October 6, 2019 at 4:56 pm #2024160
The forecast was for terrible weather today and must have put off most, as it was deserted at the G except for three G2 riders: MartinR, ChrisD and yours truly. It had been raining earlier in the morning but had already started to dry out and wasn’t cold either, a promising start. This was lucky as only Martin had fitted mudguards.
Rolling down Poll Hill and over the M25 bridge towards Otford, the social chat about the merits of tubeless/clincher tyre setups was interrupted ironically by a rear puncture on Mr Dines’ new bike running clinchers. This was the first Avanti ride out since Chris had completed an epic 332 miles in the 24 Hour National Time Trial in July. With the puncture fixed Chris decided to err on the side of caution and cut short his ride and head home to Eltham. Was nice to catch up albeit briefly, and I’m sure Chris will be out again in the weeks to come on group rides, building for next years adventures.
Martin and I pressed on and just enjoyed the weather, blue skies, debris-free roads and none of the forecast rain. It got so warm off came the gilets leaving just base layer, arm warmers and jerseys. Not too many people on the roads to Yalding, where the lanes were free of traffic, smooth and still very green, with only a smattering of leaves having fallen. A stop at Teapot to break up the ride and socialise was next, coffee not deserving of a Michelin star perhaps, but friendly staff and plenty of space for the bikes.
Heading back the weather continued to be very pleasant: lovely rolling clouds and blue skies and only as we approached Sevenoaks did the winds start picking with the forecast 30mph gusts tucking at the front wheels once or twice. No big deal and not enough to spoil a great Autumn day out on the bikes. A trip to Poppies for lunch was a lovely finale to the G2 today. A relaxed Autumn/Winter type ride, approx 17mph and 47 miles.
October 6, 2019 at 2:28 pm #2024156
Many thanks to Simon and Claire for the story of Saturday. Looking forward to reading of the Sunday adventures.
Just one thing to add to the Saturday thread for those that left Belmondo’s early.
The owner told us we were too load and scared off some other customers. ! As a result, one or two of the group might only be allowed to “chat” via text message next week to stop us getting banned 🤣
October 5, 2019 at 6:38 pm #2024155
Sat group 3 – with a large turn out at the ‘G’ this morning (possibly something to do with the weather forecast for tomorrow!), Nick made the very sensible decision that we should split into 3 groups. I set off with the last group which consisted of Claire W, Ashley P, Rebecca W, Simon C, new member Alastair W (welcome to Avanti), and me. We didn’t bother to stop and help the other 2 groups with the mechanical, we just sailed past and said ‘hi’!! Unfortunately at a junction near Kings Hill poor Rebecca was toppled over when Alastair lost his balance slightly, so she decided to turn for home early as we weren’t actually too far from her house. Hope you’re OK Rebecca and we see you back next week. At our banana stop the other 2 groups passed us again so we carried on back to Belmondos with no more incidents. Good riding by all and thanks for the company.
October 5, 2019 at 5:47 pm #2024154
Well I’m going to say that group 2 played a key part to today’s ride. As we stopped to provide mechanical support to group 1. we caught them as Will was looking for his broken quick link. Carl duely pulled out a brand new link to get them back on the road and we were off again. As we got to up to the A228 we caught group 3 and the comments ensued that we were caught behind traffic caused by some damn Saturday cyclists (mainly by me). Cruising round and some good warning of a slippery road by Nick soon saw us to plaxtol and the main KOM of the day. Carl was quick out the blocks and gained a few hundred metres on the group. I picked up the gauntlet & Carl and I were head to head up church hill. With the motivation from Keith saw me take the KOM. A downhill from Ivy hatch to Dunton green, I took the easy opportunity to lead. With only Poll still to conquer we cruised up and back to Belmondo’s. Great route and banter along the way. Thanks team
October 5, 2019 at 5:16 pm #2024153
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