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Tue Jul 31st 2018
Tuesday evening 1* Ride 1*
Leader:
David Smith
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
UPDATE 23/07/2018 -
The route goes all the way back to Grove, but the leader will be stopping for food at the Fox. I'm sure we will be able to arrange a return ride for those not wanting to stop at the Fox.

There is a very short section of bridleway on tonight's route, it is passable with all but the narrowest of tyres.

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.

Optional social stop at The Fox at Denchworth at the end of the ride.
Riders:
David Smith
Diana Whidborne
Douglas Gunn
Gemma Whitworth
Kirsty Gunn
Ursula Hallam
Riders = 6

Weather:
sunny intervalswindy (fine)
Report:
Distance:
20.20 km (12.55 mi)
Ride Details:
https://ridewithgps.com/trips/26146388
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Tue Jul 31st 2018
Tuesday Evening 2* Ride 2*
Leader:
Karen Townsin
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:

A trip out to Uffington via East Challow and a well surfaced bridleway to Childrey. Back via Shellingford and Park Lane. I will be stopping The Fox in Denchworth, but there will be others heading back to Grove.

***BRIDGING RIDE***
This is the fourth of our Bridging Ride series designed to help those who would like to progress to the next level of cycling. As such it will be ridden at the lower end of the pace range.

Weekly 1.5 hour rides at a riding pace of 18-20km/h (11-13mph). Not likely to be very hilly.

Optional social stop at The Fox at Denchworth at the end of the ride.
Riders:
Bryony Stott
Des Higgs
Karen Townsin
Mike Bailey
Mila Yearley
Riders = 5

Weather:
sunnysunny intervalswindy (fine)
Report:
A small but select group of riders tonight. It was great to see Bryony back on her road bike, SPDs causing no unscheduled dismounts, despite her fears, and warm enough to tempt Mila out too. :D
An annoying head-wind on the way out and a faulty valve caused a brief discussion as to whether we should cut the ride short, but a decision to revert to Plan A was rewarded with a speedy blast back to Denchworth with the wind on our backs.
A lovely, relaxed ride in gorgeous weather, with beautiful views and good company. What's not to like?
Distance:
33.00 km (20.51 mi)
Ride Details:
https://ridewithgps.com/trips/26171771
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Tue Jul 31st 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.

Optional social stop at The Fox at Denchworth at the end of the ride.
Riders:
Bruce Winney
David Brown
David Yearley
Robin Tucker
Riders = 4
Report:
Distance:
33.80 km (21.00 mi)
 
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Tue Jul 31st 2018
Tuesday Evening 3* Ride 3*
Leader:
Jon Townsin
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:

***BRIDGING RIDE***
This is the fourth of our Bridging Ride series designed to help those who would like to progress to the next level of cycling. As such it will be ridden at the lower end of the pace range.

Weekly 1.5 - 2 hours at a riding pace of 20-24km/h (13-15mph). May be hilly.

This week we're heading out west via Goosey, Childrey, Sparsholt and Kingston Lisle before returning via Stanford in the Vale and Charney Bassett. Back via Uffington and Denchworth.
This will be an easy and fairly flat 3* ride at the lower end of the 3* range. A distance of 36k should get us back to the Fox comfortably in time to eat for those who want to.

Please bring lights, especially if you are returning to Grove after The Fox.

Optional social stop at The Fox at Denchworth at the end of the ride.
Riders:
David Jackson
David Lynch
Hugo Pile
James Bosley
James McGuigan
Jan McCabe
John Groves
John Hibberd
John Tranter
Jon Townsin
Joy Arthur
Katherine Boyce
Mike Cooke
Nicole Pethybridge
Olivia Pile
Paul Bentley
Roger Postbeschild
Stephanie Haddrell
Steve Joyce
Terry Penn
Yvonne Bird
Riders = 21

Weather:
sunny
Report:
A lovely evening to cycle and a great turnout of 21 riders to enjoy it! We split into two groups, (thanks to John T for leading the second group). Off into the vale, through Denchworth for the first deviation from the route, and on towards Childrey and Sparsholt, where we passed the 2* group.

Yvonne unwittingly posed the best question of the evening - "How many 3* riders does it take to change a tyre?" Katherine answered by sending the redundant majority off to mind our own business and 'they'd join us later' - which they duly did! The second deviation took us into Uffington for a few extra kilometres.

Eventually we succumbed to Hugo's desire to get to the pub and finished off with a very pleasant evening in the Fox.

Nicole, having cycled around most of the world in a week, earned a bonus point for just turning up!
Distance:
36.00 km (22.37 mi)
 
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Tue Jul 31st 2018
Tuesday Evening 4* Ride 4*
Leader:
Paul Jarvis
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:

***BRIDGING RIDE***
This weeks bridging ride is mainly flat with two climbs over 58k and 298 metres of climbing The aim will be to ride as a close group chatting as we speed along eating up the miles
With this route in mind we will try keep the speed at the higher end thirsty work so those who wish to stop at the Fox will have earned their ðᅵᅵºrewards !!
May not be suitable for those who wish to eat afterwards with last orders for food at 9:00

Weekly 1.5 - 2 hours ride at a riding pace of 25-29km/h (16-18mph). May be hilly.

Optional social stop at The Fox at Denchworth at the end of the ride.
Riders:
Andy Cowan
Jason Jones
Nick Stokell
Paul Jarvis
Richard Hypher
Riders = 5
Report:
A bridge too far,hilly and fast !
Five regular riders set of on a flat start to the ride with all taking turns on the front.
Skirting Lechlade for the first hills of the ride saw the group split,Nick, Richard and Andy took the right hand fork at Coleshill waiting out of sight from tail enders Jason and myself thinking we had been dropped, sorry Jason for holding you back ! We carried on towards Faringdon on the planned route getting back to the Fox by 8:35 .
The other three now lead by Nick who to his credit was on my original planned route before I posted a new reduced route at the request of the ride secretary,amended after Nick had loaded on to his Yahoo device. Apparently they encountered cows loose in the road which delayed their progress and so decided not to join us at the Fox.
All ended well and with a note to ones self not to amend well made plans in future
Distance:
58.00 km (36.04 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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