On the hottest day of the year so far 6 of us left Barming and cycled via West Malling then on towards Plaxtol to reach Poult Wood. We eventually arrived at our destination after cycling a couple of extra miles, due to taking a wrong turn down Crouch Lane instead of Basted Lane, apologies folks!Thankfully we had an uneventful trip back and arrived at Barming having completed 30 miles but was too distracted by.the heat to check the speed!
Twelve of us set off for Silcocks Farm cafe on a beautiful sunny morning. I was feeling a little apprehensive, this being my first lead, and was not helped by the fact that no other than Geoff Wiles our club president joined us! After a couple of incorrect turns I settled down at the front of the peloton and managed to get us to the cafe stop. The only hiccup was temporarily losing our rear marker Darren on the way!
The farm cafe was fabulous as always and gave us all an opportunity to welcome our new member Chris B and admire his stunning 1978 classic Peugeot.
Big thanks to all who supported my first lead and apologies to Darren.
We covered a flat 32 miles at just over 12 mph
John Blakeley led a group of seven from Lenham which later increased to eight when Sarah M joined at the coffee stop. The main hill on the ride was Ulcombe Hill but fortunately it was ridden in the easy direction, downwards!
The weather forecast for the day was windy with showers and although the group experienced the wind, they were very lucky to avoid the heavy rain that arrived just after the ride had finished.
After Ulcombe the group headed to Headcorn Aerodrome for a relatively early coffee stop. Due to the conditions the airfield was quiet and the café was not busy. Leaving the aerodrome, the route continued via Egerton Forstal, Charing Heath and Lenham Heath before returning to the start point. The majority of the route was on quiet country lanes which was appreciated by everyone on the ride.
Distance 28.4 miles, average speed 13 mph and elevation 1230ft.
Despite the absence of the 10 Tourmalet challengers there was a good turnout for the 3 groups meeting at Wrotham. B+ bagged the majority leaving D+ with 4 and D with 5 riders. A tried and tested route out through Crouch and Plaxtol for a great descent to Seal before the climb to the Pilgrims Way at Kemsing. Sharing the back lanes with many other cycling groups we had a great break at Lullingstone. Refreshed we descended into Eynsford before the long steady climb along Knatts Valley. The sharp descent of Coleman's Ash Lane to meet the Pilgrims Way for our return to Wrotham well before the other groups. No incidents and no punctures. 27.7 miles, ascents of of 2250 feet at an average of 12.4 mph.
Route on Strava
A very pleasant morning,and over 30 cyclists from B+,and the D Groups congregated at Bell Lane Car Park,Staplehurst. Russell seconded a group of 13 to join him on a ride to Hawkhurst. A flat route to Frittenden then through the lovely lanes past Benenden Hospital,where it became much more lumpy but the views across the landscapes more than compensated as the group approached Hawkhurst via The Moor. Russ had phoned the cafe on the crossroads,and the service was excellent.The return was considerably shorter and flatter via Glassenbury and Colliers Green past Hush Heath vineyard to the finish.A distance of just under 30 miles,but Sarah B.V did a hill a couple of times to make the 30. Ascents of about 1800 ft at about 12.5 mph average
10 of us ventured out led by myself and Mo Wells who kindly provided the route. We had an incident free ride through Platt and Ivy Hatch then had a break at Mo’s daughters cafe on Seal High St. Birch’sWhole Good food Cafe. They provided refreshments plus a birthday cake for me suitably nourished we carried on to Heaverham Wrotham then back to East Malling . 31 miles at an average 11.5 mph
Eleven of us left the car park and within minutes, a dog crossed my path, took me out, then nearly did the same to Ray! Continuing along the country lanes, soon after climbing Church Hill (Jelly Babies were at the ready!) we had the 1st puncture of the day! A heavy downpour then swayed me to cut the route slightly shorter to Lenham and we arrived at the Corner House, dripping wet! On the return across the Downs, we had a compulsory stop for our 2nd puncture! Eventually we arrived back safely having completed 32.5miles at an average speed of 11.9 mph. Thanks to Rachel and Chris for being chief photographer and puncture repairer respectively!
Five riders followed Mike on a combined Nature and Group Ride from Mote Park, Bob, Mick, Angie, Kevyn and Richard. Kevyn kept the group entertained and informed by identifying many of the plants and trees as we cycled to Bearsted along the Pilgrims Way and on to Boxley before descending through the beautiful Kent Countryside to Aylesford. On route we passed the site where 2000 wild Orchids were destroyed by the KCC drainage team as explained by Kevyn, Mick also took the opportunity to brush up on his Latin helped by Kevyn. Angie was using clip-ins for the first time and fell off when stopping three times, Richard managed to catch her the first time! but it was knocks and bruised on the second and third attempt and had to retire at the Jungle café. A return via the Medway River path completed a very enjoyable ride, 34 miles at 11.5 mph with good company.
17 of us left sunny but chilly Yalding with some regretting exposed fingers and knees.
Travelling through East Peckham, Golden Green and Colts Hill on our way to Lamberhurst and our stop at Scotney Castle where poor Tony had a surprise shower while under the umbrella!!!
Return via Gouhurst, Horsmonden and Laddingford we could see rain clouds and although avoiding the worst we did get a hail facial and had a surprise guest of a heron along the route.
31.2 miles 11.5mph 1952ft