Maybe just a bit more than our regular Bacon Butty Ride, it's an excuse for a cyclist social, a short ten mile quick fix, where we girls take a steady chatting pace, and put the world to rights. At least we sometimes carry on to the top of the hill, before turning back to The Cafe, at Recolver. Bacon Butty, is just a training run, well that's what we tell ourselves. A quick spin, for the days when we're busy, limited by time, or the weather is miserable; our good intentions are squashed by the smell of bacon. It’s a twenty mile round trip coastal cycling on the flat from the Margate clock-tower.
Sunday's Turner to Pub Route, a bit more challenging 50 miles+, with a few hills thrown in for good measure. You can take the easy option along the national cycle route following the coastal path most of the way, before turning into a quiet Kentish lane. At The Freewheel, Britons first cyclists pub, you can fill your tubes with air, your stomach with ale or if you prefer energy bars, your lungs, with talk of all things bike this is a great place for any cyclist to head too, regardless of the type of bike rider you are or the direction from which you are coming. Alternatively head for the villages around Canterbury, cross country around Hoath, into Canterbury and out again for some added hills, I decided on the hills before food. Serious roadie, mountain biker, or shopping bike with a basket, it is all about the bike, the landlord of the Freewheel, has been seen cycling to France on a lovely old cargo bike, for him it is as much about the good wine, food and fun with friends and of course the bike.
There are many good places to stop, Whitstable, oysters cooked in batter at the Neptune an afordable pleasure. Soaking up the rays in the trendy harbour fish market with inflated prices, it's a bit of a luxury, just don't give a care if you are in lycra, as some boozed up day tripper yuppies are bound to make fun of you, as they guzzle the next bottle of champers. JoJo's in Tankerton, excellent coffee, on an amazing little sun-trap terrace, the food is also fab - phone and book a table as this place gets packed.
|Fish and chips in Whitstable Harbour.|
Download Turner to Pub Garmin route, although it may be better to go avoid the cut though Blean woods if you are on road tyres. Yeh, a personal best on Canterbury Hill ;- )
|Sundays Pub Run. 3000 calories plus burned,|