a right turn for a great escape down the lane by Cedar House Farm to Westwell with a couple missing the right turn into Dunn Street Farm Road, The Pigrim’s Way. Re-grouped for an undulating ride to Charing going south over the A20 to turn right to Charing Heath, Lenham Heath and back to our start. A satisfying ride, all keeping dry with no punctures. 24 miles at an average of 12.1 mph.
A good turnout of 17 at Staplehurst,with a very rainy start.Many thanks to Brian Kavanagh for leading a lovely flat ride of 31 miles with a break at Yalding,without any problems.A few new riders joining the group and keeping up well,averaging about 11.5 mph