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Sat Mar 9th 2019
2* Saturday Half Day Ride 2*
Leader:
John Tranter
Start Time:
9:30 am
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Half day ride (45-55km / 30-40 miles), with a tea stop, at a riding pace of 18-20km/h (11-13mph). Not likely to be very hilly. Might be a struggle for new or irregular riders in winter months.

Apologies - last minute change of leader needed, so a bit of a scramble to put a route together. Keeping it simple - a classic flat loop around the west Vale. Out to Uffington, then to Longcot, along to Shellingford and Hatford, up to Charney Bassett and back through West Hanney. Weather forecast is windy but sunny. Headwind out and tailwind home is definitely the right way round! I'm proposing not to stop for a coffee break, but we can be flexible and see how we are going.

27 miles.
Report:
Well, the weather forecast was half right - it was VERY windy! Not so sunny though - a lot of cloud and a few showers to contend with.

But - a great group gathered regardless and stayed together well in all the buffeting. A simple flat ride became quite a work out, although the tail wind sections were definitely fun.

We had a bonus moment when Olivia spotted us as she was out riding (her horse) and took a a few photos from the Goosey Horse-cam perspective.

Well done to everyone for conquering the conditions and thanks for a great ride!

PS: fun fact (as far as I can glean from various online sources): a head wind of 20mph (roughly what we had on quite a few exposed sections) is equivalent to a 5% gradient, in terms of effort required.
Distance:
45.06 km (28.00 mi)
Ride Details:
https://ridewithgps.com/trips/32293749
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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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