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Ronde van East Kent

 

Sunday the 15th March, 2020 

The Ronde van East Kent is an annual birthday bike ride for friends, including the ones we haven't yet met. The original idea was a sort of big reunion for people who have been on my trips, but it has in only its third year evolved to include lots of new faces which is just great! A lot of people headed out on my trips this year are using it as a social training ride.

It's not a sportive, there is no signage, there are no feed stations, there is no support vehicle (sorry, Mrs Vélo she say no, not this time). I ride it, I don't drive a support vehicle (unlike at other sportives). Riders ride it at their own risk. Think of it more like a traditional reliability ride.

Primarily, I put up-to-date info on a Facebook event page but I know and respect that plenty of people wish to live a life Facebookless. So, I will endeavour to keep this page updated, but if in doubt just email me for info at angus@lavieenvelo.com.

 

Routes

Everyone is responsible for their own navigation. I publish a route and riders download it and use it however they see fit.  

There are links below to ridewithgps from where you can download each route file. I have also loaded the files into Google Maps in case you'd like to look at them there. You might use that link to generate your own paper maps if you'd like them. I would advise a belt and braces approach to navigation. For those on long routes you need to consider whether your device has enough battery power to last and consider bringing a spare battery pack for back-up. 

 

The 2020 route will be published soon. 

 

Below is info about the 2019 route which will be updated soon.

 

100 mile route:

No need to do a 'friend request', it should just be publicly accessible. Let me know if not.

Note: the route may be subject to edits nearer the time so keep an eye here for updates.

The following places are at the following mileage:

km mi Village
 

 

66 mile route:

 

You can see and export this file from my ridewithgps page:

No need to do a 'friend request', it should just be publicly accessible. Let me know if not.

Note: the route may be subject to edits nearer the time so keep an eye here for updates.

The following places are at the following mileage:

km mi Village
 

 

The 45 mile route:

 

You can see and export this file from my ridewithgps page:

 

No need to do a 'friend request', it should just be publicly accessible. Let me know if not.

Note: the route may be subject to edits nearer the time so keep an eye here for updates.

The following places are at the following mileage:

km mi Village

 

Start

The ride will start from the Beach Cafe (3 Beach Walk, Whitstable, CT5 2BP) at 8am on Sunday, the 15th March.

They have kindly offered to open up early for us so maybe plan to get a coffee and/or a bite to eat before you go to make it worth their while.

I will be there for a cuppa from about 07.45, aiming for a roll-out about 08.30am.

The café shuts at 14.00 on a Sunday so may not be open when those on long routes get back but the Hotel Continental just around the corner serves drinks and food all afternoon and they know that you might be coming.

 

The state of the roads and your tyre/wheel/bike choice.

All Ronde van East Kent routes are very purposefully planned to take you on to sleepy little lanes for significant distances. The idea is that you see the best of our neck of the woods and that is best found off the beaten track..

So, you will occasionally be riding on lanes with green bits up the middle, potholes, mud and hedge trimmings.

Good 4-season road bike tyres would be fine, but this may not be the time to break out the summer bike with the racing wheels and lightweight summer slicks.

 

Refreshments

This is, very purposefully, a rural route so there aren't loads of places to stop for refreshments, especially early on a Sunday morning, and there are no formal arrangements, but I have called a couple of places to let them know that you may want to stop in and buy some food and/or drinks.

Start: The Beach Café, Whitstable is opening early just for us so please allow time to use their excellent services (not just their loo), even if it is just something to take with you.

45 mile route: Wye Coffee Shop (33km / 20 miles). Open as usual but they know you're coming. Should be just what you need before Wye hill!!! The route file now detours through Wye to pass their door.

66 mile route: the Kings Head at Shadoxhurst (55km / 34 miles) are going to open up early and will do some sandwiches & drinks for purchase. Please try and use them.

100 mile route: Various options but the Globe Inn at Rye (74km / 46 miles) will be open as usual and is a favourite with cyclists. They know that we're coming! I will be stopping here! There is also great tea/coffee & cake at Miss Mollett's in Appledore (65km / 40 miles), and the excellent Coffee Lounge in Dymchurch (105km / 65 miles).

Finish: You have the whole of Whitstable to choose from but the Hotel Continental is also on Beach walk, just around the corner from the Beach Café (who may be shut by the time most of us get back) and they know you might be dropping by. They have lots of space and serve good food all day.

 

Parking:

If you need it, there is pay & display nearby at the Gorrell Tank car park opposite the harbour, but there is also plenty of free parking in residential streets not far away, especially if you head up towards Tankerton and inland off Northwood Road, or up on Tankerton slopes at Marine Parade.


Trains:

I know that there are few or no trains arriving into Whitstable from London at that time. Maybe join us a bit further down the route? There is a Victoria train that gets into Faversham at 09.10 which you could use to intercept the route at Badlesmere Lees at about 25km. Contact me if you'd like the 'peloton' to look out for you.
 

I will try and warn some hostelries and cafés en route that we are coming and they will inevitably ask 'how many', so it would help me enormously if you'd let me know that you are coming either via the Facebook event page or via email.

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