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Sat Jun 16th 2018
CUK Oxfordshire 125 miles - Follow the Thames 3*
Leader:
Robin Tucker
Start Time:
8:00 am
Start Location:
Wallingford Market Place
Description:
Follow the Thames from its source all the way to Wallingford. At 125 miles 200km, this is a great way to stretch beyond the regular Century distance and set a new benchmark.

We will ride from Wallingford, upriver through Abingdon, Oxford, Eynsham (25 miles/coffee) and Lechlade (50 miles/lunch) to the source of the Thames near Cirencester.  Ideally, we'll have time stroll the few hundred metres of footpath off the road to the official source - at about our 75 mile point.

Then, after taking some more refreshments in Kemble or nearby we'll head East towards the Ridgeway and roughly follow the spring line.  We'll stop for a meal at the Fox & Hounds at Uffington before returning to Wallingford.  In theory it's all downhill - in practice, there may be a few small undulations, but the route overall is quite flat.

We'll stop every 25 miles for refreshment and ride at a moderate pace, similar to the Century rides. So this will be a long day - 10pm even if everything goes exactly to plan.  The late finish is also why it's on a Saturday. We will finish in the dark so bring lights and money for food & drink.

Please let me know you are coming so I can book the main food stops for the right number of people.

NOTE it is the day of Wallingford Carnival. Please do not park in Wallingford on the carnival route: http://www.wallingfordcarnival.org.uk/about.html
Report:
Full report to follow, but yes it was a long ride, and we made it!
Distance:
203.26 km (126.30 mi)
Ride Details:
http://cyclingukoxfordshire.org/rides-and-events/follow-the-thames-125-mile-ride/
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Sat Jun 16th 2018
Easy Saturday Afternoon Ride 1*
Leader:
John Tranter
Start Time:
2:00 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Monthly 16-32km (10-20 miles) family and social afternoon rides, usually with a tea stop, at a riding pace of 13-16km/h (8-10mph). Occasional short or gentle climbs.

SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE: the weather is not perfect, but the ride will certainly go ahead. We can decide when we get to the ford how brave we are feeling about any further amphibious exploring!

This interesting ride takes us to Duxford ford on the river Thames - if the weather is warm then I suggest we cross the ford (riding or paddling, depending on how brave you are feeling) and explore the island in the middle of the Thames there. On the way we pass through some lovely seldom explored parts of the village of Longworth. No particular cafe options available, so I suggest bringing a snack (or buying from the shop we will pass in Southmoor) and we will have a stop on the green in Hinton Waldrist. Approx 20 miles in total.
Report:
Firstly, a big welcome to Phil and Ruth for their first ride with us.

Distinctly dodgy weather at the start - cool and breezy with some dark clouds around. Sure enough, a bit of rain starting falling as we left Grove. We deployed the usual deterrent of donning waterproofs and sure enough it stopped in a few miles.

We approached the Southmoor footbridge by the road less travelled (the one with the hairpin bend), but everyone coped very well with this test of extreme bike handling skills. Longworth was lovely and we had a look inside the church as it was open.

And so to the ford, via the bridleway across to Hinton Waldrist. We had it to ourselves, but the river was flowing pretty strongly with some serious currents and about 20cm of water across the ford. New boy Phil decided to go for it, but then discovered just how strong the current was by being very nearly swept off the crossing. Interesting...

Oddly, no-one else took up the challenge so we headed back up the hill to have a snack break on the lovely village green at Hinton Waldrist.

After that it was a nice mellow ride back to Grove - a few tired legs towards the end, but the group stayed together really well.
Distance:
35.41 km (22.00 mi)
Ride Details:
https://ridewithgps.com/trips/24389941
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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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