Training Ride 11 – The one where we break 30 miles again

Three of us made it out at lunch time today for a 33 mile ride around Kent. 

It was a bit more of a struggle to get out the front door. It was cold and raining (hence the full on Middle Aged Man In Lycra look) and so far we’ve been spoilt with good weather. I deliberately made it a bit harder for myself by taking a heavier, taller full suspension bike. It does have front and rear lock out, but it added an extra layer of difficulty to the proceedings. It is a fun thing to ride though…


We did get to try out the walkie talkies we’ll be taking on the ride in two weeks and they worked great (even though there were lots of other people on the same channels).

We started by retracing the A229, North Downs Way, Pilgrim’s Way route to Thurnham. It was the first time the two girls had tried it, so at least they know what they’re letting themselves in for now.

Once at Thurnham we took a right turn and dropped into Bearstead and then took another right towards Maidstone. From there we headed along the River Medway path until Aylesford. Then it was a simple case of retracing our route through Larkfield, Leybourne, Snodland, Wouldham, Borstal, Rochester and back home.


It was a decent ride. We all made it in one piece, the average speed was up and the amount of rest stops were reduced. 

As always – photos.


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