12th December Eats and Drinks at the Clubroom

Eats and drinks will be available at the clubroom on Thursday from 8.30pm.   The nomal nominal clubroom fee will apply.  Any contribution to the supplies of food and drinks will be welcome.

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Travels to Warwickshire / 

Tonbridge & T Wells trip to Rouen / 

A Cyclists’ Christmas ghost story / 

A Chat with Malcolm…/ 

The results of the Best Article and the Summer Photographic Competitions / 

The annual Hill Climb result /

Not forgetting news from the Groups and where you’re all heading in January and February / 

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Prize Presentation Lunch

The Prize Presentation Lunch will be held on 25th January 2020 at The Pavilion, The Alexander Suite, St Mary’s Road, Swanley.  The time is 12.30 for a 1.00pm lunch.  The price is £22 for a 3- course meal, tea or coffee and mints.

Tickets must be ordered by Sunday 12th January from Jean Tobin, ‘Wheelers’, Stonehuse Road, Halstead,  Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 7HN (01589 852871) or email jtobin@talktalk.net.  Cheques payable to West Kent CTC  or transfer to 09-01-26 a/c No.18139283 Mrs J.M.Tobin.  She must have your choice from the following menu with payment:

Menu:

Starters: Leek and Potato Soup, Traditional Prawn Cocktail, Slices of Melon with Berries

Mains: Roast Pork served with Apple Sauce.

Roast Chicken with Chipolata, Bacon-Roll, Stuffing.

Oven Baked Salmon with New Potatoes and Dilll Sauce.

All the above served with Seasonal Vegetables and Potatoes.

Desserts:  Apple Crumble and Custard

Lemon Meringue Pie served with Cream or Ice Cream.

Fresh fruit salad and ice cream or cream.

Tea/Coffee and mints.

 

 

 

 

Hill Climb 2019

The West Kent CTC Hill Climb 2019

The West Kent CTC annual Hill Climb was held on Sunday 3rd November at Old Pol Hill.  There was a good turnout of riders and supporters with ages ranging from 5 to 86.  The weather was kind and it was unseasonably warm and sunny, no bad thing with all the deep breathing going on from those competing.   Tea coffee and cakes were provided and a good time had by all.

The race is about half a mile with timekeepers at top and bottom.  The overall winner was again this year the phenomenal Paul McQuillen, who was an enormous 17 seconds ahead of his nearest rival.  Graham Lingham from Gravesend.  There were other prizes for 1st veteran, lady and junior.

Hill Climb results 2019 Click to download all results

A few photos from Simon Hattersley for yesterday’s excellently organised event

Peter Woods tracking his minute man

Jeff Senior – not far to go

Catherine Coffin winning the Ladies class

Refreshments at the top!

Announcing the results

Four Elms Coffee Shop

FOR INFO…

The very popular cyclists’ stop at Four Elms i.e. the Elms Coffee Shop, Chartwell Barn Garden Centre has closed and has reopened in new premises at the Four Elms crossroads.

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In this issue…

C2C with the Orpington Group

A look back at exploring Kent in the 50s

Invalids tour of the Hereford/Worcester borders

A Chat with Pat…

The latest positions in the Best All Rounder Competition

Plus all your regular reports including where the Groups rides are going in November and December

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Triennial Veterans 100 mile ride 14th July

WEST KENT CTC TRIENNIAL VETERANS RIDE 14th JULY EVENT REPORT

Once again we have had a highly successful elite event and enjoyed dry and warm weather, although it looked like threatening rain at times.
30 entries, 29 of which rode the event, divided neatly into three riding groups. [1 was unable to ride due to shoulder injury].
Two thirds of our riders had ridden a Tri-Vets before, a few having collections of date bars, and for John Ennis this was his twelfth date bar. I am very grateful to Paul Mansfield, Linton Schwarz and Paul Welch whose great experience and leadership made everything run very smoothly and efficiently.
This was the sixth Kent Tri-Vets I have organised, and since I have been doing them I have run them with a single base HQ and four loops. This has been further refined to create an easy route with the minimum of hills, none of which involve ‘out of the saddle’ effort, whilst retaining the maximum of interesting country, quiet lanes and back roads. We now use the same route each year for our 100 mile ‘medal’ event, giving more riders the opportunity to reach that all important milestone, with the advantage of not being far from base if it all gets to be too much on the day.
The quickest group spent 8 hours 14 minutes on the road and completed the event in 9 hours 49 minutes. The second group spent 8 hours 26 minutes on the road and 9 hours 54 minutes in total. The third group spent 9 hours 3 minutes on the road and 10 hours 28 minutes in total, all very comfortably within the 12 hour limit.
Vic + Heather Ashlee and Brian Matkins supported the event.
Special thanks go to my wife Ros who not only baked all the cakes but made up all the lunches, poured all the tea + coffee throughout the day, washed up, and cleaned the kitchen and toilets afterwards. Thanks also to Bob Macdowall for being our ‘official’ photographer and for checking the route. See his pics on the ‘Cycling West Kent’ facebook page.
Certificates and enamel date bars were awarded to everyone at the end of the ride. Badges are obtainable through the Cycling UK online shop, price £4.50, with a 6 week delay from processing the order to obtaining the badge. If anyone wants an enamel date bar for a previous TriVets ride, please contact me and I will get them for you. [This is due to the poor quality of the non-enamel date bars obtainable from the Cycling UK shop].
This year I rode the South West London CTC [The Sou’westers] TriVets 100 mile event on 19th June; two loops from Brockham near Dorking out to Godalming in the West and Lingfield in the East; a change from my ‘usual’ Essex event.
Rob Seall
West Kent CTC Registrar + Outdoor Events Officer.

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In this issue…

  • A West Kenter recalls his experience of our Hilly 50km Audax
  • Part 1 of La Velodyssee, a trip up through France
  • North Norfolk with the Moderates
  • A Vietnamese memory
  • Tech Talk – another take on the Orbea E bike
  • Plus all your usual favourites including the Best All Rounder competition standings and the “at a glance” Runs List for July and August

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National Cycle Network review – Help us to shape your Network

Throughout 2018, Sustrans is undertaking a major review of the walking and cycling routes of the National Cycle Network.

Millions of families, commuters and tourists use the Network every year and as custodians and champions of the Network, we’d love to hear the views of as many people as possible.

This survey should take you just 5-10 minutes to complete. Your responses will be used to inform the review and the future strategy for the Network.

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