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This site will also contain a list of the qualifying distances needed for all our various BARS,& details of the KCA & non-KCA events which you may ride to qualify for these Competitions.

KCA Annual Lunch & Prize Presentation

This year's Annual Lunch & Prize Presentation will again be held at Smarden Charter Hall, after last year's almost full house of 145. The cost will be £17.50, same as last year. Organiser KCA Social Sec Ann Burden.More details in due course

Dave Saffery Funeral

Dave sadly died on 17th July after being unwell for some months. His funeral will take place at Thanet Crematorium on Monday 3rd August at 2.00pm. The family have requested only family flowers. However if anybody wishes to make a donation to Thanet RC for the Go-Ride program they are running to encourage children to cycle, the family feel this was something very dear to Dave's heart. Any monies raised will be 'ring fenced' and only be used for this program. Please contact Terry Fearn or Colin Inett for any further info.

2009 KCA 12 Hour Course

The 2009 12 hour course is the same as last year except all riders will complete the circuit around Camber. The course details are:

Start in Kiln Lane, Bethersden at a field gate north of the junction with A28 – proceed to A.28 where left (M) (0.181 mls). Follow A.28 in an easterly direction to Singleton RAB where take first exit (M) (4.640 mls)

Continue on A.28 to Ashford RAB (Matalan) at end of Great Chart By Pass (M) junction of A.28/B2229 where turn and retrace to Singleton where take 2nd exit to junction with Magpie Hall Lane at New Street Farm (M) turn left (6.350 mls). Follow through Stubbs Cross to Magpie Hall cross road turn left (M) (8.745 mls) onto Ashford Road (old A2070).

Follow Ashford Road to Park Farm RAB (M) where take 2nd exit to Kingsnorth 2 RAB (M) where take 3rd exit onto A2040, fork left within 500 yards (M) to Cloverleaf junction (M) A2070 (Ham Street by pass) (10.781 mls) Take 1st exit to follow A.2070 over Bridgefield RAB (M) to Brenzett RAB (Little Chef) junction of A259/A2070/B2080 (M) (19.687 mls). Take 2nd exit and follow A259 over Brookland RAB (M) to East Guldeford turn left into Camber Road (M) (26.341 mls).

Continue through Camber and round Lydd by pass, straight over small RAB (M) to join B2075 at ‘T’ junction at north end of town, turn right (M) continue on B2075 to Hammonds Corner junction of A259/B2075 where left (M) (37.825 mls) to Brenzett RAB (Little Chef) (M) (41.107 mls). Take 2nd exit onto B2080 (M) through Brenzett mini RAB; Snargate, Appledore station level crossing to turn right (M) over Appledore Bridge (Royal Military Canal) and immediately left (M) to Military Road (45.074 mls) to junction with A.268 Rye (M) (50.828 mls). Left on A268 to mini RAB junction with A259 (50.973 mls) Turn left (M) and follow A259 through East Guldeford to Brooklands RAB to Brenzett RAB (Little Chef) (M) (58.604 mls). Take 2nd exit onto A2070 to top of Ham Street Hill turn left (M) (63.654 mls) up slip road to ‘T’ junction turn right (M) onto old A2070 (63.765 mls). Continue through Sugarloaf, Bromley Green to Magpie Hall Lane crossroads turn left (M) through Stubbs Cross (66.781 mls) to ‘T’ junction with A28 at New Street Farm (69.177 mls). Turn left (M) follow A28 through Bethersden, High Halden (care traffic calming islands), London Beach, St Michaels to junction of B2080 at Tenterden (78.078 mls). Turn left (M) on B2080 proceed south east through Leigh Green, Reading Street to ‘T’ junction at Appledore. Turn right (M) through Appledore to canal bridge turn left after bridge (M) (84.094 mls).

Continue on B2080 via Appledore station and Snargate, straight over Brenzett mini RAB to Brenzett RAB (Little Chef) junction A2070/A259B2080 (M) (88.060 mls). Take 1st exit onto A2070 and repeat circuit to Brenzett RAB via Magpie Hall Lane, High Halden, Tenterden and Appledore. (117.516 mls). Take 1st exit onto A2070 to top of Ham Street Hill turn left (M) (122.566 mls) up slip road to ‘T’ junction turn right (M) onto old A2070. Continue through Sugarloaf, Bromley Green to Magpie Hall Lane crossroads turn left (M) to Stubbs Cross (125.693 mls) where turn left (M) through Shadoxhurst and Hengherst on major lane to Woodchurch. EXTREME CARE at ‘T’ junction Lower Road and Front Road in Woodchurch village, bear left at oblique angle (M). Continue to ‘T’ junction of B2067 turn left (M) and proceed to Appledore junction with B2080 (M) where riders continue through village to Canal Bridge. Turn immediately hard left (M) after bridge staying on B2080 and proceed via Appledore station and Snargate straight over Brenzett mini RAB to Brenzett RAB (Little Chef) (138.795 mls) Take 1st exit (M) onto A2070 and repeat circuit to Brenzett RAB via Magpie Hall Lane, Shadoxhurst, Woodchurch and Appledore to Brenzett RAB little Chef) (160.074 mls) Repeat Shadoxhurst, Woodchurch, Appledore circuit to Brenzett RAB (Little Chef) (181.353 mls).

Take 1st exit onto A2070 to top of Ham Street Hill turn left (M) (186.514 mls) up slip road to ‘T’ junction turn right (M) onto old A2070 (186.625 mls). Continue through Sugarloaf, Bromley Green to Magpie Hall Lane crossroads turn left (M) through Stubbs Cross to ‘T’ junction with A28 at New Street Farm. Turn left (M) (care) to join the finishing circuit at Gable Hook Farm, junction of Bethersden Road to Shadoxhurst (M) (193.354 mls). Circuit ‘A’ TK (1) Gable Hook Farm 0.000 193.354 Continue on A28 to Brissenden Oak (M) 0.808 194.162 Left to Great Engeham cross roads (M) 1.278 195.440 Straight on to Shireoak cross roads (M) 1.174 196.614 Left to ‘T’ junction with Shadoxhurst Road (M) 0.518 197.132 Left via Shadoxhurst Road, Woodchurch Road and Tally Ho Road to Stubbs Cross (M) 3.267 200.132 Left into Magpie Hall Lane to New Street Farm A28 ‘T’ junction (M) 1.446 201.845 Left on A28 to complete one finishing circuit at Gable Hook Farm (9.920 miles) 1.429 203.274 Continue end of second circuit 9.920 213.194 Continue end of third circuit 9.920 223.114

Continue end of fourth circuit 9.920 233.034
Continue end of fifth circuit 9.920 242.954
Continue end of sixth circuit 9.920 252.874
Continue end of seventh circuit 9.920 262.744
Continue end of eighth circuit 9.920 272.664

Circuit ‘B’ (to be used in the event of problems with the main finishing circuit)

TK (1) Gable Hook Farm 0.000 193.354 Brissenden Corner 0.808 194.162 TK (2) verge after Martins 3.524 196.878 High Halden left turn (M) 4.505 197.859 TK (3) after stream (GR 907371) 5.195 198.549 Great Engeham cross roads (give way) (M) 7.402 200.756 TK (4) adjacent bridge after Harlakenden 8.101 201.455 Left at Coleman Green junction (M) 8.463 201.817 TK (5) South of Shadoxhurst 8.954 202.308 Stubbs cross (M) left 10.439 203.793 TK (6) (Bartlett) Left at New Street Farm 11.885 205.239 Gable Hook TK (1) 13.314 206.668
Continue end of second circuit 13.314 219.988
Continue end of third circuit 13.314 233.296
Continue end of fourth circuit 13.314 246.610
Continue end of fifth circuit 13.314 259.924
Continue end of sixth circuit 13.314 273.238

Course descriptions are taken from OS Explorer series No.125 and 137 and local street maps. There are 6 timekeepers on the finishing circuit.

Riders are advised to exercise caution through High Halden, St. Michaels, Appledore and Woodchurch due to parked vehicles and street furniture hazards, and on the drops north and south of Woodchurch. In addition you are advised that an hourly train service may delay you at Appledore level crossing.


100 and 25 Results

The 100 and 25 mile results are now available by clicking on the results button.

Joan King

I am sure you will all be sad to hear that John King's wife Joan died recently. I was in hospital at the time so you may have already heard the following information but as John played a big part in the work of the KCA for many years including rescuing the Rootes Trophy from extinction in the 1950s by instituting our now famous Reliability Trial, & running it for many years, I want to be sure that the news reaches all his Kent cycling friends. Joan's funeral is on Wednesday 8th July. She will be laid to rest at a private family service in Swanley, followed by a thanksgiving service at St Peters Church, College Road, Hextable which will commence at 12.15 p.m. John has requested no flowers but a donation to the Ellenor/Lions hospice would be appreciated. After the service there will be a gathering. We assume that details will be announced at the service. I hope that the KCA will be able to make a suitable donation to the above fund as John played such a large part in the success of the Association from the 1950s onwards.


Bill Finch's Seat

Roy Canning has let us have details of the ceremony to inaugurate Bill Finch’s seat on Saturday 22nd August 2009 at 2:00 pm. During the ceremony Chris Finch, or one of Bill’s children, will affix the inscribed plate into position.
Anyone who would like to attend will be welcome.
 Bill's Bench
The seat is installed in Trosley Country Park at the top of the North Downs (TQ 645 615) External web site We will meet in the park Café and Car Park External web site The seat location is quite a way from the car park, probably about twenty minutes steady but not brisk walk away, so we will have to leave at about 1:30pm. The path to it can be ridden for those on two or three wheels, but ride with care as it is shared by walkers.
You can get nearer the site if you park in Erskin Road or the Vigo Village Shop’s car park which is about 10 minutes walk away straight along the marked footpath opposite Beech Mast Road. I will have map details at the car park. Be warned though that from whichever direction you come the final approach is via some steep steps.
To get to Trosley Country Park, from the M25 leave at Junction 3 (Swanley) and take the M20 or A20 coastbound. Take the next exit (M20) to the A20 and the A227 Gravesend bound. After about 2 miles you arrive at a 40MPH limit sign followed by a crossroad with “The Vigo” pub on one corner. About 150 yards afterwards turn right, then right again, then second right. Signs direct you from the A227 to Trosley Country Park. There is a fee of about £1.50 for the car park.
Coming westwards take the A20 towards Wrotham or leave the M20 to join the M26 at Junction 3. Soon afterwards take the next slip-road to join the A20 London bound, also signposted A227. At the Borough Green/Wrotham roundabout the A20 combines with the A227 as far as the following roundabout, Keep to the right and follow the signs for the A227, Gravesend. Once over the second roundabout continue as above to the 40MPH sign.

KCA Reliability Trial 2009

The 2009 event will move from its usual spot on the first Sunday in November due to the KCA Lunch & Prize Presentation having to take place on that day due to venue availability. The ReliabilityTrial will now be on 25th October

Kent League Time Trial Competition 2009

The Kent TT league registered riders stands currently at 28. So plenty of room for all those testers out there from Kent clubs which, DO NOT have to be affiliated to the KCA, just based in the county.  Details of last years competition and entry form

KCA 12 Hour

URGENT - RE LONDON 3 DAY POSTAL STRIKE Please note that because of any delays that may occur as a result of the above strike, we will extend the closing date of the 12 by a few days. Any queries, please contact organiser Esther Carpenter on 01424 751581 or email Esther Carpenter at