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Tue Sep 6th 2011
Offroad ride 2*
Robin Tucker
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
Knobbly tyres required. About 15 miles up to the Ridgeway and back down again. Please bring 'get you home lights' as we will return in fading light (but if you don't have them you can ride in the middle!)
David Yearley
Luke Smith
Mila Yearley
Robin Tucker
Riders = 4
A distinctly autumnal feel to the last ride of the summer programme. Windy and threatening clouds, though I'm glad to say that we only had a few drips of rain.

No drips on the ride though! We worked our way up to the Ridgeway via Charlton and Goddard's Brook. Then East, which was amazingly easy thanks to a strong tailwind. We left the Ridgeway down the Ginge singletrack descent, which was a great run down - I was close behind Luke when his back wheel slipped sideways on a root, but he held it well.

The short drop to the 'Bridge of Doom' was very slippy, but we all survived (3 riding, 1 walking, no names!)

By the time we got to the edge of Wantage it was seriously dark. I lent Luke my big light, trusting to my knowledge of the route to keep me upright with a smaller one. Finishing in the dark down Crab Hill and then splashing through some mud gave a real 'end of season' feel to the ride.

Several people are keen to keep evening riding going into the Autumn, so we've now set up a series of rides. But you'll clearly need to bring or borrow a good light, and not mind a bit of mud!
22.53 km (14.00 mi)
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Wantage Market Place
Old Mill Hall, Grove
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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