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Sat Feb 10th 2018
Saturday Half Day Ride 2*
Leader:
Nicole Pethybridge
Start Time:
9:30 am
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Half day ride (45-55km / 30-40 miles), with a tea stop, at a riding pace of 18-20km/h (11-13mph). Not likely to be very hilly. Might be a struggle for new or irregular riders in winter months.

A 34 mile meander around the vale with a coffee stop scheduled at a suitable point.

A familiar set of roads with a few (not too difficult) short climbs to keep us challenged, but due to the time of year there will be lots of options to adapt according to the weather and the wishes of the group.

Two options for a coffee/tea stop at either Shrivenham or Stanford in the Vale.
Report:
8 regular rides were joined by a newcomer Gary Mills to brave a very inclement morning around the vale. All were claiming a lack of miles in the legs due to the winter as we headed off. Whilst it was almost dry when we left Grove we knew it wasn't going to last.
As expected we were soon into a cold wind with some stinging winter rain. That didn't put us off as we went over the Letcombes and decided to follow the route up through Knighton and down Compton Beauchamp into Shrivenham. The coffee shop was very welcoming allowing us to put our bikes in their courtyard and we found enough chairs to accommodate us all.
We didn't put off the return leg for very long and had a few stretches with the wind behind us to aid us on our way. Karl even managed to ride with only one cleat!!!
Braving the headwind on and off we arrived back in Grove in good spirits having completed a true winter ride.
Distance:
55.52 km (34.50 mi)
 
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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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