A great turnout of 12 plus the 'elected' leader Russell at Wrotham for our ride on a sunny morning. The route planned was to go to Kelly Holmes' refurbished cafe at the Cyclopark. Ralph had already been there last Saturday but was happy for a re-visit. Richard B had never been to the Cyclopark before. It was great to welcome Ian back from his enforced time out for his first ride in some time. Our ride set off over the M20 footbridge and the warm up climb of the A20 for a right turn onto South Ash Road to Fawkham Green and Horton Kirby. A confusing turn left into a Close which was not a Close in South Darenth and on to Bean and Southfleet to cross the A2 and into the Cyclopark. The park was bustling which was good to see, the cafe had its healthy versions of a full English enjoyed by some. Discussions over the challenge of the 25% Lockyers Hill (see link below) planned for the return led to a wise decision to re-route and avoid it. Within five minutes of having left the 1st puncture of the day befell Rachel - do bikes feel left out at the coffee stops and decide to inflict their revenge? Time taken to fix compensated by removing a loop around Shorne. A fast decent of Cobhambury Road then a right turn for the climb to Luddesdown, Foxendown and Harvel just before which the 2nd puncture befell Keith. Richard B and Bryan K had to go on as they had commitments leaving 11 soon down to 10 when Keith, having cycled in, headed straight for home. Arriving safely back at Wrotham having covered a modest 30 miles at an average of 12 mph but 2250 feet of climbing.
The route on Strava
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