Nick Patow

  • Saturday attracted nine riders this week, Tony LV, Colin P, Grant R, Steve B, John C, Andy Mc, Simon V, Julian S and Me.

    The route stuck to more established roads to avoid any possible ice after a damp and cold night. The A21 took us to Polhill as a single group, before splitting for a while to negotiate the section down to Sandridge. A closed…[Read more]

  • Missing the rugby with me this week were Claire C, Alistair W, Simon V and Grant R.
    After the recent rain and some heavy winds we dodged the narrower lanes and bigger hills for a speedy loop on some more established roads.

    A21 to Polhill, down to Sundridge and up to Ide hill got us started, before the descent to Bough Beech. The strong winds were…[Read more]

  • Thanks for the story of Saturday Claire, and well done for getting out today too.

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  • What a difference a week makes…..

    Just five at the G for this week’s instalment. Colin P, Andy Mc, Simon V John C and myself.
    We were all sporting “the rain is coming” mudguards, but in the end it wasn’t too bad as we beat the weather and escaped with just damp conditions.

    As a group there was a resolve to get round ahead of the expected rain,…[Read more]

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  • 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 t…[Read more]

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  • By way of a warm up for the Circuit of Kent, the Saturday ride offered a flattish 40 mile option taken up by seven in total, although only three will be riding again tomorrow.

    Those at the start were Ashley P, John C, Simon V, Neale N, Julian S and Myself. I know what you’re thinking, that’s only six !
    That’s right, only six started, with Russ K…[Read more]

  • The Saturday Sun returned this week and brought with it 11 to the G

    Adam D, Simon V, Grant R, Sean C, Colin P and myself made up the first group away, with Claire C, Claire W, Simon P, Jim N and Steve B forming the second.

    Straight onto the hills we went with the push up Cudham Lane before dropping down to the A25 and heading up Brasted Chart…[Read more]

  • Having woken to blue skies and optimism the weather forecast which had improved significantly overnight might offer us a pretty dry morning, the early Saturday ride riders were to meet just before 8am to face the darkening skies

    Starting in the rain……

    We stopped pretty early into the ride because of the torrential rain, in fact it was about…[Read more]

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  • The Saturday offering attracted 15 riders yesterday, all out to enjoy the sunny morning.

    Two groups were formed and off we went, with the second medium paced group not seeing the first again until coffee had been served back at Belmondo’s This of course was only because of the tractor hindering our descent from Speedgate 🤣

    The route sent us s…[Read more]

  • The early Saturday ride was enjoyed by a total of 14 riders this morning.

    A decision was taken to split 7 and 7, although the first turn of the head on Cudham lane identified eight had set off as the first group. Joining me were Bert H, Sean C, Julian S, Alistair D, Colin P, Russ K and Andy Mc.

    John C, and Claire C offered to lead the second…[Read more]

  • After a bad weekend for crashes last weekend, I’m pleased to report the first ride of the weekend passed without incident today. Best wishes to all recovering after last week, especially Mick Coulton who had his surgery in the week.

    11 were at the G, so a 5/6 split formed our two groups. First off was John C, Bert H, Andy Mc, Simon V and Russ…[Read more]

  • The early Saturday ride attracted 8 this morning, with a mix of optimistic clothing on show.

    John C, Grant R, Simon V, Ian G, Steve B , Alistair D, Roy and myself.
    Colin was due to join us, but a puncture on the way to the start put paid to that, although we did see him later in the morning riding the route in reverse.

    A quick summary of the…[Read more]

  • The Early Saturday ride took on a few of the local hills today, and 12 arrived keen to challenge themselves (or hoping that a bit of rain was going to result in a change to the alternate flatter route).

    Two groups of six were formed, with everyone playing down their chances/fitness/ability/training ahead of the off.

    With Me was Simon V, Grant R,…[Read more]

  • The early Saturday ride attracted 15 this week, with Hubbards clearly being the big draw.

    The group split sent six off first, with nine preferring to dodge what I understand was perceived to be a faster group.

    The six were Dave B, Adam D, Simon V, Julian S, Russ K and myself. Sorry but I can’t now recall the remaining nine.

    I’m not sure but a…[Read more]

  • Eight gathered for a windy adventure in the local tree lined lanes. At the G this morning we’re Claire C, Ashley P, Steve B, Jim N, John C, Will T, Andy Mc and Me.
    We set off straight up Old Hill (very popular), but that pain lead to the gain as we made our way up to Downe and on to Shampan dodging the worst of the wind.

    Turning left at S…[Read more]

  • The Early Saturday Ride attracted 16 riders this morning, drawn to the G by the flattish route and the promise of some early Spring sunshine no doubt.

    Group One – John C, Andy Mc, Simon V, Russ K, Neale N, Julian S, Ed W and Me

    Group Two – Steve B, Tom S, Claire W, Claire C, Jamie L, Grant R, Rob G (Briefly I understand ?), and one other ???…[Read more]

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