Thank Chris,for a lovely ride from Chestnut Street to Minster Leas,on a really hot day.Nearly missed several of the group at the start,as people parked in slightly different places to usual,but fortunately all came together just after the start.The break overlooking the Thames estuary in the sun was lovely,for us mad dogs who sat outside.
Richard led 16 riders from East Malling heading to Gray’s Café at Brenchley. We started through the Research Station and up Sweets Lane to Wateringbury lights, then along the A26 to Old Road and climbed up Pizien Well Road before descending to Seven Mile Lane. Riding through East Peckham and Golden Green we headed to Tudeley and Capel with more “undulations” to Pembury by which time some of us thought Richard had changed his mind about the café stop. But no, we changed course and looped back to Matfield and then found food after 20 miles at Grays. Not the fastest of service but all in a good cause. Thinking the return would now be a shorter leg we set off refreshed and climbed yet again, this time to Castle Hill, and then to Collier Street, Laddingford, Beltring and East Peckham, but a final loop to Hadlow, Matthews Lane and Butchers Lane to Kings Hill and the finish. Not a shorter return leg after all. Total of 43 miles at 13.1 mph average.
A total of 13 riders met at Wrotham today including a new member to the club Steve who had been on a couple of Saturday rides but this was his first time joining the midweek group.
Tim led the group straight up Wrotham Hill to warm everybody up followed by a meander around the top of the hill before the descent down to Eynsford via Romney Street. Then some more hills as Tim led the group to the North outpost's of Kent with a loop round Wilmington before the halfway break at Hawley Garden Centre. Then a few more loops near Swanley before heading for home via Horton Kirby and the back of Brands Hatch. A puncture for Ray just before we got to the top of the hill but underway again quite quickly before the fast descent down Exedown and back to Wrotham. 36 miles at 12mph which was pretty good considering all the hills Tim threw at the group !
Today we had 12 riders, and Chris led out through the town of Snodland and up Paddlesworth heading for the A20 cafés at West Kingsdown. The route took us through Birling, West Malling and Offham before turning at Crouch to descend through Basted and then bypass central Borough Green. Arriving at Igtham we diverted off the main road to start the climb onto the downs, using Old Terrys Lodge Road. The Hollyville café had plenty of room and the usual good food and service. Les had to get back for an appointment so took the direct route along the A20, but the rest headed for Stansted and some undulating roads back to join the Meopham road. We then followed the Pilgrims Way at the top of Wrotham Hill and we finally got back to Snodland via Trottiscliffe and Ryarsh. A distance of 32 miles at 12.2 mph average with no problems.
Thankyou Chris Daly for leading a lovely ride from Snodland to West Kingsdown via a few hills.
A new starting point at Dickley Lane,Car park,Lenham with 10 riders,including 3 tasters. .Richard led off in the rain,out to Platts Heath,Kingswood,Langley,Loose village and Boughton Monchelsea quarries,before the stop at the cafe in Coxheath. Tim and Ian J then left the group,to do their own ride home,as they had cycled to the start.Richard took the remainder down the lovely descent of Stocketts Lane to Tovil,and across the estates to Mote Park,and Detling.The remainder of the ride was mainly along the Pilgrims Way,then Hollingbourne to Lenham,with the sun shining.A rather disrupted ride,due to a slow rider,of 28 miles at 12 mph average,but fortunately without incident.
12 of us turned up for the ride from Yalding and with Tony volunteering to lead, set off for Headcorn Aerodrome. He took us through Laddingford to Claygate, where the pub is now completely shut and boarded up, before joining the Goudhurst road into Marden. On into Staplehurst and past Hawkenbury to Headcorn and then a loop around Smarden to the Airfield. A lovely sunny day when we arrived, so we sat outside for our break and watched the first of the Skydiving planes take off that day, which had been delayed so far by the windy conditions. From there we crossed the A274 and along New House Lane, to retrace our route after Headcorn until we turned off to Wanshurst Green and Milebush, then Chainhurst and Hunton to arrive back at Yalding Station. Total of 37 miles at 14.4 mph average.
Thankyou Speedy Gonzales Tony for a lovely ride today.
An average turn out of 7 started off from Chestnut Street.Richard led and in very overcast weather(as usual from ChestnutSt),headed off for a longer ride to Tankerton.They went out via Borden,Tunstall and Rodmersham,then onto Tenyham where Keith got the only puncture of the day.Off again to Luddenham and through Faversham to Graveney,into a very busy Whitstable to the break at a little cafe overlooking the Thames estuary at Tankerton,sitting out in the very warm sunshine.With the tide out and visibility good,it was most enjoyable.The return leg again took them through Whitstable and around Faversham,then onto Ospringe,Painters Forstal and Newnham.However,the heavy clouds were gathering,and by the time they got back near Rodmersham and Borden,they had to take cover under trees with torrential rain.Carrying on through the puddles to the finish.A distance of 46 miles at 13.6 mph average.
Chris led the ride from East Malling with 15 starters including Les and Eddie on their electric bikes and two new riders from Ashford who had already tried a B+ ride. After going through the Research Station we joined Kiln Barn Road and then into The Heath before climbing to Offham via West Malling. Not long after Offham Eddie got a puncture on his bike and decided to return. Crossing 7 mile line, the road past Comp had just been resurfaced so care was needed on the loose topping, but no problems. Instead of our usual route down Long Mill Lane Chris kept on the ridge to go down Gover Hill, then Matthews Lane to a short run on the A26 before heading through East Peckham. Along the cycle way beside the A228 seemed the safest way to get to the road into Paddock Wood for the coffee stop. Beautiful sunshine so we all sat outside for the efficiently served good food. The return was via Queen Street and Laddingford to Yalding, then up Kenward and Hunt Street to join the East Farleigh Road and over Teston Bridge. The long climb up Teston Hill spread out the peloton before regrouping at the North Pole pub and back to East Malling via The Heath and Stickens Lane. Total of 32 miles at 12.6 mph average.