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Join us for a leisurely coastal ride from Whitstable to Ramsgate along the scenic Viking Trail in North Kent. This coastal trail passes through numerous glorious bays, hidden coves, sea caves, medieval churches, Viking ships, Victorian piers and promenades as it snakes along sea walls and over chalk cliffs
We’ll be cycling along sea walls, paved cycle trails and quiet roads where possible so this event is open to members with all levels of experience.
The terrain is initially generally flat with some rolling cliffs between Margate & Ramsgate, though don't worry if you need to get off and push occasionally. We'll keep things going at a relaxed pace with plenty of opportunities to rest and take pictures along the way.
The leisure ride finishes at Ramsgate station, but for those wishing to ride further I'll offer a more road style ride back to Herne Bay via an inland route on quiet roads to catch the train to London (or Whitstable) from there.
What to bring
Bike: any bike you like
Helmet: OutdoorLads requires you to wear one
Clothing: lightweight and layered, shorts are great even in rain as they allow free movement of your legs. Avoid jeans, which are uncomfortable when wet, and baggy tracksuit bottoms, which can snag in the chain. Colourful and/or reflective clothing will make you more visible to other road users
Footwear: grippy soles if your bike has standard pedals
Gloves: cycle gloves help avoid blisters, and are good in the cold
Punctures: spare inner tube, bike tyre pump and tyre levers
Tools: any special tools that your bike needs
Small snacks: such as chocolate or energy bars
Plenty of water: in bottle/s on your bike or in a daysack/bladder
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Eye protection: avoid getting grit or insects in your eyes, sunglasses are OK if they are not made of glass and not too shaded
Sun cream: take care, even on overcast days
Bike lights: be seen and safe
Storage: small day-sack or a bag on your bike
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies
Food & drink
We'll stop along the way for a picnic so bring a packed lunch with you. Remember to bring water and some snacks for the journey. We'll stop at a coastal bar at the end of the journey where food and drink will be available