A rainy start from Wrotham 12/7/17

12/07/2017 16:39 | Anonymous member

After heavy overnight rain,it was still a very grotty,drizzly and cloudy start from Wrotham.Suprisingly,8 riders still turned up,and with Richard leading ,headed off further into the low clouds via the A20. By the time they reached Ash,everyone was pretty soaked,and the dreaded cyclists shout of " puncture" was heard.Steve was on tubeless tyres,but still managed to get a flat,so it was a quick inner tube job,and away  they went,a bit wetter and colder into a northerly wind.However Mother Nature became kinder,and the ride continued along Fawkham Valley Road,to Longfield with it clearing,and by the time the group reached Hawley Garden Centre for the break,all clothing was dry.Strangely,the outward bound didn't seem particularly down hill,but the entire homeward seemed uphill,going out to Hextable,before Sutton at Hone,and those long drags of Mussenden Lane and again up to West Kingsdown. Before the nice down hill to Pilgrims Way and Wrotham.A distance of 28.5 miles ,at about 12.4 mph and 1700 feet ascents.

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