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Sat Apr 7th 2018
3* Saturday Half Day Ride 3*
Karen Townsin
Start Time:
1:00 pm
Start Location:
Half day ride (60-70km / 38-45 miles), with a tea stop, riding pace of 20-24km/h (13-15mph). Likely to visit distant destinations. Not suitable for irregular riders. Climbing likely.

I though we'd head out North for a flattish ride of 64km/40 miles, to Whitney and back. We can stop for tea either at Cogges Manor Farm or Aston Pottery.
Proposed route below but subject to pre-ride check.
It was great, if somewhat daunting, to see so many riders turning out, and in the event, the disciplined riding by all made it an easy group to manage. Thanks to those of you who led smaller groups and most importantly Nicole, Des and Hugh who took turns on the back.
The road from Stanton Harcourt to Cogges was full of drivers making the short cut to the tip (yes John and Des did warn me) but in the main they were pretty considerate.
The cafe stop was pretty quick considering the snail's pace of the serving staff, but just as we were about to leave, both Chris and Steve simultaneously noticed punctures.
The traffic out of Whitney was pretty horrendous, and though Steve had kindly recced an alternative via a bridleway, many of the group felt it was a little too early in the season to risk skinny tyres on gravel.
Homeward bound through Aston and Bampton we noticed that Great Brook was still closed and I for one was happy not to have attempted it - unlike James on Tuesday.
Terry picked up the pace through Charney Bassett, though some of us chose not to follow (sweat), and we arrived back at OMH a little after 5pm.
Thanks all for a very enjoyable ride. :D
64.00 km (39.77 mi)
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Written by : Ursula

Posted on : April 8, 2018 at 11:01 AM

Immensely enjoyable ride and surprisingly warm as well! Thanks for leading Karen.

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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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