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Tue May 8th 2018
Tuesday evening 1* Ride 1*
Leader:
Steve Swanton
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
This week a ride to Childrey with its village pond overlooked by old cottages. We'll cycle out through Stockham and East Challow, following the track across to Childrey with great views across the Vale and up to the Downs. We'll return to Grove via Challow station and Goosey. There will be two short sections along the A417. A round trip of about 10 miles.

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:
What seemed like being a chilly evening, as we rode to the start, turned into a brighter one, the sun emerging just as we set off and staying with us through to sunset. This week's ride was a step up in exertion levels from the first two rides of the season, being longer with some climbing and an off-road track. But the reward for our efforts in the first half was the lovely long descent from Childrey to the A417. And even the cars on the A417 seemed more patient than usual, waiting for us all to turn into Goosey on our way home.

As usual, there were a number of stops along the way to rest, enjoy the views, the light and the scenery around us, and to have a good chat. We arrived in Childrey at the same time as the 2* group, who must have sprinted up Silver Lane just before we crossed it on the bridleway.

We got back to Grove just on sunset closely followed by the 2* group. Lovely to see Jane out with us again and Sheena on her first ride of the year too. Thanks to Gareth for sweeping duties on a most relaxing ride.
Distance:
19.96 km (12.40 mi)
 
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Tue May 8th 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.

Moved from earlier in the season - a few gentle hills courtesy of a cunning route borrowed from Andy. Out to West Challow via Denchworth then on to Kingston Lisle via Childrey and Sparsholt before the return to the flatlands and home via Baulking, Goosey and Denchworth.
Report:
With so many out on a fine but windy evening, a quick decision to split the ride, thanks to John T for leading the second group. The group seemed to split naturally into a group that regularly ride 3* and the other mainly 2*. The roads seemed busier tonight - but drivers were all polite and patient - just how we like it!

The weather improved as the ride went on and the views were spectacular. One dropped chain in Childrey and we were on our way again. A decision in Kingston Lisle not to deviate to Uffington was rewarded by the smooth sweeping road down to Baulking. Before we knew it we were saying goodbye to Sara as she went back to Hanney and we made the most of the wind at out backs to get back to Grove.

A very mellow ride. Thanks all.
Distance:
36.00 km (22.37 mi)
Ride Details:
https://www.strava.com/activities/1558768717
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Tue May 8th 2018
RIDE CANCELLED - Tuesday Evening Off Road Ride 2*
Leader:
David Yearley
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
RIDE CANCELLED - The regular off-road ride leaders will be away cycling the length of the Pennine Bridleway so there will be not be a Tuesday Evening off road ride tonight. - 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.
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Tue May 8th 2018
Tuesday Evening 3* Ride 3*
Leader:
Nick Dunton
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:

A scenic trip to Didcot and the NR5 cycle-path behind the power station. Most of the route is fully surfaced and fine for road bikes. However, we’ll also take the cycle path between Ginge and East Hendred which is rough in places. Fairly flat route of 46.7km, so aiming for a reasonable pace. Note: in places this route uses busier roads than the majority of our rides, so best to avoid if you dislike riding in traffic. Please bring lights in case of unexpected delays.

Lains Barn Lane, East Lockinge, Ginge, Hendreds, Featherbed Lane, Harwell, Didcot, NR5, Sutton Courtenay, Drayton, Steventon, Hanneys, Denchworth, Grove
Report:
A very select group tonight. Perhaps the delights of Didcot weren’t sufficiently attractive. No matter – it was a very evenly balanced bunch and a doddle to lead. Despite the warnings, traffic was quiet throughout the ride. Even the transit of Didcot went smoothly. The temperature seemed to drop a few degrees during the ride and several of us felt distinctly underdressed. The setting sun also caused problems – maybe I’ll reverse the route next time. The highlight of the evening was the illumination of Joy’s ‘ride-the-night’ pink spoke lights. Thanks to Andy for sweeping.
Distance:
46.90 km (29.14 mi)
 
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Tue May 8th 2018
Tuesday Evening 4* Ride 4*
Leader:
Nick Stokell
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.

Heading West tonight - a trip out to Coleshill. Flat for the first and last third but a few hills in the middle. At this stage it looks like it might be a nice evening but lights may well be needed.
Report:
Conditions were pretty good (excepting the potholes!), not as warm as it has been and with a fresh SW wind against us on the way out to Shrivenham then assisting on the return leg. Despite a wide range of power in the peleton we kept together well on the flat sections and I think everyone had a turn at the front, which made the leader's job that much easier. Good to see two new(ish) faces - Iain and Phil. Thanks to all!
Distance:
53.40 km (33.18 mi)
Ride Details:
https://ridewithgps.com/trips/22920048
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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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