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Sat Sep 9th 2017
Tour of Britain ride 2* 2*
Karen Townsin
Start Time:
9:00 am
Start Location:
A visit to see the Tour of Britain pass through Charlbury, following much of the Harlequin Hack route, ridden earlier this year.

This is a long ride - approx. 94km/58miles - but it is lovely route with just a few easy climbs, and with a planned stop at Cogges Manor Farm for tea at 30km/18 miles and the stop at Charlbury to watch the race fly by at 46km/28 miles, it is manageable for any confident riders who would like to ride further than normal at 2* pace.

We can also plan to stop on the way back at Aston Pottery at approx 70km/43 miles.
This is the first time we've run two different group rides to the same destination, so it was great to see it well supported.
After picking up Rob in Charney Bassett, the group made excellent progress to our early stop at Cogges Manor Farm - shame the service wasn't quite so speedy!
Then the roads became a little more undulating as we approached Charlbury; in fact our group roused a tongue-in-cheek cheer and applause from the gathering crowd as we raced up the hill into the village.
We found a great spot taking in the slight rise and the sharp bend - a spot we (I) fiercely defended! It was all done in good spirit and the atmosphere and banter between cyclists and spectators made the time pass quickly.
As we peered anxiously down the hill for the arrival of the breakaway group, we could see menacing clouds approaching and sure enough, a sharp shower drenched us and the plummeting temperature took its toll.
It was worth it though to see the TOB riders finally rolling through.
All too soon, the cavalcade had passed and it was time to get the legs moving again on what was the lumpiest section of the ride.
Everyone managed the lumps and bumps well, only stopping to lend a hand with Louis's trapped chain using Eddie's nifty allen key.
As we approached Aston, the heavens opened again, so it seemed a good time to stop and warm up/dry out at Aston Pottery.
The final leg was accomplished easily and without incident.
Thanks all for your company and strong group riding, and congratulations to Rob on completing his longest ever ride.
91.00 km (56.54 mi)
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Written by : Edmund

Posted on : September 10, 2017 at 10:41 PM

It was good to meet you all!

Sat Sep 9th 2017
Off Road Ride 2*
Robin Tucker
Start Time:
10:00 am
Start Location:
Crowmarsh Gifford, outside Primary School OX10 8EN
We'll start along Grim's Ditch - a brilliant mile of singletrack built by the Vikings (Grim is a name for Odin). Then we'll hammer up the hills like Thor and ride down like Valkyries. Or something.

Actually, this may be a bit more of an IKEA ride, because I will assemble it as we go along depending on the group and weather to maximise the enjoyment for all ;-)

General description:
Monthly off-road ride for those who like their rides bumpy and (sometimes) muddy on second Saturday mornings.
The rides will be about 20 miles, mostly off-road, and aim to finish in time for a late lunch (whether together or heading for home). We adjust the ride to suit the riders and the weather, but in general the terrain will be rough, so a mountain-bike in good condition and with knobbly tyres is recommended.
David Brown
Katherine Cook
Robin Tucker
Riders = 3

sunny intervals
Wow, what a ride! We saw some great parts of the Chilterns but it was quite muddy in places.

As promised, we started and ended with Grim's Ditch - always a favourite! Then a bit of road and a big climb up to Cookley Green. From there we ran downhill on a gentle sloped twisting trail for a good 2 miles!

Of course, we paid in climbing partly in advance and partly afterwards, so we decided to stop for coffee and cakes at The Field Kitchen in Nettle bed. Yum :-)

Then we set off of the second half of our loop, a bit muddier than the first, but we kept going! It included the excellent run down through Hammond's Wood just north of Woodcote.

A few drops of rain, just as we returned on Grim's Ditch. All tired, all smiles :-)
41.84 km (26.00 mi)
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Sat Sep 9th 2017
Tour of Britain 3* 3*
Louis Hall
Start Time:
10:00 am
Start Location:
A visit to see the Tour of Britain pass through Charlbury. The route follows many of the lanes of the Harlequin Hack ridden earlier this year.

Given the fairly flat nature of the outward leg we will expect to cover the first 50 kms to Charlbury at a healthy 24kph at the top of 3*. That should give us plenty of time in Charlbury to forage for lunch and see the fast guys whizz past.

After Dyers Hill, straight out of Charlbury, it's mostly down hill. Democracy in action (and success finding lunch) will determine whether we fuel up at the ubiquitous Aston Pottery before the bump up to Buckland and run back into Grove.
It should have been simple - 7 well matched riders zipping along to Charlbury to see the professional peleton and nipping back before the afternoon showers.

As it turned out, there were a few variations.

The ride leader had not loaded the route onto his Garmin and went off track before Stanton Harcourt - fortunately a mixture of David's Garmin and the ride leader's back up paper cue sheets allowed steady progress.

It rained! Some of us turned into trembly cocktail shakers waiting for the delayed peleton. However, we soon warmed up on the hill out of Charlbury.

The ride leader (him again) got his chain trapped between the big cogs. We were just about to use David's spare link, yes him again, when the ** ride came by and Eddie magically produced an Allen key that fixed the problem.

Don't get me wrong, it was an enjoyable ride.
97.00 km (60.27 mi)
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Start Locations
Wantage Market Place
Old Mill Hall, Grove
1* - Suitable for irregular, social, beginner or family riders, pace will match the slower riders. Not hilly or long. Expect rides up to 3 hours. Gentle exercise.
2* - Suitable for regular riders who prefer to cover some distance but at a more relaxed pace. Likely to be half-day rides. Solid exercise.
3* - Suitable for experienced riders, may be hilly, long, quick, or any combination! Likely to be half or full-day rides. Challenging exercise.
4* - Suitable for athletic riders who can ride safely above the 3* standard. Quick rides for the fit.
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