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For those unfamiliar with the clubs activities I would like to say just a few words about the longest continuously running club ride. This is now known as the midweek social ride run on wednesdays throuhgout the year only ever cancelled due to  exceptually bad weather. The route is usually a 28 ml loop from Orsett to Berwich Ponds and back with a brunch stop at the excellent Puddledock Farm cafe. Occasionally someone will organise an alternative to a pub lunch in Kent which involves a ferry crossing to Gravesend. This ride has run continuously for many years and was originally known as the Airfield ride as the brunch stop was at the then excellent cafe at Damyns Hall airfield which was an interesting venue as aerial activities were often taking place there, this changed when a change of ownership caused a deteriation in the cafe and the move to Puddledock was made. At present the  ride is posted on the Gateway Whats App groups and usually attracts between 10 and 20 riders, there are no fixed rules re pace and the route can be shortened to suit individual riders abilities,this usually means riders make small groups and all eventually arrive at rendezvous. On return leg some make for home by  their own route and not return to Orsett which seems to suit every one.

Bob D.

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Gateway member from day one 2007. Also member of CTC, VCC, Forty Plus CC and the Fellowship of Cycling Old Timers. Am interested in cycling history especially from the 1950s and 1960s.

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