It's the summer school holidays here in Europe and as many of us as possible are taking holidays. I'll be off to France for a couple of weeks soon and this week Warren had some time off so we agreed to head out on Wednesday morning. The weather forecast was for heavy rain – conditions neither of us enjoy so we met up at 9 to hopefully beat the rain.
Obviously we started at our usual Chiddingstone meeting point and had a debate about where to ride to. We decided to head to Hever first, then to Mark Beech, Chiddinstone Hoath and we looped around to Penhurst. Then we climbed up Penshursts Road (or Penshurst Hill to me), which is a lovely climb. It's fairly gentle the road surface is excellent and there are some beautiful houses/views on the way up. Once we'd followed the road down to the end we rode on through Leigh and up past Hildenborough Station before taking a left onto Philpots lane where we followed the road down and through Charcott. From their we road back to Chiddingstone up the road that leads to the opposite end of the village than we normally go. Malcolm, Matt and I had ridden up this road at the end of our ride last weekend and apparently Matt had said that the last little hill up into the village was a bit of a struggle – so this is now known as Matt's Hill (hope you're reading this Matt). So after climbing Matt's hill, we stopped for a chat in the village.
Even after the chat and 65kms by the time I got home, I was still back before midday and we avoided the rain. It was a nice ride – not too difficult (750m climbing) but a reasonable speed (average 27.48 km/h) but a good brisk pace and a decent workout. It was a good way to start my August mileage.
I still want to work on my climbing speed as it's still a bit patchy at best – so I guess it's just more climbing over longer distances to improve this. The Garmin Cadence sensor is good for this as I'm trying to lift my cadence up a bit to closer to 90 average on longer climbs. Watch this space as they say. Next ride is scheduled for Saturday (weather allowing) out in and around the Ashdown Forest with Malcolm.
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