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Archive for October 2012

Through the lanes of Kent

Posted on Sunday 28 October 2012 by Scott Fletcher

The icy gusts of Saturday gave way to cycle-friendly weather for the first ride day after the time change, with moments of sunshine and temperatures up to 8C.  Twelve riders set out along the River Medway for an anticlockwise circuit through Kent and Sussex lanes.  A number of promising-looking pubs were passed near Tonbridge at unfeasibly early hours; an interesting study might be made of how rides might be led past such spots as the Hopbine at Petteridge or The Man of Kent near East Peckham at lunchtime.  Slow going and a few navigational errors found us only as far as Goudhurst at midday.

Rather than push on to the intended Ticehurst, we elected to lunch where we stood, which turned out to be The Vine, a rambling inn at the village crossroads. Drawn by the chalkboard’s promise of a ‘locally made rabbit stew’ special, the ride leader enticed the group into the ultimate nightmare of the keen Sunday cyclist, A PUB THAT HAD RUN OUT OF REAL ALES. more »

Essex country lanes ride

Posted on Friday 19 October 2012 by Anna Bagi

Fourth time lucky. The original ride from Chelmsford had to be changed due to engineering works, the second plan didn’t work, the third did, but was washed out by torrential rain. This time we had lovely weather, but engineering works affected us and got to Laindon in a roundabout way.

Still it was eight of us (unfortunately Mel, who helped in the recce, couldn’t make it), all experienced riders, some are fast, yet I managed to keep up with the group and thanks to my behaviour management skills, for the majority of the time I kept the group together. For the GPS enthusiasts I had to make allowances, but the hidden country lanes appealed to everyone at the end. We had two newcomers Andrej and Alex who came all the way from Chiswick and Tooting not only kept up easily, but were a great contribution to the good atmosphere. more »

De Havilland Museum Ride

Posted on Wednesday 17 October 2012 by Charles Harvey

The theme of the ride was aviation history. It was something I grew up with. My mother was in the Air Force during the war and as a child I lived near RAF Hendon which became the site of the RAF Museum. So an interest in local aviation history was almost inevitable.

There were nine on this ride, no doubt encouraged by some fine autumnal weather. After meeting at Radlett station, we started by visiting two sites in Radlett which during the last war had been used as operations rooms by 80 (Signals) Wing, responsible for electronic countermeasures again the Luftwaffe. more »

Ride of the Falling Leaves: Keeping the Faith

Posted on Monday 15 October 2012 by Martin Hayman

We have reported on the Dulwich Paragon’s annual Ride of the Falling Leaves sportive here before (2011; 2010). Once again a cadre of Central London would-be hardriders vowed to compete, sorry take part in this very special ride. It is not so much like today’s commercial or charidee sportive, as a traditional clubrun to which all are bidden – a gathering of the tribes; a pledging of the faith before winter darkness envelopes us.

The larger party comprising Jon, Mike, Keith, and Stephen rendezvoused at Bank for the trundle down to the start at Herne Hill Velodrome; I hacked over from Kilburn; Damian and Raph in the V8 Beamer were last to arrive, thanks to the total closure of Park Lane (which I had sailed down with all 4 lanes to myself on the bike). more »

Sixty-five but kms younger

Posted on Saturday 13 October 2012 by John Aizlewood

Network Rail frustrated Paul’s 65th birthday ride of 65kms by cancelling our intended train, so we started an hour late. The train was met at Welwyn North by Paul and his stepson Daniel.

Off road tracks were in good condition in spite of the recent heavy rain. More challenging was a flooded road, caused by a broken water main, with some getting wet feet. Over lunch in Hertford therefore Laurence developed the sock sandwich (two socks with cling film in between): perhaps he also developed trench foot later.

Hertford Castle

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Hadleigh Castle walk

Posted on Monday 1 October 2012 by Anna Bagi

After having to change this walk completely due to engineering works it was only Mel, Monty (the dog) and myself on the walk. Most of our regulars suddenly discovered that they had family and friends and rushed off in different directions.

It was a beautiful sunny day. We walked along Benfleet Creek, had a tea in a boat pub, we then carried on to Hadleigh Woods.

Tea at Hadleigh Farm

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Four-star group takes on a life of its own

Posted on Monday 1 October 2012 by Martin Hayman

Far from being an etiolated sport of the original stock, the CLCTC 4* group has taken on a vigorous life of its own, attracting several lively young newcomers. For Damian’s ride out to Saffron Walden from Highgate, we were joined again by Seet, whose daily commute to Potter’s Bar gives him plenty of base mileage; Karine, a French triathlete; Sarah, who recently completed an end-to-end with a CTC group; and, in the full Liquigas strip, Peter (no not that one). We also welcomed back Raph from an enforced break caused by his painful fall in Regent’s Park.

Moments after our departure from Caffe Nero more »

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