Dear Avanti Member,

A mesage from our Chairman:

KK 2016 – A Huge thanks for creating a great event!

I cannot thank enough all those who helped with the KK at the weekend – and, of course, in the preparation leading up to the big day (online, offline and more!). We really do run a great event, and the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance team are proving to be fantastic partners as well. Over the weekend we had around 100 people helping.

 We are holding a thankyou drinks for all involved at 8pm on Monday 14 March. We can’t confirm venue just yet, but it will be in the Orpington Area. Try and keep the evening clear – and if you not picked up a T Shirt or commemorative Mug yet, that will be your chance!

We are running a feedback survey of participants, and I have to say the feedback is pretty outstanding. We will share details once completed, but here are three typical quotes:

Fantastic event. Plenty of parking. Efficient registration with no waiting. Again, no waiting around at the start, the staggered start times worked well. Very challenging route- what we signed up for! Route was well marked including signs for rough roads. Riders ended up well spaced out and not too crowded. Facilities at the end were great- hot pasta and coffee very welcome at this point. Good to get immediate print out of time. My only suggestions would be that you consider making a larger number of T shirts- I had pre-ordered but my friend hadn't and would have liked to buy one on the day, but unfortunately they were all gone by that point!!

PLEASE THANK ALL THE COURSE MARSHALS! They must have been cold. This years event surpassed previous with organisation, safety, signage and marshalling and much more visible motorbike cover. I think may have now taken the lead in my best sportive list J The best thing I like about this one is it is run by cyclists who are passionate about cycling and not an organisation looking for income monies. Well done to all GSA Team involved in the organisation and management.

Very friendly event, brands hatch is a great base with ample parking and decent amount of space, volunteers great - a very low w@nker quota amongst the riders. A pleasure!

Take a look at the Kentish Killer Facebook page as well - https://www.facebook.com/KentishKiller

Thanks again!

Chris Dines

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Kit Shop Reopened

The Kalas club shop has opened again online. See the access details here.

The shop will normally stay open for the first 2 weeks of the month, unless we have fewer than 5 items in the order, in which case it will remain open until we have an order. It will then take 4 weeks or so to be delivered.

The main changes since the last time are that accessories - caps, warmers etc have been dropped from the site as we need to order min. 10 of them - we might put together an order later in the year once enough people are interested - let us know if you are. And... that we now have a fabulous new range of bib shorts - even the more basic Elite range use the same pad as the Pro range - and have the same leg grippers as the Pro range. The main difference is that the Pro shorts have slight compression, lighter fabric and have a race radio pocket - handy if we get into a more advanced race team...

New Members

We haven't had a new member roundup in a while - please keep an eye out for and provide a big welcome to:

Ian Daley, Richard Short, Martin Rowling and Olukayode Ibrahim

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Club Rides this Weekend

I'm sure everyone's looking forward to actually riding this Sunday instead of watching hundreds of others ride. Normal service resumed - meet at the G - The Royal Oak car park ready to go before the advertised ride times.

Saturday Ride - Patrick Norman leading

It will be as always a 40 miler, at a comfortable pace that accommodates anybody who turns up. Guests are always welcome, as it’s a good introduction to club riding. Meet at the Royal Oak with a departure at 7:45am. Please indicate on the website your attendance. Click here for more info.

Sunday Rides

The usual 3 routes and 4 rides this weekend:

G1/2 - Steve Rodgers leading 60 miles Winter Gritting Route

G1 and/or G2 paced rides depending on the turnout with potential for cafe stops at 1809 in Hildenborough or Ide Hill. Click here for more details.

G3 - Steve Riley leading 50 miles out to Maison du Velo in Reigate

A chance to ride this route that was cancelled a few weeks ago. Click here for more details.

G4 - Dave Bettison leading 40 miles to Cafe Nero Oxted

Taking in the local lanes along the way. Click here for more details.

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See you Sunday and have fun!

Steve

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