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Tue Apr 3rd 2018
Tuesday Evening 2* Ride 2*
Leader:
John Tranter
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:

Weekly 1.5 hour rides at a riding pace of 18-20km/h (11-13mph). Not likely to be very hilly.

A very straightforward classic loop through the Vale to kick off the Tuesday 2* season. Out to Denchworth, along to West Hanney then up what may be the smoothest road in Oxfordshire to Southmoor. A nice gentle glide back down to Charney Bassett, Denchworth again and home.

No hills at all (unless you count the Denchworth railway bridge, which we don't).

16 miles, so should get us back just around sunset. But - lights are essential!
Riders:
Alex Davison
Brian Hipwell
Caroline Yorston
Clare Hazell
David Lynch
Des Higgs
Emma Hazell
James Bosley
Jan McCabe
John Tranter
Karl Blake
Lisa Benn
Michael Tayler
Olivia Pile
Sara Ward
Riders = 15

Weather:
sunny intervals
Report:
Wow - what a great group and what a lot of people! Clearly, everyone was excited by a rare pleasant evening after a truly terrible Bank Holiday weekend. There was still a fair bit of standing water around the place and an unpleasant amount of potholes, but it was a very nice evening and we had a great ride.

Emma's friend Lorna decided she wasn't feeling too good and left us at Dechworth, but the rest of the group stayed together really well and dealt with a somewhat nagging wind with no problem at all.

Clare's brother James also joined us.

Thanks to all for a great evening!
Distance:
25.75 km (16.00 mi)
Ride Details:
https://ridewithgps.com/trips/21798225
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Written by : Barry Stanton

Posted on : April 4, 2018 at 6:57 AM

Sorry I couldn't make it .. was looking forward to meeting up with old friends and meeting new one... woke up Tuesday morning with a stinking cold so while you were out enjoying yourselves I was wrapped up in bed with me Lemsip and Eddie my dog.. see you all soon I hope.... hope the Lemsip isn't on Wada list

Tue Apr 3rd 2018
Tuesday Evening Off Road Ride 2*
Leader:
David Yearley
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Off-road ride around local tracks, usually about 15 miles. Knobbly tyres and good lights required. We are keen to welcome new riders and have spare lights available to borrow if you let me know. Dark, cold and wet - we'll ride in any two. But please let me know if you are coming so I can tell you if I decide to cancel due to really bad weather.
Riders:
David Brown
David Yearley
Riders = 2
Report:
Distance:
27.36 km (17.00 mi)
 
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Tue Apr 3rd 2018
Tuesday Evening 3* Ride 3*
Leader:
Jon Townsin
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:

Weekly 1.5 - 2 hours at a riding pace of 20-24km/h (13-15mph). May be hilly.
A gentle start to the new season taking account of available light and (potentially) untested legs!

N.B. Due to a poor road surface, we'll omit the descent into Sparsholt and go via Childrey instead.
Please see amended route...

We'll head out to Hackpen Hill, for the only climb of the ride, via the Letcombes and down into Sparsholt. from there we stay in the vale, taking in Kingston Lisle, Uffington, Goosey before returning home via Denchworth.

A shortish ride of c. 35k will get us home between Sunset and sun down. Although the sun will (hopefully) provide light, please make sure you bring your own!
Report:
A brilliant turnout to the new Tuesday evening season with 17 riders opting to brave the wind and (potential) showers to set the season off to a great start.

Thanks to Karen for leading the second (almost mandatory) group and to Paul and kath for sweeping.

The potholes and various road closures complicated an otherwise simple route and the wind did it's level best to make the outward part of the journey quite testing (at least for me!). The return leg saw the pace speed up but also meant that a puncture for Eddie created a split in the group for a time. Thanks to Andy for accompanying me back to the stricken group.

On the way back we were passed by the Karen's group which encouraged a concerted effort to catch up - which we did - just!

The two groups merged for the last few kilometres arriving back to Grove a little after 20.00.

I was impressed that the number of lights and fluorescent clothing meant that although the various delays got us back after sundown, we were highly visible to all other road users!
Distance:
32.50 km (20.19 mi)
 
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Tue Apr 3rd 2018
Tuesday Evening 4* Ride 4*
Leader:
Nick Fisher
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:

Weekly 1.5 - 2 hours ride at a riding pace of 25-29km/h (16-18mph). May be hilly.

A flattish anti-clockwise loop through the vale to start off the season. Lights essential.

02/04/18 Proposed route modified to avoid worst flooding following route check.

3/4/18 - Route slightly modified towards end
Riders:
Eusebio Bermejo
Frank Schroer
Hugh Falkner
Jason Jones
Louis Hall
Nick Fisher
Peter Cowan
Phil Ward
Ruth Fisher
Riders = 9
Report:
A cracking start to the 4* season, with 9 riders gathered. A flat approach to Uffington round the smaller villages brought us to a succession of climbs to warm the legs up, with a wonderful descent down Hackpen, assisted by something of a tailwind.
All safely back to Wantage before the night had drawn in fully
Distance:
44.74 km (27.80 mi)
 
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Written by : Phil

Posted on : April 4, 2018 at 8:08 AM

Thanks Nick, very enjoyable

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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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