This is the fourth Ride of the “Cycle 30” group from Dover to. The total distance is around 42 miles.
The first 8 miles of the route is up and down (mostly up) but after we have crossed Folkestone the route goes along the coast and is completely flat.
This route is all on road. A road bike should be fine for this trip. The link below shows the main route including an elevation graph.
(Please note by default the distance markers are shown in km, if you want to see these in miles you need to create an account on mapmyride and then you can change the setting to imperial)
The site also has a link for downloading a GPX file for all the high tech riders who know what I am talking about.
Getting to the Starting Point
The starting point is Dover Priory Station, Meeting point is at the car park outside the station at 10:15 am.
Please note : This ride will be hosted by Neetha. Please look out for her at the station. Her telephone number will be emailed to all the people who have RSVPed for the event.
The train options from London are as follows:
1. From London Bridge to Dover starting at 8:15 which gets to Dover at 10:02 .
2. From Stratford International to Dover at 8:49 am (Change at Ashford
3.Drive to Ashford take the 9:32 train to Dover to get there at 10:02 am.
Train fares and Group Saver tickets
The train ticket you should buy is super off peak day return from London to Dover. And a separate one-way ticket from Rye to Ashford,
The price for the return tickets from London Bridge £32.30
From Stratford International £37.40
Rye to Ashford is £7.10
With Group Savers the fare can reduce to up to 50 % so if you would like to be part of a Group Saver please send me a message with your starting station details, at least 3 days before the ride and we can arrange for people to meet and buy group savers.
The route follows the National Cycle Network Route 2 (NCN 2) and is sign posted all along the way. People can ride at their own pace along this route.
We will stop every 5 miles for a quick catch up, and there will be 3 longer stops of 20-30 minutes approximately after every 10 miles.
The pit stops have deliberately been kept to be frequent and of short duration, so don’t expect to sit down for a proper Sunday roast on the ride. Stopping for a long lunch is not advisable as your muscles may refuse to work after such a long rest. The stops are near pubs or high street, so you can get a quick drink and a sandwich, but it is advisable to bring your lunch. The ride will end at a pub where you can get a proper meal if you wish.
The three designated pit stops will be near Folkestone, Saint Mary in the Marsh Rye.
Pit Stop 1
Folkestone: The Sandgate Esplanade .
This stop is on the Esplanade , next to the sea. The stop will be at the crossing of the Sandgate high Street and the Sandgate Esplanade. There are no cafe's at this junction , however the high street is close by where people can wander up and find some shops. The meeting point is near a small memorial at the start of the Esplanade.
Pit Stop 2:
The Star Inn
St. Mary in the Marsh,
End of Ride in Rye.
Ye Olde Bell
33 The Mint
East Sussex TN31 7EN
The approximate time schedule is as follows:
10:30 am Start from Dover
12:00-12:30 pm Pit Stop 1 : Folkestone
2:15 – 3:00 Pit stop 2 – The star inn , St Mary on the Marsh
4:30 pm End of Ride - Ye Old Bell High Street Rye
End of Ride
The ride will finish at a pub. Details of the pub will be provided.
Trains from Rye to Ashford/London are every back to London are every hours. We will plan to take the 17:46 train back.
Break-downs, getting lost, giving up or arriving late
If you have a breakdown or any other issue with the ride there are train station every 10 miles, however I will have a Cycle rescue company’s number who can come and give you a ride to the nearest station. The cost of this rescue will be around £30.
Safety along the route is your responsibility, so please make sure you are watching out for pedestrians and cars and taking special care through towns and villages
What to bring
Here is an initial list of things you should consider while packing for this trip ; Water; Food, including lunch, chocolate energy bars ; Helmet; First aid kit ; Shinny Safety jacket ; Waterproof gear (depending on the weather forecast); Money for pint and train tickets. It is expected to be very hot on Sunday to please make sure you bring enough water.
The ride will go ahead under most weather conditions, it will be only be cancelled if the forecast if heavy thunder showers or flood warnings.
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