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Sun Dec 10th 2017
2*Mince Pie Ride 2*
Leader:
Andy Pixton
Start Time:
9:45 am
Start Location:
Wantage Market Place
Description:
*** RIDE CANCELLED***
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Sun Dec 10th 2017
Off Road Mince Pie Ride 2*
Leader:
Robin Tucker
Start Time:
9:45 am
Start Location:
WMP
Description:
***RIDE CANCELLED (Mostly) ***
Riders:
Robin Tucker
Riders = 1

Weather:
cloudy with heavy snow
Report:
Waking up to two inches of snow was a surprise. The forecast had been bad, but more cold, wind and rain than snow. The rides were wisely cancelled, but I thought I would ride from Steventon to Wantage anyway:
(a) Just in case anyone didn't get the message and came out anyway, or was as crazy as I was
(b) To demonstrate the resilience of cycling as a mode of transport (#always campaigning)
(c) Just for the fun of it

That might sound a bit odd, but cycling on fresh snow, with the right bike and tyres is a rare bit of fun, somewhere between cycling, skiing and snow-shoeing. You want a mountain bike with knobbly tyres to get some grip. Fresh snow is best because you sink into it and get some grip, even if it is heavy going). The next best is where is had cleared or gone slushy, so you can cut through to the ground below. The worst is where it has been compacted by traffic into something near ice, that your knobbles can't dig in to, and you just have to hold a really straight and steady line, not braking, not accelerating, to the other side.

Overall, it took an hour-and-a-quarter to cover the 8.5 miles to Wantage on a mix of Bridleways and the NCN route. A good bit longer than it would normally, but I didn't want to rush. I arrived at 9:55 and wasn't surprised to see no one waiting in the Market Place apart from the statue of King Alfred.

I persuaded a passer by to take a picture, had a quick snack, and headed for home. There, to complete the experience, I had my own mince pies and sherry (closest thing to mulled wine in the house!)

I'll be back for the Mince Pie Ride attempt 2, when it is hopefully rescheduled!
Distance:
27.36 km (17.00 mi)
 
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Sun Dec 10th 2017
3*Mince Pie Ride 3*
Leader:
Jon Townsin
Start Time:
9:45 am
Start Location:
Wantage Market Place
Description:
Half day Mince Pie ride (60-70km / 38-45 miles) to White Horse Hill car park.

*** RIDE CANCELLED***


Due to the snow we have reluctantly decided to cancel today�s ride
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Sun Dec 10th 2017
Annual Mince Pie Ride - ALL RIDES CANCELLED TODAY
Leader:
John Tranter
Start Time:
9:45 am
Start Location:
Wantage Market Place
Description:
WITH THICK SNOW ON THE GROUND AND MORE FALLING, WE ARE SAD TO SAY THAT (FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER) THE MINCE PIE RIDES ARE CANCELLED.

WE WILL ALSO NOT BE SETTING UP IN HANNEY.

ENJOY THE SNOW!
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Sun Dec 10th 2017
1* Mince Pie Ride - revised route 1*
Leader:
Steve Swanton
Start Time:
10:00 am
Start Location:
WMP
Description:
*** RIDE CANCELLED***
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Start Locations
WMP
Wantage Market Place
OMH
Old Mill Hall, Grove
Categories
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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