Eight of us gathered for what was supposed to be a typical January ride; all wrapped up shielding from the cold, but, it wasn’t that bad and laid the foundation for an enjoyable ride to Borough Green. Firstly, I must thank my back marker Tim Fox for helping throughout, very much appreciated.
We headed out along Forstal Road to Eccles, and joined the new road to Peters Village, a little head wind but a really nice part of the ride. I felt using the cycle path was good and helped with the safety along that part of the road.
Once through Snodland the ride became a little lumpy, through Birling, Ryarsh and Addington up to Offam. We turned left at Crouch to Basted lane where came across a flood right at the bottom of the hill, bit tricky but all through, a little wet but unscathed. Up Quarry Hill and into Borough Green for teas and stuff in the Village Café and Sandwich Bar. Very pleasant and would certainly use it again.
I promised the group it was a little easier on the back, well, maybe apart from Crouch Lane, and along the Hurst to the top of Gover Hill! But the pleasure going down Gover Hill to West Peckham was the reward for all the hard work. However, only to be confronted with the little lump of Butchers Lane! Through Mereworth, Kings Hill and East Malling church yard to the research centre , down to Ditton and finally along the flat road to Aylesford.
Thanks to Heather, Chris, Tim, Mathew, Ray, Sarah and Rachel for making this an enjoyable ride.
The route was 30.4 miles at regulation pace for D Group at 12.3 mph with approx. 600m climbing.