The Jolly Boys Outing is a long distance bike ride from Margate to lowestoft over two days. The trip includes Friday afternoon transport for rider and bike to Margate. Bed and breakfast for Friday night (shared twin room) in Margate and Saturday night (shared twin room) in Brentwood. The trip also includes hourly drinks breaks and mechanical support for your cycle. If you would prefer a room to yourself there is a £65.00 supplement.
Friday: We should arrive by around 7.00pm in Margate and the evening will be a chance to socialise with fellow riders. Dinner is not included but we will likely find somewhere local to eat.
Saturday: 100 miles 5200ft climbing. After breakfast, the ride starts by heading along the north Kent coast to Herne Bay, Whitstable and Faversham before turning inland and the first of the climbs come around the 25 mile mark. there will be some challenging descents and climbs as the ride makes use of the North Downs. After lunch (at the Robin Hood, a 700 year old pub near Chatham), the hill climbing continues across the North downs until the 65 mile mark where it starts to level out as we head towards the Woolwich foot tunnel. After crossing the Thames we head out through East London alongside the A13 (on the Cycle path) and then the ride ends with a gentle climb in Brentwood. After a freshen up the evening is your own but most will likely group up for a meal.
Sunday: 112 miles 4000ft climbing. After breakfast, The ride heads north east and the first little tester is around nine miles as the ride heads to the village of Stock. then he winds through lovely Essex countryside by passing Maldon and heading briefly into Colchester. Then on through Constable country and some beautiful scenery. Lunch will be at the Wheatsheaf at Tattingstone, and then we cross the Orwell at Ipswich and head out into the east Suffolk countryside, through Woodbridge, Snape, and northward towards the goal of Lowestoft.
Whether you choose to ride with a friend or make new friends on the ride, you will be made very welcome, and the sense of achievement at the end will strongly out weigh any aches and pains (which are only temporary).
Speed: The main group will generally average around 15mph including hills etc. if this is a comfortable speed for you over 100 miles then cycling with the main group is best and you can just follow the bike in front. if you are likely to be slower than this then, please ask us who will also be riding at your speed and we can make sure you are not alone. If you want to ride faster that is ok too.
You will need:
Bicycle: the support car will carry everything you need and never be far away if you need something in a hurry, so the need to carry lots of stuff with you is reduced. So a lightweight road bike is a good choice. Make sure you are familiar with how it feels, (saddle, reach, pedals etc). Make sure it has been serviced before the ride. We are their for emergencies, not to give your bike it’s annual service.
Chamois cream or similar: lubricate before you need it not after you feel it.
2 X Padded shorts and cycling jersey with overshoes, mitts, and lightweight waterproof. Arm and leg warmers may also be wise. Sunglasses.
Navigation: We provide a bullet navigation sheet, but we strongly recommend having a garmin / Wahoo to navigate by. Obviously if your are riding in the main group or with a friend then only one needs to have this.
mobile phone and charger. debit card and cash.
Apart from this you will need something casual to wear for the evening.