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Archive for March 2011

High Speed to Romney Marsh

Posted on Saturday 5 March 2011 by Thomas James

An impressive (for a winter ride) 16 riders met at St Pancras on 23 January.  We had all been saving since Christmas for a trip on the HS1 train.  There were very few others on the train and we were very soon in Ashford, where we met those who had been travelling for hours on the slow train.

We took a quiet route out of Ashford and then along a Roman road up to the Greensand Ridge, over the top and down onto the flat lands of the Romney Marsh.   more »

Hell of the Ashdown

Posted on Tuesday 1 March 2011 by Stephen Taylor

The last time I did the Hell of the Ashdown, Catford CC’s early season Sportive, I figured it was not going to be a picnic and so it proved as I struggled through a blizzard. That was two years ago. Last year, by all accounts, it was even worse but I took the duvet option. After catastrophic weather two years running the organisers moved the event to the end of February in the hope of better weather and it looked like they had succeeded when Jon, Charlie and I turned up bright and early on Sunday morning at the HQ in Biggin Hill. It was cold but the sun was out and the day looked set fair. Hell of the Ashdown, pah! More like “Minor Inconvenience of the Ashdown” or “Slight Discomfort of the Ashdown”.
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