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Tue Apr 24th 2018
10-mile Club Evening Rides Restart 1*
Leader:
Steve Swanton
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Our weekly programme of Tuesday evening easy rides restarts this week with a out-and-back ride to the village of Goosey in the heart of the Vale with its large village green, small white-washed church and a fine view towards the Ridgeway. A relatively flat route through Denchworth of about 8 miles. It can be cold in the lanes in April so please wrap up warm.

Our leisurely and sociable 10-mile club rides are designed specifically with adult newcomers to cycling and youngsters in mind, or those who just want some relaxed and sociable exercise. We cover a distance of about 10 miles at a gentle pace of 8-10 mph, following quiet country lanes and the occasional easy off-road track. We stop regularly to catch our breath, to take in the views and anything that takes our interest along the way.

The ride will return to and finish in Grove for those who need to get home. However, all are welcome to stop at The Fox in Denchworth for a sociable drink with members on the other evening rides on the way back. Lights will be needed for your ride home from the pub.
Riders:
Carin Tranter
Diana Whidborne
Jason Hopkins
Lewis Hopkins
Lorna Swanton
Martyn Wigmore
Owen Hopkins
Steve Boreham
Steve Swanton
Riders = 9

Weather:
windycloudy with light rain
Report:
Breezy and overcast with the threat of rain weren't the most promising conditions for our first easy Tuesday evening ride of the season. Nevertheless, a good turn out of 9 riders and 3 newcomers; a warm welcome to Jason, Owen and Lewis.
We enjoyed a gentle ride out to Goosey with the breeze at times on our backs and at others in our faces. There was some really good calling of car up/down and warnings of potholes as we rode.
It started to rain as we approached Goosey but , fortunately, this didn't last long. After a brief rest and natter on the green, we retraced our steps. Carin and Lorna decided to stop at the Fox while the rest of us continued back to Grove. The Steves returned to the Fox for the social afterwards.
A most encouraging and enjoyable start to the season - see you all next week.
Distance:
12.87 km (8.00 mi)
 
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Tue Apr 24th 2018
Tuesday Evening 2* Ride 2*
Leader:
Jo Little
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.

Optional social stop at The Fox at Denchworth at the end of the ride.
Heading out to Denchworth, West Hanney, Southmoor, Charney Bassett and Goosey.
The ride will be finishing at the Fox at Denchworth but if you do not wish to stop there will be sure to be others returning with you to Grove.

Please bring lights if planning to stop at the pub.
Report:
Thank you to everyone for their support on my first ride as a leader.
We kept together well as a group despite the headwind, which did seem to come from every direction at one point. There was some consternation when the second part of the route took us away from Denchworth, but we still arrived at the Fox in good time for a drink, meal and chat.
Thank you to Karl and Des for their joint sweeping duties.
Distance:
27.60 km (17.15 mi)
Ride Details:
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27159927
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Tue Apr 24th 2018
Tuesday Evening Off Road Ride 2*
Leader:
David Brown
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.

Optional social stop at The Fox at Denchworth at the end of the ride.
Riders:
David Brown
Steve Legate
Riders = 2
Report:
Distance:
24.94 km (15.50 mi)
 
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Tue Apr 24th 2018
Tuesday Evening 3* Ride 3*
Leader:
Jane John
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. (Might not be hilly)
A change of direction for this week out towards Southmoor, if only for the pleasure of riding on a short stretch of smooth tarmac, hooray!

Optional social stop at The Fox at Denchworth at the end of the ride.
Report:
A scenic ride with a couple of adrenaline dashes across the dual carriageway A420...
A fairly flat ride with quite a head wind, but without the forecast rain apart from a few spots. A good turnout of 16 riders and 2 newish riders, Sian and Keith Mitchell. We cycled out to Longworth, back though Fyfield, joining Winter Lane to Hanney (always a pleasure to ride on that stretch of tarmac) and with a final little loop towards Goosey turning back up through Denchworth, with some riders stopping at The Fox and the rest heading back to Grove.
No mechanicals. Hooray!
Thank you to Eddie for being secondary leader, Yvonne for sweeping and Nick for sweeping and giving good advice to a leader who is still sporting L plates!
Distance:
34.92 km (21.70 mi)
Ride Details:
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27284460
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Written by : Nicole pethybridge

Posted on : April 29, 2018 at 10:32 AM

Thanks for a good new ride Jane. It is always a pleasure to have a new ride leaders take on the area with new roads and directions

Tue Apr 24th 2018
Tuesday Evening 4* Ride 4*
Leader:
Richard Kembleton
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:

40k on flattish roads, aiming to be passing the Fox not long after 8:00 for anyone who fancies stopping for a drink. Through the villages to Kingston Bagpuize, Brighthampton, Bampton, Buckland, and back to Denchworth.

Optional social stop at The Fox at Denchworth at the end of the ride.

Please bring lights!
Riders:
Frank Schroer
Jason Jones
Richard Kembleton
Riders = 3

Weather:
windycloudy with light rain
Report:
At least the headwinds stayed in the same direction, and the rain was brief.
Distance:
46.00 km (28.58 mi)
Ride Details:
https://www.strava.com/activities/1529568170
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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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