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Tue Aug 20th 2019
Tuesday evening 1* Ride 1*
Leader:
Martyn Wigmore
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
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.
Denchworth, Challow Marsh, West Challow, Childrey and then back to Wantage along the bridleway as the sun sets before dropping back to Grove.
Riders:
Carin Tranter
Cath Hopkins
Clare Sparrow
Diana Whidborne
Jason Hopkins
Lewis Hopkins
Martyn Wigmore
Owen Hopkins
Val Smith
Riders = 9
Report:
A nice gentle ride on a fine end of summer evening.
Distance:
17.70 km (11.00 mi)
 
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Tue Aug 20th 2019
Tuesday Evening 2* Ride 2*
Leader:
Steve Swanton
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.

This may well be a first, a Tuesday 2* ascent of Gramps Hill. After seeing it hyped as an iconic climb in the pre-publicity for the Gravel Cat Adventure Event on YouTube, I thought we should check it out... Short and steep, but at max gradient of 1 in 7 it doesn't warrant an arrow on the OS map, unlike the more familiar icons of White Horse Hill and Blowingstone, or even neighbouring Castle Hill on which we will descend (a great straight on-road descent).

To add to the mix, there are several stretches of non-technical bridleway including the metalled track from West Challow to Childrey, a short stretch along the Ridgeway, the NCN544 track to Lockinge and the rougher track from West Lockinge to Ardington.

Gravel bikes not required but low gears or Shanks pony. We'll take our time on the climb and enjoy the views from the top.

All subject to better weather of course and that the off-road sections have dried out.... If not there are more gentle alternatives.
Riders:
Clare Hazell
David Bridge
David Jackson
Gareth Smith
James Bosley
Jan McCabe
John Tranter
Julie Haynes
Michael Tayler
Robert Treadgold
Stephanie Haddrell
Steve Swanton
Riders = 12

Weather:
hazy sun
Report:
Great fun with a great group. Full report tocome
Distance:
29.45 km (18.30 mi)
 
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Tue Aug 20th 2019
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.
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Tue Aug 20th 2019
Tuesday Evening 3* Ride 3*
Leader:
Jo Little
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.

We'll go out through Charney Bassett and cross over the A420 before going down Buckland Hill and along Great Brook. Then through Standlake and crossing back over the A420 via the bridge at Southmoor before back through West Hanney and Denchworth to Grove.
This is a flat ride and so will be ridden at the top end of 3* pace. The evenings are getting darker so lights are advisable.
46km/28.5 miles.
Secondary ride leader is...
Riders:
Chris Bailey
Chris Marchant
David Talboys
Des Higgs
Eddie Little
Jane John
Jo Little
John Groves
Joy Arthur
Karl Blake
Louis Hall
Nick Dunton
Paul Bentley
Roger Postbeschild
Roger Turnbull
Sharon Bedford
Yvonne Bird
Riders = 17

Weather:
sunnywindy (fine)
Report:
A large group of riders tonight, so we split it into two groups and set off on a sunny and warm evening, though with a very strong headwind.
I had promised a fast ride and did my best to provide one. The route was flat and we enjoyed going in a different direction for a Tuesday evening - through Charney, over the A420 and then down Buckland Hill before going along the Great Brook, round the villages and then back towards West Hanney and Grove.
Thank you for being such a good group of riders and thank you to Eddie for being second leader and to Jane and Yvonne for sweeping.
Distance:
45.87 km (28.50 mi)
 
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Tue Aug 20th 2019
Tuesday Evening 4* Ride 4*
Leader:
Andy Cowan
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

Something like this
Riders:
Andy Cowan
Frank Schroer
Jason Jones
Jerry Bird
Peter Cowan
Riders = 5

Weather:
sunny intervals
Report:
We were having a good ride,relaying nicely,keeping nice and tight and generally enjoying ourselves when we experienced the most reckless driving I`ve witnessed on a bike,enough said but a clear reminder why I don`t encourage my kids out on the roads.
Other than that a success,relatively lumpy,reasonably quick but well within everyone`s range with decent weather thrown in.
Thanks all
Distance:
55.00 km (34.18 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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