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KENT RIDE 14.3.2020 – WRITE UP…

Rain wind and punctures best says how this ride turned out. My first flat was on the down ramp to Tilbury Landing stage, managed to fix it before the boat left… Joined by Terry W, Sharon P and Les T we got out of Gravesend town to the country route where the drizzle set in… Through Cobham village and stopped at Shorne Country Park for a comfort break and coffee. While inside a heavy downpour set in so stuck for an hour or so – in good company, wet runners, walkers, kids and dogs. Finally set out and found another deflation… fixed and off again we decided to miss the visit to Cliffe. Before Upper Higham punctured again. Following the good practices as before, of checking the tyre carcass found … Read entire article »

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TO KENT – RIDE SAT’ – 14 3 2020 – 08.45 TILBURY FERRY…

Dear All. I plan to leave on the Tilbury Ferry tomorrow 08.45 SATURDAY 13.3.2020  – to Gravesend. From here out towards Sole Street, Cobham and on… arrive at Cliffe Cafe for tea and eats… Some uphill work but fairly easy to do, then mostly downhill. We’ll take the Thames and Medway canal path back to the ferry, a bit bumpy so Gator Skin/Schwalbe tyres would be best. It looks to be a bit windy and nippy but manageable for most… An all round pleasant route – we may catch blossoms on the way… We should be back in Essex in time for lunch. Be on time for the ferry – they break for breakfast at 09.00… Sorry I’m later than usual with putting this one out but have been busy. All welcome, hope to see you … Read entire article »

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WEDNESDAY RIDE 4 3 2020 – take two… (-:

We caught a grey weather window between the high winds and rain… 11 – 12 riders set out each at their own pace in small groups of varying speeds. I hadn’t ridden this Bulphan route for a while, it was mainly ‘damp’ with some mud being dragged on to the surfaces. The water had scoured out some potholes making them from small to medium, medium to large… We all got safely to the Puddledock cafe for the jolly chat and well earned nosh, the usual good gossip on news and health and so forth… Soon the sun will shine and the birds will sing – then for a change we’ll maybe cross the Thames and take an excursion through the Kent countryside – Keep pedalin’ – probably see you all next … Read entire article »

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KENT RIDE NOTES 18 1 2020…

Dear All… A low dazzling sun and frost underfoot greeted the seven of us at the Tilbury Ferry landing stage, Vic D, Peter C, Bert H, Alan and Simon along with Club friend Martin H. Up and out of Gravesend town along the Wrotham Road, avoiding a couple of reckless drivers! we headed to the park lands next to the M2. Over the slightly stony foot bridge and through the wintry farmlands and little lanes surrounding the village of Sole Street. All this a deceptively stiff climb brought the seven of us to the village T junction – for a breather. Jolly banter and encouragement and onward – and the last sneaky little climb – through the pleasant Codham village. Crossing the M2 again it was pretty much down hill from here. Turning … Read entire article »

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NY DAY RIDE NOTES … 1.1.2020

NY DAY RIDE NOTES … 1.1.2020

Dear All Sixteen of us arrived at Blackshots for the annual new year day ride, all of who were experienced riders. It was pretty cold and damp but undeterred we set out along the cycle paths beside the Lodge Lane and onward… with much good chat and gossip on the way. Usually we cross near the Harvester Restaurant and on through Davy Down and the Mardyke Vally … however, having reconnoitered earlier it was just … Read entire article »

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NEW YEARS DAY RIDE WEDNESDAY 1.1.2020 – 09.45…

    From Jon Lane New Year is fast approaching and therefore the annual Gateway Cycling’s ‘first day of the year’ ride out… This has been running for a few years now and has been enjoyed by many and is especially geared towards youngsters, families and those who may not be regular bike rides. So, if you want to break out from the wonderful Christmas ‘fug’…  for a leisurely ride – do come and join us. Meet at 09.45 at Blackshots Leisure Centre, (RM16 2JU) next to the entrance steps and depart at 10.00. We will head towards the RSPB Centre at Purfleet along cycle paths and tracks, all flat and manageable by everyone. The group will be led by helpful experienced riders. A loop along Marsh Road and then back alongside the ‘big … Read entire article »

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BORO’ MARKET TUES’ 22 10 19 SOCIAL RIDE

Dear All. Here is a copy and paste of a social ride Terry W has planned for Tues 22nd… We usually end up at The Rake Pub, Boro’ Market (SE1 9AG) for drinks and good food eats and chat… For non club members reading this, it’s not for beginners but those who are little experienced and reasonably confident riders – your’e welcome. The weather looks promising… Hi All. Tuesday 22nd, does anyone fancy a ride to Borough Market (weather permitting) starting 0800 at Hacton Lane/ Ingrebourne Valley, or 0830 at Dovers Corner roundabout? ( RM13 8QT.) All welcome. Terry W. Cheers! Posted by Jon L   … Read entire article »

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LONDON RECREATION 5 10 19 CATCH UP…

  The snapshot here says it all… In the fine cycling weather we drifted down to Woolwich and took a leisurely trip on the shiny new ferry boat across the Thames. We turned right upstream taking the dedicated foot and cycle route the ‘Thames Path’ which encouraging walkers and riders with removing hazards/obstructions and provides good surfaces and wide waterside views. First stop was at the new and very pleasant Thames Barrier cafe for a quick tea and snack. https://openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk/listings/3304 – Onward through the ultra modern ‘O2 dome’ developments followed by historic Greenwich, the twin towers of the Old RN college, the Cutty Sark and more… A zig zag route eventually to Tower Bridge and over to Fenchurch Street. Lee H, Tracy A and Alan A needed to return home early, … Read entire article »

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London Recreation Ride – Saturday 5th October

Dear All. I plan to ride to London this Saturday, 5th October, starting from Grays station… 09.30. A hop up to Barking then down to Woolwich and the tunnel/ferry across and then beside the Thames upstream, at a very steady pace.  Over Tower Bridge and probably head north to intersect the Regents Canal… and homeward from there. Will make it flexible, nothing set in stone. Doing this I won’t do the Sunday ride from Bulphan, it’s likely to pour down… All welcome, bring your mates (-: The trains seem to be running ok… Reply here if you wish, otherwise just be sure to be at Grays station (platform 1) BEFORE 09.30. Have a good one (-: Cheers! Jon L  To non Gateway Cycling members reading this. The ride is not for absolute beginners, you’ll need a … Read entire article »

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Foulness Ride Report

Foulness Ride Report

A most excellent ride. Bert and me met at Stanford station (Frances rode on to Bulphan…) and we two rode to Basildon station where it was a faff to get the train to Southend… From here we whizzed along to the Cupids Country Club Wakering for registration and met with Dave F and Sharon P – who’d both trained it from Upminster to Shoebury. A very pleasant, well organised event with many marshals and helpers encouraging … Read entire article »

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