A New ‘Intermediate’ B Riding Group

Important Changes to B+ and B rides

For some time there has been concern expressed at the size of these respective groups. The issues are that at times the groups are too large (causing problem with other traffic) and that the range of ability within each group is too great (causing riders to have difficulty staying with the group or that the speed is too low).

Having considered the options the committee have decided to introduce an additional B group for a trial period beginning in January. The new group will provisionally be known as the Intermediate B (BI) and in terms of speed and distance sit between the existing B+ and B groups. The destination points for the BI and B groups will remain the same during the trial period. The BI group will be co-ordinated by Mike Wakefield.

Riders who currently feel that the current B pace is too slow or the B+ pace too quick should consider giving the new group a try as it may suit them and also deal with the issue of overly large groups.

The intention is for the trial to be monitored for 3 months. If it is successful consideration will be given to making it a permanent fixture and for the whole issue of group designations to be reviewed.

It is important for the club to have sufficient groups to cover the range of abilities we have but equally it is members need to recognise their abilities on a week by week basis and ride with an appropriate group.

Should you have any comments on the matter during the trial period please forward them to Paul Godfrey the Runs Co-ordinator.

First Aid: Wed 29th Nov

Wed 29th November at 7pm

The venue for the session is The Cricket Pavilion, High Street, Wrotham, TN15 7AH,  with a prompt 7.30pm start (the hall will be open from 7pm).

The session will include cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) & using automated external defibrillation (AED) plus emergency first aid.

Please can you let Heather know if you would like to attend, ideally by 18th November, as she needs to let the trainers know the numbers.

There is no charge for this event – it is for the benefit of yourself and your fellow riders.

For Map see here

Club Clothing for Sale

Paul Dean will be placing our Winter 2017 club kit order with Gear Club Ltd in early December. The deadline for orders is Wednesday 6 December. Prices remain unchanged from previous orders and the kit is available in our usual multi-coloured design and in the alternative red/yellow design. For this order, the option of long sleeve jerseys in summer material has been added to expand the range of jerseys available to members. If you wish to place an order, please print off an Order Form and return by the deadline to Paul Dean together with a cheque for the correct amount made payable to Meridian Cycling Club.

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Original Multi-Coloured

Red / Yellow

You can either post the order to Paul or hand it to him at a Wednesday start. Both Mens and Womens sizes are available and please note the Sizing Chart before ordering, as we are unable to accept returns due to sizing issues. If you wish to check for sizes, quite a few members have the kit and you can try for size before you order.

There is a once only £10 subsidy for the first item of kit ordered by a member, which is not applicable for gloves or if you have already received the subsidy in a previous order. It is hoped the new kit will be delivered by mid to late January 2018.
We also hold a small stock of club kit for sale to members, as listed in the table below.

Paul’s contact details are:
Paul Dean
12 Oakmead Avenue
Bromley, Kent
Home phone: 020 8462 0392



Sizing Chart 2017

Kit Order Form

Current Stock Table

Paul’s Page

Christmas Dinner – Wed 13th Dec

Bookings now being taken

The 2017 Meridian Christmas Dinner will be at midday on 13th December at the Darenth Valley Shoreham Golf Club in Shoreham. There will be a three course meal; musical entertainment will be provided.

The cost is £22.00 for club members and £27.00 for non-members , guests are most welcome.

Bookings are now being taken; the deadline for bookings and payment is Monday 27th November.


Please see the menu for further details

West Kent CtC Barn Dance

There will be no Meridian Barn Dance this year, instead we are invited to attend the dance being organised by West Kent CtC. Details are as follows

  • Pratts Bottom Village Hall. Fri 17th Nov . 7.30 for 7.45
  • Tickets £8 – contact Peter Woods
  • Live Band: Skinners Rats
  • Bring your own drinks, glass and nibbles.

Shoreham Evening Walk

 Fri 14th July: Shoreham Evening Walk

There will be an evening walk around Shoreham on Friday 14th July. Meet in The Crown public house car park at 5.30 for a prompt start. The walk will be about 4/5 miles in length and we can have refreshments in the pub afterwards.
Please let me know if you are coming via the Blog or by e-mailing me on birkins78@gmail.com

Rouen: 2018

Important Information


The Club is planning a trip to France (Rouen) from 10th June to 15th June 2018. This is slightly longer than usual to accommodate the longer ferry trip.

If you are interested:-  Click here



There has been a good response to this trip and I am sure everything will be fine. Unfortunately the ferry company will not confirm availability until their new timetables come out mid December. I do not think there will be any problem, but if you want to book the hotels early make sure you get a booking that can be cancelled or wait until the ferry company (DFDS) confirm our crossing. I will let everybody know as soon as I can.



The ferry will be leaving Newhaven at 09:00 Monday 11th June. (To be confirmed when new timetables come out) We will need to meet in the dock at 07:30 to be sure of sorting everything out.

I do not think it will be possible to arrive on time if you get a train on the Monday morning especially as the trains to Newhaven require a change somewhere. There is a Premier Inn at Newhaven and I suggest we all stay there for the night before.

The ferry will be arriving in Dieppe at 14:00.  It is just over 40 miles from Dieppe to Rouen, and fairly flat, so it is quite doable by all riders.

If anybody does not feel up to the ride there is an excellent train service from Dieppe to Rouen (about 12 Euros) every half hour.


The return ferry leaves Dieppe on Friday 15th June at 12:30 (check in closes at 10:15) and arrives in Newhaven at 15:30. (To be confirmed when new timetables come out).

We will need to spend the Thursday night in Dieppe in order to catch this ferry.

This means you will be able to get a train home at a sensible time or if you are feeling fit you could cycle home.

The ride from Newhaven to Sevenoaks is only about 45 miles so quite reasonable.


There are many hotels in Rouen. I recommend the

IBIS at Rouen Centre Rive Gauche Saint Sever Hotel link to website

Also there is Ibis budget Rouen Centre Rive Gauche nearby link to website

As in previous years you will be responsible for booking your own hotel accommodation and organising any sharing you may wish to do. There is a system on the web site for notifying who you intend to share with to help those looking for sharing partners. Click here

Hotels Dieppe

There are several suitable hotels in Dieppe all fairly close together:-

ibis Dieppe Val Druel Hotel   link to website  

Hotel F1   link to website

Balladins  link to website

B&B Hotel DIEPPE  link to website

Sun 10th June: B Ride to Newhaven

Sun 10th June: A  ride to Newhaven

Group Rides and Leaders
Routes and leaders are subject to update/amendment as we approach our date of departure!!

Ride from Dieppe to Rouen (40 miles suitable for all groups)  ride

A Group

57 mile ride using bridge and 4 ferries Max. climb 15%!!!  ride
76 miles mostly flat ride
70 miles a bit challenging  ride

B+ Group

B Group

C Group

Ride Ideas around Rouen
Ideas for consideration


Members attending the ride.   Click here

Contact Barry at  reply  to this mail  ID=1

Two documents supplied by the ferry company for information.
DOV-GD-032 Cyclist Group Leader Safety Instructions – Rev004
Bicycle Leaflet



Dartford Crossing by Bike

In recent months the procedure relating to cyclists wishing to use the Dartford Crossing has changed, the current procedure is shown below.

Cyclists are prohibited from using the A282 Dartford – Thurrock River Crossing, however there is a free-of-charge service to cyclists who wish to cross the river between Essex and Kent.

This service is available 7 days a week at specified times only.

These are
3am – 9am
10.30 – 2pm
3pm – 9pm
10.30 – 2am

This is a Free of Charge service to cyclists who wish to cross the QEII Bridge or use the Dartford Tunnel to travel between Kent and Essex.

Please report to the Essex Point (accessed via the dedicated cycleway adjacent to the M25/A282 clockwise Junction 31 entry slip road), or to
Kent Point (accessed from Crossing Offices roundabout, south orbital road DA1 5PR)

On arriving at either of these points use the yellow phone to request a pick-up. A suitably equipped vehicle will arrive to transport you, and your cycle, through the crossing.

Computer Aided Route Planning

Tues 28th Mar

The intention is to provide worked examples of route creation using some of the different route creation software packages. Whether a created route is transferred to a device, printed as a map or a turn sheet – the principles of route creation are the same.

What we also intend to do is show how routes can be shared between individuals and how to transfer routes to and from a device.

Heather Sim’s son Simon has been approached and agreed that we can use the facilities at Grange Park School, Borough Green Rd, Wrotham, Sevenoaks TN15 7RD. The school has Wifi and so you can bring laptops or other devices in order to work through demonstrations.

The event on Tuesday 28 March starting at 5 pm. Tea Coffee and biscuits will be available courtesy of Heather and Cathy

A charge of £2 will include refreshments and enable us to purchase something for the staff as a way of thanks for the use of the facilities.

The session will end at 7pm anyone wishing to retire for further discussion at the local hostelry will be welcome.

If you have any issues with route creation or file sharing do come along. If you haven’t already given your name to me (eMail ref No 125) or Ken Dean (No 2) let us know.

5pm 28th March
Grange Park School, Borough Green Rd, Wrotham, Sevenoaks TN15 7RD

1. Introduction Paul/Ken
2. Router Planning using Basecamp Malcolm McIntyre
3. Route Planning using Ridewith GPS
and Garmin Connect
GPX or Tcx – what’s the difference?
4. Route Planning using BikeHike
Saving & sharing files
Paul Godfrey