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  1. Paul Godfrey

    All B riders. The Botley Hill Farmhouse is not able to cater for us on Wednesday. I have made a booking at The White Bear, Fickleshole as a nearby alternative.

  2. ronald castle

    A1 ride Wednesday 14th November Lullingstone to Aylesford.
    Nine riders joined me on the ride to the Chequers pub. We went via Eynsford, Knatts Valley, up Tinker Pot to the A20 then Fairseat, Vigo, Birling Hill to Snodland and across the Medway Bridge to Peters Village. The pub is under new management and although the food was good the wait was far too long. Joining me were Chris Simms, Ray Hardinge, Dave Binks, Steve Birkin, David Kieth, John Ball, Roland Courtney, Barry Barlow and Mick Cleary.

  3. Peter Hawker

    The assisted ‘C’s (Derek Hunter and your correspondent) took the direct route to Stansted and were comfortably established in the bar of the Black Horse well before the ‘B1’s and 2’s’ arrived. A lovely day – we enjoy them when we can.

  4. Pete Pembery

    10 A2 riders left Lullistone on route to The Tallly Ho, we rode via Shoreham, Chipstead, Pilgrims way,up Clerks lane, and then to Tatsfield and headed to Hawly Corner ,Jail Lane, then back through the lanes to Hawly, Greys lane top of Hoggstrough and wound our way to the pub, with me Ken, Bob, Nick, Steve, Ray, Tony, John, Paul, Pete Jones, who done a great job as back marker .

  5. Paul Godfrey

    B2 ride from Lullingstone, following my delayed arrival and failure to have the route on the Garmin I was ably assisted by Dave Collier and others in devising a very nice route on the fly to Stansted. Joining me were Dave, Mike Yeo, Paul Hills, Di, Peter Scott, Brian Weekes. Emrys, Rosemary and Cliff Bell who left us at Farningham. We were overtaken by the B1’s but just managed to get to the pub before them. Thanks to all for the company on a very nice ride.

  6. Heather Sim

    On a lovely sunny day for November the B1 ride left Lullingstone Visitors Centre making for the Black Horse at Stanstead we travelled via Swanley Village, South Darenth, Southfleet and Hartley Bottom. I was fortunate to be accompanied by Paul Dean, Mike Wakefield, John Broadfoot, Chris Barnett, Clive Adams, John Rowlings, Dave Morgan, Chris Brett, Richard Bull, Martin Pickett and thank you to our excellent back marker Dave Parker.

  7. Heather Sim

    Christmas Lunch
    Thank you to all those who have placed their order and paid Chris Simms. If you have not booked and would like to join us, please book on line by midnight tonight (Monday).

    If you hope to attend but are unable to commit at this stage, please email me on; heather.sim85@gmail.com, with your name, number of people and date by which you will be able to finalise the booking with payment. The restaurant have been very helpful and I am happy to ask them if we could have a few probables, who are not yet definite!

    Thank you

  8. Chris Simms

    Saturday 10th November. I was joined by Dave Binks, Bob Craig, Peter Woods and new member Richard Bush for a leisurely ride to the Man of Kent for lunch. We tackled Toys Hill then cut across to Ide Hill before dropping down Bayleys and making our way via Weald and Hildenborough to East Peckham. Dry, sunny and mild – what more can you ask for in November.

  9. Danny Gazzi

    Just a note to record that there wasn’t really an A2 ride on 7th Nov, although I had been down to lead one. Apart from me, only Tony Beaumont turned up, so we tagged onto the 3 Prems for about 11 miles before peeling off to have lunch at the Lamb Inn 9 miles later, before the AGM.

  10. Ray Hardinge

    GARAGE CLEAR OUT!
    All sorts of MTB and Road bits and pieces going to the first member who comes round and picks them up.
    Interested?
    Come round to 1, Valley Drive, Sevenoaks, TN13 1EG (2 mins from the town centre) this weekend and have a look.
    Ray.

  11. Barry Barlow

    Wednesday 7th November. On a very inauspicious day (I only got slightly damp on the way to the Olympic) 5 As set off for our pre AGM ride. After Well Hill we made a tour of Sevenoaks ending up at the fabulous thatched house in Godden Green. We travelled home on the well ridden route through Kemsing. It remained dry the whole time except for the last 3miles where it was clear it was going to pour. At this point I have to admit I put on a burst of speed and left my flock behind. It did mean that I managed to return to the Olympic before the rains really started. Five minutes later the heavens opened. Riding with me were Bob Craig who left early for grandparent duties the rest of the stragglers were Chris Simms, Ron Castle and David Binks.

  12. Peter Woods

    2B or not 2B? The answer is yes: 2 B1s, Dave Parker and I were the only riders at the start. Others had found out I was leading and stayed away – or was it the weather conditions? We did not have any rain all day, except for a little on the way home, which encouraged me to clean two bikes with my cup of tea. Strange to use tea?!
    Our short route, in order to have an early lunch before our AGM, was via Farningham, Horton Kirby, Darenth, Hextable, Swanley Village plus a loop back to the Olympic.
    My thanks to all committee members, who give their time and energy to ensure we have a vibrant and efficiently organised Club.

  13. Paul Hills

    B2 ride Weds 7th Nov – The weather obviously scared people off. I arrived at the Olympic just after 10, to find only 3 other bikes parked up. In the end we mustered a group of five, me, Di Outram, Paul McAteer, Brian Weekes and Chris Brett. The ride took in Dartford FC, Bluewater, (a thrill for Di, honestly), Greenhithe, a loop of Ingress to get in our view of The Thames. Then back over the M25 near the tunnels, on the Fastrack Bus Route. Through Central Park in Dartford, and another expanding industrial estate at Hawley, before heading back to the Olympic. Now for a list of apologies. I had given my AGM apologies to Paul Dean prior to the ride. I apologise for my timing which meant a late arrival for the B2`s back at the Olympic. I apologise for some of the road works traffic making life difficult. Finally, I apologise for the heavy shower in the last mile, having defied the forecast and enjoyed nice weather up to that point.

  14. Bob Craig

    A1 ride Sat 3 Nov.
    3 of us left Polhill to Kemsing via Lullingstone, Eynsford, South Darenth up School Lane and down Scudders up through West Kingsdown and down through Heaverham to Kemsing. I was joined by Roland Courtney and Dave Binks. Roland and I were not able to stop for lunch so we all made our way straight home.

  15. Ray Hardinge

    MEMBER’S PHOTOS
    Our 2018 Member’s Photo Gallery is still missing a few photos. If yours is missing (i.e. has an “Awaiting Photo” notice) and you’d like to have your photo inserted, please either see me (I ride with the A1’s) or Ken Dean and we will take one for you, or you can send me one of your own using the Gallery > Photo Upload facility on the web site.
    Or, if you’d just like to replace your existing photo with a more recent/impressive photo, I’ll be very happy to update it too.
    Ray.

  16. Daniel Eagles

    A belated report for Wednesday 31st October, Rushmore Hill to The Barley Mow at Tandridge,
    Eight Prems left Coolings on a bright but chilly day, our route took in, Badgers Mount, Polhill, Otford, IDE Hill, Hever, Marsh Green, Haxted Mill. to the Barley Mow at Tandridge, 31miles, although it was a steady ride some of the prems found it hard to adjust to my pace so I had to slow down?
    The pub was very accommodating and the food was very good.
    The riders were, Richard Bingham, Peter Gray, Paul Geradine,Keith Cooper, John Baker,Dave Hickey,Colin Kane and myself.

  17. Ken Dean Post author

    Squerryes Estate & Winery

    I suspect most of our members have ridden along the Pilgrims Way and noticed, on the outskirts of Westerham, a field of vines adjacent to the road; I’ve found out what it is!
    This morning, reluctantly, I was shopping in the supermarket with Jane in Sevenoaks and, to pass the time, wandered over the wine and beer section where I was met by two very pleasant young ladies who invited me to taste some sparkling wine. The whole experience was very pleasant and entertaining.
    They were representing Squerrryes Estate and Winery from Westerham and the wine was from the above mentioned field(s). The website is at
    https://www.squerryes.co.uk/

    Just thought somebody may be interested.

  18. Paul Hills

    B2 ride Weds 7th from The Olympic will be the “Paul`s Not Pretty AGM Ride”. Generally flat route will take in Dartford FC, Bluewater, Greenhithe, Dartford Bridge Estate, Central Park. It is 17 miles, but if we have time could become 18.5 to take in Ingress Abbey. Plan to set out 10.45 if possible so we can enjoy the smells, cranes, fly tipping and other rubble. Paul

  19. David Parker

    B1 ride to Humphrey Bean in Tonbridge. 7 of us set out from Coolings, with me were Peter Woods, Heather and Trevor Sims, Paul Mc Ateer, David Morgan and Chris Brading, we were joined by John Thompson on route. The route was via Knockholt, Otford, Kemsing, Stone Street,and Plaxtol. Thanks to John for showing me a route into Tonbridge avoiding the A26, and thanks to Trevor for being back marker. We had an enjoyable lunch sitting in the sun today.

  20. Steve Birkin

    9 A1s rode to the Man of Kent at East Peckham. The 26 mile route went via Eynsford, Knatts Valley, Heaverham, Plaxtol and Hadlow. The pub was friendly as usual and broke all records in serving us good food at a reasonable price.
    The 9 were, me, Alicia, Tony, Barry, Chris, Ron, David, Malcolm and Mike.

  21. Steve Birkin

    I’m sure the Club would join me in giving our best wishes for a speedy recovery to David Sims who is in hospital in London and also to Annabel who is unwell.

  22. Linda Kemp

    Twelve riders set off with the B2 Group in glorious sunshine from Coolings to Tonbridge via the Haysden Country Park. They were: Ken, Di, Emrys, Bernie, Chris Barnett, Paul Hills, Brian Weeks, Eric O’Connor, “West Kent CTC” Bob, Cliff Bell, Dave Collier and myself. Bob, Cliff and Dave peeled off at various points enroute. Thank you for your company all, especially to Eric who was our back-stop.

    How many more lovely sunny Wednesdays can we expect, I wonder?!
    Linda

    • Bob Hazell

      Hi Linda – there must be at least two Bob’s who ride with both Merid and West Kent CTC. Just so there’s no confusion with the Merid records I wasn’t out on the ride today and I’m unlikely to be out again till Spring. Meantime I hope you get many more sunny Wednesdays. All the best

  23. Roland Courtney

    A1 riders for tomorrow – I am leading and have worked out a route but there is a small chance I might be indisposed due to a bug. Just in case, here is the route (38km). Rushmore Hill – Halstead – Polhill roundabout – Eynsford – up Bower Lane – Romney Street – down Cotmans Ash – Kemsing Station – Watery Lane – Pillar Box Lane – Ivy Hatch – Plaxtol – Hadlow – East Peckham. Hope to see you tomorrow. Roland.

  24. Bob Hazell

    In case it’s helpful to anyone I’ve just travelled on Cross Country trains (due to engineering work on my usual Chiltern Trains service). The train only had space for one bike which had to be hung by the front wheel. All fairly normal on UK trains sadly. However the carriage design was such that I couldn’t get my 26 x 1.9 mountain bike tyre onto the hook. There wasn’t enough space twixt hook and ceiling. Consequently I spent the journey with the bike blocking the corridor inconveniencing me and other passengers. Seems Cross Country trains don’t want bikes (plural) and certainly don’t want even one mountain bike, unless maybe you’re willing to deflate your tyre. Let the passenger beware!

    • Danny Gazzi

      Bob, Amazing design! It must rule out most bikes from being able to use it. It would be worth bringing this to the attention of CTC, as well as Cross Country trains management.

      • Bob Hazell

        Hi Danny. No to be fair to Cross Country trains there’s enough room between the hook and the train ceiling to get road bike tires or even most touring/hybrid tires onto the hook. It’s MTB tires (like my 26 x 1.9 inch tires) or the big tires on modern gravel bikes and similar that wouldn’t fit. It’s daft though cos they’d only have had to lower the hook an inch or two for them to accommodate pretty much any bike, even absurdly huge Fat Bikes. There was plenty of room below the bike for the designers to have done so. That said in my opinion any train operator that makes you hang bikes by the front wheel doesn’t really care much about cyclists. I’ve seen elderly people struggling to hoist their bikes up onto hooks, tourers having to unload a mountain of panniers to do so, and even a bike fall cos the front wheel came out of the drop out as the train swayed about. An integrated and sustainable transport system, hmm?! All the best.

  25. Chris Simms

    Saturday 27th October. Seven of us at Lullingstone on a bitterly cold, but dry and sunny, day. We rode via Back Lane, Ide Hill, Yorks Hill, Bough Beech and Marlpit Hill before arriving at the Crown in Old Oxted. It wasn’t a lot warmer inside despite a small open fire. However, a good lunch at a reasonable price – no surcharges!
    Those who made it to the pub were myself, Steve Birkin, Bob Craig, Dave Binks and Danny Eagles with Ray Hardinge and Peter Woods accompanying us for part of the way.

  26. ronald castle

    A1 Wednesday 24th October ride Dunton Green to Biggin Hill.
    A record number of 14 joined me on the ride to The Jail Pub via Shoreham, Enysford, Crockenhill, Halstead, Knockholt then down Hogtrough onto the Pilgrims Way and up Rectory Lane to Hawleys Corner and onto the Jail. Riders were Ray Hardinge, Chris Simms, Mike Cleary, Steve Birkin, Richard Jones, David Keith, Bob Craig, Clive Adams, John Ball, Roland Courtney, Malcom Mcintyre, Dave Binks, Rosemary Gray and a female guest, sorry I don’t know her name.

  27. David Sims

    A2 Wednesday 24th October ride report. Billed as the last long ride of the summer turned out to be a little too long, Steve Daniels disappeared into the ether, Danny Gazzi bailed out at Wouldham the rest made it too the Chequers at Aylesford. Which is now under new management and has improved beyond recognition, Food was good even though the baguette menu was limited. Friendly staff . Route Knats valley, Donkey lane, Brands Hatch, Longfield, Souhfleet, Cyclopark Park, Cycle route to Strood, Rochester , Shorts Way, Borstall , Wouldham, Eccles Aylseford The stalwarts were Peter Boden, Tony Beaumont, Ray J, Bob Stock, Ken Strange, Paul McDonnell, Nick Le Yeung. Short rides and short days from now on. Roll on the Spring

  28. Peter Hawker

    That’s me – head up, arse down, compared to performance cyclists, heads down, arses up. More comfortable I’ve found.
    But with regard to speed limits for pedelecs under power, I believe it’s 17mph. Academic though – I’ve seen no prosecutions for violations. Or for non-pedelecs which wiz around with legs inert. As you say, the police have better(?) things to do.

    • David Sims

      15.5 mph 250 watts output is the legal limit in Uk. If you ride a de restricted e bike and you are involved in an accident then the police will check your bike, and that means no third party insurance and possible prosecution.
      Bikes without pedallec or independant throttle are legal in the UK if purchased before 2016. A pedallec bike is where the electric motor assists only when you are pedalling. Slightly different in rest of EU, Bike must be pedallec and independant throttle allowed but must be restricted to 3.7 mph, which is used when walking the bike, as you know they can be extremely heavy

  29. Gary Whelan

    B1 ride – 24th October 2018

    Lucky with the lingering summer – wonderful weather and temperature for our ride from Dunton Green to Benover. A close thing, mind, because the forecast for later this week and beyond is more like “normal”……
    Anyway, we rode through Otford, St. Clere, Ightham, Crouch, past the Grey Ladies Oast then keeping left up towards West Peckham, down to the A26, East Peckham, Yalding, and Benover.
    No punctures, arrived at 12.59 (apparently) and had a fine old time….
    The Woolpack, incidentally, made a real effort, had a table ready for us, served our lunches quickly, and, in my opinion, is a spot we should visit more often.
    “We” were John Thompson, Peter Woods, David Morgan, Martin Pickett, Paul McAteer, Chris Brading, Paul Dean, David Parker, and me.
    Gary.

  30. Steve Birkin

    This is to warn any group intending to go to the Old Jail at Biggin Hill – they are now imposing a surcharge of £1.00 per head on tables of more than 6 people!!
    Wonder why so many pubs are closing.

  31. Paul Godfrey

    B2 ride – starting out from Dunton Green were, Bernie and Emrys, Chris Barnett, Heather, Cathy, Brian Weekes, Bob Hazell, Paul Hills, Linda Kemp and myself. Paul Hills left us at Otford where we were joined by Eric O’Connor, Cathy left us at Seal and Bernie left at Stone Street, the remainder having a very pleasant ride to East Peckham. Thanks for the company no punctures this time.

  32. Steve Birkin

    On Sunday 4th November, Shoreham residents will be organising some events to raise money for the victims of the recent earthquake in Indonesia and the ongoing famine in Yemen. These will include a walk, starting at 9.30 and a 20 mile ride, led by me, which will start at 9.00. Both the walk and the ride will start from the village hall and finish with a Brunch in the hall at about 11.00/11.30. If you would like to ride, just turn up with your £5.00 entry fee – the pace will be easy.

  33. Bob Craig

    Belated A1 ride report for Sat 20th Oct . Hawley Rd garden centre to The Black Horse at Stansted via South Darenth, Knatts Valley, Kemsing back along Pilgrims Way and up Terry’s Lodge, Ash and a slight shortening of the route due to a puncture stop. The participants were Ron Castle, Danny Eagles, Chris Simms, Dave Binks and Ray Hardinge part way. I couldn’t stop for lunch but have been told all was OK.

  34. David Sims

    Happy to lead the A2 group on Wednesday, slightly slower pace than of late, end of season no more targets to achieve and it’s the last ride before the shorter days and shorter rides, so lots of sunshine to enjoy

  35. Bob Hazell

    Thanks for a very enjoyable & sociable ride Derek despite the drizzle. I was grateful to you & Peter for not turning your electrics up too high so I didn’t arrive at lunch in a pool of sweat! In fact we went at almost exactly the normal B pace – not that pace should matter too much in a social riding club of course! A fab day against all the (damp) odds

  36. Derek Hunter

    Derek Hunter
    Oct 19 2018 @11.32

    Hi everybody – the “C” group actually managed a ride this last Wed – all be it just 4 off to Platt – the easy route via Otford, Kemsing, Wrotham & Borough Green. Eric headed home after Kemsing – the 2-ebikes self & Peter plus Bob headed to the Blue Anchor for a pleasant lunch on a very pleasant day. I wonder how many more such days are left this year

  37. Steve Birkin

    11 (some inadequately clothed and still on summer bikes) started off en route to Lingfield. Very soon we were cursing the weather forecasters with their 10% chance of rain predictions. We lost Bob Craig – grandparent duties, Chris Simms – punctures and our guest rider before we got to Westerham. The 8 who made it to the Star at Lingfield were: Barry, Ray, two Davids, Rowland, Mike, Bob and me. The food was good and the staff friendly, but it rained again on the ride home.

  38. Paul Dean

    Wednesday 17th October B1 ride to the Greyhound, Hever. In damp conditions we headed down Sundridge Hill and up to Ide Hill then to Bayley’s Hill (quite a lot of Hills today!). The food at The Greyhound was the usual high standard and the service excellent and friendly. The B1’s were Ken Dean, Paul McAteer,Nick Leng-Smith, Peter Woods, Mike Wakefield, new member Tony Reeve, back marker John Thompson and myself.

  39. David Parker

    Wednesday 17th October, B2 ride to The Greyhound at Hever, route went via Brasted Hill up to Toys Hill, then down through Puddledock, Four Elms and Edenbridge to Hever. Service and food in the Greyhound was excellent, except that they had run out of soup. With me were Pete Ham, Paul Hills, Linda Kemp, Di Outram, John Ropkins, Rosemary Wakefield and our excellent back marker Paul Godfrey.

  40. Pete Pembery

    The plan for A2s was to go to Tonbridge, but as it was raining when we left Pole Hill, we decided on a shorter ride, and ended up with doing 23 miles to the Lookout Biggin Hill, via Shoreham, Crockenhill, Chelsfield,Knockholt, with me Roy M who left at Shoreham, Rosemary G, who left at St Mary Cray, Danny G, Steve D, Pete J.

  41. Tricia Hewlett

    Really nice to catch up with everyone this morning (apologies to others for not having time to personally chat) before you had to leave – hope you weren’t too wet by the time you got home!! It was nice & dry in the library!!

    Tx

  42. Rick Green

    Hi A2s. No leader for this week’s ride to Tonbridge, though I am sure you all know the/a way there. Also, a leader needed for Aylesford next week. Any volunteers?

  43. John Thompson

    We have just returned from a holiday in Menorca, while there I came across this cycling event Volta cicloturista internation each year, the next event is on the 19,20,21 October 2018.
    Are ther any members interested to this event for 2019.. There are routes103.5 km, and 59 km the road are billiard top smooth and very light traffic.
    Check out the web site volta@menorcacicloturista.com
    I am thinking of going next year.
    John Thompson

  44. Richard Bingham

    Wednesday 10th October: Prems ride to The Chequers, Laddingford. Glorious with shorts and short sleeves the order of the day. Quite a bit of climbing in the first hour what with Mussenden followed by the ups to Ash and Fairseat. No complaints though. A skittish descent of Vigo and then on through the Mallings and Yalding to the pub. Sat outside in the sun with usual great service and reasonably priced coffee. The riders enjoying a fabulous Wednesday were John Baker, Richard Bingham, Keith Cooper, Martin Gill and Dave Hickman

  45. Chris Simms

    Saturday 13th October, A Ride: Six of us met at Coolings for a ride which went via Brasted, Ide Hill, Hubbards, Hildenborough and Mereworth finishing at the Scared Crow in West Malling for lunch. Another fantastic summers day in October. Riders were Steve Birkin, Ron Castle, Dave Binks, Barry Barlow, Peter Woods and myself.

  46. Paul Godfrey

    B2 riders, we are in need of leaders for the next two weeks. I will probably be able to lead one but we do need people to step up and lead. If you can help let me know.

  47. Peter Hawker

    October 10th ride:
    The ‘C’s, Peter Foulsham (recovering from a complicated medical condition and riding well – he bought us all a pint to celebrate)
    , Peter Ham, Derek Hunter and your reporter (both electrified) rode to Stansted in glorious weather, claimed to be the warmest October day for seven years – provided just to sustain us during the coming winter. With lunch at the Black Horse, Stansted which was
    accompanied by enthusiastic chat on this, Mental Health Day. “Half an hours chat is worth umpteen tranquilisers” I always say. What do you always say?

  48. Peter Woods

    10 B1s: Rosemary and Mike Wakefield, Val, new rider John Ball, (welcome to our Club!), Martin Pickett, (a not so new member), Paul McAteer,(who was my ‘satnav’), Dave Parker, John Ropkins, Richard Bush,(one of my Tuesday night group, who will be joining our Club) and me.
    A glorious sunny day though we had to be careful on narrow downhill lanes with the dappled sunlight.
    One or two felt I was just looking for hills to climb as I led them up Bower Lane to Romney Street, down to Woodlands and up Tinker Pot Lane. We continued via Knockmill, via the top of Terry’s Lodge and down to Ightham. A climb led us to Basted where we continued to Crouch and Offham where 7 went straight to The George Inn, as they needed to arrive by 1pm. Paul and Richard continued with me on a short loop towards West Malling, up towards Ryarsh and along to lunch.
    I wanted to make to most of the good weather so Martin, Richard and I went back via Knatts Valley. Thank you all for your company and support!

  49. David Keith

    For today’s A1 ride to Mundy Bois I was joined by Dave B, Barry B, Ray H, Bob B and Chris S. On the way there we traveled via West Malling, Barming Heath, East Farley, Loose and Boughton Monchelsea. We returned via Headcorn, Marden, Laddingford and Plaxtol. On the way home Chris stopped to help a fellow cyclist with a puncture.

  50. Paul Godfrey

    B2 14 set off from Lullingstone, somewhat calamitous in that we had 3 punctures and deviated from the intended route to include a section on the A20 which was not particularly pleasant. Joining me were Paul Hills, Peter Scott, Eric O’Connor, Brian Weekes, Dave Collier, Ken Dean, John Broadfoot, Di Outram, Bob Hazell, Heather Sim, Chris Barnett, Mike Yeo who left us at West Kingsdown, Ken Mould who suffered a puncture early on and decided not to continue and Cliff Bell. Many thanks to all for the puncture assistance, can we have some more of this weather.
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/yhB7ArTJs57RnEjz9

  51. Chris Simms

    A Ride, Saturday 6th October. Only Dave Binks and myself at Polhill on a rather misty, murky morning. We decided to go somewhere a bit closer to home rather than the official destination of Penshurst so did a 25 mile route to the Blue Anchor at Platt. It was dry up until lunch but the forecast rain came a bit earlier than forecast and it was already peeing down as we left the pub.

  52. Ken Dean Post author

    Wed 3 Oct. B2 Ride along the new A21 Cycleway between Tonbridge and Pembury
    13 riders met at the pond cafe in Otford before heading for yet more coffee at Kelly Holmes’ cafe in Hildenborough. We skirted round Tonbridge before climbing onto the new cycleway, which was first class and well worth exploring.
    After lunch at the Black Horse in Pembury we returned via Capel, Tudely and Hadlow where we recharged our batteries before climbing through Plaxtol. A pleasant autumnal day with little or no wind.
    Riders were, apart from myself, Neil, Dave Collier, Dave Parker, Trevor Sims, Di, Rosemary W, Cathy, Eric O’Connor, John Broadfoot, Chris Barnet, Mike Howe and Paul Hills. A small number departed en route in order to return home for important engagements.

  53. Richard Bingham

    P Ride 3 Oct
    Five riders to the Plough Smallfield. Along the top through Tatsfield and Woldingham before the fabulous drop down to Caterham. I’d forgotten about the climb out but as usual the view was worth it before the descent to the A25 and Nutfield. The usual scamper on the flats down to Smallfield only to find the Plough’s kitchen was closed. Up the road to Horne golf club which is very cyclist friendly and we sat in the large bar area and enjoyed a good selection of very reasonably priced bar snacks and meals. Perhaps one for other groups to check out? Perhaps the most hotly contested challenge was the shortest shorts comp. Danny Eagles is usually nailed on for this with his Daniel Craigs but today Keith Cooper took the honours with a pair of what could almost have been Speedos! The riders joining me were John Baker, Keith Cooper, Danny Eagles and Martin Gill

  54. rosemary wakefield

    B1 Ride 3rd Oct.
    To Lingfield we went with lunch at The Red Rhum Cafe. English food prepared by Italians – good and wholesome and very good price- should go ther more often instead of Lingfield pubs. Peter W Paul Mac Chris B new member Richard ? and me as leader.
    Mike W

  55. David Sims

    A2 ride report, 3rd October 2018. Rosemary Gray, Paul Dean, Ken Strange, Bob Stock, Paul McDonnell,, Tony Beaumont, Danny Gazzi, Steve Daniels, Peter Jones. Ride to Markbeech, uneventful, hilly and pleasant, good service at the Pub continues. The conversation at lunch turned to Roadkill which made me think the club could have a competition throughout the year. The most roadkill spotted by the group on any ride during the year. Groups would have to be honest so photographic evidence would not be required. The prize would be a stuffed squirrel bought by the committee presented at the AGM . A2 today One deer, 4 Badgers, 10 squirrels. The competition would be called the Roadkill Trophy, and of course be included in the constitution

  56. Pete Ham

    Wed 3rd October B2 Ride.
    Brasted, Toys Hill, Four Elms then , after conferring, the group redirected to Edenbridge and the splendid Minstrel Cafe.
    Emrys Wilson, John Ropkins, Paul Godfrey, and guest Tony Ham (no relation).

  57. Heather Sim

    Saturday morning rides; Please can you help me with 2 issues?

    First please would the person responsible for putting the rides list framework on the site – put in our rides from this Saturday onwards – as they appear to have stopped last week!
    Second – PLEASE volunteer to lead these rides. If you have any questions about this please contact me.
    Best wishes
    Heather

  58. Cathy Sharman

    Dear B1 riders. I have decided to do the ride to TW.
    I am sure you will be able to sort a route. This is what I had planned to do
    From Coolings down Sundridge hill along the pligrims way then left down Breasted hill road, right along the A25 and left up to Toys hill.
    Right down Puddledock lane left at the bottom then right on the 269. Left after Crockham Grange, on to Swaymesland road , left on to Guildable lane. Right at the T junction over the railway line, left at the next junction back over the railway line then right and left, right at Haxted mill then left and follow the road through the school. Right on the B 2028 to Lingfield.
    In case I don’t see you again happy Christmas, happy new year and happy Easter
    Cathy

  59. Chris Simms

    A Ride, Saturday 30th September: Belated ride report. Five of us met at Lullingstone ( me, Bob Craig, Dave Binks, Danny Eagles and Ray Hardinge). We rode up through Farningham to Southfleet then back to Istead Rise, Meopham, Harvel, Vigo and Trosley before arriving at Dunks Green. Ray and Bob had turned for home during the ride so there were only three of us for lunch. The pub was quite busy, and the landlord was his usual happy self, but we were served quite quickly in the end.