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Rolling Kent countryside

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  • London Cannon Street railway station - meeting point: next to the main ticket office

    Cannon Street station
    EC4N 6AP
    London (map)

    51.512798 -0.095736

  • At the ticket office
  • March's ride will be in Kent. I had something else in mind but long and expensive train journeys have put me off my original idea. Looking at the blank map I decided to have a go at Kent. Martin led a ride in this area last year but I have never properly cycled in Kent. So here we go. Another shortish ride (clocks would not have changed yet) but the focus is in the elevation rather than the distance. Expect extremely rolling countryside. I don't want to put you off but I don't want you to say that I haven't warned you either! lol

    This will be our last ride in Winter and come Spring we'll go for distance and beaches rather than nasty hills.

    Diversity disclaimer: I'd personally like you to sign up for the ride if you are a woman. Please, help me reverse the gender imbalance of our rides

    Start: We meet 8.45am at Cannon Street Rail station. We will catch the 9.11am train to Orpington, where our ride will start and finish. The journey is 20 mins long and the return ticket should be about £7 IF we manage to get group savers.  The ride will start promptly at 9:30am from Orpington station.

    Route: Mid Length at 56 miles but expect a relentless route. We hardly have any flat stretches. The maximum elevation is 788ft and the maximum gradient 15%. The total elevation gained will come at  4271ft. All our effort will be rewarded with amazing countryside along some of the most beautiful villages in Kent.

    PACE OF THE RIDE: We will be going uphill so the pace will be slower than our usual steady pace. As a rule of thumb expect an average pace of 14 mph, slower uphill and definitely faster along flat stretches.If you haven't cycled in a while or if you have never cycled 50 miles altogether the ride may not be for you.  Remember that our policy is that you will be kindly asked to bail out if you are too slow to keep up our pace. Truth be said, this has only happened a handful of times so if you feel on the right side of determined then give it a go. There are some rail stations at several points along the route within a few miles of the mapped track.

    Stops: Just quickies at the top of the hardest hills. As for lunch, in the lovely village of Swanley, about 5 miles before the end of the ride, we have a few pubs. And another one a few miles after in Crockenhill village. All in all, we should be back in Orpington at about 4.30/5pm.

    What to bring: snacks and water to refuel regularly. Weatherproof gear. Spare inner tube(s), pump, some cash. LIGHTS and  Helmet (you won't be able to join us if you don't wear a helmet).

    HEALTH & SAFETY: Cycling is fun and safe but no sporting activity is risk-free. To minimise such risk when you take part in our rides you will be expected to ride safely, wearing a helmet and abiding by the Highway code. No red light jumping, unexpected turns or dangerous overtaking will be accepted. If we feel you are putting other group members at risk you will be asked to bail out immediately.

    Return to London: We have several trains per hour back to Cannon Street. Journeys about 20-30mins.

    Weather : I'm tempted to say the ride will go ahead regardless of the weather. However, very strong winds and heavy rain would make me reconsider my courage.

    "One of the aims of the Cycling group is to appreciate of our natural surroundings, local towns and villages. We hope to minimise our impact by making sure that we are responsible for our litter. Please dispose of all of your litter and snack wrappers carefully".

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  • Bea

    Hello people,

    Unfortunately, the weather looks too adverse to get out in our bikes. The purpose of our meet ups is mainly fun and leisure, no penitence is sought through them! Under the circumstances, and after listening to some of you and how you felt about the weather it looks as the best option. Also, I have to consider the group's safety and given that we should expect wet roads, rain and winds it doesn't look as it'd be safe to ride as a group along a hilly track.

    I will arrange another ride soon. Apologies for the late notice but I secretle hoped and waited for a sudden change in the weather.

    See you soon

    Bea

    March 16, 2013

  • Ollie

    Hey Bea, sorry i wont be able to make it this weekend. Job hunting has to take priority over cycling. Have a great ride, Ollie

    1 · March 14, 2013

  • Paul P

    Sorry Bea, the weather is not looking great, and cycling in the wet is not much fun. Also concerned about flying off a downhill to my death

    1 · March 14, 2013

  • Matt L.

    Sorry about this late notice, but I've got to bail. I'm off to a birthday party! Good luck with the ride!

    March 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dangnabbit! I was delighted to get the spot, but now won't be around to go on this. Next one hopefully!

    March 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am still looking at how my feet recover. Better give slot to someone else.

    March 12, 2013

  • Paul P

    I leave down SE London so I'll just cycle down to Orpington and meet you there.

    1 · March 11, 2013

    • Paul P

      Must learn to spell!

      March 11, 2013

  • Christopher G.

    Am recovering from tendonitis / bursitis in my knee, so lots of hills are off my training plan for now =(

    March 11, 2013

    • Bea

      Sorry to hear that Chris. Hope that you get well soon!

      March 11, 2013

  • Mari

    Sorry, my plans have changed and I have to canx. Have a great ride.....

    March 10, 2013

  • sophie l.

    I'm gutted that I can't make this now but please do this ride again, I'd love to do some hilly rides in Kent, especially now that I have to start training. :)

    March 10, 2013

  • Matt L.

    Hello, not sure if my last mail came through. Can I join the waiting list? Keen to get some lenghty challenging rides in. Just noticed the invite email in my inbox. Cheers.

    February 28, 2013

    • Bea

      Sorry Matt, it looks as if I've missed your comment. You need not ask before joining the waiting list, the system should've allowed you to do so if you wanted. Please let me know if that was not the case.

      March 7, 2013

  • Alex

    I was on the waiting list, meanwhile I booked something else this weekend. See you guys next time!

    March 5, 2013

  • Maggie

    Looks like I won't be able to make this one after all - but I'm hoping to join you for a ride sooner rather than later :)

    March 5, 2013

  • Craig S.

    Been invited to a christening on the 17th so going to have to miss this one, have a good ride though!

    March 4, 2013

  • Alex

    I'm back from the dead once more!

    1 · February 18, 2013

  • Paul P

    Mapmyride suggests the elevation gained is c.2000ft (rather than 4000ft.. St. Bernard pass is 3000ft in about 8 miles by the way :)).. if map my ride is correct then (on paper) it is the same as today..

    That Vigo hill looks a monster cat. 4.. looking forward to that....

    Definitely keen for this too.

    February 17, 2013

    • Bea

      Paul, yoou may be thinking imperial but reading metric. Yesterday the toal elevation gained was approx 3800ft. The grand st bernard pass has a total 8000ft ascent along 27 miles (from bottom to top). Having had a look at both yesterday's and March's ride, it looks as if they are on the same difficulty level. I will defo try to schedule in more runs and lose some weight in between!

      1 · February 17, 2013

  • Ollie

    Just looked at the profile...ouch, but i am keen if you are.

    February 16, 2013

    • Bea

      Is it that bad? Am I getting oout of touch with reality? I've no time to do any training other than a couple fo runs during the week so I may be pushing it one hill too far? Lets see how we feel closer to the date and we can remap as needed. It will be good to see you. Long time.

      February 16, 2013

  • Paul P

    I love hills!! Bring them on! In saying that.. 4000ft ascent in 50 miles is bit crazy.. Today was onlly 2000ft.. Do you have a link to the route on my my ride or anything?

    February 16, 2013

    • Bea

      Just uploaded the gpx. Check it out. If you think it's on the crazy side of determined give me a shout and I can re-map. Am I underestimating my hate of hills?

      February 16, 2013

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