I had promised a few climbs and led the ride out of Aylesford with 15 other riders and started the day's climbing taking the Old Rochester Road towards Bluebell Hill. We made our way up part of Boxley Hill and joined the Pilgrims Way and followed this through Detling and on to Hollingbourne and then Harrietsham where we climbed Stede Hill. When we got to the top if felt considerably cooler and the drizzle started which stayed with us until the cafe stop in Rodmersham.
We came across the C group inside the cafe and with another 16 to serve this became a bit of a challenge. The patient wait was interrupted by Steve's exploding tyres - not once but twice! After a stop lasting one and a half hours we returned to our bikes and started the second half of the ride in the sunshine. We passed through Tunstall, Oad Street and crossed the A249 taking the steep incline up to Stockbury. We headed to Yelsted and made another steep climb where we joined up with Darren who had made a bit of a short cut (avoiding the hills!) At this point we realised half the group were missing so after Ray spoke to Richard the remaining riders made their way through Bredhurst and down Boxley Hill - those climbs really were worth it! We made our way back to Aylesford and completed 37.5 miles at an average speed of 12.3 mph. Within 10 minutes Richard and Kevyn arrived from the group that had separated. No doubt Richard will add a note explaining what happened but hopefully all riders made it home safe and sound.