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Sat Jul 7th 2018
3* Saturday Half Day Ride to Lechlade 3*
Nick Stokell
Start Time:
1:00 pm
Start Location:
Half day ride (60-70km / 38-45 miles), with a tea stop, riding pace of 20-24km/h (13-15mph). Likely to visit distant destinations. Not suitable for irregular riders. Climbing likely.

This is a generally flat ride out to Southrop just West of Lechlade visiting some of the country lanes and villages in the area. We head out via Buckland, Bampton and Langford returning through Lechlade (tea stop at 39 kim), Coleshill, Faringdon and Fernham.

Chris Bailey
John Groves
Nick Dunton
Nick Stokell
Riders = 4

With the England game on as well as Steve's county boundary ride it was no surprise that there were only four of us, but we enjoyed unbroken sunshine, a cooling breeze and unusually quiet roads.

The consensus was for a stop at the café by the river rather than the garden centre and we almost had the place to ourselves (strangely) - café latte/tea 50/50 split, a couple of disappointing flapjacks (and a perfectly satisfactory ice cream). After Badbury Clumps Chris began to suffer from the heat, partially treated by the news from youngsters at Fernham that England were 1-0 up at half time.

At the Goosey turn-off Nick left the three of us as we headed straight back to Wantage.

Thanks guys for a very pleasant afternoon and kudos to Nick for notching up 100 km by leaving his car at home - and burning off a good few tapas.
69.60 km (43.25 mi)
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Sat Jul 7th 2018
Oxfordshire County Boundary (200-mile) Ride 3*
Steve Swanton
Start Time:
3:30 pm
Start Location:
Update 4/7 - we are currently 7. If you fancy joining us, please let Steve know asap. NOTE change to start time to 3:30pm to give us more slack to make the Pear Tree for dinner.

The big one! A complete circuit of the Oxfordshire county boundary, roughly following the old Oxfordshire Cycleway, taking about 24 hours. The culmination of the Oxfordshire couch-to-200 miles series of rides. It's a varied route, setting off through the Vale, crossing the Thames valley and then the Cotswolds, before the rolling country of the ironstone country on our first century. After a flatter morning ride crossing eastern Oxforshire and Otmoor, we scale the Chilterns after breakfast before dropping to Streatley and a final push home across the vale.

As on the recent 100 and 125-mile rides we will ride at a steady pace with regular stops to eat, drink and recover. It is a hilly route and we will regroup and rest when we need to. Below is the revised route, with planned stops, every 20-30 miles or so:

Burford (Cake Stop, riverside car park) 31m
Hook Norton (pub meal, Pear Tree Inn) 54m
Banbury (McDonalds 24 hour, rest stop/meal) 81m
Cherwell Valley Services (Meal) 100m
Bicester (24hr Service station - coffee and rest) 124m
Thame (Spreadeagle, breakfast) 149m
Streatley (Boat Cafe, lunch) 177m

We'll cycle about 50 miles (4 hrs or so) in the dark, so good lights that will last through the night are required. It will be warm during the days but it's looking perfect for night riding, with temperatures dropping only to the mid-teens early morning. No rain and light breezes that may follow us round :-) Please ensure you have the gear/clothing/sun cream/emergency rations for 24 hours of riding. There is no organised back-up on this ride.

We'll hope to see the sunrise (04:54) somewhere around Mixbury at 110 miles.
The longest ride and the longest day in the saddle for all of us. A great achievement and a real feat of endurance in the heat, of which everyone can feel justly proud. Full report and pictures to come.
328.31 km (204.00 mi)
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Start Locations
Wantage Market Place
Old Mill Hall, Grove
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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