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Sun Dec 11th 2011
Mince Pie Ride - 2* Offroad 2*
Leader:
Robin Tucker
Start Time:
10:00 am
Start Location:
WMP
Description:
Our annual festive ride, which again is in aid of Whizz-Kidz, the children's mobility charity.

Guests and other cycling clubs are very welcome to cycle with us from Wantage at 10am or join us at White Horse Hill NT car park (grid ref SU 293866) from 11:15 to 12:00 for mince pies and mulled wine. All proceeds on the day will go to Whizz kidz.
Report:
The magnificent 7 rode out of Wantage, up through both Letcombes and got properly warmed up climbing Gramp's Hill.

Then it was the Ridgeway all the way. It's an undulating section, but the worst bit was certainly the clay/chalk/mud in one dip. It packed around our tyres and we were foraging in the bushes for sticks to scrape it off.

But, that did not of course stop us. We worked our way steadily along to the White Horse Hill, and descended to the car park.

After fuelling up on mince pies and mulled wine, Frank showed us a different way to climb the hill - along a grassy track the other side of the hill. It wasn't any easier!

Reaching the B4001, we zipped down that at high speed, but when the road turned left we carried straight on down the 'Green Road'. That too had some sticky mud in the bottom, very tricky to get across without dabbing a foot into the squelch!

Then we turned left and down the bridleway to the A417. Half of us turned left to Denchworth, the other half turned right along the old canal back to Wantage and Grove.
Distance:
32.19 km (20.00 mi)
 
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Wantage Market Place
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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.
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