MWM ride 6/7/16

07/07/2016 09:05 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Chris led the ride from East Malling with 15 starters including Les and Eddie on their electric bikes and two new riders from Ashford who had already tried a B+ ride. After going through the Research Station we joined Kiln Barn Road and then into The Heath before climbing to Offham via West Malling. Not long after Offham Eddie got a puncture on his bike and decided to return. Crossing 7 mile line, the road past Comp had just been resurfaced so care was needed on the loose topping, but no problems. Instead of our usual route down Long Mill Lane Chris kept on the ridge to go down Gover Hill, then Matthews Lane to a short run on the A26 before heading through East Peckham. Along the cycle way beside the A228 seemed the safest way to get to the road into Paddock Wood for the coffee stop. Beautiful sunshine so we all sat outside for the efficiently served good food. The return was via Queen Street and Laddingford to Yalding, then up Kenward and Hunt Street to join the East Farleigh Road and over Teston Bridge. The long climb up Teston Hill spread out the peloton before regrouping at the North Pole pub and back to East Malling via The Heath and Stickens Lane. Total of 32 miles at 12.6 mph average.

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