TdF at Brenchley 8/7/07
This was a great day out John, thanks to you and other friends from West Kent CTC. You all persevered in the face of obstruction by the Southeastern railways and those of us who got through the net enjoyed a fabulous ride to and from Brenchley and a wonderful view of the race in a charming rural setting with great pub food, drink and hospitality.
You all made it a day to remember.
Please pass on our thanks to all ride leaders and arrangers,
Anthony Austin, Coordinator, Greenwich Cyclists
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Sent: 06 July 2007 09:31
Subject: [greenwichcyclists] TdF at Brenchley 8/7/07
Just a bit more info, which may be helpful.
Feeder rides to the Halfway House have been arranged as follows
Bexleyheath: 9.15 am from Bexley Post Office; contact Mike Friday 020
Paddock Wood: 10.00 am from Paddock Wood railway station (this is a
family ride); contact Helen McQuillen 020 8850 6630
Orpington: 8.30 am from Orpington railway station; contact Peter Woods
Green Street Green Bromley: 8 am; contact Adrian Cowie 020 8651 1510
Tonbridge: 9.30 and 10 am from Tonbridge railway station; contact
Peter Ashley 020 7525 3965
The roads will be closed from 8am in Tonbridge, slightly earlier in
Maidstone , and slightly later in Tunbridge Wells and Brenchley. Once
the roads are closed it will not be permitted to cycle along the route
or, where there are barriers (particularly town centres), wheel bikes
along the route. It will be possible to cross the route at selected
points in towns (pelican crossings etc) and at cross roads in the
country but in the town centres and possibly elsewhere it will not be
possible to cross the race route later than half an hour before the
race caravan is expected to arrive (see timings below). It will be
possible to cross the A228 by the foot/cycle bridge near Pembury (TQ
627 423). The local police have confirmed that there will no problem
accessing the Half Way House by lane from the south-west. Check the OS
Get-a-map service for a good view of access to this lane.
From about 11 am refreshments will be available. Hot food and
baguettes will available for lunch, and we have been promised an
extended range of guest ales. The race caravan is expected to start
passing the pub at about 11.50 and the race itself is expected to go
by at about 1.35. The race route around Brenchley will remain closed
at least until 2.15.
Arrangements are in hand to decorate the pub and turn it into 'l'Hotel
de Ville' with flags and bunting galore. After the race has passed by,
the party atmosphere will have developed its own momentum, aided by
the excellent food and drink that will be available. If you wish, wear
fancy dress or club colours, to add to the festive spirit.
- Anthony,Many thanks for your kind words.The organisers did a magnificent job and and the pub did us proud as well.We were quite concerned over the past few weeks that bike ban, access difficulties and poor weather may result in a low turnout. Martin counted over 450 people at the site and two-thirds were probably cyclists. The CTC's national director, Kevin Mayne was there for a few hours having cycled from Paddock Wood station on a folder!We would particularly like to thank everyone who made an effort to come from further afield because you also helped to make the day a great success. It's a pity that no images of the riders were broadcast as they
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We left CSG at 0940, and left the Thames , following the Waterlink Way .
Only a little residual mud on the track in new Beckenham from Friday’s rain. Through Beckenham, and out towards West Wickham , the hills of Keston gleaming in the distance in the morning sunshine. Gentle climb up to Keston church, along to Downe, and up the short burst up of the 1 in 4 towards Cudham church. As we hit the brow of the north downs, looking out over Brasted Chart, the rain started. A while later, with full rainwear on, the expected summer monsoon deluge ceased, and the sun came out, and shone out over Brasted Chart, and the weald. Hugging the scarp, the Pilgrims Way was empty. Rejoining the A233 from Bromley, we hit traffic, and crossed over the M25 carpark, and into Westerham at 12.10, turning left by Wolfe’s statue to the Tudor Rose restaurant for lunch.
The special today was homemade steak and ale pie. An hour later, after more rain, we climbed up Hosey Hill, and then via Chartwell, and Hever, we doglegged up to SevenoaksWeald and down to Chiddingstone for perhaps the most generous cream tea I have come across in years. Hurtled back to Markbeech to check out the Kentish Horse which offers real homemade (not Brake bros), local food (except the scampi) and good ales. Pricier than the Tudor Rose, but worth watering there in future for the train which goes from Cowden Station 4 minutes pedalling. We caught the train, diesel, single line, from Uckfield from Cowden to London Bridge . 48 minutes. £5.20 reduced single fare.
60 miles, quite a few more hills than planned, but fabulous lush verdant scenery, and not many cars out either. The perfect day to be out on the bike, and no torrential rains, monsoons, or steamy swamps as was forecast. What with delicious lunch, generous tea, and some good local ales, Wandsworth Cyclists have already expressed interest in doing a joint ride on Saturday 19 August, meeting up at Beckenham Junction, and heading down to Westerham, and a similar route thereon.
Chris Le Breton
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