It was a wonderful day today & almost a novel experience, being on a bike, warm with bright sunshine, it was great feeling the heat from the sun on my legs!!
We left the local gym & Sandra & I were joined by Clive & Gareth & we did our now familiar route down to Maidstone, across to Tonbridge & back through Sevenoaks......... well that was the plan!!
We reached the top of Wrotham Hill & started our descent all together. It's fair to say that what I lack in hill climbing I make up for in descending, I lead the descent reaching over 40 mph. The descent is a nice straight piece of road with a roundabout at the bottom, where we turn right to continue descending. Getting back up to the 40 odd mph over the next roundabout & descend for another 2 miles.
About 4 miles further down the road I get a phone call from an unnamed person (It's wrong to name her) to ask me where I was?? Despite strict instructions & a knowledge of the area, Sandra & Clive turned right at the second roundabout where the should have gone straight on!!. Seizing this as the perfect opportunity NOT to do Sevenoaks Hill we turned round & tried catch them back to David Lloyds (without success!!)
The rest of the ride was uneventful, except that I don't think any of the pro teams will hire me as a mechanic. I had terrible trouble shifting down on the rear de-railer & my chain came off a number of times (always going up hill). It transpired that the new chain I put on is too long & needs to have some links taken out..... this is now in the cycle shop. Main downfall was I had to do the last hill of the day (Polehill) in the big cog on the front.......... hurt like hell before you ask!
Garth, Sandra & Clive by Brands Hatch
Facts of the ride
Distance travelled 37.4 miles
Average speed 12.8 mph
Maximum speed 41.6 mph
Calories burnt 2999
Average HR 85%
Max HR 100%
Gareth & my route!
Sandra & Clive ride was 32.12 miles long & I'm convinced it so they didn't have to do Sevenoaks Hill!!