Hard Day in January '20 - Kent Downs Edition

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  • Hard Day in January 2020

    In 1959 @clubman went for a 90 mile ride on his fixed wheel bike in the cold January weather (he was 13!). It was hard as you might imagine. To commemorate his ride we run something similar appropriately named the Hard Day in January. This is the 2020 edition. In the past the roads used were around the Chilterns, however this year the ride will be taking in the Kent Downs. It should be good fun!

    This is intended as a fixed gear / single-speed ride. It is a little hillier this year, but still but still nothing too steep to cope with on a reasonable gear, say 67-75gi. The idea here is that it's a winter ride and so a fg/ss ride should make it hard enough to be worth getting out whilst still being fun. Also don't let the title mislead you, it's not about 'suffering' on the day or any such bullshit - it's about running a fun but hard ride in the winter.

    Start time and location
    Maybe subject to change but regardless will start in West Kent and the ride will head East before looping back. Provisionally start near Maidstone East station - I'll round up a suitable place to stay warm and get some pre-ride food closer to the time. There are plenty of trains from London, or ride out if you're feeling particularly strong - it's +30 miles. I'll update this thread nearer the date with the most useful train times.

    Route
    TBC but will have ~4.5k ft (1400m) of climbing. There will be a stop for lunch. Mudguards and flaps are strongly encouraged.

    1st ed
    2nd ed
    3rd ed
    4th ed
    5th ed and winners
    6th ed and pictures from the winner
    7th ed and winner
    8th ed and winner

  • I'm normally in. I've got a good route from London to Maidstone...

  • I always enjoy seeing this ride happen

  • You had me at "In 1959..."

  • happy to chuck my name in the hat and add this to the diary.

    looking forward to it.

  • this looks great, id love to join.
    Just gotta find some mudguards :)

  • ordered some raceblades today especially

  • Ooof! Getting closer and closer to home. It's the only thing that really stopped me doing any of the rides from Staines.

    Cheeky Wetherspoons breakfast in the offing surely, it's a stones throw from the station, but for Maidstone I would definitely bring a lock, even with the massive glassed frontage of the pub.

  • I hope I will be able do the same as I have done in recent years - by driving the support car.

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Hard Day in January '20 - Kent Downs Edition

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