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Saddle up for a marvellous long distance bicycle ride from Higham

PUBLISHED: 17:21 19 January 2018 | UPDATED: 17:22 19 January 2018

Tim Decker is organising the bike ride. Picture: Audax UK

Tim Decker is organising the bike ride. Picture: Audax UK

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A major long distance bike event is set to start at Higham this year.

Tim Decker is organising the bike ride. Picture: Audax UKTim Decker is organising the bike ride. Picture: Audax UK

It is being run by Audax UK, the foremost long distance cycling association in the country.

Throughout the year a number of events from 100km and further are organised around the UK.

The local ride is called the Medway Marvellous and will be on Sunday, May 27.

It is being put together by highly experienced Strood rider Tim Decker, who has taken part in many long distance rides in the last few years including London-Edinburgh-London, a 1,400km event run every four years.

Tim Decker is organising the bike ride. Picture: Audax UKTim Decker is organising the bike ride. Picture: Audax UK

He told us: “The Medway Marvellous is a new event based in Higham Memorial Hall.

“Here, riders will be served a variety of home-made food and refreshments prior to starting and also once they finish.

“Two distance rides are available, 100 and 200km. Both follow the Heron Trail out to Allhallows and back then go into the North Downs’ Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

“The longer ride continues to Forest Row on the outskirts of Ashdown Forest then crosses the Weald before joining the route of the shorter ride near Yalding. Riders then return back to Higham following the Medway Valley via Aylesford.

“The ride is self supported, so riders need to be able to do simple repairs, such as fixing punctures or adjusting their gears to keep themselves on the road.

“They also navigate the route themselves, using a supplied route sheet or a GPS device.

“The route has been specially planned to avoid busy roads wherever possible and generally follows quiet country lanes through some of the most picturesque parts of Kent with ample opportunities along the way for refreshment stops. The pace of the ride is also fairly relaxed with riders only having to maintain an average of 15kph or just 9.5mph to complete within the allocated time.

“Audax riders are renowned for being helpful and friendly and new riders are assured of a warm welcome from their fellow riders.”

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