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Sat Aug 27th 2011
Saturday afternoon ride from Grove 2*
Leader:
Glen Savegar
Start Time:
1:00 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
45-55km (30 - 40 miles) afternoon ride, with a tea stop, at a riding pace of ~18km/h (11-13mph). Not likely to be very hilly.

Today we plan to head eastwards, calling off for tea at Blewbury garden centre.

Our route will take in Steventon, Drayton, Sutton Courtenay, Appleford, Moreton, Aston Upthorpe, and Aston Tirrold.

After tea we will head for Upton, followed by a short climb of Chilton hill to pick up with the NCN path to Ginge, Ardington, and Old Mill Hall, via Lains Barn.

Route may be subject to slight changes nearer the day. Please check website for latest.
Riders:
Andrew Johnson
Chris Walters
David Yearley
Des Higgs
Geoff Neill
Glen Savegar
Iain Kent
Lorna Swanton
Michael Tayler
Mila Yearley
Steve Boreham
Steve Swanton
Riders = 12
Report:
Sunny skies and gathering clouds gave a distinctly early Autumn feel to the day as we set off, pushed along nicely by the strong south westerly. Very soon we arrived at Steventon green where we said goodbye to Lorna and Steve and were joined by Michael. The climb to Wittenham was a breeze (literally), with little effort required to reach the summit for a water stop and Photo take.

A quick tour around the pretty village of Aston Tirrold, including a short break to repair a (very audible :-0) puncture to Steve's rear tyre. A nice co-operative effort and we were up and running (riding?) again, and soon sitting in the sun enjoying tea at Blewbury garden centre.

Post tea and a final climb of Chilton hill, this time heading into the breeze. It's not often you have to make a conscious effort to coast downhill is it?...:-)

Stopping at Harwell campus the group split into 2. The main group taking the planned NCN track, whilst Steve and myself nursed the battle weary rear tyre on the not quite so appealing, but slightly less abrasive A417.

With perfectly synchronized (unplanned!..) timing we were very soon reunited with Chris and the rest of the group at the Lains Barn Junction, for the final stretch back home...

Thanks everyone for a fine afternoon on the bike :)

Glen S

Distance:
60.04 km (37.31 mi)
Ride Details:
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/110310986
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WMP
Wantage Market Place
OMH
Old Mill Hall, Grove
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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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