Sure, I’d received an email about this ride… and completely forgot about it. So when another reminder came in a few days ago I decided to take part in Evans Cycles RIDE-IT Medway ride. Suitable for many rather than few the ride had three courses – 31, 51 and 82 miles in distance. I had about six hours until our social event in Essex, so I decided to ride the long one.
Buy a new bike from Evans and save £25 on average by getting a free ride in the RIDE IT series. I’d have preferred King of Downs or Hoy 100 though these are not included. Fair enough – a lot goes into organising these events and labour is not free.
I’m taking part of Medway ride tomorrow and chose 82 mile / 132 km route. Parts of have been covered during some club rides and parts are new. The long route is available here https://www.strava.com/routes/1218238.
It seems to go like this – first 20 miles is relatively flat, then the route will climb over the next 10 miles at about 3% average, quick hop and then into valley again. From Hadlow it starts climbing again (throwback to Fool’s Errand), over the Carter’s Hill at 89km mark and then mostly down through West Malling back to Chatham.
Thanks to MG for drawing the route.
Recap to follow after the ride and recovery over the weekend.
The first longer ride attempted is Fool’s Errand on Sunday, 2nd April. It’ll go through lovely country lanes in Kent and is challenging enough for most cyclists. Why? Well, there are many ups and downs and ups are often near 20% gradient over half a mile…
I started training a couple of weeks ago. Last Sunday went out with a friend to tackle some of the hills and survived. 36 miles with relatively strong head and side wind were completed at 2:30’ish.
And this is how it looks in 3D thanks to VeloViewer
The ride itself will be double the distance and climbs. Hope to complete it in 4 hours.