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Tue Aug 14th 2018
Tuesday evening 1* Ride 1*
Leader:
Steve Swanton
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
This week an extended variant of a Tuesday 1* favourite. We'll head to Lockinge and Betterton, first taking a cunning back route using paths and back roads through Wantage. From the top of the hill at Betterton we have a lovely long descent down to Ardington, then after a short steady climb a second descent into the Vale past Lains Barn. We'll return to Grove via the Thames Water Road and Cow lane (an easy off-road track). A round trip of 13 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.
Riders:
Carin Tranter
Diana Whidborne
Lorna Swanton
Matt Baines
Steve Swanton
Thiyanga Kotecha
Riders = 6

Weather:
sunny
Report:
A beautifully sunny if breezy evening saw 6 of us out on the 1* ride. A warm welcome to Matt on his first ride with us.
The ride was at the upper end of the Tuesday 1* range with its combination of more ups and downs, some off-road and a slightly higher pace than average, with which everyone coped well. Nevertheless, we still had a number of stops to rest and enjoy our surroundings, most notably on the bridge overlooking the pond and church at Lockinge.

By the time we reached the top of the hill above Lains Barn, the tree tunnel ahead on the descent was becoming pretty gloomy and combined with the low sun, it was necessary to put lights on. After the great descent, we had a stiff headwind to contend as well as the low sun as we wound through the fields back to the A338. Here Carin decided to head straight home, while the rest of us continued over the railway bridge and turned off onto the Thames water road (second turning on left) , which has one of the nicest surfaces around. By the sewage works, the road turns into a track that leads up onto the Hanney lane bridge. From the top we looked down on the old Monk's farmhouse, boarded up, and the surrounding fields that will soon be developed as part of the new estate.

We were back in Grove just before sundown after a most enjoyable evening out. thanks everyone for your company.
Distance:
20.60 km (12.80 mi)
 
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Tue Aug 14th 2018
Tuesday Evening 2* Ride 2*
Leader:
Susie Turnbull
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.
Slightly different route as going left in Denchworth and then to West Challow. Slight uphill to Childrey and then mostly flat circle through the Vale
Riders:
Clare Hazell
Des Higgs
John Tranter
Karl Blake
Phillip Folkes
Roger Turnbull
Steve Joyce
Susie Turnbull
Tony Clark
Riders = 9
Report:
Only 9 riders which was quite a relief as I hadn�t led a ride this summer! Sadly we lost Des and Karl after about 5 mins due to a puncture and never saw them again. Apart from that an uneventful ride on a glorious sunny evening
Distance:
38.62 km (24.00 mi)
 
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Tue Aug 14th 2018
Tuesday Evening Off Road Ride 2*
Leader:
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.
Riders:
David Brown
David Yearley
John Davies
Steve Legate
Riders = 4
Report:
Distance:
31.50 km (19.57 mi)
 
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Tue Aug 14th 2018
Tuesday Evening 3* Ride 3*
Leader:
Terry Penn
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:

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

One of our favourite shortish routes with a few hills thrown in for good measure with a flat easy finish. We will be heading out through the Letcombes and up Hackpen Hill, then enjoy the good tarmac road down towards Lambourn. Sharp turn back up through Seven Barrows and down Blowingstone. Straight across the road towards Kingston Lisle, then hang a right to Baulking and back through Goosey and Denchworth.
Report:
We split the group into two and kathryn led the second group. We had a good hilly ride with a strong westerly wind which always seemed to be in our faces except for the last little bit when we had a glorious tail wind.
Distance:
44.39 km (27.58 mi)
 
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Tue Aug 14th 2018
Tuesday Evening 4* Ride 4*
Leader:
Nick Fisher
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.

Ruth will be leading the ride - route to follow shortly...
Riders:
Andy Cowan
Frank Schroer
Jason Jones
Paul Jarvis
Pete Wrench
Richard Hypher
Ruth Fisher
Sian Mitchell
Riders = 8
Report:
Distance:
60.00 km (37.28 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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