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Sun May 20th 2018
Oxfordshire Century (100 mile) Ride 3*
Leader:
Steve Swanton
Start Time:
8:00 am
Start Location:
Clover Place car park, Eynsham
Description:
Update 18/5: 9 riders so far for the century, so no problem with logistics. If you fancy the challenge but haven't let me know, it's not too late. Weather is looking perfect :-)

The classic annual Century ride organised by Cycling UK Oxfordshire. Challenge yourself to cover 100 miles, but enjoy company and the support of the group on the way.

This year's century will start at 8am from the Clover Place car park in Eynsham (Grid Ref SP432094).

The route has now been finalised and is shown below. We'll be heading northwards across the ironstone country of North Oxfordshire climbing steadily to the top of the Cotswold escarpment where we will stop for coffee at Wyatt's Farm Team Room, After the break, we will drop into Warwickshire, heading north along the foot of Edgehill before turning northwestwards and continuing into the Avon valley. Lunch will be taken at Wellesbourne airfield.

After some very pleasant rolling countryside in the afternoon, we'll climb back into the Cotswolds, the easy way, through the Evenlode Gap, with a well-earned break in Kingham. The final quarter is predominantly downhill, interrupted by a short haul out of the Evenlode valley before a drop to the Windrush at Swinbrook. We'll return to Eynsham through Minster Lovell, Cogges and South Leigh. Total distance just over 100 miles.

This will be a led ride at a steady pace of 12-14 mph. Riders are welcome to join us for all or part of the ride (meeting us en route by prior arrangement), making your own century if you want to. There is a car park by the village green in Kingham, for those just fancying the northern half of the route.

Coffee at Wyatt's Tea Room, Hill Barn Farm, nr Great Rollright (SP313315), 24.5 miles (est. arr 10:15)
Lunch at Touchdown Cafe, Wellesbourne Airfield (SP262548 ), 50 miles (est. arr 13:00)
Afternoon refreshments at Kingham (the Plough inn for a drink and/or the village stores - open to 5pm), 77.5 miles (est. arr 4:30pm)
Estimated finish ~7:15 to 7:30pm

Due to the popularity of this ride, we expect to split into 2 (or even 3) groups. To help with organisation, please let Steve know if you are planning to come.
Report:
Wow! What an absolutely fabulous day! Sunshine from start to finish, the countryside awash with spring colour, quiet lanes, beautiful views and a great, evenly matched group.
Some pics below (bizarrely out of order) fuller report to come...
Distance:
162.06 km (100.70 mi)
 
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Written by : Nicole pethybridge

Posted on : May 21, 2018 at 7:24 PM

What a magnificent day 😀. A fantastic route that showed the off the British countryside to wonderful effect. A great pace that enabled the blossom and fragrance from the hedgerows to be fully appreciated. Well timed stops and breaks allowed everyone to stay together and enjoy the day.
Thank you Steve, one that will last in the memory a long time.

Sun May 20th 2018
Regular Wantage Ride 3*
Leader:
Jenny Gower
Start Time:
9:30 am
Start Location:
Wantage Market Place
Description:

All-day touring ride (80-100km / 50-65 miles), lunch and possibly tea stop en route, at a riding pace of 18-22km/h (11-14mph). Not suitable for irregular riders. Climbing almost inevitable.

This is a hilly ride, but is slightly shorter than normal - so hopefully the two will cancel each other out. From the market place we head out on the usual route through the Letcombes and up Hackpen Hill, then down into Lambourn and along to Eastbury, up the Shute and down into Hungerford. Then along to Inkpen and up the hill towards Combe. Down again, and then at Netherton back up to Faccombe. We head back down into the Kennet Valley for lunch at the Yew Tree Garden Centre, then the afternoon is slightly less hilly. Through Hampstead Marshall, Marsh Benham, across the A4 and down to Boxford, through Brightwalton, Catmore, West Ilsley and the final pull up to Farnborough, then all we have to do is free wheel back to Wantage. I'm not planning on going fast and will be regrouping (and gasping) at the top of the hills.
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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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