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Tue Aug 28th 2018
Tuesday evening 1* Ride 1*
Leader:
Steve Swanton
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
An essentially flat ride around the vale this evening heading to Charney Bassett, Ock Bridge and West Hanney, with the choice of taking either an off-road track back to Denchworth (a little stony in places) or the lovely resurfaced road. There is the opportunity for riders to stop for a sociable drink or a meal at the Fox, with riders from the other groups. If anyone would prefer to head straight back to Grove, the leader is happy to continue back.

With the evenings drawing in rapidly (sadly, this is our penultimate ride of the season) lights are recommended and will be required if stopping at the pub for a drink.

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.
Report:
Distance:
17.70 km (11.00 mi)
 
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Tue Aug 28th 2018
Tuesday Evening 2* Ride 2*
Leader:
Jan McCabe
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 too long, but has a couple of climbs as we will undulate through the Letcombes before ascending to Sparsholt Firs, which we'll take very gently (I'm planning to bring my single speed, so you'll need to wait for me at the tops, I may have to walk :-) ). From there we descend to Sparsholt, potter along the springline before another lovely descent through Kingston Lisle, then final flat few miles to Denchworth, where there is an optional stop for refreshment at the Fox. There will not be a led ride back to Grove. And remember you will almost certainly need lights if you are cycling back to OMH post-pub.
Report:
A select group of 8 choose to do the 2*, a few people commented at the start that they were planning to do the 3* as it was flat so seemed easier! Although there were some ups on the 2* it was done at a gentle pace and everyone kept up without any difficulty. As we went through the Letcombes, we had a great view of the deer in their field on the right, there must have been around 100 of them, and the stag with his antlers looked magnificent!

Having undulated through the letcombes and then climbed up to Sparsholt Firs, we were rewarded by some lovely downhills as we swooped down to Sparsholt, and later down through Kingstone Lisle and a flat final few miles getting to the Fox just as it was getting dark
Distance:
29.00 km (18.02 mi)
 
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Tue Aug 28th 2018
Tuesday Evening Off Road Ride 2*
Leader:
David Brown
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:
David Brown
David Yearley
Riders = 2
Report:
Distance:
25.00 km (15.53 mi)
 
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Tue Aug 28th 2018
Tuesday Evening 3* Ride 3*
Leader:
Nick Dunton
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:

An easy spin this evening: out via Lains Barn Lane, Lockinge, Ginge, East Hendred, Featherbed Lane, Steventon, Hanneys, Denchworth, where there is an optional stop for refreshment at the Fox. There will not be a led ride back to Grove. And remember you will almost certainly need lights if you are cycling back to OMH post-pub.
Report:
A dry evening, with a hint of autumnal chill. Fifteen participants, so we stayed as one group throughout. A very relaxed ride, although a graduated injection of pace across Cow Common raised breathing rates a little. As we were too early for the pub, we detoured up Winter Lane and back through Charney B to add a few more kilometres, arriving at The Fox bang on 8 p.m. Thanks all for making this such an easy lead, and to Eddie for sweeping the group.
Distance:
36.20 km (22.49 mi)
 
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Tue Aug 28th 2018
Tuesday Evening 4* Ride 4*
Leader:
Jason Jones
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. 0ptional stop at the Fox at the end of the ride. A slightly shorter ride this week, heading out to Denchworth, Goosey, Uffington, up to Compton Beauchamp and along through Bishopstone, from there its mainly downhill/flat towards Shrivenham then we'll make our way back to Denchworth where the ride will end at the Fox. Please brind lights.
Report:
Four riders gathered at Old Mill Hall for the start of tonight's ride, but that was soon made up to five, when we were joined by Frank shortly after leaving. A good fast pace was set from the outset, with an average speed of just over 18 mph by the time we reached the Fox, arriving there at about 20:15.
Distance:
52.20 km (32.44 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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