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Stephen Hardy

posted this comment on November 25, 2021

Very good turn out on behalf of the A1s for a short ride (21 miles, blame me – dental appointment in the afternoon) from the Olympic to The Crown in Shoreham. Meant to be 8 on the ride with 2 (Tony Reeve and Rob Bunce ) meeting at the pub and Martin Gill not sure if he would make the ride or meet at the pub through injury. As it turned out Rob and Martin both joined the ride alongside, Barry Barlow, Ray Hardinge, Danny Eagles, Bob Craig, Martin Howe, Chris Simms and myself. After few miles I stopped to make sure everyone was still together to discover we had Peter Woods from the B1s with us. Apparently, he’d seen a group of Meridians on their grand depart from the Olympic and thought it was his group. Peter had no problems keeping with the group – benefit of an e-bike! I hope we made you welcome Peter and you enjoyed your ride? Our route headed north from the Olympic then turning East to Darenth where we turned South then West towards Horton Kirby, then South West to Farnigham, up to Crockenhill, towards old Chelsfield before heading South to Shoreham in time for an early lunch at 12:15, where Tony joined us making us 11 for lunch. Drinks and food were served quickly and good quality too. Mine costing £9 and I don’t think everyone else’s was that much more. An early lunch meant an early depart home, some choosing to do a few more miles, but my dental appointment beckoned, so I headed straight home and as I’d chosen The Crown with this in mind I only had to do 7 miles to get there.

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brian weekes

posted this comment on November 25, 2021

12 riders set out from the Olympic on Wednesday 24 November Dave Simms Mike Yeo Dave Collier Pauls Mcateer and Hills Jonn Ropkins Neville Hazell Roy Knight Heather Sim Di Outram and Cathy Sharman.Dave Mike Cathy and Di left us en route
We can no longer ride through the drive off Manor Lane Fawkham and the grounds of the now departed Fawkham Manor Hospital,the gates closed and no obvious exit at the other end,a once pleasant and quiet route.The Ship at Southfleet provided Food Drink and Warmth after a cool ride Brian Weekes

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ABradley

posted this comment on November 25, 2021

Seven Prems (Colin Kane, Richard Bingham, John Baker, Nick Burrell, Duncan Hodge, Andrew Bradley and guest Steve Seagrove) left Bessels Green in weather that could charitably be described as fresh and invigorating. The route took us south to Markbeech, then across to Lingfield and Newchapel, north to Outwood and Bletchingly before an eastward track to Brasted and lunch at the Stanhope Arms – a ride of 45 miles and approximately 3000 ft of climbing. The Stanhope Arms was a revelation to those members who remembered it (fondly?) for its inebriated barmaid and tardy service – quite a bit of money appears to have been spent on the very recent refurbishment to turn it into a light, airy pub with a welcoming landlord and landlady and a varied, well-priced menu. Definitely a pub to which we should return.

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Christopher H Brett

posted this comment on November 25, 2021

B1 Ride 24th November 2021
Only 5 stalwarts out today – Paul McDonnell, Bob Stock, Paul Smith, Trevor Sim and yours truly.
We had an interesting ride from The Olympic to Erith with the mapping on my Garmin route seemingly rebooting almost continuously but once on The Thames Path all was fine.
We got to the Greenwich Peninsular by crossing the River using the Greenwich foot tunnel, riding on to the Emirates cable car for the crossing. This was ridden at a pace averaging only 9.9mph so we had lunch at the Emirates Cafe on the Peninsular arriving at 12.50 having left the Olympic at 10.40. The food was served quite quickly and was amazingly cheap – a tea, small pasty and a brownie for £6.85!
We then made our way home along The Thames Path, turned in towards Greenwich, passing through Greenwich Park and crossing Blackheath, on to Eltham, Mottingham, Chislehurst and then we split for home.
A chilly but almost windless day.
Thanks for your company lads!

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Christopher H Brett

posted this comment on November 23, 2021

B1 ride 24Nov.
Due to leave The Olympic, Stanley at 10.30.
I still plan to do this as although tonight is forecast as cold no frost is forecast. Start could be delayed once we’re at Swanley.
Lights might be required as it’s cloudy.
Chris Brett

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Tony Reeve

posted this comment on November 22, 2021

Majorca 22

A little more info on pricing about the Majorca trip.
I booked my room at the hotel this morning, £341 half board.
Transfer from the airport €78 max 4 persons per cab.

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Tony Reeve

posted this comment on November 21, 2021

Majorca 22

After a long winter what could be better than cycling in Mediterranean sunshine?

I am planning a trip to Majorca May 8th – 14th 2022.This will give 5 full days cycling.

Accommodation: Hotel Exagon Park (4*)Ca’n Picafort. The hotel is situated next to a nature reserve and is close to the beach,restaurants and bars.At the moment 5 nights half board is approx £420.
Don’t want to travel with a bike ? There a lot of bike hire businesses on the island including some that will deliver hire bikes to the hotel.
If you are not familiar with Majorca , the island govt. has invested heavily in cycle infrastructure, there are many quiet roads and cycle routes. The centre of the island is flat. To the west and north are the mountains including the climbs of Sa Colobra and Puig Major if you want to test your legs.
Three of the A1 group are definitely going. Rides will include stops for coffee and lunch and run at touring pace. The idea is to enjoy the holiday not run a training camp (if you want to ride a faster pace that’s upto you)
I plan to arrange a mini bus transfer to/from the hotel.
Any takers?

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John Baker

posted this comment on November 18, 2021

A depleted group of just 4 Prems rode from Polhill on a glorious day. The 37 mile route took us via Edenbridge, Markbeech, Penshurst & Paddock Wood to The Chequers at Laddingford. The two main climbs were Toys Hill and Rogues Hill. Overall just shy of 4000 feet of climbing. Riding with me were Richard Bingham, Andrew Bradley and guest Steve Seagrove.

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David Parker

posted this comment on November 18, 2021

B2 ride to The Black Horse in Stansted.
Brilliant Autumn sunshine for our ride to Stansted with great views of amazing Autumn colours.
With me were Cathy Sharman, Linda Kemp, Di Outram, Heather Sim, Trevor Sim, Roy Knight, Neville Hazell, John Ropkins, Paul Godfrey, Neil Kerrison, Ken Dean and Brian Weekes. Many thanks to Paul and Ken for assisting with leading and navigation.

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Tricia Hewlett

posted this comment on November 18, 2021

Avec moi!
Trish

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John Thompson

posted this comment on November 17, 2021

B1 Ride to Benover and the Woolpack,
Wonderfully weather on a flat dry roads.
With me to day Peter Woods, Joe McClenagham, David Morgan, Paul Smith,
Mike and Rosemary met us at the Woolpack.
John Thompson

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Ray Hardinge

posted this comment on November 17, 2021

Some last minute shuffling of the leader (Steve H phoned in with a cold) and a brief, but very welcome, appearance of Dom, meant that I led the A1s (Barry B., Martin G., Danny E., Bob C., and Duncan H.) to The Old Bell at Oxted. A circuitous route in brilliant sunshine along the Pilgrims Way, with a brief stop for a puncture repair, then via the Ridge, down Chalk Pit Lane, and across Staffhurst Wood ending in Old Oxted, where we enjoyed a very tasty and reasonably priced lunch. Thanks to all for an enjoyable ride, and Steve, get well soon – in time to lead next week’s ride.

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Christopher H Brett

posted this comment on November 14, 2021

B1 Ride on Wed 24th Nov departing The Olympic, Swanley @ 10.30am.
The route is intended to take us to the O2 on the Greenwich Peninsular by travelling along the Thames south side paths and crossing the River using the Woolwich foot tunnel then along the Thames north side to the Cable Car where we can cross at high level to arrive on the Greenwich Peninsular and find a suitable lunch spot – plenty of choice.
The Cable Car crossing costs about £6.50 but with a London Freedom Pass you would get a discounted rate.
There are route options if the weather isn’t too good or riders don’t want to pay for the cable car.
My intended route back passes through Lewisham and Eltham using back routes as much as possible.
Rosemary W please put this on the Runs List

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Brian Wood

posted this comment on November 14, 2021

The cable car ride should be £4 one way. You can do it by contactless. One bike in a cabin. Don’t try weekends or when kids are on holiday. Good luck.

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Colin Kane

posted this comment on November 11, 2021

The Ship Inn at Southfleet was our destination today. An ambitious route of 45 miles that would require an ave speed of 18mph if we were to arrive at 1pm
The cycling gods had a different plan!
Checking my watch as we left LVC we were ten mins late.
A larger group than usual of eight. Even though some of our regulars were otherwise engaged.
We decided to break into two groups, Andy Bradley took his guest for the day Steve and new member Duncan while lead the field with wing man, Richard Bingham. In our group we had new members Steve Burns, Richard Green and Nick Burrel.
We turned off the Eynsford Rd to climb Bower Lane and Andy knew he was in trouble. The battery on his Di2 front mech was dying and he was not able to shift gear. His guest for the day Steve was having his own issues with a cleat not locking in, so they messaged to say they were returning home and released Duncan to bridge the already substantial gap between the two groups. Fortunately for Duncan, Nick had picked up a puncture on the Coteman’s Ash descent and he caught us while it was being repaired in Heaverham.
We were now seriously behind schedule. A reworking of the route to remove the Leigh loop saw us turning left at the bottom of Mote lane through Shipbourne and Dunks Green to our blue ribbon climb of the day, Long Mill Lane up to Crouch. A hotly contested village sign sprint for many years in the Prems. But there are new kids on the block!
Steve B and Steve G hit the hill hard from the start and although we reeled them back in a little as we neared the sign it was clear these new pretenders would have the victory.
On through the cobbled (new paving blocks) high street of West Malling to cross the A20 to Birling and our second feature climb. Birling/White Horse Lane. Reportedly the longest hill climb in Kent was made a little easier for me by a passing tractor with a hay waggon on the back. The overhanging hay almost sent Richard B into the hedgerow but I took the opportunity to hang on the back and get a tow to the top. I have to say I still didn’t break my own PB for this climb but I did arrive at the top feeling fresh, if a little embarrassed.
From there it was on through Harvel to pick up Longfield Lane to arrive at the pub at 1:05 with an ave speed of 16mph, not too shabby given the conditions.
I had arranged to meet some former Prems at the pub and we were pleased to see Tony Beaumont and Dave Simms (the founder of the Meridian CC, as he never fails to inform me) looking very relaxed having had an uneventful ride there.
Lots of stories were exchanged between the new and old members and a very enjoyable lunch was had by all.
Thanks to all for their company and commiserations to those unable to attend or DNF.

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on November 11, 2021

Time is Running OUT!

If you would like to join us for the Meridian Christmas Lunch please note the closing date is 26th November.

AND / OR

To join us for the trip to Dordrecht in Holland in July 2022 the closing date is 31st November; we only have a limited number of rooms, first come – first served.

If you would like to participate in these events please go to the Website and complete the linked forms.

Thank you

Heather

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Robert Stock

posted this comment on November 11, 2021

B1 ride from Lullingstone to The Duke of Wellington pub in Ryarsh.

Joining me were : Danny Gazzi, Paul McDonnell, Chris Brett, Malcolm McIntire, Trevor Sims, Paul Smyth, Nick Leng-Smith and Roy.

The pub was very pleasant and when we arrived there were a large number of people playing Boules in the garden.
We were easily accommodated on one large table in the sun lounge.

The food and service were very good and the beer was excellent.

Our route to Ryarsh took in Eynsford, the Knatts Valley Road, Wrotham, Trottiscliffe and finally to Ryarsh. The damp conditions caused us no problems.

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Christopher H Brett

posted this comment on November 14, 2021

Sadly for me my return wasn’t without mishap as I a slowish puncture shortly before I got to the A21 after travelling through Otford. I pumped it up and was on Polhill when a split up group of A1s passed me. I had to stop again opposite Polhill Garden Centre and do more pumping and once more before I turned right into Church Road (2 miles from home!) So I pumped again but this time I bent the valve pin so ended up having to change the tube as inflation was impossible. The conditions were damp and drizzly and the bike wheels very mucky. I did that successfully and had just finished and getting ready to ride again when another cyclist stopped to offer help so he got off lightly but he went on to asked me for directions – amazingly I was able to help. He had quite a strong American accent so I asked where he was from. Baltimore and he had only arrived at Heathrow earlier in the day, then travelled to London Bridge, picked up a hire bike and had a 53mile route planned. Quite impressive I thought. I didn’t ask him but noted he had very little luggage.

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on November 10, 2021

B2 ride from Lullingstone joining me on a mizzly morning were, David Parker, Dave Collier, Di, Heather, Cathy, John Ropkin, Linda Kemp, MikeHowe, Clive Adams, Peter Woods, Brian Weekes and Chris Barnett. Chris, Cathy, Di and Dave C left us on route to The George at Trottiscliffe. A pleasant and uneventful ride, thanks for the company.

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Martin Howe

posted this comment on November 10, 2021

A1 Wednesday Ride – Lullingstone to Ide Hill 10/11/2021 – Martin Howe
The club met at Lullingstone on an overcast dreary day. Promises of a fairly dry day (via the BBC) did not materialise. Anyway, the A1’s consisting of Chris Simms, Ray Hardinge, Danny Eagles, Barry Barlow, Stephen Hardy, Tony Reeve, Rob Bunce and myself set off riding through Shoreham, bottom of Polhill and onto the Pilgrims Way to Titsey Hill. Rob peeled off part way. We headed south through Limpsfield and then cruised through the lanes to Edenbridge. From there we rode to Hever and turned north climbing Ide Hill to the Cock Inn for lunch. Not a pub we have used before. Service and food was good although the choice of sandwich fillings was limited. No major incidents apart from the odd soggy bottom! We celebrated Barry’s birthday (thanks for the drink) and headed out for an even damper ride home.

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Richard Bingham

posted this comment on November 4, 2021

Ride Report: Prems Wed 3 Nov

An usual ride this week. Cycling Weekly carried an article saying Wiggle had announced that for one day only (3 Nov) it was opening a café in a rural part of Kent on an island in the middle of a Lake. The Adventure café would be open to cyclists, walkers and adventure travellers and would feature gourmet coffee and cake by a GBBO finalist and you pay with the miles travelled. We decided to check it out before heading up to the AGM. Five riders joined me for the 20 mile ride out from Seal to Boughton Monchelsea via Plaxtol, East Peckham and Yalding. It certainly was a bit of fun getting across to the island and back via kayak or boat in cleats. Pleased to report no mishaps and the reward was excellent free coffee, cake and Wiggle goody bag

The ride back was via Mereworth, up Gover and along Pilgrims. Riders out were: Andy Bradley, Colin Kane, Jonathan East and me together with guest riders Steve Burns and Richard Green

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Danny Gazzi

posted this comment on November 4, 2021

B1s Wed 3rd Nov
At last! An 11am start, which gave me time to have a coffee beforehand, for the first time since before covid. Much better.
During coffee, a few people came up to say they weren’t coming out with the group today.
So just 3 of us, Chris Brett, Peter Woods and myself, went through Eynsford, up Knatts Valley and Tinker Pot, past Brands Hatch, through Darenth, and back to Swanley in good time for the sandwiches.
Lovely sunny weather. A bit nippy, but an earlier start would have been worse, just like it would be during the rest of November.

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Tricia Hewlett

posted this comment on November 4, 2021

Short B2 ride on 2 Nov consisted of Ken Mould, Brian Weekes, Cathy, Heather and Trevor, Rosemary, Mike Yeo, Dave Collier, another whose name I’ve forgotten plus Neville (another potential new member from Petts Wood (yeh!)). Apologies for anyone else left off. Short ride which had to be cut short as I’d overestimated the mileage but saved a few more hills so can’t all be bad!

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on November 3, 2021

A1 ride Wednesday 3rd November
Nine riders set off from the Olympic at half ten in order to be back in plenty of time for the AGM. They were Chris Simms, Stephen Hardy, Danny Eagles, Ray Hardinge, Bob Craig, Martin Howe, Duncan Hodge, Martin Gill and I. Apart from a slight hiccup in the routing which meant we unnecessarily climbed Well Hill and losing a few members temporarily at the junction of Pilgrims Way, all arrived safely back in plenty of time.

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Huibert Heijna

posted this comment on November 1, 2021

Agnes and myself have made videos of our tandem cycling holiday in France, near Nancy in September. It may be of interest to other club members as the cycling there is great. We like dedicated smooth cycle paths without potholes, great views and not so much climbing. The area can be reached in one day from the Channel Tunnel. Our routes are along rivers (Mosel, Meurthe and Maas) and various canals.
Click Here to jump to the videos
Many thanks to Ken to perfectly organise the videos and gps routes.
Greetings Bert

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on November 1, 2021

A new feature has been added to the website – a series of videos catagorised as follows;

* Using ‘Ride With GPS’ and use of ‘Garmins’

* Club Holidays

* Members’ Videos

* Bike Maintenance

Some of these have been produced by club members, others are from external sources (mainly YouTube). Members are invited to submit further suitable content for publication.

The videos can be accessed by Clicking Here or by going to About US > Club Videos

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Danny Gazzi

posted this comment on October 31, 2021

In case anyone’s wondering whether Beechenlea Lane is now open north of the Olympic, I’ve checked it out and it is – the railway bridge has been repaired.

Just in case anyone was thinking of going that way either to or from the AGM this Wednesday.

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Martin Howe

posted this comment on October 29, 2021

Saturday ride 30 October.
Due to the adverse weather forecast, 🌧️the ride is cancelled.
Martin Howe

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Linda Kemp

posted this comment on October 29, 2021

Ride report: B2 Group: Polhill to Lingfield on Wednesday 27th October 2021

8 riders set off, they were: Ken Mould, Emrys Wilson, Paul Godfrey, David Parker, Mike Yeo, Trish Hewlett, Paul McAteer and myself. Ken left us soon after the garden centre, Emrys peeled off near Tatsfield and Paul G turned off at the top of Pains Hill.

The remaining riders carried on down Pains Hill, through Hurst Green, Broadham Green, Crowhurst and on to Lingfield where riders used both the benches around the pond and the Greyhound Pub. It was a fine dry day without any road closures or punctures. Thank you for your company and glad the ride was enjoyed by those who made it to Lingfield!

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Ray Hardinge

posted this comment on October 28, 2021

The A1s of Chris S., Danny E., Martin H., Martin G., Tony R., and myself were lead off from Polhill by Dom H. Soon after Knockholt, along Shelleys Lane, Dom had a spill in a mud patch and although he continued, in some discomfort, he headed for home at the start of Toys Hill. We continued through Four Elms and Hever to reach the Castle in Chiddingstone. It’s been a long time since our last visit there, but the food and service were to be recommended. We’ll be back. Dom reports today that, despite some scrapes and bruises, he’s fine with no serious damage to him (nor his bike).

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Richard Bingham

posted this comment on October 27, 2021

Ride report: Prems Wed 27 Oct

So many bikes up at Polhill this morning I struggled to find somewhere to park! Good to see so many members enticed by the very pleasant Autumnal conditions, if perhaps a little blustery. With only 3 riders for the 40 miler around Tunbridge Wells to Mark Beech, after a brief chat with Dom H, we decided to meet him and the A1’s for lunch at The Castle Inn at Chiddingstone. An attractive loop took us through Otford, Plaxtol, Matfield, Frant and Groombridge before a slightly amended finishing dash into Chiddy. First time at the Castle Inn for me and a lovely old place it is which combined with warm welcome, quick service and reasonable price means we will visit again. Sorry not to see Dom at lunch as apparently he had an “off” on the way to the pub. Best wishes Dom

Riders out were Nick Burrell, Duncan Hodge and me

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Linda Kemp

posted this comment on October 26, 2021

B2 ride on Wednesday 27th October.

Polhill to Lingfield Pond/The Greyhound Pub – 10.30 depart.
There may be a couple of road closures enroute, therefore we will use Polhill or Star Hill instead of Sundridge Hill. If there are problems later on, we may need to change the route again.
Looking forward to seeing you.

Linda

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on October 24, 2021

B1 LEADERS REQUIRED FOR THE FOLLOWING DATED

10th November Start Lullingstone
24th November Start Swanley
1st December Start Lullingstone
22rd December Start Lullingstone
29th December Start Polhill

Please let me know which date you can do

Many Thanks Rosemary Wakefield

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on October 22, 2021

B1 RIDE 22ND OCTOBER Headcorn Ashford
Having postponed this from Wednesday the ride was enjoyed by all ( Mike , Rosemary, Tricia and Nick.)
We found a friendly coffee venue in Cranbrook after a flat ride from Headcorn having left there a bit late due to problems on the railway – maybe due to it being in ownership of Boris & Co !.! The windmill was visited but it lacks sails compliments of K C C. At Rolvenden we stopped by the well restored windmill after this great views of the countryside en route to Tenterden after 25 miles where we had lunch in a cafe. Friendly, quick service and excellent food. 15 miles to Ashford on flat roads with a tail wind,Average speed overall 11.2 MPH. A ride to be repeated next year,
Mike Wakefield

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Michael Yeo

posted this comment on October 21, 2021

B2 ride 20th Oct, Swanley to Cricketers Meopham green , Despite the dire weather forecast was a fine sunny day , The route went via Highlands hill, Darenth hill, Holmesdale hill, Castle hill, Hartley hill (down) Idleigh hill , and Shipley hills road, some say it was too hilly ! ?
Nice food at the cricketers, those joining me . where Di Outram, Linda kemp, David Collier (left us at South Darenth) , Peter Woods and David Parker .

Michael Yeo

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on October 21, 2021

A1 ride Wednesday 20th October

Due to the bleak weather forecast, only five brave souls set out from the Olympic they were Ray Hardinge, Chris Simms, Duncan Hodge, Martin Howe, and me.
We had a beautiful ride down Knatts Valley in glorious sunshine. Eventually arriving at the Plough Basted, a pub I have not been to before. The service from the barman with a bit of a character was fun and no complaints. The pricing was a bit haphazard although we agreed it was about right for what we had. Probably go there again.
The rain more or less held off all day had we had a good if a bit windy ride.

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on October 20, 2021

Half a dozen B1s: Chris B, Paul M, Heather S, Cathy S, Danny G and Trevor braved the weather forecast and set forth to Kemsing. They were rewarded with an undulating route, sunny weather and a fine meal at The Bell during which the only shower occurred.

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on October 19, 2021

B1 RIDE TOMORROW WEDNESDAY 20TH OCTOBER

As the weather forecast is for a wet day the ride is postponed to thisFRIDAY 22ND.

Train times as previously advised

Forcast for Friday is good so hope to see many of you with us. for start at Headcorn 1015

Rosemary and Mike

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Peter Woods

posted this comment on October 21, 2021

Good morning Rosemary and Mike. Just to let you know that I will not be out tomorrow as I will not have enough energy! As you know I was out yesterday, playing TT today, cycling all day tomorrow and Sunday morning. Sorry, I must be getting old
🙄!

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on October 18, 2021

B1s Wednesday 20th October – Trevor is planning on leading a local B1 ride from Swanley Olympic to the Bell in Kemsing (Pub, seating for sandwiches on green near pub).

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on October 14, 2021

From Mathew Hawker

Dad has had a half hip replacement to his right side.
The operation went well. I have spoke to him and he is in good humor.
We can visit tomorrow and he will be starting his physio.

Kind regards

Matthew Hawker

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on October 14, 2021

Re: Peter Hawker
I have just spoken to Mathew, Peter Hawker’s son who has told me about the latest news on Peter. He has a fractures hip and is due to have an operation today. He has told the consultant all about his cycling exploits and I am sure they will give him all the care that is possible.
Mathew has said that he will keep me updated by email and I will post any updates on the blog.

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Malcolm McIntyre

posted this comment on October 14, 2021

Thanks for the update Barry.
Well done to those that looked after Peter yesterday.

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Paul Smith

posted this comment on October 13, 2021

B1 to Penhurst by Paul Smith
Members on the ride were
Rosemary and Mike Wakefield
John Thompson
Nick Long-Smith
Trish
Chris Brett
Paul Smith
We enjoyed a beautiful sunny day. The distance was lower than usual but maybe the climbs including IDE Hill gave us some exercise. John was flying with his new bike. As Trish got closer to the end of the ride she was flying. Everyone brought sandwiches so it was a bad day for the pub.

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Paul Geradine

posted this comment on October 13, 2021

13 October Prems ride to the Man of Kent, East Peckham: we were blessed with benign Autumn weather for our 34 mile route from Lullingstone to the Man of Kent. A slightly late start was compounded by a couple of stops to try to reason with the ride leader’s temperamental Garmin and these stops created a bit of grumbling in the ranks given the Prems usual commitment to fast and furious. Our route was via Farningham, Stansted, Trottiscliffe, W Malling (near where the aforesaid Garmin finally decided to behave), W Farleigh, Hunton Hill, Collier St and Yalding. We enjoyed a riverside lunch in the sun at the Man of Kent where we were joined by Andy Bradley on his first significant ride having been sidelined recently. The service was quick and friendly but some of the food a little indifferent. 10 miles or so back to Seal via Golden Green, Poult Wood, Shipbourne and Mote Road. RIders out; John Baker, Richard Bingham, Andy Bradley, Jon East, Paul Geradine, Dave Hickman and our guest/prospective member, Nick Burrell.

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on October 13, 2021

Due to the number of B2 riders at Lullingstone today we split into 2 groups with Linda Kemp volunteering to lead the second group. Unfortunately they had an incident on route resulting in an injury to Peter Hawker, Linda will be submitting a separate entry. Obviously things became somewhat chaotic after that with the ride being cut short and some folks heading home including Trevor Sim and Chris Barnett from my original group. Two groups headed to Kemsing including Heather, Paul McAteer, Joe McLenaghan, Emrys, David Morgan, Roy Knight, Brian Weekes, Ken Mould and myself. Many thanks must go to Cathy Sharman and Diana who transported Peter’s bike back to his house.

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Linda Kemp

posted this comment on October 13, 2021

The second half of the B2 group set off from Lullingstone VC. Riders were:
Cathy Sharman, Paul Hills, Ken Mould, Diana Outram, Cliff Bell, Sally Maxwell, Mike Yeo, Dave Collier, Peter Hawker, new member? (was not able to find out his name) and I lead the group as I managed to load the route on to my Garmin. Dave Morgan joined us at Eynsford.

Whilst riding along Knatts Valley, a group of three motorcyclists passed us. Unfortunately there was a collision between one of them and Peter Hawker who fell to the ground. Cliff Bell also fell, but soon rose to his feet. Peter, however, needed an ambulance, which took over an hour to arrive. The Police also attended. We kept Peter as warm as we could, aided by jackets, a foil blanket and very thick throw supplied by a nearby resident. The paramedics arrived and gave Peter a thorough check over. He was taken into the ambulance for further checks before being taken to Pembury Hospital. Eventually most of the group made their way home. Cathy fetched her van in order to transport Peter’s bike, which was being looked after by Diana and David.

Get better soon Peter, our thoughts are with you.
Linda

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on October 13, 2021

B1 RIDE 20TH OCTOBER-AWAY DAY – THE TWO WINDMILLS RIDE

This is the last opportunity for an away day ride this year passing the tower mill at Cranbrook and the post mill at Rolvenden.

The plan is to start the ride at Headcorn Station at 1015 and proceed to Frittenden and then to Cranbrook for coffee, onto Rolvenden and Tenterden for lunch – packed, cafe or pub. After refreshment we proceed to Bethersden , Victoria Park Ashforh and Ashford Station for homeward journey.
Train times are Orpington 0926 Sevenoaks 0943 Tonbridge 0952 and Headcorn 1014. Buy return ticket for Ashford but don`t forget to alight at Headcorn!! If you use car to Headcorn then you will need single for return from Ashford.
Anyone who wants free parking to travel from Sevenoaks may use our drive. If you have a Garmin please download route from runs list.
Look forward to seeing many riders.

Mike Wakefield

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Paul Dean

posted this comment on October 7, 2021

Mike

Sorry to hear about your close shave with a lorry yesterday. Hopefully, OBM’s lorries will be better behaved after your word with the company. If there are any further problems, HGV driving standards are regulated by The Driver&Vehicle Standards Agency (an agency of the Department of Transport) and they have a procedure for reporting HGV drivers and companies operating HGVs. It is always best to have a word with the company first as you did.

Paul Dean

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on October 7, 2021

CLOSE SHAVE WITH LORRY

On our return from the B1 ride yesterday Rosemary and I were approaching the Vine in Sevenoaks when Rosemary was overtaken by a lorry but when it was overtaking me it pulled over to avoid an oncoming car squeezing me into the gutter and with just 2 inches between my handle bar and the side of the lorry. It was no small lorry and it was brand new but I reconised it as owned by Otford Builders Merchants otherwise known as O B M .

Today, I paid a visit to O B M and had a talk with their Transport Manageress, who admitted they had just acquired a new lorry and it would have passed through Sevenoaks at the time the close shave took place. Apolagies were received and an undertaking was given the driver would be spoken to. I suggested all their drivers should be asked to give proper space to cyclists and this was accepted. I enquired whether all their drivers were holders of licences for heavy goods vehicles, as some time ago, another builders merchant in Sevenoaks had been employing two drivers who did not hold appropriate licences for heavy goods vehicles. I was assued O B M drivers had the right licences.

Sime time ago, the club sent a letter to B S P Skips about a similar event, and as far as I am aware no reply was received, but It is apparent to me notice was taken as B S P lorries usually give us a wide birth.

No vehicle operator wants the problems and cost of accidents, so if you are unhappy with the way vehicles are driven make your views known.

Mike Wakefield

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Daniel Eagles

posted this comment on October 7, 2021

Wednesday 6 th October, polhill to the Haymaker
Oxted, a sunny but windy day, the Haymaker pub
Is newish, the old pub is still there but with a large
Extension, nice place for lunch.
Joining me on this steady paced ride through some
great scenery were,Ray Harding, Barry Barlow,
Chris Simms, Steve Hardy, Bob Craig, Martin Gill
Dominic ?, Rob ? and myself.
A good day with a good lunch.

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joneast

posted this comment on October 7, 2021

Prems 6 Oct. As a recent joiner, this was my first time as Ride Leader. Starting from Polhill, we headed over Ide Hill through Hever, Cowden, and Forest Row to Groombridge where we had a brief stop to try our hand at sheep herding as we came across a flock that had escaped from their field. Having passed our audition for One Man and His Bike, we continued on through Speldhurst to lunch at the Fleur de Lis at Leigh. After lunch, on to Ivy Hatch and finishing at Seal to go our separate ways having done about 49 miles with 3,400ft of climbing.
On the ride were Richard Bingham, Colin Kane, John Baker, Paul Geradine, Dave Hickman and myself.

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Nicholas Leng-Smith

posted this comment on October 6, 2021

B1 ride on 6.10.21.
Starting at Polehill, the route was Halstead, Knockholt, Tatsfield, Limpsfield Chart, Pootings, Four Elms, How Green, Hever and Chiddingstone.
12 started: Mike and Rosemary Wakefield, Paul Dean, Chris Brett, Paul McDonnell, John Thompson, Danny Gazzi, Trevor Sim, Bob Stock, Paul Smith, Rick Green and me.
John decided to return home after a puncture and, a bit later, a leaking valve, and Trevor left for an appointment with 007. Five of the group stopped for lunch at The King Henry VIII at Hever (20 miles), which had been the original destination for the ride (changed because it was not possible to book). The remaining five carried on to Chiddingstone for lunch at the Tulip Tree Tea Room. In the event, it was probably just as well that 10 of us didn’t descend on the Tulip Tree, as it would have proved too much for them. Lunch in the partial sun, under the climbing vines, was very enjoyable. For future reference, the place is quite expensive.
Nick Leng-Smith

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on October 6, 2021

Nice to see numbers getting back to normal at Polhill today. B2 ride on a sunny day to the White Bear at Fickleshole leaving Polhill were, Diana, Cathy, Emrys, Linda, Ken Mould, Paul McAteer, Mike Yeo, Roy Knight, Dave Sims, Heather, Trish, John Ropkins, Peter Hawker and myself, some left along the route and we were joined by Sally. Food at the pub was evidently good all in all a good ride and great company. Apologies if I have missed any names and thanks to Emrys for leading the split group.

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emrys wilson

posted this comment on October 5, 2021

OK,got it. Thanks Paul

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emrys wilson

posted this comment on October 5, 2021

Paul – I cannot find the AGM papers under club documents, the only docs relate to insurance.

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Paul Dean

posted this comment on October 5, 2021

Hi Emrys
In Club Documents look to the side listing and you will see Documents 2021. The AGM papers are in there.
Paul

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Paul Dean

posted this comment on October 5, 2021

Dear Meridian Members

We will be holding our 2021 AGM at 14.00 hours on Wednesday 3 November 2021 at The Olympic, Swanley. This is our first opportunity since 2019 to discuss the affairs of the Club and there will be a number of important motions to be voted on. The AGM papers have been posted on the website. To access them go to the Home Page and then Log In. This gives you access to the Members Section, then follow About Us>Club Documents>Documents 2021>AGM Papers.

There will be a light buffet lunch before the AGM free of charge to members. For catering purposes could you let me know if you will attending the AGM. My contact details are email: pauljdean52@gmail.com or home phone: 020 8462 0392 (leave a message if no answer)

A number of positions on the Committee have reached the maximum of 5 years service. We need volunteers willing to stand for the positions of Club Treasurer (currently Chris Simms) and Club Secretary (currently Paul Dean). We also need volunteers with IT skills to help run and maintain the Club website (Contact Barry Barlow or Ken Dean for details).

I will also be circulating the AGM papers to members by email. Please contact me if you have any questions about the AGM.

The Committee looks forward to seeing you at the AGM.

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on October 1, 2021

From michael mcinally email: enquiries@fabcycleservices.com

We are a relatively new bike shop called FAB Cycle Services ltd, located in Farnborough village. We are looking to get a couple of cycling clubs interested in servicing and maintenance. We would love for your cycling club to pop in and see what we are about. We specialise in maintenance and repair work; we currently do not sell new bikes but can accommodate frame swaps or customising the specification of your bicycles i.e. frame swaps or group set swaps. If there is anything you need help with, please feel free to give us a call on 01689490922 or pop into the shop at 141 high street, Farnborough village, Kent, BR6 7AZ. We look forward to seeing and hearing from you, good luck with the rides and we hope you have a fab time on your cycling adventures ahead. Many thanks, mike.

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John Thompson

posted this comment on September 30, 2021

Ken, I have tried your suggested route to contact another member and computa no work

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on October 1, 2021

Now seems to be working OK

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on September 30, 2021

Want to Contact Other Club Members?

If you need contact details of another club member then use the ‘Search Icon’. This is a small magnifying glass icon in the top RH corner of the home page.

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Sally Maxwell

posted this comment on September 30, 2021

So I didn’t imagine it after all. I thought I recognised Rosemary cycling in Margate yesterday. I was cycling the Viking Coastal Trail with a friend, starting from Ramsgate. Unfortunately we had to abandon the ride in Margate due to the strong winds.

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John Thompson

posted this comment on September 30, 2021

The grab and Winkle was not reached due to late trains, hanging around on stations, route not very clear.
we did achieve 28 miles to Margate, with dry weather but very windy westly { head on } and a ride around parts of Margate.
with me Rosemary and Mike Wakefield, Paul McDonnell, Bob Stack.

A route that won’t be repeated.

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on September 29, 2021

Wednesday 29th September A1 ride

Eight A1 riders set out from the Olympic they were: – Ray Hardinge, Martin Gill, Martin Howe, Chris Simms, Bob Craig, Rob Bunce, Danny Eagles, and me. Completing a tour of Orpington, we arrived at the Pilgrim’s Way where Bob Craig left us to carry out some grandparent duties. We arrived at the George Trottiscliffe after a ride of about 28 miles. The food and service were as usual excellent.
A fine day if somewhat chilly and windy, but at least it did not rain.

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John Baker

posted this comment on September 29, 2021

Prems 29 Sept – 5 Prems set off from Eat ‘n’ Mess on Chevening Road, 7oaks on a route via Ide Hill, Penshurst, Tudeley, Horsmonden and Waterbury – final destination The George at Trottiscliffe. Overall 46 miles and nearly 4000 feet of climbing at just under 16mph. Other than a dropped chain, no incidents or dramas to report. Food at The George was substantial and reasonably priced as usual.
Joining me were Richard Bingham, Colin Kane, Jon East and Steve Burns. There was a special guest appearance from Martin Gill after lunch on the return to 7oaks.

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David Parker

posted this comment on September 28, 2021

B2 Ride Leaders wanted.

We need ride leaders for the following weeks:
13th October starting from Lullingstone, Visitor Centre
10th November starting from Lullingstone, Visitor Centre
17th November Starting from Polhill, Garden Centre
24th November starting from Swanley, Olympic

Please let me know which dates you are able to lead.

Hope to see you all tomorrow at The Olympic.

Dave Parker

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John Thompson

posted this comment on September 28, 2021

The weather forecast for the Canterbury ride looks fine ,hope to see some members there.

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John Thompson

posted this comment on September 27, 2021

Hi Neil,
The ride to Minnis Bay is 20 miles, we should have 2 hours to get there, the pace will not an e-bike fast.

Hope to see you there.

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John Thompson

posted this comment on September 26, 2021

Away day ride 29th September.
This is a repeat of an old club ride from Canterbury to Minnis Bay [for lunch] along the coast to Whitstable. Then the Crab and Winkle [ old train line] back into Canterbury.
The departure location is outside Fenwick store. {there used to be a coffee shop on the ground floor]

DEPARTURE TIME OF THE RIDE 11:00

Trains from Orpington 08:57,
Sevenoaks 09:13
Tonbridge 09:22 [ I will be joining the train here]
There is one change at Ashford station,[ across the platform.] arriving at Canterbury 10:26 then a short ride to meeting point.

see you there.
John Thompson

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Neil Kerrison

posted this comment on September 26, 2021

John,

At what pace will the Minnis Bay ride be run : B1 fast electric pace ? or the original B2 social pace ?

Many thanks, Neil

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roy knight

posted this comment on September 24, 2021

the Olympic in Swanley is still open with access only from Swanley thanks John Baker for your post.
The planed ride for this Wednesday is a 19 mile to finish at the Bricklayers Arms in Chipstead .
There are benches on the green in front of the pub.

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John Baker

posted this comment on September 24, 2021

The start for rides 29 Sept is down as The Olympic in Swanley. Beechenlea Lane is currently closed on the section down to Swanley Village. And I mean properly closed, you can not get through as the bridge has been taken down. I’m not sure when it is scheduled to reopen but bear this in mind when planning your group’s ride.

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Joe McClenaghan

posted this comment on September 23, 2021

B1 Ride Report Wed 22 Sept. Apparently the B1s enjoyed coffee in the sun with the Premiers and A1s outside the cafe at Lullingstone. I say ‘apparently’ because yours truly was stuck behind an accident on the A20 and only arrived at Lullingstone 2 mins before the start! Seven B1 riders set off (a few minutes late) and headed through Shoreham, Otford, Bessels Green, Underriver, Dunk’s Green to West Peckham (21 miles). We had a friendly welcome at The Swan on the Green, lunch was served reasonably quickly and was certainly substantial. All we needed was a cricket match to complete the idyllic setting. Thank you for your company to Nick Leng-Smith, Rick Green, Bob Stock, Danny Gazzi, Ken Strange and to Paul Smith who was back marker.
Joe McClenaghan

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Richard Bingham

posted this comment on September 23, 2021

Prems Ride Report: Wed 22nd Sept

Five riders met at Lullingstone for a 44 miler to The Woolpack. The wonderful late summer sunshine meant we could comfortably enjoy sitting outside catching up with members from the other groups over our pre ride coffees. Our start took us North through Horton Kirby before heading East to Cobham and the terrific descent of Cobhambury Rd before going over the motorway bridge and South to Aylesford. Through the research centre at East Malling we pressed on through Barming, East Farleigh and Loose before rejoining the ridge for yet another great descent of Loddington Lane and a final run in through Hunton and Benover.
We sat in the garden of the Woolpack where the welcome was friendly enough although we had a 40 minute wait for the food. No one minded sitting in the sun and our enjoyment was marred only by the tales of the horrific waste of taxpayers money at the BBC. Eventually we opted for the easy way home via Plaxtol before going our separate ways at Seal. All up I had 70 miles and with me were John Baker, Colin Kane, Jonathan East and guest rider Steve Burns

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Ray Hardinge

posted this comment on September 23, 2021

A select group of A1’s joined the prems for part of our ride to Platt. After at least 100yds we waved them goodbye, and opted for a more leisurely ride to Farningham, up Rabbits Road, through Stansted, Birling and West Malling before having lunch at the Blue Anchor. Thanks to Danny E., Rob B., and Tony R., for an enjoyable ride in ideal weather, and a long chat over a good lunch.

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on September 19, 2021

Message from Gerry Kemps Daughter-
Hi There Some of the club members may remember my father Gerry Kemp, who enjoyed many years being a part of the club. Dad is now unfortunately housebound, and hard of hearing, his wife is in a care home now so finds himself lonely, and fed up. We pop in as much as we can to support him, but if anyone who remembers Gerry would be able to pop in for a cuppa he would be over the Moon! My contact number is 07796615081 or email. Kindest regards Pam

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David Parker

posted this comment on September 17, 2021

B2 ride leaders wanted for the following:

13/10 from Lullingstone
20/10 from Swanley Olympic
27/10 from Polhill Garden Centre

Please let me know your preferred destination for your ride so I can include it on the runs list.

Thanks for your help.

David

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Danny Gazzi

posted this comment on September 16, 2021

B1 train/car assisted ride, Faversham, Wed 15th Sept

7 riders (Mike & Rosemary Wakefield, Pauls McDonnell & Smith, Chris Brett, Bob Stock and myself) set off westward from Faversham, with some gravel track at Swale Marina, through Lynsted and on to lunch at the Red Lion, Badlesmere, where the menu now includess soup and light bites but not sandwiches. Then through Shottenden and downhill to Boughton, before a loop to the Thames at Seasalter, and back to where we started. A flattish ride at moderate pace. Very little traffic, and lots of fruit growing on view.

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Dave Collier

posted this comment on September 16, 2021

B2 ride from Horton Kirby to Coalhouse Fort, Essex

Seven riders, Heather & Trevor Sim, Paul Godfrey, Paul Hills, Tricia Hewlett, Ken Dean and myself set off for Essex on Wed 15th. Paul H (who had just come for the biscuits!) soon left us at South Darenth. At Gravesend ferry we were joined by Brian Weekes and Paul McAteer. We crossed by ferry to Tilbury and then to Coalhouse Fort. As we arrived we met Clive Adams and his friend, out for a days cycling in Essex, with Clive on his newly repaired bike. On the return ferry crossing a passenger advised us to visit The Gurudwara Temple in Gravesend, which we did. We were welcomed, and after removing shoes and putting on a head covering were shown around and given free food (curry of course) and drink. We returned to Horton Kirby via a few back streets and footpaths.
Dave

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David Parker

posted this comment on September 16, 2021

B2 ride from Polhill Wed 15th September.

A select group of three (Nick Leng-Smith, James and myself) enjoyed a ride to The Black Horse in Stansted and a pleasant lunch sat outside in the sun.

David

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on September 15, 2021

B1 Riders

Please could the happy band of B1 riders choose a date from the following in October to lead a ride

6th Oct from Polhill GC

13th Oct from Lullingstone

20th Oct From The Olympic Swanley

27th Oct from Polhill GC

Looking forward to hearing from you

Rosemary Wakefield

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ABradley

posted this comment on September 15, 2021

Five Prems (Colin Kane, Richard Bingham, John Baker, Andrew Bradley and guest rider Steve Burns) left Sevenoaks for Downe, via Gatwick and Box Hill. A reasonable pace (18mph+) was maintained on the flat roads to Gatwick, where we toured the various industrial areas and dual carriageways that make up the less-than-scenic southside of the airport. Navigation and pace was soon restored and we rode north through Charlwood, Leigh and Betchworth, where the climbing began. A loop to the north of Box Hill and then the climb itself followed by a coffee stop in beautiful weather at the Box Hill cafe. Then it got really lumpy through a series of lanes to Caterham, including, the particularly unpleasant Whitehill Lane. Once through Caterham it was back on more familiar but still challenging terrain, and we arrived at the (very accommodating) Queens Head in Downe a mere 50 minutes late – the 70 miles to that point having averaged 16.5 mph. Ten further miles back to Sevenoaks resulted in an 80 mile ride with just under 5000 feet of climbing and some tired legs.

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Tony Reeve

posted this comment on September 15, 2021

An intrepid sextet of A1s assembled in Edenbridge under louring skies for a ride to Piltdown via Cowden,Hartfield, and Ashdown Forest. Witches Lane cast its spell on navigation but we were quickly back on track. Lunch followed at The Peacock. The return through Uckfield included a little nip tuckery which brought us to Duddleswell avoiding the main road and back to Hartfield via Jib Jack Hill.
Thanks to: Ray H,Danny E,Chris S, Barry B and Martin G.

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Danny Gazzi

posted this comment on September 13, 2021

B1 ride -Wed 15th Sept. Car/train assisted

We’ll be leaving Havisham’s Coffee House in the Market Sq, Faversham at or shortly after 11am.

Could those who are coming to the pub (Red Lion at Badlesmere) for lunch please let me know so I can contact the pub to let them know the numbers. Thanks, Danny

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Dave Collier

posted this comment on September 12, 2021

Dave’s ride – Wed. Sept. 15th – Horton Kirby to Coalhouse Fort, Essex

We will meet at my house – Forge Cottage, Millen Court, Horton Kirby, DA4 9GR from 9:20am for tea/coffee/biscuits and I hope to set off at 10am. Forge Cottage is at the far end of Millen Court which is a cul-de-sac. For those travelling by car, there is a car park (free) at nearby Westminster Field. The nearest railway station is Farningham Road.
The ride will be at a B2 pace. All are welcome on the ride.
We will ride to the Gravesend to Tilbury ferry and catch the 11:30 ferry. For those with a bus pass or Freedom Pass it is free.
Lunch will be at Coalhouse Fort which has a café and toilets. I would recommend taking a packed lunch as service for hot food can be slow. Buying teas and coffee is no problem. An afternoon tea stop will be at The Promenade Café, Gravesend.
We should be back at Horton Kirby about 4.15 pm.
If the weather is bad and I need to cancel the ride, I will let you know on the blog on the morning of the ride.

Dave

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Colin Kane

posted this comment on September 10, 2021

Oops! Turns out I wasn’t ridding with the Mayor of Greater Manchester, but a entirely different and better person in my opinion. Andrew Bradly. Sorry Andy.
As a postscript: two hours after getting home a thunder storm hit. So maybe summer isn’t over quite yet 😜

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Colin Kane

posted this comment on September 9, 2021

Summer’s last Hurrah!!
So last week’s ride ended with me volunteering sort a ride for this week. Just a vague plan to ride in the badlands (North of the A20) and maybe meet up with some old Prems mates. (not saying they’re old, just that they are ex Prems.I’ll stop digging!)
So I’m having breakfast on Friday and watch Carol on the TV giving the weather report and she tells me there’s a mini heatwave on the way.
I message the team and suggest we have one last long ride of the summer (our favourite one as it happens) to Whistable.
Nobody needs much persuading of course and we are set.
There are many ways to that seaside destination, but the one we took is we think the fastest and least hilly.
We met in Seal at 09:00 and set a brisk pace through Plaxtol and Yalding to make Lenham in two hours.
Refreshed with Coffee and Cake we headed straight for Favershan and then the coast road through Seasalter.
This is where the peloton split as the headwind really kicked in and once dropped there was no way back.
We regrouped on the outskirts of Whitstable and took the back road the the harbour, avoiding the packed high street.
Lunch was taken at The Forge, takeaway hut.
Fish and Chips being the popular choice.
The ride back was thankfully assisted with a tail wind and we were back at Teapot Island just in time to find they close at 4pm.
The Boathouse on the opposite bank which looks closed from the road is actually open via the rear car park onto the riverside terrace, where we relaxed on the deckchairs before taking tea on the beautifully appointed verandah.
From there we took the well trodden and cycled route back to Seal where we made our respective ways home.
My stats for the day starting in Bromley were 122miles with 5200ft of assent.
I was grateful for the company of John Baker, Andy Burnham, Richard Bingham and Dave-new wheels-Hickman.

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on September 9, 2021

Wednesday 8th September
Seven set off from the Olympic in such fine weather
They were Danny Eagles, Chris Sims, Bob Craig, Martin Gill, Rob Bunce, Ray Hardinge, and myself.
After what most of us thought was a fairly tough ride of 30 miles, we ended up at The Bell Inn, Kemsing which as usual was excellent.

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on September 9, 2021

B2 Ride – 8 September

We were welcomed at the Olympic with the A1’s and B1’s – it was good to have a more normal ‘pre covid’ style start, with the opportunity to mix with the other groups.

On a very hot day we attempted to find a shady route via South Darenth, Green St Green, Gravesend Cyclopark, to Sole Street and Luddesdown Golden Lion, we had our lunch in the lovely Church Yard having passed many acres of newly planted vineyards. The merry group of 11 were: Trevor, Paul G, Paul Mc, James, Joe, Trish, Brian, Peter W, Chris B and Dave C and myself. On our return we met the A2s which also provided an opportunity to catch up with old friends. Thank you for such good company.

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Christopher H Brett

posted this comment on September 9, 2021

IOW
Ken pointed out that my planned B1 ride couldn’t be opened as it was ‘private’. I’ve now corrected this with a slightly changed title:
Now starts FBay
Was FWB
So this will be on the IOW Runs list shortly.

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Christopher H Brett

posted this comment on September 9, 2021

B1 ride 8 September 2021
Lovely to see several groups amassed at the Olympic on a very hot (25deg as we left).
The intrepid 5 were Paul McDonnell ( sorry I got your surname wrong when I blogged my previous ride), Bob Stock, Paul Smith, Nick Leng-Smith and yours truly.
We made our way via Eynsford, Fawkham Green, Fawkham, Hartley, Instead Rise – well named with a concrete surface that looked like a wall as turned onto it. At the top Paul M said he’d have to leave us for grandpa duties and Bob decided to return as well. The remaining three ploughed in now 28deg heat via Windmill Hill, Higham and finally Upnor Castle but oops the northern entrance. We retraced to higher ground where we found shade in which to munch our sarnies. Afterwards we found the south castle entrance at which there’s a fab view of the Medway with Chatham Dockyard beyond. I hadn’t been there for5 or 6 years and was amazed to see the Dockyard site was fully developed from what had been open land!
We then began our epic journey back trying to follow my return Garmin route some how we missed a turn and after a struggle got travelling west – phew! and home. I arrived home at 17.55
Sorry for the delays lads. I hope you ladies weren’t too upset with the late return

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Christopher H Brett

posted this comment on September 6, 2021

Hi all the IOW B1 Group riders.
I’ve just added to the IOW runs list a 40mile ride from Hotel to initially coastal to Blackgang Chine – morning coffee I hope, then inland to Carisbroke Castle for lunch I hope (provided by FH), on to Yarmouth and back to FWB. Normal climbs with nothing too strenuous. All on paved roads.
I trust I’ll have some takers whatever day is selected!
It’s getting close now.

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on September 6, 2021

Christmas Lunch (!) – A date for your diary

We have booked the Meridian Christmas lunch at High Elms on Wednesday 15th December. More details to follow in a few months time.

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on September 5, 2021

B2 Ride – I will be leading a replacement (usual ‘full day’) ride on Wednesday 8th September from the Olympic Swanley to Luddesdown please bring sandwiches if you wish or purchase food at the Golden Lion.

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Dave Collier

posted this comment on September 5, 2021

THE RIDE TO ESSEX ON 8th SEPT. HAS BEEN POSTPONED

To comply with the club instructions that Awaydays should not be held on the same day as the club are meeting at the Olympic, Swanley, I have postponed the Essex ride by one week to 15th Sept.
Even though the ride date was set well before the instruction was issued it was felt that this was the best thing to do.
I will be giving details of the ride on the Blog nearer to the date.
Dave.

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Tricia Hewlett

posted this comment on September 4, 2021

Think you’re getting your Dave’s muddled Paul – it’s Dave Collier leading B2s on Wed… sorry got nothing better to do whilst waiting to go swimming!

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on September 4, 2021

Thanks Trish my error. There is also a glitch on the runs list please ignore any route link adjacent to Dave Colliers’ ride.

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on September 4, 2021

B2 riders – For those not going on David Parkers’ Essex ride on Wednesday I will be leading a short alternative from The Olympic to Otford Pond. Route can be found on the runs list.

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SimonORegan

posted this comment on September 4, 2021

That’s great, Paul, I look forward to joining you! Best, Simon

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David Sims

posted this comment on September 3, 2021

The B2 ride on Wednesday looks interesting and something different, I note the start is Horton Kirkby but exactly where please cheers Dave S

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on September 4, 2021

David, start is from David Coopers’ house which is in Millen Court off The Street in Horton Kirby. Parking is available at the nearby Westminster Fields. Be an idea to let Dave know if you are intending to partake.

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Tony Reeve

posted this comment on September 1, 2021

A grey and overcast start and some confusion as the cafe start point was closed.
Order restored seven of the A1 group’s finest put their faith in one of the groups least experienced ride leaders.
Climbing over Ide Hill, onto Leigh, Hildenborough where the sun finally decided to don his hat just before the climb up to Ightham Mote.
A swift descent through Plaxtol and onto Hadlow and lunch at The Man of Kent. Service at the pub was friendly and quick.
Riders were: Chris S. Bob C. (who left us at Ivy Hatch) Martin G. and the ‘H’ crew – Martin, Ray and Steve. Ride leading occasionally provided by Tony Reeve.

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on September 1, 2021

B2 riders leaving Shorne Country Park and riding the Isle of Grain today were, Pete Ham, Linda Kemp, Brian Weekes, Clive Adams, Ken Dean, Heather and Trevor Sim, Dave Cooper, Dave Parker, Geoff Drummond, John Broadfoot, Paul McAteer, Mike Yeo and myself, on route we were joined by Ken Mould on his shiny new ebike. Very different scenery and a nice spot for lunch at Upnor. Bit of an issue with the last part of the return route by me and there was a mechanical but all ended well. Thanks to all for your company.

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John Baker

posted this comment on September 1, 2021

P1s – A depleted group of just 3 Prems set off from Dunton Green on a circuit around Bewl Water via Speldhurst, Frant and Wadhurst. The first 38 miles to lunch was very lumpy with nearly 4000ft of climbing. Lunch at the Star & Eagle Goudhurst was agreeable and service good. The return leg via Horsmonden and Yalding was flat and much faster although a strong headwind made it hard going for those on the front.

Overall just over 70 miles and 5000+ ft of climbing for the day. Joining me were Richard Bingham and Colin Kane.

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John Thompson

posted this comment on September 1, 2021

The B1 Ride today to Benover was 25 miles.
with me was, Rosemary Wakefield, Mike Wakefield, Nick Leng-Smith, Paul Smith, Chris Brett, Bob Stock, Peter Woods, Joe McClenaghan,
We sat in the garden, with first class drink and food service,
thank you for your company.
John Thompson

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on August 30, 2021

Using Ride With GPS

A number of video tutorials have been produced by Paul Godfrey & myself, which are accessible from the club website.

These can be accessed as follows
Home Page > See Full Runs List > Using Ride With GPS > Video Tutorials.

They will be of particular interest to those with a Garmin (or similar) who are creating/using Wednesday rides and/or rides for the forthcoming IoW trip.

There are a number of gaps that will be filled in the course of the next few weeks.

Comments/ feedback appreciated.

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on August 27, 2021

Following the reintroduction of joint venues for Wednesday starts, we have three venues; Polehill, Lullingstone and Swanley Olympic – all who make us welcome and have facilities to sit both inside and outside. The first two are working fine but we have had a problem with The Olympic in that on our last visit we had low attendance when they had opened early on our behalf. On future occasions it is important that we try to ensure that we have a reasonable turnout to support their efforts. This is a plea for group coordinators to try to avoid AwayDays on dates where the Olympic is on the runs list and for all riders to try and use the facilities that are on offer.

We are now operating with a reduced number of venues and therefore need to support them if they are to support us.’

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Malcolm McIntyre

posted this comment on August 27, 2021

Completely agree. “Away Days” should return to being occasional additional alternatives to normal club rides, not replacing club rides, as has happened a lot this year.

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John Thompson

posted this comment on August 27, 2021

I am thinking about one of the old ride we use to ride from Canterbury, before I try to recall the route, has any member stored the route I could use?
The ride would be away day ride sometime September/October this year [2021]
In anticipation.
John Thompson

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on August 29, 2021

John, I think the ride you are referring to is the Crab & Winkle which starts and finishes in Canterbury with lunch being taken at Minnis Bay. I have uploaded the ride to the runs library on the club website, let me know if you have any problems.

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on August 27, 2021

For Sale Ammaco Folding Bike
For sale by non member.
20″ wheels, alloy frame, 6 speed shimano gears.
Purchased Jan 2021, litle use.
Can inspect and collect from Snodland.
Cost approx £250; open to sensible offers.
Contact Ken for further info.

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on August 26, 2021

B1 On Wednesday 25th August, 8 of us meet at the village coffee shop in Headcorn and rode to Tenterden. We had our packed lunch at the railway station. We were able to see the steam trains.

After lunch we made our way to the Headcorn aerodrome and as well as having a cup of tea we were able to watch parachuting. We returned to Headcorn station for our journey back toTonbridge or Sevenoaks.

We all enjoyed the day and had no problem with the route as 3 of us had the route on our Garmins!!

Our next awayday ride is to Faversham on Wed 15th September to be lead by Danny Gazzi

Rosemary Wakefield

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on August 26, 2021

B2 Ride 25/8; Lullingstone to Medway Bridge

Dull start but good to meet up with the Prems at the Cafe; even more pleased to learn that they were only going to Stansted whereas we were off to the Medway Bridge (although that’s a distortion of the truth).
At the start (apart from me) there were David Parker, John Broadfoot, Di, Peter Woods, Neil Kerrison, Linda Kemp, Trish, Trevor Sims, and Paul Godfrey. We collected Clive Adams and Dave Collier ‘en route’, making a total of 13 in the group. On some of the busier sections of the route we rode in two groups with a significant firebreak.

Having crossed the bridge we picnicked on the banks of the Medway at Wouldham here we joined by selected local inhabitants. Pleasant spot , particularly at high tide.

We returned via Peter’s Bridge and a country route to The George at Trotiscliffe where most of the group had well deserved R&R. 45 mile loop from Sevenoaks and 2,600ft ascent.

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Ray Hardinge

posted this comment on August 26, 2021

After a tricky start from Biddenden – (was that Garmin Gremlins again or just a confused leader?) the A1’s – took an unusual and twisty route to Winchelsea via Tenterden, Rolverton, Wittersham and Peasmarsh. Lunch at the New Inn with ice cream dessert on the beach restored the energy levels for the ride home starting, with a 5 mile headwind up the Military Road to Appledore and then back to Biddenden.
The A1 holidaymakers were Barry B., Chris S., Danny E., Bert H., Agnes H, David K., and Martin G (who added a loop from and to Sevenoaks).
A good day out with cheerful company.

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Paul Geradine

posted this comment on August 25, 2021

A long and lumpy road to Stansted – it was good to meet up with the limited number of riders from other groups at Lullingstone this morning even though there were one or two jibes that the Prems were going to be taking it easy with a ride just around the corner to Stansted. Fear not – we got a good workout! John Baker, Richard Bingham, Dave Hickman and Colin Kane joined me for a spaghetti loop via Knatts Valley, Coteman’s Ash, Watery Lane (with a John Baker time trial to the A25!), Stone Street, Plaxtol, Colin Kane taking the Pete Gray Award for the Long Mill Lane sprint and on to Offham, W Malling, Ryarsh, Birling and the day’s feature climb up Birling Hill – a real brute. Then on to the back lanes around Luddesdown – passing Tony Beaumont and a couple of others heading in the opposite direction – to Cobham via a detour through the grounds of Cobham College (to circumvent some very unhelpful road contractors blocking the top of the climb up from Luddesdown) and then Sole Street, Nurstead, Longfield Hill and via Hartley Bottom to fast, friendly service at the Black Horse at Stansted. Just under 39 miles and over 2800 feet climbed. Home via Terry’s Lodge and Pilgrims’ Way.

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Martin Howe

posted this comment on August 22, 2021

Saturday Ride – Otford to Aylesford 21 August 2021 – Martin Howe
A small group consisting of Chris Simms, Bob Craig, David Binks and myself (the Fab 4) left PVC and rode up to Ivy Hatch passing Ightham Mote on our way to Poult Wood 🌳🌳🌳. From there we rode around the outskirts of Hadlow where Bob peeled off. The Fab 3 continued via East Peckham, Nettlestead to Wateringbury. As we cruised up Red Hill 😰 it started to rain ⛈ and we donned rain jackets for the last stretch down Sweets Lane through Ditton and into Aylesford where the rain stopped as we reached the Chequers pub…typical! We waited nearly half an hour to get a drink 😞 and about an hour and a half 🕜 to get an average sandwich. Even the beer mats were looking increasingly appetising 👀 by the time the food arrived! We received an apology for their poor service which included communication issues and ‘computer says no’ 💻 (even though our order consisted of a bowl of soup and two (very limited choice) sandwiches. A free drink was offered 😉. We managed to escape from the pub at about 2.40pm 🕝 and had a dry run back via West Malling, Platt and Borough Green ☁. We stopped for a chat in Wrotham village and made our various ways home via Wrotham Hill. No glitches on the ride 👍 and we all noted that once out of Kemsing the roads seemed eerily quiet for a Saturday morning.

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on August 21, 2021

B1 RIDE WEDNESDAY 25TH AUGUST

START VILAGE TEAROOM HEADCORN 1100 LUNCH TENTERDEN RAILWAY STATION TEA HEADCORN AERODROME

38 MILES PLENTY OF PARKING IN HEADCORN OR TRAIN ORPINGTON 0913 SEVENOAKS 0943 TONBRIDGE 0952 ARRIVING HEADCORN 1014 OR ORPINGTON0 943 SEVENOAKS 1013 TONBRIDGE 1022 ARRIVING HEADCORN 1044

LOOK FORWARD TO A GOOD DAY OUT HOPE YOU CAN JOIN ME

ROSEMARY WAKEFIELD

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Richard Bingham

posted this comment on August 19, 2021

Prems: Wed 18 Aug

Five Prems were up for another century this week. After last weeks climbing fest this weeks ride was a (comparatively) pan flat effort to Rye and back. The route out was via Tudeley, Horsmonden, Goudhurst, Benenden and Wittersham. To take in a bit of sea air we then pushed on to Winchelsea for a loop back along the coastal path to Rye Harbour and the William the Conqueror for lunch. The return was via Appledore, Tenterden and Biddenden where we were disappointed to find that the Biddenden vineyard shop is no longer offering tea and cakes. An enjoyable day none the less

Riders joining me were John Baker, Colin Kane, Paul Geradine and Jonathan East

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Tricia Hewlett

posted this comment on August 19, 2021

14 B2 riders out yesterday despite being a bit of a grey mizzly start but Kentish countryside looking as lovely as ever and it brightened up later. Out riding yesterday were Peter Woods, Sally, Dave Collier, Linda, Mike Yeo, Francoise, Roy K, Paul Godfrey, Joe M, Ken Mould, John Thompson and Ken Dean. We picked up a straggler en route who had deserted the B1s as their pace was too fast! I won’t spill the beans but think the B1s may have let the cat out of the bag!

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Christopher H Brett

posted this comment on August 18, 2021

B1 Ride 18 Aug 2021
We met at Polhill GC where both A1 and B2’s also assembled. Nice to see familiar faces after so long.
Weather was mild with a light westerly wind but very overcast.
Six of us departed and these were Danny Gazzi, Nick Leng-Smith, Bob Stock, Paul Mac Donald, Ken Dean and your truly. Were were bound for Ye Arrow, Rochester. We went east along to Otford and joined the Pilgrims Way. We had three minor stoppages – my chain came off twice after second tome it was noticed the chain was not on the upper roller on the derailleur so soon fixed, then Nick bike was making ticking noises sounding like broken spokes – soon fixed when it was noted the gear cable was hitting the spokes! Us “expert” riders!! by now a slight drizzle had started but we carried on regardless. We travelled towards Wrotham but Ken decided to leave us to join with the B2s. He told me I was a little too fast for him but the others said his bikes battery was low in charge so he didn’t want to risk riding back from Rochester un-powered! After Wrotham I turned south just add a couple of miles and re-joined Pilgrims Way just before Dropping down to pass The George at Trottiscliffe, then on to ride through Snodland turned left for a short stretch on the A228 before turning off to Peters Village, over the Medway and then left aiming north for Rochester, except my sat nav through a wobbly and eventually sorted its self out. At Rochester, looking very pretty by the turn up to the castle where Nick and I stopped to have our sandwiches. The other 3 carried on down to Ye Arrow. Nick and I joined them once our sandwiches were done.. Bob and Paul led us back,
I did 59miles door to door – a 2021 record for me and 3200 ft of climbing in total.
Thanks guys I enjoyed your company.
Not available to ride next week so enjoy those that do make it.

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Martin Gill

posted this comment on August 18, 2021

Today 6 A1s set off from Polhill, rode over Ide Hill, and climbed up to Chiddingstone Hoath. Then we headed East along Bassetts Lane and Furnace Lane, 2 of my favourite Lanes, to get to Lingfield for lunch at the Star Inn. We returned via the private road above Trevereux and Clacketts Lane. With me were Barry Barlow, Danny Eagles, Ray Hardinge and Bert & Agnes Heijna.

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on August 18, 2021

I am posting this for a non member – any interest please contact Dennis Finn email :- janflinn@greenbee.net

2014 BMC full carbon Teammachine SLO2
Size 54 (rider height approx 170cm – 180cm)
Less than 6,000 miles use.
Ultegra 6800 group set
Chainset and front changer upgraded to FC-R8000 with Magene P35 dual sided power meters and new bearing set (approx 1750 miles ago) recent new chain.
Shimano WH- RS11 wheels in very good condition as bike has mainly been used with carbon wheel set. Steerer uncut with 30mm spacer adjustment.
Vittoria Corsa Graphene 2.0 tyres (one new)
Bike generally in immaculate condition with no crash or impact damage.
I am selling this bike for my son who is abroad and will accept a fair offer, if you are interested please come up and have a look – Dennis Flinn tel 01732 750395 ( Ide Hill )

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Chris Simms

posted this comment on August 13, 2021

A1 Ride, Wednesday 11th August.
Eight riders met at the Cornerhouse Cafe, Lenham on a warm sunny day. Bert and Agnes, Barry B, Ray H, Bob C and Danny E all arrived by car. Martin G by bike. A pleasant and not particularly hard ride to Dymchurch where we had lunch at The Ship Inn. The good, but rather expensive baguette at £10.50 was mitigated by the somewhat cheaper pint of bitter at £3.50. The ride back was definitely harder, being uphill most of the way, but a nice 60 mile round trip.

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Michael Yeo

posted this comment on August 12, 2021

Whoops! Brian Weeks Not Brian Woods

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Michael Yeo

posted this comment on August 12, 2021

B2 ride Wednesday 11th August to Shorne woods country park
Joining me where ;- Francoise ? Tricia Hewlett , Linda Kemp , Peter’s Mould and Dean, David’s Collier and Parker, Paul Mcateeer, Peter’s Woods and Ham, Brian Woods , myself, and Peter Hawker though not for long .
A fine day and 18+ miles via Darenth , Bean , Southfleet, Instead rise, Sole street and Cobham

Michael Yeo

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Colin Kane

posted this comment on August 12, 2021

Prems 11/08/21 We fancied stretching our legs this week. Beachy Head seamed to fit the bill 100+ miles from our start at Brittains Common, where we met at 8:30. Just four of us this week. John Baker, Richard Bingham, Paul Geradine joined me for a lumpy ride of around 10,000 ft of assent. Our first stop was the Lakeside Cafe at Horam, where while we all enjoyed bacon rolls and coffee Paul slowly repaired a slow puncture. Thankfully that was our only issue that day.
The route was one of Martin Gills that I had adapted to avoid most of The Cuckoo trail. A good route right enough, but in the summer holidays not somewhere for four fast cyclist to be doing there thing.
We reached Beachy Head around midday under leaden skies. But by the time we got back inland to the Pub (The Plough & Harrow at Litlington) the sun had returned. Refreshed with quickly delivered lunches and drinks we returned via Upper and Lower Dicker to pickup our outward route at Horam. too early for tea we pushed on the the Deer Park campsite cafe near Eridge. A welcome break from the relentless hills. Then home home via Groombridge and Chiddingstone.
A great day out on the bike with good friends. What is there to complain about? My legs are still not convinced!!

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on August 11, 2021

B1 There has been an accident and there are no trains to ASHFORD until 12 oclock Michael and Rosemary are going by car and if anyone is comming by car and wants to let us know so we can wait for you his number is 07776 366225
We will not leave Costa before 11 oclock

Rosemary

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on August 11, 2021

Hi Paul Thank you for the alert Michael is going down to the station as I cannot see that the 10.13 is running. My info is that the first train is the 10.43 Will let you know shortly Rosemary

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Paul McDonnell

posted this comment on August 11, 2021

Update looks like the 10.13 and later trains are back on the 9.43 appears to be cancelled I will just turn up for 9.43 and be prepared to Waite for later train. They must have fixed the problem.

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Paul McDonnell

posted this comment on August 11, 2021

Hi all looks like the trains to Ashford Intl from Sevenoaks to are currently cancelled this am due to an incident. What does that mean for the ride? Drive to Ashford or do an alternative ride from Sevenoaks arrived 9.43?

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Ray Hardinge

posted this comment on August 5, 2021

Our group of A1 riders of Agnes & Bert, Barry, Danny, David K. Martin G. Steve H, Tony R, Bob and myself met up at the Rose & Crown car park (too early for the pub staff it seemed) where Tony left us to find a caffeine shot back home. A rolling ride via Ide Hill, Carter’s Hill and Plaxtol took us to Crouch where Bob peeled off. Agnes & Bert left us at the George in Trottiscliffe (Bert needed some 2000+m of extra climbing later in the afternoon). The food and service at the George was good and after some lively negotiations over the bill we all left for home.

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on August 5, 2021

B1 RIDE WEDNESDAY 11TH AUGUST

The ride will be from Ashford Station to St Mary`s Bay where we will have lunch before returning to Ashford. Ride will be 42 miles with 500 feet of ascent and 500 feet of decent!!

Choice for lunch either at the Bailiff`s Sergeant pub or for those with refreshments the beach.

Meet at Costa for coffee at Ashford Station prior to start of ride at 1100

Train times Orpington 0913 change at Sevenoaks for 0943. Tonbridge 0952. Arrive at Ashford 1031

Sevenoaks free parking on our drive for anyone who wishes to bring bike by car. M and R will leave for station at 0920.

If weather forecast is unfovourable ride will be cancelled and notice posted on Blog by 1800 on Tuesday.

Mike Wakefield

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Linda Kemp

posted this comment on August 4, 2021

B2 ride on 4th August 2021 from Dunton Green to Godstone. The nine riders who set off from the Rose and Crown were: Paul G, David P, Malcolm Mc, Joe Mc, John B, Mike Y, Diana O, Ken M and myself. Pete H joined us at Clackets Lane, replacing Paul G who left for home. The nine continued onward through Limpsfield Chart, Pains Hill, Crowhurst and on to Godstone pond where Ken D had waited for our arrival. After picnics were consumed, the group of ten made their way back through Oxted, Titsey Hill and the Pilgrims Way. We were lucky to enjoy a fine dry day. Thank you for your good company today everyone.
Linda

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Paul Geradine

posted this comment on August 4, 2021

Prems ride to The Swan on the Green, W Peckham, 4.8.21: after last week’s expedition to the wilds of N Kent, we were back on familiar ground today from Bessels Green via Ide Hill, Chiddingstone, round the back of Fordcombe, Groombridge, Bunny Lane, Bell’s Yew Green, Lamberhurst, Horsmonden, Yalding and E Peckham to one of our regular lunchtime venues. After some undulations, our speedsters set a torrid pace to Yalding and an early lunch. The food was as good as usual but the service a bit slow. Home via The Hurst, Borough Green, Wrotham, Kemsing and Otford. Just about 60 miles in total and just under 1200m of climbing (3900 ft in old money). Those with me (or often in front of me!) were John Baker, Richard Bingham and Colin Kane.