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G1 Clubride

For those not sunning themselves overseas or at the 100 this weekend, Graham and I will be leading the Sunday club ride. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23609964 A couple of climbs (Enterdent, Pains and Star) and some nice flat/ rolling sections. Maybe even a coffee stop if the weather’s good We have no one marked as available to lead in August so if you are around and can help please go to rendez vous and mark up the dates you – Read more…

G4 CLUB RUN – SUNDAY, 5TH FEBRUARY – GRAVESEND CYCLOPARK.

With the cafe finally open after a gap of 4 months we can now re-visit the cyclopark at Gravesend. The route out will be going via Eynesford then on past New Ash Green, over Longfield Hill, through Meopham  Sole Street and down to the cyclopark for eleven’s/lunch. Return route via Longfield, Farningham then up to Crockenhill and back to Orpington. 40 miles at approx: 13.5 mph average speed. Run leader: Ian Soper..

SUNDAY 12th: Kent Invicta Grimpeur 100

Just making everyone aware of the West Kent CTC 100km run up and down the hills around Sevenoaks (two circuits). Entry fee £9.00 by 9th March for online entries (easy PayPal) and for more detailed info: http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/16-190/   Food and drink available at the start/finish and half-way points – all part of the entry fee.   https://www.gsavanti.co.uk/forums/topic/kent-invicta-grimpeur-100km-63-miles-2017/

MONDAY MTB OFF ROAD 10am – 25 miles

Steve and Graham meeting at The Oak 10am for some mountain bike fun. Just pootling out from there and riding as much mud as we can find which takes you into the woods up through Downe, New Addington, Hayes, Keston, Biggin Hill, Pratt’s Bottom and home. Route is untested so expect some comedy, u-turns and head scratching. Route download here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20355773 Nice weather forecast: http://www.weatherbagel.com/f/d4925c74-b87a-403b-9b8e-0fd3ef5b6b89 So dust off your off-road ‘tool of choice’ and join us. 

G1 Ride to Tulley’s Farm

Marek to lead G1 to Tulley’s Farm – G2 will follow the same route. http://www.tulleysfarm.com/tea-rooms G1 pace ~17-19mph 27-30kmh Route to be posted but it’s around 60 miles and pretty flat. Please register to let us know you’re attending.

G2 Tulley’s Farm

Steve to lead G2 on the same route as G1 to Tulley’s Farm. You might even fancy trying G1 out and G2 back. http://www.tulleysfarm.com/tea-rooms G2 pace ~16mph 25-27kmh We won’t be pushing beyond anyone’s capabilities and we’ll stick together all the way. Route to be posted but it’s around 60 miles and pretty flat so. Please register to let me know you’re attending.

G1 Basted Ride

Richard Bingham leading. 60 miler out to East Peckham and Basted, back via Exedown and Knatts Valley. This will be the same route as G2, except tackled in the opposite direction with a cafe stop at Offham. Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20881861 Please click to register attendance.

G1 Llamas + Steve

60 mile round trip out to see the hard-to-spot llamas at the llama park in the Ashdown Forest. Steve Rodgers to lead G1 – 9am start at The G. If anyone is feeling good by the time we get to Hartfield we might have a go at The Wall! https://ridewithgps.com/routes/8211486 Please click to ensure I get out of bed.

G2 – Llamas + Rich + Heato

Simon Heaton + Richard Short are lined up to lead G2-paced ride(s) out to the Llama park – 60 miles. Not the same fellas that had nationwide fame for wandering onto the train tracks earlier in the week. Same route as G1 –  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/8211486

May Open Day Rides

Sunday 21st May we’ll run another of our club open day events. This will be an open invitation to any friends or family that might like to join us for a club ride and everyone will get free refreshments. We’ll have group rides at the usual paces and all groups will all meet – in staggered groups at the same cafe. It’s a good opportunity to ride with a group you don’t normally ride with – Read more…

G1 Trevereux Hill

4 Elms Lumps n Lanes – lovely hilly route with hidden lanes – the icing on the cake is Trevereux Hill. Refreshment stop in 4 Elms. Route info: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/4872686 60 miles with lots of hills to break up the G1 pace- plenty chance to test your hill climbing. Steve Rodgers currently lined up to lead.

G4 CLUB RUN – AYLESFORD PRIORY -SHORTER ROUTE.

With the opening of the new bridge over the river Medway at Snodland it is now possible to go to Aylesford Priory in under 50 miles. The route goes out through Eynsford, up Knatts valley to West Kingsdown then over Wrotham Hill and follows the Pilgrims Way to Ryarsh, then on the Snodland. Here we will cross the new bridge to newly created Peters Village, then on through Eccles to the priory for lunch. The – Read more…

G4 CLUB RUN – SUNDAY, 11TH JUNE – KELLY HOLME’S NEW CAFE – GRAVESEND CYCLOPARK.

G4 will go to the Gravesend cyclopark to sample the delights of the new cafe, which has been taken over by Olympic athlete Kelly Holmes . The route out will be via Eynsford then on past New Ash Green before climbing over the back route to Longfield Hill then through Cobham before following the A2 cycle path to the cyclopark. The return route will be through Southfleet, Longfield then back to Eynsford before climbing up – Read more…

G4 Hilden Golf

G4 to Hilden Golf Club. Route via Ide Hill (Back Lane) Wheatsheaf Pub, Penshurst, Leigh, Hildenborough. Refreshments in pleasant garden, return via Shipbourne, Plaxtol, Bat & Ball, Plohill. Ride Leader Dave B.

G4 East Peckham

G4 will visit the Brookside Garden Centre (weather permitting) via Polhill, Ightham, (the lakes and hill you love) then onto Brookside for refreshments. Return via Plaxtol ,Bat & Ball, Polhill.40 miles, 13 + mph Ride leader Dave B. (Brian Bulmer next week to Rye if you fancy stretching your legs)

G3 Clubrun Placeholder

This is a placeholder for the regular Sunday G3 ride and is intended for club members to update with a designated ride leader and route as desired. The aim is to encourage a wider set of regular G3 riders to experience the wonders of ride leadership. G3 rides are intended to be around the 15/16 mph mark depending on how hilly the terrain is and usually 50-70 miles long depending on the season and weather. – Read more…

VELOTHON WALES Cardiff Sunday 9th July

It’s finally here – VELOTHON WALES this weekend! Entries are now closed but those who’ve successfully entered the 2017 VELOTHON Wales please click the attend button – we can all see whose going! You should have received an email with a document confirming you’ve entered our registered team ‘GS Avanti’, your bib number, start time of 07.19am in ‘pen C’. A unique QR code is in there email for check in at registration – so print a – Read more…

G3 – Staplehurst with Alan Else

This is a placeholder for the regular Sunday G3 ride and is intended for club members to update with a designated ride leader and route as desired. This is intended to encourage a wider set of regular G3 riders to experience the wonders of ride leadership. G3 rides are intended to be around the 15/16 mph mark depending on how hilly the terrain is and usually 50-70 miles long depending on the season and weather. – Read more…

G4 Hadlow College

G4 will ride a shorter event this week. Hadlow college is about 40 miles in total, with a deviation after the bottom of Plaxtol Hill. The gardens are very enjoyable in this above average cafe.40 total miles at 13+ mph. Dave B your ride leader

G4 club run route change – Aylesford priory

As the weather forecast is good I’m suggesting a longer ride to Aylesford priory via the new medway bridge at Peters village near Snodland. Outward route along the Pilgrims way to Wrotham heath and Ryarsh, across the river and along to Aylesford. Return route via East and West Malling. Ride length: 50 miles. Ride speed: 14 mph average. Ride leader : Ian Soper.

Early Saturday Ride – Alistair Drysdale to lead the 40 miles.

The ride will meet at the G from 7:45 for an 8am start. Please indicate your attendance on the event, to allow best possible planning should numbers be high. The ride is a mixed ability ride, paced to suit the fitness and abilities of the attendees on the day, and ends at Belmondos in Green Street Green for coffee. Keep an eye out later in the week for route details. Have a good ride Nick – Read more…

G4 CLUB RIDE – GRAVESEND CYCLOPARK.

As rain is forecast for the afternoon a 40 miler is suggested. Out via Eynesford and over longfield hill. Then on to Cobham before following the A2 cycleparth to the cyclopark for eleven’s at Kelly Holmes new cafe. Return route via Longfield,  up to Crockenhill then back to Orpington. Rider leader: ian Soper. Ride distance: 40 miles. Average speed: 14 mph.

Early Saturday ride – 40 miles in the lanes

The Early Saturday ride will tackle the local lanes and finish with a coffee stop at Belmondos, for those wishing to refuel. Meeting at the G from 7:45am for an 8am departure, the ride is a mixed ability ride with pace determined by the fitness and ability levels of those attending on the day. I’m not around for a few weeks, but the folk below were press-ganged at the last post ride coffee to lead – Read more…

G4 Avanti – Four Elms

Leaving the G at 9.15am We ride to Knockholt via Watercroft Road, along to Tatsfield and onto the Ridge. After dropping down Tandridge Hill we take a flat route to Edenbridge before coffee at Four Elms. The way  home via Bayleys and Polhill if this suits. Circa 40 miles at 13 – 14 mph Ride Leader Denis Moriarty Route : https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20972280  

CIRCUIT OF KENT SPORTIVE ONLINE ENTRY CLOSED

Circuit Of Kent Cyclo Sportive UPDATE – ONLINE ENTRY CLOSED – PAY ON THE DAY ONLY @ £40 Event website link here: http://www.kentcyclosportive.co.uk/index.html Online registration: http://www.kentcyclosportive.co.uk/page-registration.html The following are now registered: Graham Channon 130km Nolan Wilkens 130km Steven Butler 130km Chris Moss 130km Russ Kearton 130km Simon Lumsdon 130km Nick Patow 130km Richard Short 130km Ian Daley 130km Sean Clarke 130km Claire Watson 80km Michael Coulton 80km Sarah Cvjetan 80km Toby Middleton 80km People who have marked their attendance but not emailed me make sure you – Read more…

WHITSTABLE – FIT MUDGUARDS FOR WET RETURN!

Updated route and contact info (as of 29/09) . . . weather forecast stormy for Sunday, please fit some mudguards:  1. Alistair Drysdale 2. Colin Pearson 3. Dave Barker 4. Graham Channon 5. John Maltby 6. Lyle Porter 7. Nick Patow 8. Russ Kearton 9. Sam Dorkings 10. Sandra Sparks 11. Simon Lumsdon 12. Simon Pearson 13. Tony Le Vey Meet at Green St Green, Saturday morning at 9.30am so we can load up our overnight – Read more…

G4 Kelly Holmes at Hildenborough

Looks cold , maybe frosty, so a main road ride to Hildenborough via Polhill, Sevenoaks, River Hill should get us to our destination safely. After refreshments/breakfast we can return through more familiar villages/hills such as Plaxtol,Bat & Ball, Otford, Shoreham,(perhaps Eynsford and Crockenhill) 40 + miles. Usual pace.

Sunday G2 ride with Steve R

Hi all – I don’t get out on many club rides at the moment but this is my last chance for 2017 so I’ll be leading a social-paced G2 ride. Meet at 9am at The G for a depart shortly after (no later than 9:15) and we’ll do a ~50 mile ride. Forecast is cold but dry and not a lot of wind – so we should be fine even if there was interest in – Read more…

G4 CLUB RUN – SHORNE COUNTRY PARK

G4 will take a ride out into East Kent to visit the cafe in shorne Country park, Just off the A2 between Gravesend and Rochester. Route will depend on the weather, with a main road route if its very cold and a country lane route if possible. Ride leader: Ian Soper. Distance: 40 miles. Average speed: 13 mph.

Bad weather Sunday

We all love snow and the forecast is for it to start to melt with balmy single-digit positive temperatures from Saturday. It does mean it’ll still be very cold, wet and slushy/icy on Sunday so it might not be a big turnout. Could be a day to hit the turbo rather than hitting the deck. Please coordinate here or turn up at the G to see who’s up for a ride. Stay warm and safe!

G2 Tulley’s Farm (Probably Damp!)

I will be leading a G2 paced ride to Tulley’s farm and back, using the V3 route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20680893 The pace will average between 16-17mph, aiming to be back by 1pm or so. The route is 58miles and mostly rolling, but as this is a Sam Special™ it might vary a bit 😉 Meet at the Royal Oak at 09:00 as usual. It’s likely to be a bit wet so bring your waterproofs and your mudguards. – Read more…

G leading G2 on the Kent Invicta Grimpeur

I’ll be at the Green @ 8.30 to escort G2 to the Otford start for the Kent Invicta Grimpeur 100 (don’t register interest on this page use link below) Weather looking rubbish at the moment and with rain and morning temps of just 3ºc (feels like 1ºc). If weather is like this assume I WON’T BE THERE – but let’s just hope things improve so check in Saturday evening : ) Audax start time in Otford – Read more…

G2 100km Marden loop

What happened to the warm weather? Forecast currently saying 5ºC and windy with a slim chance of rain. Depending on the weather plan is to loop out via Eynsford to Loose, down to Marden then return via Plaxtol. We can easily take a short cut. Click here to download route

San Fairy Ann 118km Sportive

San Fairy Ann Sportive on Monday 7th May 2018 (Bank Holiday Monday). The top 20 typed list below is correct and these people are entered. If you’re not on the list of 20 you need to pay for entry / let Tony Le Vey know you are attending.  CLICKING THE ATTEND BUTTON WILL NOT GAIN YOU ENTRY! Start time: 0900. Its a total distance of 118km from Marden, heading south-east past Tenterden to a feed – Read more…

CLUB OPEN DAY RIDES – 13th May 2018

At the recent committee meeting, we decided to nominate Sunday 13th May for club open rides (normal meeting time at the G – 0900 for a 0915 start). Could I ask that all ride coordinators and leaders factor a Speedgate Café stop into their routes for that day please? Note also, if we have good numbers, we may have to split groups up, so we may need some spare ride leaders on hand as well? With – Read more…

G2 G1 Sunday 24th June

No rides up for Sunday for G1 nor G2 this week – Graham and Chris are off to the Pyrenees avoiding the massive holes in the road caused by flooding and landslides! I’m out for a ride on Sunday but have to be home around midday. If there’s enough interest for a ride I’m happy to lead a short one or start off a short one that others find their way home from. Alternatively use – Read more…

G2 Trevereux Hill

G2-paced ride out along some lovely lanes from The G, descending Gangers, some more lovely twisty flowing lanes up to the mighty Trevereux Hill – traffic free and very steep! Cafe stop at 4 Elms – perhaps Ide Hill – or straight back home depending on the group. Meet at The G early enough ready to roll out at 9:00. I’ll lead (Steve R) – please download a copy of the route in case we – Read more…

G2 Sunday 8th July

Another weekend with a lot of riders away on holidays or events. Meet as usual early enough to have a bit of chat before departing at 9am.   I’m happy to lead another ride – what kind of route would be popular this week? Long, scenic and relatively flat – Lenham: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/24296575 We could do the Llama park route – G3 are going there… https://ridewithgps.com/routes/24296678 My original G1 open day route via Birling Hill: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/7965273 My crazy hill – Read more…

G2 Trevereux Hill

We last rode this on 1st July – just as the Tour de France was about to kick off, as the Vuelta is kicking off, it seems like a good time to tackle it again. Last time we had to take a diversion, this time we’ll run the usual route. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/24296759 Rain is forecast for later in the afternoon, so we’ll meet at The G and be ready to depart for a 9am start. Cafe – Read more…

Sunday G2 (9am) – Chris M and Neale Leading – The Wall

Ride leaders this week Chris Moss and Neale Naper.  This weeks route takes out via Cudham, Toys, Heaver, Colmans Hatch before going up Kidds Hill (The Wall) to the top of Ashdown. Return is via Penshurst, Leigh and Hildenborough. If theirs interest happy to stop at Cafe 1809 before completing the last 17m via Ightham Moat and Shoreham.    Here’s the route https://ridewithgps.com/routes/11588951    

G3 Hadlow Ride

G3 Ride to Hadlow with me (Claire W) leading. Usual 9:15am Depart. Weather looking much better than last Sunday! Route here https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28841286 Please RSVP and download the route if attending. Thanks guys 🙂