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Tue May 1st 2018
Tuesday evening 1* Ride 1*
Leader:
Steve Boreham
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Tonight we head out, bound for West Hanney, via Denchworth and Lyford. All flat, apart from the railway bridge(!), and smooth (barring those pot-holes to avoid...) Total trip of about 9 miles (sunshine on order).

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.
Report:
WOW what a turn out!!
1st May - no rain - prospect of Summer ahead?

A bumper group of fifteen riders - turned up for a bright evening. Two new riders , Esme and Paul - both welcome, along with everyone else of course!

Split into two groups, meeting up properly at each pause. Second group very ably led by Gareth.

Customary pause at Denchworth, before relaxing stop by the church in Lyford (statutory photo..), then ambling round to West Hanney. Good sharp warnings were heard for approaching vehicles, not to mention for the occasional (or frequent) pot hole or crater in the road.

The pause at the Church in West Hanney was brief, as all preferred to move on before the cold set in. Back at Grove before 8pm and before lights were needed.

Well done all!. Especially as we did 11 miles - two more than advertised(!)
Thanks to Gareth for leading the second group, and to Steve S for sweeping. A very enjoyable ride.
Distance:
17.70 km (11.00 mi)
 
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Tue May 1st 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.
Report:
Distance:
32.00 km (19.88 mi)
 
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Tue May 1st 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.

Heading out via Wantage for a change this week. We pass through the two Letcombes (Regis and Bassett) before one very minor hill sets us up for a nice descent into Childrey. Then along the lanes through Sparsholt and Westcot to Kingston Lisle. A nice descent to Uffington, and then back home on the flat roads via Goosey and Denchworth.

19 miles.
Report:
A bit breezy and a bit chilly, but clearly not a problem as the (equal) biggest Tuesday 2* group so far this year assembled at Old Mill Hall. Great to welcome Natalie on her first ride with us, and Julie on her second.

We managed to navigate the mean (and potholed) streets of Wantage without incident and soon found ourselves on the quiet lanes through the Letcombes. The little climb of Holborn Hill didn't seem to worry anyone overmuch and we certainly enjoyed the big descent to Childrey, followed fairly soon by the swoop down Fawler Hill to Uffington. After that it got really nice as the previously nagging wind became a nifty tailwind and we bowled along very happily back through Baulking and Goosey to Denchworth and home.

Thanks to all for being a great group!
Distance:
32.19 km (20.00 mi)
Ride Details:
https://ridewithgps.com/trips/22652520
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Tue May 1st 2018
Tuesday Evening 3* Ride 3*
Leader:
Katherine Boyce
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.

About time we headed north for a bit. A classic Tuesday night route to Abingdon back via Tubney, a tiny bit of the A420 then across to Denchworth. This will be at the fast end of 3* to make sure we minimise cycling in the twilight :).
Report:
A good number out for a not particularly warm, very windy May evening. With busy roads, Sara and Jane kindly agreed to lead a second group and we were off. Luckily a puncture turned out to be without foundation and barely caused a pause. With the wind at our back we bowled along merrily. The second group caught us at Steventon. An uneventful crossing of Abingdon and we were on the return. The wind kicked in mightily as we crossed the vale back to Grove but it barely seemed to slow as down.

Both Roger and Nick did excellent service as sweeps. The busy roads were as busy as expected, although the A420 was probably the quietest of the busy roads. The pot holes were beyond belief in places!
Distance:
47.00 km (29.20 mi)
Ride Details:
https://www.strava.com/activities/1543993463
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Tue May 1st 2018
Tuesday Evening 4* Ride 4*
Leader:
Peter Cowan
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). WILL be hilly.

A brisk warm-up across the Vale before a 2 stabs at the Ridgeway courtesy of Dragon Hill then Ashbury.

A nice roll down to Lambourn before the steady climb back over towards the Letcombes and then home.

Lights advisable in-case of delays during the ride.
Report:
After a spirited start, we settled into the headwind as we set our sights on the White Horse.

Jarv decided to find out what it's like to wait for everyone at the top of the hill - so he went ahead to Ashbury while the rest tackled Dragon Hill. Very little chat on the way up. Serious faces.

Once regrouped on the Ridgeway above Ashbury, we navigated the lunar landscape that is a typical Oxfordshire road in 2018, only to cross into the smooth-tarmac utopia of West Berkshire. Oh, how the other half live.... West Berks delivered further once we reached Lambourn, with a glorious tailwind all the way back over Hackpen Hill.

At Letcombe, it was decided to transfer Ride Leadership to P.Ward (after being sufficiently briefed on how to navigate back to Grove) as he was the sole returnee to OMH and the original RL's fingers had turned blue due to poor glove choice.

All riders home before dark. Some lights were used towards the end due to the gloom.
Distance:
50.00 km (31.07 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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