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Sun Jan 20th 2019
Regular Wantage Ride 3*
Leader:
John Tranter
Start Time:
9:30 am
Start Location:
WMP
Description:

All-day touring ride (80-100km / 50-65 miles), lunch and possibly tea stop en route, at a riding pace of 18-22km/h (11-14mph). Not suitable for irregular riders. Climbing almost inevitable.

First all day ride of the year and a great route borrowed from Richard P from a couple of years ago. A rolling 50 miles / 80km with 2,800ft / 862m of climbing, but it will be at the bottom end of 3* pace for all those wishing to burn off some of those Christmas calories. The aim is an anti-clockwise loop south via the Letcombes, Lambourn, Chilton Foliat, Little Bedwyn and Hungerford to end up in Kintbury for lunch at the Blue Ball. The return will be via the Benhams, Boxford, Bright Walton, a possible stop for tea at the Saddleback shop if we are ahead, and the glorious swoop down Chain Hill to finish. If you are planning to come then please let me know so I can pre-warn the pub. Do bring lights as we may well finish towards dusk.
Report:
A tense week for weather forecasts - in the end we got the best day of the weekend and were all glad the ride wasn't on rainy Saturday!

Four of us left Wantage and then picked up David and Ursula in Lambourn. Your leader was suffering a bit - it's never a good look when the leader is last up the hills, but thanks to all for being patient!

Richard's route is a real classic and we did agree that it will be worth repeating at different times of the year. The little loop from Chilton Foliat around through Little Bedwyn and back to Hungerford is particularly lovely, although all fairly brutal for hills.

We had really great service at the Blue Ball, they looked after us very well and the food was also very good.

Cold, clear, a great group and a great ride - thanks to all!
Distance:
86.90 km (54.00 mi)
Ride Details:
https://ridewithgps.com/trips/31073966
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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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