Thirty seven cyclists from D, D+ & B+ amassed at the Brenchley car park , the cold winter weather not deterring everyones enthusiasm for the days adventures. Twelve of us from the D group had the pleasure of Gerogina, Mary and Chris from the C group joining us for the first half of the ride, later breaking formation to do their own thing as we pressed on.
We set out along a route skirting the back of Marden where the first 14 miles were fairly flat, but we got no further than 2 miles before a puncture stopped one of our number in their tracks. The more challenging lumpy section kicked in just before we reached Collies Green and contiuned for the rest of the ride.
Prior to lunch at Bedgebury, Kevyn was unfortunate enough to also get a puncture; but with the cold making the task of removing and refitting the tyre challenging, it was team effort with help from John Blakely and Chris Moon to get the job done.
We covered a distance of 28.7 miles, at an average speed of 11MPH and climbing a total of 2040 ft; but not enough to break the dreary cloud cover that lasted the day.