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Sun Feb 18th 2018
Regular Wantage Ride 3*
Leader:
Jon Townsin
Start Time:
9:30 am
Start Location:
Wantage Market Place
Description:

All-day touring ride (80-100km / 50-65 miles), lunch and possibly tea stop en route, at a riding pace of 18-22km/h (11-14mph). Not suitable for irregular riders. Climbing almost inevitable.

Deferred from January, this route takes us through Lambourn, Ramsbury and Aldbourne before heading back over Fox Hill to Ashbury and Uffington before heading back to Wantage. A lunch / coffee stop at The Crown in Aldbourne should provide enough sustenance for the ride.
Report:
A little after four hours after we finished and I think my breath is coming back. Not enough riding this year so far!

A great turnout of 18 riders meant that this was going to be a most enjoyable ride for everyone.

We made an early decision to split into two groups for good/safe management which allowed riders to migrate to their preferred pace. Thanks to Katherine for leading the second group. The first group set off and maintained a good pace throughout. Hats off to some very strong riders on what was a fairly hilly route.

The weather was kind to us all the way round and by the time we'd got to Aldbourne we'd earned a decent stop. The Crown did us proud by opening up early and serving some splendid sandwiches nice and quickly.

Off again toward Fox Hill on one of the nicest lanes around (of which there were a few !) before returning to more familiar territory in the Vale and back to Wantage.
It was nice to stop at Costa in Wantage and chat whilst we waited for the second group (and Eddie's purse carrier) to arrive.

Karl, Joy and Andy, in the second group, achieved an extra few kilometres exercise by missing a turn and visiting Axford.

Thanks also to Andy for sweeping the second group and Jenny, who took on the task for the first.

All in all a very enjoyable day's ride. Did I hear that spring is coming?
Distance:
76.00 km (47.22 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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