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Tue Apr 17th 2018
Tuesday Evening 2* Ride 2*
Leader:
Katherine Boyce
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.

Change of plan - we haven't yet ventured over the A420 :). Out via Charney and Pusey, over the A420 then back via the very useful bridge at Longworth before heading back via Lyford and Denchworth.
Report:
A grey threatening night that still tempted 11 of us out. It was nice to welcome Julie on her first ride with the club. The leader tested everyone at the Denchworth T-junction by dithering over the route and then taking us the wrong way to Charney Bassett! With the wind at our back nobody complained at the extra mileage!

We safely and swiftly crossed the A420, through Hinton Waldrist with discussions on childhood swimming at Duxford and then the twisty approach to the bridge back over the A420. Not only did we all cope well with the headwind but we seemed to be faster on the return than we did on the way out! A very pleasant ride with a lovely group. Can't ask for more really :)
Distance:
31.00 km (19.26 mi)
Ride Details:
https://www.strava.com/activities/1516849535
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Tue Apr 17th 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:
28.97 km (18.00 mi)
 
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Tue Apr 17th 2018
Tuesday Evening 3* Ride 3*
Leader:
Nicole Pethybridge
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.

I've surprised myself and thought we would take in a climb to stretch the legs early in the season. A route less traveled and in the opposite direction to make this an interesting ride early in the season.

Please remember to bring lights

Note: slightly modified route to avoid farm track!!
Report:
Seventeen other riders were brave enough to try my reverse around the vale approach to this evening's ride. Despite some optimistic weather reports at the weekend it was actually cloudy and windy which didn't really help our direction of travel. :(

Surprising myself at times with roads viewed in the opposite direction to normal we swept up Fawler Hill and then alone the spring line through Sparsholt. Whilst the wind was against us going up onto the ridgeway the benefit of swooping down Hackpen Hill was a rare delight.

The Letcombes look very different west to east as we made our way home.

Thanks to Jo, Jane and Terry for their support and sweeping

A novel ride that I may well repeat - beware ;)
Distance:
31.81 km (19.77 mi)
 
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Tue Apr 17th 2018
Tuesday Evening 4* Ride 4*
Leader:
Frank Schroer
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 - this isn't, but it will be pacy.
Working lights mandatory, bottle & a little snap advised.

Summer-time is predicted by my seaweed and pinecones! A rollicking loop up via quieter lanes to the NE, then via Abingdon to the delicacy of smooth tarmac through Milton Park. A deviation to sample the brand new tarmac on the Harwell link road up to the A417, giving a straightforward run West to end at the BP garage in Wantage. Should the forecast prove accurate, and legs willing, we might detour on the return at West Hendred to loop via Ginge and Ardington.
Riders:
Frank Schroer
Hugh Falkner
Jason Jones
Nick Stokell
Philip Ingles
Ruth Fisher
Riders = 6

Weather:
cloudy with light rainwindy (fine)
Report:
Phil (Ward's) seaweed and pine cones must have been ahead of the case as the night was not as spring-like as hoped yet with a gusty wind from the south. Speaking of Phil, a logistic fail meant he could not lead the ride as planned so I volunteered to drag us around his route, but decided to reverse it to avoid the A417 with wind from the south - along with a few other changes. This meant we could take in the road past Lain's barn as well, after which we took in a loop via Lockinge and the Ginges to East Hendred, before heading to the Harwell bypass road which had everything you could want in a road: downhill, smooth new tarmac and tailwind, which I think was enjoyed overall (mind you it was over before you knew it). Onwards through Didcot followed by the road to Milton Park where Hugh suffered a p*nct*re upon which he kindly agreed to let us get on and ride home himself with Nick (glad to see that according to strava you both got there OK). After the numerous speed bumps of Sutton Courtenay I opted for the path from there to Abingdon which is rarely part of Cycling UK rides (shame as it is mostly traffic free) and heading for Ock street there rather than Bath street to avoid the roadworks there. From there the route was as planned via Marcham and Garford and headwind was certainly obviously present on parts of that stretch. Nightfall and increased rainfall then coincided on the way back to Grove via West Hanney and Denchworth. Thanks all for braving the sub-optimal conditions. We also had a new rider for the 4 star (and Cycling UK Wantage in general), welcome Phil.
Distance:
53.88 km (33.48 mi)
Ride Details:
https://www.strava.com/activities/1514609097
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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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