Seven joined me from Barming,and with the sun initially shining,we headed off to Grays cafe at Brenchley.A few climbs and descents on route,via Tovil and upto Coxheath,then nicely down Hunton hill onto the flat,before going back up Castle hill to Brenchley.At the viewing site,we saw that the metal plaque showing distances to various places had been removed,nicked we supposed,which was quite sad,as it was a lovely visual object.When we got to the cafe,the skies opened,but was starting to dry up again as we left.Unfortunately,by the time we had reached Wateringbury,the rain came down far worse,and despite sheltering for a while,we just had to eventually get on with it,and travelled through deep puddles,totally soaked back to Barming.doing about 33 miles
party on 6 of us headed out from snodland on my first lead. I decided to bring my tourer so I could carry plenty of spares as a wanting to impress as first time leader should :).
route took us out along A229(guys on the lightweight bikes did not fancy path through Leybourne lakes) through new Hythe to Aylesford, we then headed up through Eccles and down to motorway crossing through Wouldham. Once over bridge we headed down into outer Strood then up to Higham, Shorne then through Cobham to break at Camer Park. once filled up we headed out through Longfield hill to Stansted and back through Trottiscliffe, Birling and Ryarsh and back to Snodland.(guys turned down the extra loop through Wrotham). totals 38.26 miles, 12.63 avg speed and total climbing of 654Mtrs.
Thankyou Mike Lambourne for offering to lead from Marden,but with only Tony Munn with him,possibly due to several regulars going on an away day French trip,Mike and Tony went with the D group for a joint ride to Headcorn airfield,which turned out to be a very nice ride of 28 miles.
Thankyou Darren for taking your first lead,with a group of 6 from Snodland.You promised a hilly ride out to Camer Park at Sole Street,and the feed back from Brian and Ray confirmed this subsequently.Poor young Spencer had leg cramps,but valiantly carried on with his Dad Andy and friend Simon.A good cafe stop and distance of 38 miles.
Richard led a group of 8,including Darren who had rode in all the way from Snodland,Kevin,Karlene,Ray,Brian,with Andy a very occasional rider and his friend Simon from Maldon CC Essex.Both on their very lightweight carbon bikes.As the route out from Harrietsham to Wye was pretty flat and country laned,the pace was good. Via Pilgrims Way,Westwell an d Boughton Aluph.The break at the Wye cafe was ok.The return ride was a lot longer,bypassing South Ashford to Kingnorth and Pluckley.Darren was feeling the strain by this time,but got his second wind before the end.A distance of 41.5 miles at 14.3 mph average.
should have mentioned that it was a Wrotham start
Chris Moon led 7 male and 2 female riders out from Staplehurst,on a morning when rain fell heavily just before the start.Chris was worried that he may have had a slow puncture,but carried on.A new rider,Tony Wilson joined the D+ group for the first time and later said that he struggled on the hills,but would not be put off.Chris took him and the group up Loddington Hill near Boughton Mon so not surprised.!However he compensated by going back down Ulcombe hill to the break at the cafe in Headcorn High Street.After,Clive Bradburn,a B group rider usually,also Kevin and Karlene dropped off to do other things,and Chris carried on through Frittenden and Sissinghurst in a bit of a blu back to Stplehurst.