EVENT DETAILS

MEDWAY MARVELOUS 100 & 200 AUDAX

  • 27/05/2018
  • Higham, near Gravesend , Kent

Two new audax events run by club member Tim Decker and starting from Higham, near Gravesend, with catering at the start and finish.

The 200km event visits the Hoo Peninsular following the popular Heron Trail cycle route and passing the historic St James Church made famous in the opening scene of Great Expectations. It is worth stopping briefly to view the Graveyard: '....five little stone lozenges each about a foot and a half long which were arranged in a neat row ... and were sacred to the memory of five little brothers of mine....'  The North Kent Marshes are one of the most important natural wetlands in Europe and riders are likely to see a variety of different birdlife whilst enjoying stunning panoramic views of the Thames and Medway estuaries. After heading back into Higham the ride enters the North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and gets a lot hillier, but also much more wooded. A control at the popular Speedgate Riding Cafe provides ample opportunity for refreshments. Riders then drop down to the beautiful Darenth Valley passing through the villages of Eynsford and Shoreham before following the foot of the North Downs along the Pilgrims Way to Titsey. The next section goes over the Weald through small lanes crossing the Medway near its source at Forest Row, which offers ample opportunities for refreshments and then eastwards to the South of Tunbridge Wells to the penultimate control in Staplehurst. This section is nicely varied, with lots of short climbs and descents, traditional villages and forests. Heading back towards the finish the section the next section is flat as it follows the River Beult a tributary of the Medway to Wateringbury. After climbing Red Hill riders reach the North Pole (A pub, not the Arctic) and are rewarded with a long downhill stretch to Aylesford where the River Medway is crossed again. The final section follows the Medway through the villages of Eccles and Burham before crossing the river again next to the M2. In the distance riders can see Rochester Castle and Cathedral and the Isle of Grain. A final climb through the outskirts of Strood takes riders past Gads Hill Place, Dickens country home, where he wrote many of his most famous books, back to the finish at Higham.

The 100km event has a 9 a.m. start, 15 minutes after the first train to Higham, enabling entrants to arrive by train.  The route also heads out on the Hoo Peninsular following the popular Heron Trail cycle route and passing the historic St James Church made famous in the opening scene of Great Expectations. it is worth stopping briefly to view the Graveyard: '....five little stone lozenges each about a foot and a half long which were arranged in a neat row ... and were sacred to the memory of five little brothers of mine....'   The North Kent Marshes are one of the most important natural wetlands in Europe and riders are likely to see a variety of different birdlife whilst enjoying stunning panoramic views of the Thames and Medway estuaries.  After heading back into Higham the ride enters the North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and gets a lot hillier, but also much more wooded. A control at the popular Speedgate Riding Cafe provides ample opportunity for refreshments.  Riders then ascend the North Downs passing the world famous Brand’s Hatch motor racing circuit. At the top of Speedgate Hill it is worth taking the time to enjoy the fabulous views over the Weald of Kent. A fast and steep descent leads to the delightful villages of Ightham and Basted and a control at Gover Hill Woods.  The next stop on the ride is Aylesford, where the ride crosses the Medway again on the old bridge, which is only open to cyclists and pedestrians.  The final section follows the Medway through the villages of Eccles and Burham before crossing the river again next to the M2. In the distance riders can see Rochester Castle and Cathedral and the Isle of Grain.  A final climb through the outskirts of Strood takes riders past Gads Hill Place - Dickens country home where he wrote many of his most famous books - back to the finish at Higham.

To enter click:
Medway Marvelous 100
Medway Marvelous 200

To see the route (and download gpx file):
Medway Marvellous 100
Medway Marvellous 200

For the FINAL routesheet:
Medway Marvellous 100
Medway Marvellous 200

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